Kinshofer acquires Atlas transverse cutter business
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Kinshofer, a global manufacturer of excavator and loader crane attachments based in Germany, has acquired the Schaeff transverse cutter business from Atlas GmbH, a crane and excavator manufacturer also based in Germany.

Kinshofer said the transverse cutters are the first in its line of crane and excavator attachments, allowing the company to serve contractors in a wider range of industries, including tunnelling and mining. The addition also gives contractors in construction, demolition and landscaping access to a broader range of attachments, all from one manufacturer.

Kinshofer is rolling out the new product line globally as the WS-series drum cutters. The cutters will be Kinshofer branded and sold and supported by the company’s dealer network. Kinshofer will also service units sold by Atlas and provide technical support as well as parts, which are available through Kinshofer dealers.

“Customers come to us for our breadth of high-quality, innovative attachments that are known for increasing productivity,” said Thomas Friedrich, group president and CEO of Kinshofer. “It’s the hallmark of our business, and the new drum cutters represent that by giving contractors higher profitability, greater efficiency and more flexibility than competitive models.”

“This change is not only good for both companies, but customers as well,” added Brahim Sitiou, president and CEO of Atlas GmbH. “They want one manufacturer they can go to for their attachment needs, and this transition gives them that.” Atlas decided to divest its cutter business to continue focusing on its core products, cranes and excavators.

According to Kinshofer, the new transverse cutters close a gap in its range of demolition tools, which include the Demarec MQP and DRG range or the HPXdrive grapple range. The company said these three segments also account for the largest portion of its product portfolio.