Assembly of the first Super Shell for Beluga XL

Aircraft fuselage of Airbus’ cargo plane takes shape

After successful production of frames and subshells for the airfreighter Beluga XL at Deharde, now the assembly of the first super shell has begun. Instead of the ordinary rollforming, the Skins of the Sub Shells at Deharde are bend on a fully hydraulic press brake. This innovative technology achieves top quality. Sub Shells and frames are now mounted on special jigs to the 8 x 8 m Super Shells. The jigs were designed and manufactured at Deharde’s experienced Plant Engineering department.

Later on, the big components will be shipped to Toulouse where final assembly of the whole airplane will be accomplished at Airbus. The start of the assembly of the Super Shells marks a new milestone of this challenging project.

VarelDangast-Tag and family day at Deharde

Large attendance of visitors and family-members

On Sunday, August 7th 2016, Deharde opened its doors to families of its staff and participants of the VarelDangast-Tag. On this occasion, our division “Machining” showed several state-of-the-art-machines in action. Guests were likewise impressed by the exhibits in the new huge workfloor, where supershells of the cargo-plane Beluga XL will be constructed shortly. Here the divisions “Aerospace”, “Plant Engineering”, “Wind tunnel models” and “Casting Tools” informed at different booths about their jobs and performance. People were also given information about the HJH foundation. The staff department presented apprenticeship, career and prospect at Deharde at a glance.

Windy, but sunny weather not only invited to drop in and learn about the company and its activities, but also invited to enjoy the cheerful atmosphere and to take a break with drinks and food while the children had fun trying out trampolines, mountain climbing and others games.

We thank all our guests and assistants for a bright day and hope you enjoyed your visit at Deharde!

Company succession at Deharde decided

Holger Hoffmann initiates further development


Holger Hoffmann, previously the sole shareholder-managing director of the Varel-based Deharde-Maschinenbau Helmut Hoffmann GmbH, organised his company succession. As new shareholders, he brought his two long-term managers Marc Brestrich and Bernd Beschorner on board along with Tobias Schulz, the owner of the Visbeker Schulz Systemtechnik Group and the Süd Beteiligungen GmbH. The traditional company, founded in 1909, looks forward to a promising future with this new team.

“I am happy that two merited service providers from the Deharde management are among the owners as well as an experienced strategic partner and a financial investor who has proven to like and be able to handle medium-sized companies”, explained Holger Hoffmann. His family has determined the fate of Deharde for almost fifty years. Despite his withdrawal from the management, he will remain closely connected to the company as a shareholder and consultant.

Marc Brestrich, who is now in the role of shareholder-managing director, made it his goal to further expand the wonderful position of the company, in particular in the strongly growing aerospace and aviation segment: “With the financial power of the newcomers Schulz and Süd BG, Deharde will be in an even better position to take advantage of business chances and to continue to write success story of the company in terms of the family at the strategically important harbour in Varel.”

The Schulz Group, a family-run company with more than 1,000 employees from the Bremen area as well as the Süd Beteiligungen GmbH will accompany and support the further development of Deharde.

The transaction is still subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities.

About Schulz Systemtechnik GmbH:

Founded in the Lower Saxon city of Visbek in 1954, the SCHULZ Systemtechnik GmbH is currently one of the leading developers of automation solutions for different industries. The company combines all three disciplines of automation - from mechanical engineering to electrical engineering to information science - and therefore offers the entire value added chain from one source. Solutions concepts for medium-sized company up to big industry are developed while customized for the respective customer requests. Comprehensive synergy effects within the company group as well as comprehensive technical knowledge and know-how of the individual industries and their technologies are important advantages here. In order to change the production processes of their customers in a sustainable manner, the high-tech strategy industry 4.0 is a requirement and vision at the same time for technology leaders and can already be found in a few products. The international group has over 1000 employees at different locations throughout the world. 

About Süd Beteiligungen GmbH:

The Süd BG is a 100% subsidiary of the LBBW and supports strong-growing, medium-sized companies with individual, customised equity and similar to equity solutions with the focus on growth financing and succession regulations. The Süd Beteiligungen GmbH currently has over 40 shares in different industries with a capital under management of over 500 million Euro. More information:

First metal cut for Beluga XL

Deharde milled first frame for giant cargo aircraft

Kick off for the production of Beluga XL: on June 15th, 2016, the first frame for the cargo airplane Beluga XL was milled on our state-of-the-art Unisign mill center. Thanks to great cooperation of Deharde’s different divisions, also the first 4 skins have already been manufactured.
Deharde is in charge of design and build of aircraft fuselage sections for the Airbus Beluga XL. We are very proud of having reached another milestone towards our target: transport by sea of the fuselage sections to Toulouse from March 2017 on. In Toulouse the new aircraft will be finally assembled and take off for its maiden flight in 2018.

Deharde at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2016

International aerospace trade fair and congress: meeting point for expert decision-makers from politics, economy, science and research.

As an exhibitor representing "Lower Saxony, Bavaria and Northern Germany", Deharde welcomed many business partners on June 1st – 4th at their booth at the ILA Berlin Air Show. Enjoying the impression of the exhibits and flight shows, business focus was laid on networking as well as professional information exchange.
We thank all our guests for very interesting talks and are highly satisfied with a successful ILA 2016!

Deharde-trainees finish 3.-best at Paperboat-Race for trainees and pupils in Varelerhafen, Germany

On 27.5.2016, 37 teams paddled hard to carry home victory, among them 3 teams of Deharde. Spectators as well as participants were in high spirits.

For 2 weeks first- and second year’s -trainees of Deharde built three sturdy paperboats. Deharde’s young employees’ team spirit and craftsmanship led to success. Already in the primal two runs, Deharde-trainees finished expertly first. In the finals, Tjark Wolken and Christoph Juilfs (Team 2 of Deharde) gained an excellent 3. place.