News 2018

January 2018

International expansion

The HANSA-FLEX Group is growing constantly and establishing additional branches, so that it can be even closer to customers all around the world.


In the last few months alone the opening of branches in four new locations has been celebrated. HANSA-FLEX is now on the ground in Sao Bernardo do Campo and in Campinas, both in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, together with Horsham in the UK and Bauska in Latvia.


This increases the overall number of HANSA-FLEX branches around the world to 416. As before you will find the search function for locations worldwide, with routing to all branches, on the ‘Home’ page of

Expansion in South-east Asia

The international expansion strategy of the HANSA-FLEX Group continues to focus on South-east Asia. With the establishment of sales organisations in Myanmar and South Korea, two new countries have been simultaneously added to the company's base in this high-growth region. In both countries the market launch is being implemented with carefully selected local partners.


Merlin Naisar, Sales Officer for the ASEAN region, is delighted by the recently signed contracts and the successful equipping of the new branches with products, tools and machinery. He particularly wishes to send his thanks to the HANSA-FLEX home base: “The trouble-free start of our operations in Myanmar and South Korea was made possible by the tremendous support we received from the two central stores and our colleagues in Austria. It was the ideal way of convincing our new partners of the cooperation, solidarity and efficiency within the HANSA-FLEX Group.”


Planning for further expansion in Asia in the year 2018 is already well under way, with the focus of activities on Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

New Country Manager for Estonia

38-year old mechanical engineer Priit Gradov has been appointed Country Manager of HANSA-FLEX Estonia. He has extensive experience in management and sales with international companies.


As a sales manager for oils and lubricants he has acquired comprehensive knowledge of the market and the industry in many important customer segments. “I'm looking forward to this new challenge within Europe's leading hydraulics supplier and will contribute to the full my extensive experience and contacts in the maritime industry, forestry, mining, manufacturing, transport and agriculture”, stated Priit Gradov on the occasion of his first visit to company HQ in Bremen.


We all welcome Priit Gradov to HANSA-FLEX and wish him the best possible start in his new post!

New country organisation in Ireland

HANSA-FLEX is expanding to Ireland and will soon be opening an overseas company based in Dublin. As Country Manager, Irishman Paul Murphy will be responsible for establishing and building up HANSA-FLEX Ireland. Before joining HANSA-FLEX the hydraulics expert built up an extensive network thanks to his management positions in sales and production at companies such as SMC Pneumatics, Gardner Denver and Parker Hannifin. Most recently he was Country Manager for Ireland at Parker in Dublin.


Paul Murphy is highly familiar with the hydraulics market in his country, and believes it offers excellent opportunities for HANSA-FLEX. “Customers in Ireland are very demanding when it comes to quality. They only trust best-in-class companies such as HANSA-FLEX to meet these requirements. I'm sure that with our strong customer focus we will not only meet these expectations, but will even exceed them”.


We wish Paul Murphy all the best for the launch of HANSA-FLEX Ireland!

New kit for 30 clubs

For many years now HANSA-FLEX has been donating high-quality sports kit to children’s and youth teams from all around the world. This year, too, 30 teams have been the delighted winners in our draw and have already participated in their initial matches wearing their new kit.


We wish all 30 teams continued sporting enjoy- ment and success, and hope that the kit we have donated will make a contribution to a positive team spirit.


Our sponsorship of junior clubs will of course continue next year. You will find all the relevant information on how to apply in the 1/2018 issue of “Hydraulikpresse”.

HANSA-FLEX India has a new Managing Director

New Zealander Alistair Wiggins will soon be taking charge of the future HANSA-FLEX overseas company in India as its Managing Director. A mechanical engineer, Mr Wiggins has worked for 25 successful years in the hydraulics industry. In the UK his posts included those of Managing Director of Pirtek and Director of the British Franchise Association.


Alistair Wiggins looks forward to his new responsibilities within the HANSA-FLEX family company: “I'm really happy to become part of the HANSA-FLEX team and look forward to establishing and developing our base on the Indian market.” Following a comprehensive analysis of the Indian market Business Development Manager Frank Schmidt and the new Managing Director will decide on the concrete form and location of the new overseas company.


We all welcome Alistair Wiggins to HANSA-FLEX and wish him the best possible start in India.

I spy with my little eye…

Pictures containing hidden objects are highly popular with young and old, and especially in the world of hydraulics there's lots to discover. We have therefore asked the artist Peter Knorr to create an exclusive hidden object picture for HANSA-FLEX, and you’ll find it enclosed as a poster with this issue.


Hidden in the picture are lots of little details which will surprise you again and again the more often you look at them. We hope you'll have fun exploring the colourful world of HANSA-FLEX!


About the artist:

  • The artist Peter Knorr is one of Germany's most prestigious authors of books featuring hidden object games. He has published a range of these books together with Doro Göbel. Their latest book “Die Flussfahrt” (A trip on the river) is published by Beltz & Gelberg Verlag and is available from bookshops.

2017 Christmas initiative "Donations instead of gifts": The votes have been counted

Last year HANSA-FLEX decided on a very special Christmas initiative! On the occasion of the company's 55th anniversary HANSA-FLEX is donating €55,000 to three carefully selected aid projects. Under the slogan “Donations instead of gifts” business associates, staff and friends were able to vote on the distribution of the amount to be donated on our Initiative page until 31 December. The donation will be distributed as follows:


Of the approximately 3,000 votes received, the largest number went to the organisation and project of Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V. (€30,000), followed by Viva con Agua e.V. (€15,000), while the third largest donation (€10,000) will go to BORDA e.V.


We congratulate all three organisations, and look forward to working with them. 


Here's an outline of the projects once more.


Under this project the aid organisation Ingenieure ohne Grenzen will use the donation to provide the more than 100 pupils of a school in a rural area of Guinea with access to clean drinking water. The rainwater cisterns which are being planned will increase hygiene conditions and improve health levels in the area. In addition local workers will receive technical training, enabling them to pass on their skills to others.


The project planned by Viva con Agua de St. Pauli e.V. is aimed at effective improvement of the WASH situation (WASH stands for water, sanitation and hygiene) in the rural Chitwan region of Nepal to the south of the capital city Kathmandu, and will improve living conditions for more than 39,000 people. The €15,000 donation from HANSA-FLEX will help to provide schools in the project region with drinking water and sanitary facilities, together with instruction on hygiene for the schoolchildren. 


With the aid of HANSA-FLEX, BORDA e.V. (Bremer Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Überseeforschung und Entwicklung) will be providing aid activities in the town of Leh (northern India). The town lies at an altitude of 3,500 m and is one of the world's highest locations under continuous occupation. There is a lack of sustainable sewage treatment facilities, which represents a threat to the health of local people and causes environmental pollution. In addition, a noticeable rise in the number of tourists has placed an additional strain on the fragile ecosystem of this isolated region. Faecal sludge management (FSM) will provide a solution to these problems. In addition, BORDA supports the local authorities and the private sector in faecal sludge management operations.


There will soon be reports on the progress of the projects which are involved here as well as in this year's issues of HYDRAULIC PRESS and on the HANSA-FLEX Facebook page. Further information about the initiative and the projects is available at

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