Ziemann Holvrieka makes very cool brewing products — unique tech with fun names like the Shark internal wort boiler, T-Rex alternative milling unit and Nessie continuous mash filtering system, which looks kind of like a water monster. Here’s a favorite: Based on Ziemann Holvrieka’s innovative Nessie technology, its Omnium system is redefining the traditional brewing process by dividing it into individual subprocesses, optimizing each stage and enabling shorter process times, increased raw material yields, improved wort quality and accelerated fermentation, elevating brewhouse and cellar capacities. Read all about it right here.
Ziemann Holvrieka has a lot of similarly interesting technology, offering everything from brewhouse solutions (bright tanks to process equipment) to yeast consulting. It’s also enriching its portfolio. Ziemann Holvrieka just announced it’s expanding its brewery solutions with the acquisition of Künzel Maschinenbau in Mainleus, Germany. Künzel has been a major player in the raw material handling sector since 1922, and its expertise are in malt handling and grist mills. From the press release:
“This acquisition and the associated close collaboration with Ziemann gives us the possibility to combine our strengths and create synergies that allow us to expand into new markets as well as developing our product and service portfolio – for the benefit of all our current and future customers,” states Clemens Thüsing, Managing Director of Künzel Maschinenbau GmbH.
“We firmly believe that our group will gain from Künzel’s remarkable expertise. While Künzel will benefit from our global presence and research and development capabilities. We are eagerly anticipating a successful and close collaboration with the management team and all employees,” affirmed Klaus Gehrig, CEO of Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH.
Ziemann Holvrieka has a history that is as rich and storied as the brewing industry itself, representing over a century of evolution, expertise and craftsmanship in the art of making brewing equipment. The company’s roots can be traced back to two separate entities that would later merge. Ziemann was founded in 1852 in Bamberg, Germany, by August Ziemann. It began as a coppersmith workshop, quickly gaining a reputation for high-quality brewing vessels. The Holvrieka history started with the establishment of NV Tankfabriek Ido in 1947, producing stainless equipment such as small tanks for the dairy industry.
Both companies thrived independently for decades, each amassing a wealth of knowledge and a robust portfolio of products before merging in 2012. Ziemann International GmbH was acquired by CIMC Enric Tank and Process (CEPT BV) over a decade ago, which also owned the Holvrieka brand. The company became Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH in 2015, and the company has played a pioneering role in the development, manufacturing and installation of beer, beverage and liquid food solutions ever since. The company recently came out with a new emblem, and its American headquarters are in Miami Lakes, Florida.
The acquisition of Künzel aligns well with Ziemann Holvrieka’s existing product portfolio. The Künzel Maschinenbau facilities in Mainleus will continue to operate normally, with the same management team, and ZH noted Künzel will retain its company name, brands and organizational culture. We’ll keep you updated on new products.