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Leading Swedish manufacturer Dellner Brakes AB has developed an enviable reputation for the development of innovative braking solutions for both the marine and industrial sectors. A developer, producer and maintainer of braking solutions across a number of technically challenging applications, Dellner Brakes has more than 50 years’ experience within its chosen fields and today operates as part of the 700 strong, globally operating Dellner Group of companies.

Being a relatively small organisation within a large group, Dellner Brakes has the flexibility to work collaboratively with customers, adjust quickly to market demands and make the most of new opportunities as they arise. Since it was last featured in Land, Sea & Air magazine in February 2017, the company has been using its unique business knowledge and flexibility to develop its capabilities further. One of the most notable examples of this is Dellner Brakes’ acquisition of Gummi USA, a US based brake and clutch company.

This acquisition, the first in the company’s long history, will enable Dellner Brakes to consolidate its position as one of the leading global suppliers of brakes and related power transmission products. Gummi USA’s drum shaft brakes, reduction gear clutches, torsional couplings and rotary unions will perfectly complement Dellner’s range of technologically advanced disc brakes, systems, power packs and components. The acquisition will also enable the company to strengthen its distribution in strategic locations such as North and South America.

“Gummi USA have products that we previously didn’t have in our catalogue and they have a very strong presence in the US, a market where we are very keen to strengthen our foothold,” says Marcus Aberg, CEO of Dellner Brakes. “Gummi USA’s values are also complementary to our own. They have an entrepreneurial spirt and a focus on customer satisfaction through a quality driven approach – strengths which are certain to benefit our combined business going forward.”

The enlarged company operates under the Dellner brand, with Marcus at the helm and with former Gummi USA President Edgar Roca as Vice President for Dellner Brakes and Managing Director for Dellner Industrial Inc. “The acquisition officially took place on 12 September and the first few weeks were very positive,” says Marcus. “We have already started to work together under one umbrella and we are delighted that the management and staff at Gummi USA are all continuing to work for us. We have consolidated all our US stock and distribution operations to the Gummi USA facility in Houston, Texas and, moving forward, we are looking to expand further into South America and China.”

To support anticipated global growth and a successful period of signing new contracts, the company has recently relocated to a new facility in Borlange, Sweden. As Marcus notes: “We have been lucky and fortunate in being able to take on new business to the extent that we needed more office and production space. We moved to a new facility that we could design and fit out to suit our needs and the results have been fantastic. The new facilities are awesome and we are all working more efficiently thanks to the way the site has been set up. It has been a great investment, with the office segment taking up a quarter of the space and the remainder being used for production.”

This additional manufacturing space is certain to be put to good use as Dellner Brakes continues to launch innovative new products including, most recently, a new range of modular SKD and lightweight SKP brakes that offer outstanding stopping power at competitive prices. The innovative, modular design of these brakes means that Dellner can combine several brake assemblies to suit specific applications and provide even more stopping power according to customers’ needs. All the new brakes have offshore versions, complete with corrosion protection and hard wearing paint and pistons that are designed to withstand harsh conditions. There are also a range of optional extras such as mounting brackets, double sealing kits and brake pads made from several different friction materials.

These new brakes are the latest in a long line of innovations from Dellner Brakes and follow the launch of the world’s very first fully automated electrical stopping, turning and locking eSTL system (patent pending) in 2016. This electrical system complements the company’s hydraulic STL that has already been used in a number of notable contracts, including the UK Royal Navy’s two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, which each boast two STL systems weighing in at 11,000 kg each – the largest that Dellner Brakes has built to date!

With the launch of cutting edge products and a number of projects both ongoing and in the pipeline, the future looks bright for Dellner Brakes as it focuses on potential expansion into new segments and the design of new innovations that will further benefit its customers.

“2017 has been good so far and we are really pleased with the work we have going on,” concludes Marcus. ”And looking ahead, we will continue to work as hard as possible to secure further business, as well as making sure our customers continue to receive the outstanding service and high quality products that they have come to expect from us.”

Dellner Brakes
Brake solutions specialist for industrial and marine applications
Global customer base
Recently acquired Gummi USA