OECON Becomes Part of the British Portakabin Family

Portakabin Group We are pleased to announce that OECON Mobilraum GmbH and its subsidiary OECON Produktions GmbH, become part of the British Portakabin Ltd. at the beginning of August 2013.


Portakabin is an important part of the family-owned British construction group Shepherd Building Group, a company with an annual turnover of 850 million euros which was founded in 1890 by the Shepherd family.

Portakabin which is based in York, North of England, hires and sells its products up to now in the UK, France, Holland and Belgium. The Portakabin products are professional modular buildings which are mostly in health, education and kindergartens as well as modular buildings for office use.

OECON is a traditional and medium-sized German manufacturer and distributor of mobile space systems having built an enviable reputation within the container branch over the past 20 years. The blue and white units from OECON are used in nearly all branches, mainly in the construction sector.

The inclusion of OECON in the Portakabin family and the entry into the German market are an important part of the Portakabin pan-European strategy. OECON receives a strong, long-term oriented partner who secures the future growth, both in volume as well as with other locations. Besides the core business of the standard container solutions OECON can also cope with the increased demands for highly attractive modular buildings for various applications in the foreseeable future.

Joachim Full, Managing Director of OECON commented:

“We are very pleased to be part of Europe’s leading modular business, Portakabin. The financial strength and private ownership of the Portakabin Group ensures long term investment and security for OECON and its employees and was key in our decision to sell to Portakabin. We look forward to working with Portakabin as we expand OECON and the influence of Portakabin within the German modular market”.

Jean-Luc Guénard
, European Director for the Portakabin Group commented:

“The acquisition of OECON and the additional experience Mr Full brings to the European management team underlines the importance the Portakabin Group places on its expanding European business. We look forward to working with OECON and Mr Full in the all important German market.”

In a statement, Derek Carter, Chief Executive of the Portakabin Group commented:

“We are delighted to have acquired OECON the management team and employees. Our plans for the future include further investment in the hire fleet, new market sectors and additional hire centres within Germany. The addition of OECON to our French, Belgian and Dutch businesses will expand our European footprint and capability considerably and provide OECON with the opportunity to grow within the German market and in new market sectors. We very much look forward to working with Mr Full and all employees to realise OECON's full potential”.

Portakabin is a registered trademark.

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