Location is something of high importance to Gerald Langer. Haldensleben, where IFA Rotorion is located, is his place of birth and continues to be his home today. As CEO of IFA-Technologies, he is also one of the corporation's pillars of strength. Immediately after completing his degree in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Zwickau, he became an equipment engineer at the IFA drive shaft plant in September of 1979.

 

Gerald Langer is very proud of the company’s development, which is not surprising since he has played a central role in it. He is particularly pleased that “his” company is considered a prime example of successful transition after German reunification. Every new workplace created by IFA Rotorion in Saxony-Anhalt gives him tremendous satisfaction. It is also thanks to Gerald Langer that the company had a smooth transition from a planned economy to a market economy.

 

Langer, who is a licensed automotive engineer, knows all the long-term employees. He knows how the older employees feel, and the same is true for new employees. He also knows exactly how the company developed and especially, where it wants to go in future. Gerald Langer is one of IFA’s children, and during the transition he became a unifying figure. With his help, IFA made the impressive leap from an endangered factory to Europe’s leading axle shaft manufacturer. Gerald Langer knows very well that this would not have been possible without qualified and motivated employees.

 

His career was straightforward. In 1990, Gerald Langer accepted his first executive position with IFA as manager of product design. A year later, he took over as manager of construction and technology and in 1999 became the manager of production. For 10 years he has been the manager of development for IFA Rotorion, which now has more than 50 employees. He has never once considered leaving his home area, except, of course, for trips to the USA or Canada with his family.

 

 

IFA ROTORION — Holding GmbH

IFA ist ein Name mit großer Tradition. Das Kürzel, das einst alle Fahrzeugbau-Kombinate in der DDR im Namen führten, stand früher für Industrieverband Fahrzeugbau. 1992 wurde das Unternehmen durch Heinrich von Nathusius privatisiert, der bis heute die Unternehmenskultur prägt.

 

2009 erfolgte der Zusammenschluss mit der Rotorion GmbH aus Friedrichshafen, seit Oktober 2010 firmiert das Unternehmen unter dem Namen IFA ROTORION - Holding GmbH. In 2016 erwirtschaftete das Unternehmen einen Jahresumsatz von rund 566 Millionen Euro.

 

IFA produziert heute an ihren Standorten Haldensleben, Irxleben und Charleston (USA) mit 2.500 Mitarbeitern Längswellen, Gleichlaufgelenke und Kreuzgelenke für die Automobilindustrie. Im Herbst 2014 läuft die Produktion in einem eigenem Werk in Shanghai/China an. Zusätzlich übernimmt das Unternehmen im Auftrag der Industrie Entwicklungsdienstleistungen in den Bereichen Antriebstechnik und Leichtbau.

 

Die IFA-Gruppe zählt zu den führenden europäischen Gelenkwellen-Herstellern und ist größter Automobilzulieferer Sachsen-Anhalts.