Lippert acquires Schaudt with newly-formed German subsidiary

L to R: Jim Menefee, group president Europe; Barbara Härle, managing director; Joerg Reithmeier, business development; Armin Steinmetz, managing director.

Lippert has strengthened its position in Europe after announcing that its new wholly-owned German subsidiary company, LCI Industries GmbH, has completed the acquisition of Schaudt GmbH Elektrotechnik & Apparatebau. Schaudt is a leading supplier of electric controls and energy management systems to the European caravan industry and has been so for the last 25 years.

The formation of LCI Industries GmbH and the subsequent acquisition of Schaudt is part of Lippert’s larger European strategy to be closer to its key German customers and to have local contacts within the country. Schaudt’s facilities in Markdorf are expected to become the hub for Lippert’s German operations and are planned to eventually offer services for all Lippert brands and products for the German market. Schaudt will also partner with Lippert Technologies, Lippert’s North American electronics and technology manufacturer based out of Detroit, Michigan, to offer globally-aligned technology solutions that will help to set new global standards for these products.

Schaudt's LT100, a best-selling touchscreen control module.

Jason Lippert, president and CEO of Lippert, said: “We are excited to welcome Schaudt to the Lippert family, reaching a long-term goal of having operations within Germany. 

“I am very impressed with Schaudt’s team; they have excellent leadership and their culture fits perfectly within the Lippert family. Lippert’s goal has always been to be the leading global supplier to the RV Industry, and Schaudt helps develop that global footprint with key product and service offerings in the largest RV market in Europe.”

Barbara Härle, managing director of Schaudt, said: “We are happy to start on this new journey with the Lippert family, a true global player in our industry with the same goals as we have; to serve our customers with reliability and to have 100% focus on the customer. We also appreciate their sense of responsibility for their team members, their communities and the future generations to come.”