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Fabritec, Guard-All, and PFEIFER: Trio to Form New Global Force in Complex Cable and Tensile Membrane Structure Industry



Dallas, Texas, and Memmingen, Germany — FabriTec Structures, Guard-All Building Solutions, and PFEIFER Seil- und Hebetechnik GmbH recently announced its partnership to become the first end-to-end resource for complex tensile steel supported cable membrane structures and light-weight building envelope solutions in the world.

PFEIFER Seil- und Hebetechnik GmbH, with its business unit, Cable Structures, the leader in the design, manufacturing. and construction of architectural cable structure, has acquired an ownership interest in FabriTec Structures and its sister company, Guard-All Building Solutions, who provide wide span, frame-supported, fabric buildings. 

The new team, with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, and China, combines a worldwide presence with the highest level of skills in technical specification and design, budgeting, contracting, and project management, including site management and construction.

Beginning in July 2015, the German-based PFEIFER began enacting its plan to be the number one resource for complex cabling and tensile membrane systems by first acquiring Shanghai-based Covertex, an industry leader in PTFE, PVC, and ETFE membrane manufacturing, and in March 2016, acquiring an Austrian-based company specializing in control systems for retractable and movable light weight structures. 

The new Pfeifer Systems GmbH (formerly named as ErneuEner Plus) has provided the engineering for various large retractable shade canopies worldwide.

With the acquisition of FabriTec and Guard-All, PFEIFER Group is now the only construction supplier in the world with the capabilities and experience to manufacture cables, stainless steel hardware, steel fabrication, retractable/movable systems, and ETFE, PTFE and PVC membrane fabrication on a very large scale.

“This is a transformational deal for both companies that combines two best-in-class industry leaders to form a fully integrated organization capable of delivering turn-key services from project concept to completion. By combining our financial resources, together with our technical, commercial, manufacturing, and installation capabilities, we have the ability to execute a wide range of projects from small and simple to very large and complex with absolute cost-effectiveness,” said Gerhard Pfeifer, president, PFEIFER Group.

By combining its business unit, Cable Structures, with PFEIFER Covertex, PFEIFER Systems, and now this latest partnership with FabriTec and Guard-All, PFEIFER is creating a global organization with unparalleled technical and commercial experience and manufacturing resources. These new alliances will further enhance PFEIFER Group’s capabilities to undertake large iconic projects around the world.

“This new strategic alliance with PFEIFER will allow FabriTec to achieve its long-term goal to become the preferred vendor on major iconic stadium projects throughout North and South America, as well as providing PFEIFER with additional resources for its other global pursuits,” said Basil Haymann, chairman, FabriTec Structures.

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