Mo. 14.01.2019

Fresh start for traditional company BANSS

Fr. 03.08.2018

Promising search for investors at BANSS about to be completed

Mi. 25.04.2018

BANSS restructuring under self-administration

Mo. 23.04.2018

FOODTECH Barcelona 2018

Fr. 22.12.2017

IPPE 2018

Fr. 20.10.2017

Gulfood Manufacturing 2017

Fr. 29.09.2017


Di. 07.03.2017

FOTEG 2017

Mo. 09.01.2017

IPPE 2017

Mo. 17.10.2016

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016

Di. 11.10.2016

Iranplex 2016

Di. 06.09.2016

CIMIE 2016 in Beijing

Fr. 19.08.2016

MeatTech 2016 in Bengaluru

Mi. 18.05.2016

IFFA 2016

Do. 07.04.2016


Di. 05.01.2016

IPPE 2016

Mi. 11.11.2015


Do. 15.10.2015

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015

Mi. 23.09.2015


Di. 01.09.2015

CIMIE 2015 in Qingdao, Shangdong province

Mi. 29.04.2015

SEOUL Food & Hotel 2015

Mo. 27.04.2015

Eurocarne 2015

Do. 02.04.2015

Bta. 2015

Mo. 16.03.2015

BANSS research project bleeding control

Mo. 02.03.2015

VIV Asia 2015

Mi. 25.02.2015

FOTEG 2015

Di. 10.02.2015

Regional Commercial and Industrial Chamber (IHK) exhibition: World market leaders in the Lahn and Dill river region

Fr. 16.01.2015

BANSS @ German World Market Leader

Do. 15.01.2015

BANSS AMERICA relocation

Mo. 20.10.2014

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

Mo. 22.09.2014

AGROPRODMASH 2014 in Moscow, October 6th - 10th

Fr. 13.06.2014

Foodpro 2014 in Melbourne

Di. 03.06.2014

CIMIE 2014 in Beijing

Mi. 16.04.2014

VIV India 2014 in Bengaluru

Mo. 24.02.2014

BANSS involved in DFG/AiF cluster research project

Mi. 27.11.2013

MAROCARNE 2013, Casablanca

Fr. 08.11.2013


Mo. 30.09.2013

CIMIE 2013 in Qingdao

Fr. 27.09.2013

New location

Fr. 19.07.2013

Lining up

Di. 28.05.2013

IFR - Innovative Food Robotics

Sa. 04.05.2013

IFFA time

Di. 19.03.2013

Spanish website online

Do. 07.03.2013

FOTEG 2013 in Istanbul

Mo. 04.03.2013

VIV Asia 2013 in Bangkok

Mo. 18.02.2013

Gulfood 2013

Di. 11.12.2012

ISO certificates in several languages

Mi. 31.10.2012

Revised BANSS catalogs

Di. 30.10.2012

WorldFood KAZ

Mo. 08.10.2012

CIMIE 2012

Di. 02.10.2012


Mo. 10.09.2012


Di. 04.09.2012


Fr. 31.08.2012

Introducing new star for Biedenkopf

Mo. 06.08.2012

Grenzgang Biedenkopf 2012

Fr. 03.08.2012

Education at BANSS

Di. 31.07.2012

BANSS America

Mo. 21.05.2012

Eurocarne 2012

Do. 10.05.2012

Bta. 2012

Fr. 04.05.2012

Red Meat Abattoir Association Conference and Congress 2012

Do. 29.03.2012

Project Mecca 2012

Mo. 06.02.2012

Exhibition Gulfood 2012 Dubai

So. 01.01.2012

Happy New Year 2012

Mo. 10.10.2011

BANSS students starting education

Mo. 26.09.2011


Fr. 16.09.2011

World Pork Conference 2011

Fr. 27.05.2011

Chinese language option online

Fr. 20.05.2011

Robotics in focus

Mo. 09.05.2011

BANSS in Beijing: June 1st - 3rd CIMIE 2011

Do. 21.04.2011

Slaughtering robots in line with the current trend


Mo. 14.01.2019

Fresh start for traditional company BANSS


Faster, more flexible and individual:
The specialist for slaughtering and materials handling technology is going on the offensive again with a new investor

The new BANSS GmbH in Biedenkopf, Hesse commenced business operations at the start of this year. “BANSS is a renowned plant construction company, and we will lead it back to success with fresh ideas and new structures,” says the company’s managing partner Jürgen Weiß.

