The furnaces are used in research and industrial processes. Gero’s headquarters are located in Neuhausen, near Stuttgart, where Gero generates a turnover of €7 million.

With the acquisition of Gero, the Verder Group extends the product portfolio of its scientific division in the heat treatment segment, the company said.

“The scientific division of the Verder Group now offers the complete range of high-temperature furnaces up to 3,000°C”, said Dr Jürgen Pankratz, director of the Verder scientific division. Gero’s portfolio complements the line of laboratory and industrial furnaces and ovens offered by the British manufacturer Carbolite Ltd, who is also part of the Verder Group.

As part of the Verder scientific division, Gero particularly profits from the international sales and marketing strength of the group with activities in more than 80 countries. Roland Geiger will continue to be managing director of the company. Future plans include an extension of the headquarters at Neuhausen to accommodate more activities of the Verder scientific division in the south of Germany.