Preserving what is tried and tested / Seizing new opportunities

With experience and know-how, PVA TePla AG has for many years supported important manufacturing processes and technological developments, primarily in the semiconductor, hard metal, electrical/electronics, and optical industries, but also in the forward-looking fields of energy, photovoltaics, and environmental technology. A market leader in virtually all areas of technology, we are continuously evolving—because the future doesn’t stand still.


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Management Board

As a stock corporation, PVA TePla AG operates a dual management system, comprising the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. The members of the Management Board are appointed by the Supervisory Board. The Management Board and Supervisory Board work together closely.

  • Alfred Schopf

    Chief Executive Officer

    Alfred Schopf joined PVA TePla AG as CFO in April 2017 and took over as Chairman of the Management Board in June 2017.

    • Résumé

      During his career, Alfred Schopf has held leading positions in companies from the optoelectronic industry, such as Jenoptik AG and ARRI AG. He was also CEO of camera manufacturer Leica AG for five years.

  • Oliver Höfer

    Chief Operating Officer

    Oliver Höfer joined PVA TePla on December 1, 2007, and is responsible in the Board of Management for production and technology (COO) since December 2013.

    • Résumé

      For the past 18 years, Oliver Höfer has held management functions at various system manufacturers, which include a subsidiary of MAN Truck & Bus AG (formerly MAN Truck & Bus Group).

  • The Supervisory Board

  • Alexander von Witzleben

    Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Weimar

    Member and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PVA TePla AG since June 2004

    • Résumé

      Education

      Graduated with a degree in business management from the University of Passau 

      Professional background

      Since 2015 President of the Administrative Board and CEO of Arbonia AG, Arbon, Switzerland
      Since 2009 President of the Administrative Board Feintool International Holding AG, Lyss, Switzerland

      2007 until 2008

      Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, Duisburg: member of the Management Board 
      1993 until 2007 Jenoptik AG, Jena (D): initially as CFO, and from 2004 onwards as CEO
      1990 until 1993 KPMG Deutsche Treuhand Gesellschaft, Munich, Head of Audit

      Member of the following other supervisory bodies

      • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, Leipzig
      • Member of the Administrative Board of Artemis Holding AG, Aarburg, Switzerland
      • Member of the Supervisory Board of Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, Siegburg
      • Member of the Advisory Board of KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen


  • Prof. Dr. Markus Hubert Thoma

    Supervisory Board

    Member of the Supervisory Board of PVA TePla AG since June 2014

    • Résumé

      Education

      1995 “Habilitation” (University of Giessen, Institute for Theoretical Physics)
      1985 until 1988 Doctorate (Technical University Munich), Dr. rer. nat.
      1978 until 1984 Study of general physics at the Technical University Munich, Diploma

      Research areas

      • Plasma physics (experimental and theoretic): low-temperature plasmas, complex and strongly linked plasmas, relativistic plasmas (laser plasmas, quark-gluon plasma), plasmas in astrophysics, plasma medicine
      • Astronautics (the physics of zero-gravity environments)
      • Quantum field theory (thermal field theory and non-perturbative methods)

      Scientific career

      2006 until 2013 Extraordinary professor at the University of Giessen
      Since 2013: Professor (W3) of Plasma and Astronautics at the University of Giessen
      2001 until 2013 Senior Scientist and Senior Project Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
      1996 until 2001 Heisenberg Fellow at the University of Giessen, the ECT* in Trento (Italy), the University of Regensburg and CERN (Geneva)
      1995 until 2006 Lecturer (“Privatdozent”) at the University of Giessen
      1996: Substitute Professor at the University of Regensburg
      1992 until 1996 Research Associate at the Institute for Theoretic Physics at the University of Giessen
      1992 Research Associate at the Physics Department of Duke University in Durham (USA)
      1991 until 1992 Postdoctoral Position at the Physics Department of the Technical University Munich
      1990 until 1991 DFG Fellow at the Nuclear Science Division of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley (USA)
      1984 until 1989 Research Associate (Doctorate and Postdoctorate) at the Physics Department of the Technical University Munich

      Functions

      • Professor at the University of Giessen (responsible for the master course in “physics with a main focus on atomic, plasma and astronautics physics”) since 2013 and participation in the “RITSAT” project (2011–2014)
      • Erasmus representative and Chairman of the Expert Committee for the Röntgen Prize at the University of Giessen (since 2014)
      • Member of the Supervisory Board of PVA TePla AG (since 2014)
      • Senior Project Manager for the ESA Project PK-4 on the International Space Station ISS from 2002 to 2013
      • Freelance consultant to Berner & Mattner Systemtechnik GmbH in the area of aerospace (2009–2013)
      • Member of the MAP Cluster of Excellence, at the Helmholtz Alliance EMMI and the European ELI Project
      • Substitute Professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University Regensburg (1996)
      • Honorary member of the Deutsches Museum (2006–2009)
      • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Nationales Zentrum für Plasmamedizin