After more than 140 years in business, the manufacturer of slaughtering and materials handling technology was forced to file for insolvency with self-administration in April of 2018. Standard insolvency proceedings commenced in August of 2018 and Silvio Höfer of the law firm anchor Rechtsanwälte was appointed as the insolvency administrator. After sales negotiations with several prospects failed, the company was taken over in December by Jürgen Weiß, owner of JWE-Baumann GmbH of Aalen in Baden-Württemberg. “Three reasons spoke in favour of this,” says Jürgen Weiß. “BANSS has a good name known in the industry around the world, a highly motivated team and a very good product portfolio.” Initially the company will continue to focus on service and replacement parts production for slaughter lines. BANSS will resume offering complete slaughter lines as the next step.

The consulting firm FalkenSteg Corporate Finance was entrusted with the sale of BANSS. Johannes von Neumann-Cosel, partner at FalkenSteg, is pleased about the new ownership: “BANSS has found a good new home with JWE-Baumann. The company will flourish again under the leadership of the Weiß family along with Thilo Weide and Harald Weide. We are happy to have found such a goal-oriented and energetic investor.”

In addition to the technical facilities and around 30 employees remaining at the time of the takeover, Jürgen Weiß also acquired all of the old BANSS company’s intangible assets – patents, rights to names and design plans. “Combined with the know-how of the employees, these assets constitute an extremely valuable basis for the future.” Another weighty argument in favour of the takeover was that BANSS and JWE-Baumann complement each other very well. While JWE-Baumann GmbH, which is among the world’s leading suppliers of scalding and hair removal systems in particular, mainly focuses on midsize enterprises as its key target group, the BANSS product range includes systems for quantities on an industrial scale. “BANSS can carry on where JWE-Baumann has stopped to date,” says Jürgen Weiß. “Ultimately the expansion means a major upgrade in terms of service and the product range for both companies, because we have the right solutions for customers from craft enterprises all the way to corporate groups.”

Collaboration and cooperation are expressly desired even though the two companies continue to be managed separately. “For example, we are able to offer JWE-Baumann systems for smaller slaughtering operations with materials handling technology from BANSS going forward,” says Weiß. “That will benefit both companies over the long term.” Initial market reactions confirm Jürgen Weiß’s position. “So far the feedback from both BANSS and JWE-Baumann customers is consistently positive.”

The highest quality, technical innovations and individual service: with these three principles, Jürgen Weiß developed a two-man operation into the speciality mechanical engineering firm JWE-Baumann operating worldwide in just over 20 years. The realignment of BANSS is now also based on these guidelines. “We have plenty of know-how, experience and commitment,” says Jürgen Weiß. “What we need now are flat hierarchies so we can respond more quickly with greater flexibility and address individual customer requirements. That will make BANSS more competitive with the market leaders.”

Insolvency administrator Silvio Höfer already implemented the first steps of the realignment. “Continuing the service and replacement parts business when insolvency proceedings commenced was an essential step to save the company. This allowed the profitable part of the company with around 30 jobs in Biedenkopf to be maintained,” says Silvio Höfer.

Jürgen Weiß plans to retain the Biedenkopf site, and to invest in product innovations and technology there. Updating the IT system is the first step. Then the number of BANSS employees will also grow again over the medium to long term. “It is important for us to maintain a size that will allow us to handle large systems, but not force us to accept every order at any price,” says Jürgen Weiß.

BANSS started out in 1868 as a craft enterprise for model metalworking and wrought ironwork in Biedenkopf. Slaughtering technology has been manufactured since 1935. BANSS developed into one of the global market leaders for slaughtering and meat processing systems as well as storage and cold room systems, at times employing more than 200 people.

JWE was founded in 1996 by Jürgen Weiß in Aalen as a trading firm for replacement parts and used machines. The construction of its own scalding and hair removal machines began more than two years later. In 2005 the traditional butcher shop machinery manufacturer Oskar Baumann from Stuttgart was taken over. Systems from JWE-Baumann are operated in some 60 countries. The company is considered the global market leader in the technologically highly demanding segment of goat hair removal in particular.

11 January 2019

Contact for enquiries:
Jürgen Weiß
Telephone: 06461/705-0
E-mail: jweiss@banss.de