22 August 2022
SEMIKRON and Danfoss Silicon Power become Semikron Danfoss
Less than five months after it was announced in late March, German firms SEMIKRON of Nuremberg and Danfoss Silicon Power GmbH of Flensburg have started doing business as Semikron Danfoss.
Semikron Danfoss is owned by the owner-families of SEMIKRON and the Danfoss Group, with Danfoss being the majority owner.
With an existing workforce of more than 3500, the merged power semiconductor module firm retains the two main locations in Germany. All global subsidiaries, production sites and distribution channels continue.
Picture: Danfoss Silicon Power’s general manager Claus A. Petersen (left), who becomes CEO of Semikron Danfoss, and former SEMIKRON CEO Karl-Heinz Gaubatz (right), who becomes CTO until his planned retirement at the end of 2022.
“The timing of the new company is perfect,” believes Danfoss Silicon Power’s general manager Claus A. Petersen, who becomes CEO of Semikron Danfoss. “With strong growth in our key markets – automotive, industry and renewables – the merger is a great opportunity for customers, partners, and our employees. Also, with the emerging technology transition from silicon to silicon carbide (SiC), we are set to become the strongest partner of our customers.”
Karl-Heinz Gaubatz has stepped down from his position as CEO of SEMIKRON to focus on his role as chief technology officer and support the merger process until his planned retirement at the end of 2022. “We have succeeded to position SEMIKRON as a market leader in industrial and renewable power module applications, with 2021 as one of the most successful years in our history,” notes Gaubatz. “It is only right that we now join forces with an equally driven and innovative company,” he adds.
“Electrification is one of the main drivers in the green transition, and Semikron Danfoss technologies are key components within industry, renewable energy, and automotive traction,” says Danfoss’ president & CEO Kim Fausing, who becomes chairman of the board of Semikron Danfoss. “Combining more than 90 years of technology leadership in power module packaging, we have the passion, competences, technologies, and commitment to become the preferred decarbonizing partner for customers.”