The organization called PROTEA Group was established by merging two companies, that are supplying the lifting equipment.
One of the is the Polish company PROTEA, the other – german company AXXIA GmbH.
The AXXIA company was established in 2006 on the basis of many years of experience of its founders in the manufacturing industry. Overall, the company has over 20 years of tradition.
Merging with AXXIA GmbH enabled PROTEA to enter the German market by thus fulfilling a kind of unwritten local content requirement. Thanks to the rich experience of AXXIA GmbH, not only on German market, but also worldwide, PROTEA has strengthened its position as a producer and supplier of modern solutions in the field of lifting equipment. Both companies, despite merging into one organization called PROTEA Group, retained their separateness, acting on the basis of complementarity, and cooperation under a joint Management Board. AXXIA GmbH has retained independence of action while supplying resources to PROTEA Sp. z o.o. in the form of engineering support and increased production capacity thanks to the Production Plant located in Ligota Górna near Kluczbork in Poland. The computer systems implemented from Poland for warehouse management and projects supervision also measurably improved the operation of AXXIA. At the same time, the company has retained its intimate, family atmosphere.
The core of AXXIA GmbH employees has consistently been composed of its founder, who, despite organizational changes, still supports the company with his knowledge and experience. Designers, Project Manager, Production Manager and several production workers performing the tasks of locksmiths and welders. The warehouse management is limited to the currently processed metallurgical materials, standardized parts and assembled components. The Office Manager supervises the organization of the company’s work and basic financial matters.
Meanwhile, the structure of PROTEA Sp. z o.o. is much more extensive, especially in the field of production processes, which in addition to the welding process, also include: preparation of production (i.e. cutting of metallurgical materials) and surface corrosion protection performed at the Production Plant in Ligota Górna. The assembly section is also expanded.
Additionally PROTEA Sp. z o.o. has a more developed administrative division, and above all a separate organizational unit dealing with Market Development. This unit works closely with AXXIA GmbH, drawing on the experience of the German partner, and in return – supporting it with its resources. A well-developed Supply and Logistics department operating within the organizational structure of PROTEA Sp. z o.o. became an opportunity for AXXIA GmbH to negotiate better financial and time conditions for the delivered materials. In addition, the use of the extensive experience of the Quality Management Department of PROTEA allowed smooth and trouble free implementation of the AXXIA Quality Management System in 2019, in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 standard.
It is safe to say, that both companies undeniably benefited from the merger, and the resulting organization is a strength of both partners.