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Schaltbau Holding AG sells SBRS Charging Solutions to Shell

  • Shell secures fast-charging infrastructure specialist and plans further expansion of charging services for e-vehicles
  • Growth opportunities for SBRS in context of Shell’s transformation target of net-zero emissions in transport sector

Munich, 19th August 2022 – Schaltbau Holding AG signed an agreement for the sale of SBRS GmbH (Charging Solutions) to Shell Deutschland GmbH. In recent years, SBRS Charging Solutions has established itself as a leading specialist for fast-charging infrastructure solutions for e-buses in Germany with numerous reference projects, including those in Cologne, Osnabrück and Münster. E-mobility products and services are an essential part of Shell’s efforts to decarbonise and achieve its transformation target of net-zero emissions in the transport sector. With the acquisition of SBRS, Shell is adding charging infrastructure solutions for e-commercial vehicles to its own range in Germany. Schaltbau wants to focus its e-mobility activities primarily on the components business and therefore sees better development opportunities for SBRS Charging Solutions with the infrastructure provider Shell. The transaction is still subject to meeting customary market prerequisites, including antitrust clearance, and is set to be completed in the course of 2022. The two parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price and further details of the transaction. 

 “Through this acquisition, SBRS – Charging Solutions, a successful and innovative player in the field of commercial EV charging technology, will become part of Shell, one of the world’s leading providers of fleet management solutions,” said István Kapitány, Global Executive Vice President of Shell Mobility and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Shell Germany. “This move will enable Shell to offer its business customers comprehensive charging solutions for electrifying and decarbonising their fleets going forward. The required technology has developed significantly in recent years and the electrification of fleets with e-commercial vehicles has become a key solution for many of our business customers. We welcome the SBRS – Charging Solutions team to the Shell family and together we will strive for even greater success.” 

SBRS – sale after split into Charging Solutions and Rail Solutions 

 Based in Dinslaken, SBRS GmbH has historically operated in two different business fields: on the one hand in the Rail Solutions market, which primarily comprises refurbishment, i.e. the modernisation of trains and rolling stock, and on the other hand in the Charging Solutions business with high-performance charging infrastructure solutions for the e-vehicle fleets of municipalities, transport operators and companies. 

These two business fields were legally separated on 1 August 2022. The former Rail Solutions business field of SBRS GmbH has been operating under the name GEZ GmbH (Gesellschaft für elektrische Zugausrüstung) since 1 August 2022 and continues to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Schaltbau Holding AG. The Charging Solutions business field remained in SBRS GmbH and is now being sold to Shell Deutschland GmbH. Schaltbau Holding AG was assisted by Macquarie Capital as its sole M&A advisor. Gleiss Lutz acted as legal advisor in the transaction. 

Strategic investor to unlock growth potential of SBRS

“We are very pleased that with Shell we have gained a suitable, long-term focused, strategic investor for SBRS Charging Solutions,” said Dr Jürgen Brandes, CEO of Schaltbau Holding AG. We are confident that Shell’s strong market position, investment capabilities and integration with existing e-mobility operations will enable it to fully unlock the growth potential of SBRS Charging Solutions.”

About Shell

Shell’s global objective is to become a net-zero energy company by 2050. Shell is investing billions of dollars worldwide in low-carbon energy, including electric vehicle charging stations, hydrogen, renewables and biofuels. Operating in Germany since 1902, Shell currently employs more than 3,000 people here in research, production and the sale of energy solutions for private mobility and home energy as well as energy and chemical products and consumables for virtually all industries and sectors. In this context, the company is successively transforming its portfolio with a view to meeting customer needs in order to drive forward the energy transition with lower-carbon energy solutions. 

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About the Schaltbau Group

With annual sales in the region of EUR 525 million and around 3,000 employees, Schaltbau Holding AG is an internationally leading supplier of systems and components in the field of transportation technology and the capital goods industry. With Pintsch, Bode, Schaltbau and SBRS as their core brands, Schaltbau Group companies develop a wide range of high-quality technologies and customer-specific technological solutions for rail infrastructure, rolling stock, passenger cars and commercial vehicles. As one of the few specialists for smart DC-based energy concepts, the Schaltbau Group is also a driver of innovation in the fast-growing markets of tomorrow such as New Energy, New Industry and e-Mobility. 

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Shell Deutschland GmbH
Cornelia Wolber
Tel.: +49 (0) 40 6324-5290

Schaltbau Holding AG
Jutta Lorberg
T +49 (0) 2154 8122 22

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