20.02.2014
AL-KO acquires the product groups “Gardening and Forestry Equipment” from SOLO Kleinmotoren GmbH

The Swabian medium-sized company AL-KO GERÄTE GMBH is strengthening its Garden + Hobby division in the product groups of chainsaws, motor trimmers and gardening devices with the acquisition of the Sindelfingen-based SOLO Kleinmotoren GmbH.
“The quality SOLO products, with their tradition-rich and strongly specialized brand, perfectly match our philosophy ‘Quality for Life’. With the integration of SOLO we strengthen our specialized dealer network and competencies, especially in the area of gasoline chainsaws and motor trimmers”, says AL-KO Board Member Stefan Kober.

Subject to the required antitrust law approval, as part of an asset deal AL-KO will acquire the complete range of the product group “Gardening and Forestry Equipment” from SOLO as well as the associated trademark rights. As of now SOLO Kleinmotoren GmbH will entirely concentrate on plant protection equipment and angle grinders. Andreas Emmerich, manager at SOLO: “With AL-KO we have found a buyer who will continue the SOLO brand for gardening and forestry equipment through specialist dealers in our tradition and with our name, but will make it even stronger with new ideas and developments. In future we will focus ourselves on plant protection equipment, with which SOLO has been successful since 1948, and on our new product line of cut-off machines. These two product groups will continue to be developed, produced and distributed globally under the SOLO brand from our location in Sindelfingen.” For the distribution of plant protection equipment in Germany and France AL-KO will support SOLO Kleinmotoren GmbH within the framework of a co-operation agreement. These are steps which set the course for further partnership co-operation between the companies in the future.

From the middle of the year the gardening and forestry equipment from SOLO will be produced at the Austrian production location of Obdach in Styria, where AL-KO already manufactures high quality lawnmowers and tractors. In this way the product quality and flexible product supply can also be guaranteed in the future.

With the SOLO gardening and forestry equipment AL-KO is aiming for a substantial increase in dealer sales in the future. The existing AL-KO dealer range will be expanded with saws and trimmers through the SOLO products. “We will launch our best quality products under an exclusive specialist dealer brand by combining the best of SOLO and AL-KO. The customers of the specialist dealers thus profit from the know-how of two strong and tradition-rich providers in one product range”, says Wolfgang Hergeth, manager of AL-KO GERÄTE GMBH, outlining the advantages.

Pictured (back, from left): Wolfgang Hergeth (manager of AL-KO GERÄTE GMBH), Andreas Emmerich (manager of SOLO), (front, from left): Stefan Kober (AL-KO board) and Wolfgang Emmerich (manager of SOLO).