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FabriTec Structures and Guard-All Building Solutions partner with PFEIFER’s business unit, Cable Structures

PFEIFER Seil- und Hebetechnik GmbH, Memmingen/Germany, with its business unit, Cable Structures, has acquired an ownership interest in the Dallas, Texas-based FabriTec Structures and Guard-All Building Solutions.

Last year, German-based PFEIFER acquired the Shanghai-based Covertex, an industry leader in PTFE, PVC and ETFE membrane manufacturing and in March 2016 acquired Austrian-based ErneuEner-Plus (now PFEIFER Systems), a specialist in retractable and movable structures.

By combining these new acquisitions, PFEIFER, with its rich history and enduring 400-year-long reputation, is creating a global organisation with unparalleled technical and commercial experience, and manufacturing resources. The Group now becomes the most integrated light weight structure specialist in the world, with these new alliances further enhancing PFEIFER Group’s capabilities to undertake large iconic projects around the world.

Gerhard Pfeifer, President of the PFEIFER Group, said:

This is a transformational deal for both companies that combines two best-in-class industry leaders to form a fully integrated organisation capable of delivering turn-key services from project concept to completion. We are now the only specialty construction company in the world, with the capabilities and experience to manufacture cables, stainless steel hardware, structural steel, as well as ETFE, PTFE and PVC membrane fabrication on a very large scale and a team to design, supply and install retractable and movable systems. By combining our 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 effectively.

Basil Haymann, Chairman of FabriTec Structures, said:

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. Today we have the most experienced, vertically integrated, sales, pre-construction, engineering, manufacturing and construction team in North and South America. Together with PFEIFER our specialty construction group has unparalleled ability to offer a complete, turnkey portfolio from design, engineering, steel, cable and membrane fabrication, to project management and construction with warranty and post-completion services to all our customers. You couldn’t have a better marriage of two companies that complement each other’s skill sets, capabilities and approach to doing business the right way.

The merged PFEIFER Group of Companies will have about 1,400 employees operating out of 20 different countries.

PFEIFER’s business unit, Cable Structures, with its head office in Memmingen-Germany, now has its presence all over the world with offices in Shanghai-China, Singapore-Malaysia, Doha-Qatar, Satteins-Austria, Dallas-Texas and five satellite offices in the US, Canada and Mexico.


The partners

PFEIFER Seil- und Hebetechnik (

PFEIFER Seil- und Hebetechnik is an innovative global leader in the manufacture of rope, cable structures and connecting and lifting products. With its business unit, Cable Structures, PFEIFER has been involved with the design and construction of a variety of iconic projects globally including Slaski Stadium (Chorzów, Poland), Cape Town Stadium (Cape Town, South Africa), Moses Mabhida Stadium (Durban, South Africa), AWD Arena (Hanover, Germany), Time Warner Center (New York, NY), Liberty Bridge (Greenville, SC), Doha City Centre – Roof and Facade (Doha, Qatar), and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), to name just a few of the numerous projects the company has worked on internationally.


FabriTec Structures (

FabriTec Structures is a design-build tensioned membrane structure and tensile membrane roofing specialist working with PTFE, PVC and ETFE membranes focusing predominantly in North and South America. FabriTec has been involved with the design and construction of many of the most innovative and iconic tensile structures in North America including the BC Place Stadium roof replacement (Vancouver, BC), ASU Skysong (Mesa, AZ), MGM City Center (Las Vegas, NV), OmniLife Stadium (Guadalajara, MX) and Rosa Parks Transit Center (Detroit, MI).


Guard-All Building Solutions (

Guard-All has been involved in the design, manufacture and construction of pre-engineered clear-span frame/membrane structures throughout North America and beyond. Notable projects include: Cheshire Community Pool (Cheshire, CT), Fertilizer Storage Facility (Maillag, AB, CA), Road Salt Distribution Center (Elkins, WVA), Equipment Repair and Storage Facility (Shell Albion Sands, AB).


PFEIFER Covertex (

PFEIFER Covertex is world-renowned for designing, engineering, fabricating and installing membrane including PTFE, PVC and ETFE. Examples of unique projects fabricated by PFEIFER Covertex include German-Chinese house (Shanghai, China), National Stadium (Beijing, China), Suzhou SIP (Suzhou, China), Guangzhou South Rail Station (Guangzhou, China), Canary Wharf (London, UK), Hong Kong Airport (Hong Kong, China), Metro Line 11 (Shanghai, China), to name but a few of the many projects completed.


PFEIFER Systems (

PFEIFER Systems GmbH with its principle place of business in Satteins, Austria, is a globally operating company with significant expertise and skill in the field of control engineering of renewable energy, ropeways for material handling, as well as retractable and adaptable light weight structures. In particular, its Managing Director, Dr Martin Jenni has gained major experience in various stadium projects worldwide.


Image above: ASU Skysong, Mesa, USA (FabriTec).

Main image (top): Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa (PFEIFER Seil- und Hebetechnik).