Arthur Handtmann becomes an honorary citizen of Annaberg-Buchholz

Handtmann-Arthur-Ehrenbürger Annaberg

Dieter Seidel (Honorary Mayor of Annaberg-Buchholz), Arthur Handtmann and Rolf Schmidt (Lord Mayor of Annaberg-Buchholz)

Recognition of his great personal commitment

The Biberach entrepreneur, Arthur Handtmann, has been made an honorary citizen of Annaberg-Buchholz (Saxony). The honour was awarded to celebrate the Leichtmetallgießerei Annaberg’s 25 years as part of the Handtmann Group of Companies.


In 1992, Arthur Handtmann took over the foundry, established in Annaberg-Buchholz in 1926, from the Treuhand privatisation agency. At this point in time, the plant’s order situation was extremely poor. Despite this, the demands made by the Treuhand privatisation agency – guaranteed jobs for 100 employees and an investment volume of DM 10 million within 5 years – were greatly exceeded. After being taken over by the Handtmann Group of Companies, the plant has been systematically modernised over the last quarter of a century and approximately EUR 83 million have been invested in the development to date. Today, 19 fully-automated die casting machines are installed at the foundry in Saxony for the production of aluminium cast parts. High-quality casting finishing and CNC machining are integrated into the process. Handtmann supplies renowned automotive companies and their suppliers. The workforce, which now stands at 380, produce more than 12,000 tons of cast metal annually. Each year, training positions are offered for six different professions in Annaberg.


Rolf Schmidt, Lord Mayor of Annaberg-Buchholz, recognised the exemplary commitment shown by Arthur Handtmann as an entrepreneur and as a person: “Today is a day with special cause for celebration for us as a town, but above all for many citizens, families, associations and companies from our town and the region. The 25th anniversary of the Handtmann Leichtmetallgießerei Annaberg GmbH would not have been possible without you. We as a town and a great many families, employees and suppliers from our region owe you a great debt of gratitude. What you have achieved in our town is virtually unprecedented.”