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Awetis GmbH based in Laudenbach, a specialist for production technology, is currently going through a restructuring process as a debtor in possession. In April, the company applied for debtor-in-possession proceedings, and the local court of Mannheim agreed to this application. In this context, the company appointed Jochen Glück, a business administration expert from PLUTA Management GmbH, to the board of directors. Together with the managing director Wilfried Münster, he will be responsible for implementing the restructuring measures. The provisional insolvency monitor is Tobias Wahl from the law firm “anchor Rechtsanwälte”.
In 2016, Awetis had won a large order. However, there were unexpected delays in the completion of the project, which caused financial difficulties for the company. “We have therefore decided to file for debtor-in-possession proceedings to get the company back on the road to success as soon as possible,” explained the managing director Wilfried Münster. All the parties involved are aiming at restructuring the company and saving the jobs. Currently, Awetis GmbH has a workforce of more than 90 employees.
“Business operations are continuing as usual. Our staff are all pulling together and our customers can continue to put their trust in Awetis’ high quality standards,” Münster emphasised. The company has been given positive feedback by the customers across the board. “We hope that the excellent team spirit will continue, and in particular we are banking on further support from the Freudenberg Group,” said the restructuring expert Jochen Glück. Awetis GmbH was formed in 2010 after being spun off from the Freudenberg Group, which still remains an important key customer.
In the meantime, the restructuring process is making good progress. “We are improving the processes and putting all our efforts into keeping this innovative company going,” explained Jochen Glück. At the same time, talks with prospective investors are being held.
The company is well positioned with their product segments of automation, tool making and production-related IT. At the beginning of the year, a new spotting press was added to the machinery used in the tool and mould making area. This means that the fine tuning of the tools can be done even more precisely, flexibly and reliably.
The PLUTA team is headed by Dr Maximilian Pluta, who is also a managing director and the head of the restructuring department at PLUTA. Apart from the managing director Jochen Glück, the team also includes the business administration expert Andreas Hummel and the attorney Rainer Bachert.
Information on the proceedings
Debtor-in-possession proceedings are in-court restructuring proceedings to save crisis-stricken companies. The company is allowed to manage and overcome the crisis itself, supervised by an insolvency monitor and generally supported by restructuring experts with relevant experience in this field. The preliminary proceedings, that last between 2 and 3 months, are followed by the main proceedings, in the course of which the creditors can file their claims.