  • Prof. Dr. Gernot Hebestreit

    Supervisory Board, Leverkusen

    Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PVA TePla AG since June 2007

    • Résumé

      Education

      July 2017 Conferral of honorary professorship at the University of Münster
      December 1991 Awarded doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) at the University of Cologne
      October 1983 to December 1988 Received a “Dipl.-Kfm.” at the University of Cologne


      Professional career

      January 2018 to present Auditor and tax consultant in his own practice
      January 2010 until December 2017 Member of the Global Leadership Team at Grant Thornton International, London – Global Leader Clients & Markets
      July 2006 until December 2009 Managing Partner of Susat & Partner oHG, Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Hamburg
      March 2001 until December 2009 Managing Director and Managing Partner of Grant Thornton GmbH, Hamburg
      December 1988 until June 2006 Employee/Managing Partner of Warth & Klein GmbH, Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft Düsseldorf

      Supervisory Board mandates

      June 2007 to present Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PVA TePla AG, Wettenberg
      February 2006 to present Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Comvis AG, Essen
      January 2003 until December 2009 Member of the Board of Governors of Grant Thornton International Limited, London

      Academic activities

      Winter semester 2007/2008 to present Associate Lecturer at the Chair of Business Administration, specializing in International Accounting, of the University of Münster, (Prof. Dr. Kajüter, winter semester)
      1999/2000 to summer semester 2006 Associate Lecturer at the Chair of Business Administration and Auditing of University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Sieben and Prof. Dr. Kuhner)
  • Our Self-Understanding / Partner & Driver of Innovation

    PVA TePla—is not just about high-tech products, innovative systems and materials, dynamic processes, experts, and companies. It means fully developed structures, an open corporate culture, and responsible actions.

    By linking with innovative strength, we open up clear competitive advantages for our customers in existing markets and in new application fields—from the semiconductor industry to vacuum technology all the way to material analysis.

    Ten independently operating companies form our diverse and specialized group. This specialization and our broad portfolio with international appeal enables the seamless integration of highly complex processes, greater efficiency in the processes, and innovative properties of materials, surfaces, and underlying structures.

    From PVA TePla, you can expect optimum possibilities for product development and market access—for the next 25 years as well.

    Shared Values / One Group

    Established in 1991, the PVA TePla Group has been making corporate and industry history for more than 25 years. Our success is based on values that characterize, influence, and unite all our subsidiaries:

    A challenging VISION

    A reliable IMPLEMENTATION

    INNOVATION in product development

    SAFETY in all process steps

    History of the Company

    1. Company founded

      As a result of a management buy-out, Peter Abel GmbH takes over the vacuum metallurgy systems division of what was then Arthur Pfeiffer Vakuumtechnik Wetzlar GmbH (now: Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG) and establishes PVA-Pfeiffer Vakuum Anlagenbau GmbH (subsequently: PVA Vakuum Anlagenbau GmbH). The company focuses on the construction of systems for manufacturing and refining materials subjected to high temperature, vacuum, and pressure.

    2. Subsidiaries founded & IPO

      To provide additional production capacities, PVA Vakuum-Anlagenbau Jena GmbH is founded. In addition, a “spin-off” of Leybold Systems leads to the founding of Crystal Growing Systems (CGS) GmbH in Hanau, Germany. The company specializes in the construction of systems for manufacturing monocrystalline silicon crystals for the semiconductor industry.

      In the same year, TePla AG is floated with an IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. TePla AG develops, manufactures, and sells innovative plasma systems for the semiconductor industry as well as measuring systems based on laser technology.

    3. US branch

      A branch is established in the US under the name of PVA USA Corp. (subsequently PVA TePla America, Inc.).

    4. PVA and TePla merge, and LWT is founded

      PVA Vakuum Anlagenbau GmbH and TePla AG merge to become PVA TePla AG with its headquarters in Aßlar (subsequently relocating to Wettenberg).

      In the same year, PVA Löt- und Werkstofftechnik GmbH (LWT) is established. It takes over the business area of brazing and heat treatment from the parent company.

    5. Merger in the US

      In the US, a merger takes place between PVA USA and TePla America to form PVA TePla America Inc. It represents all divisions of PVA TePla AG on the American market and concentrates on the development and construction of plasma systems for the medical/life science area.

    6. Acquisition in Denmark and company founded in China, CGS GmbH moves to Aßlar

      Following the takeover of the float-zone crystal growing business area of Danish company Haldor Topsoe, PVA TePla Danmark is founded. The company goes on to become with world's leading provider of float-zone (FZ) systems.

      PVA TePla establishes Xi´an HuaDe CGS Ltd. in China as a joint venture with the Technical University Xi'an (TUX).

      Crystal Growing Systems GmbH relocates from Hanau to Aßlar to the headquarters of the parent company.

    7. New branch opens in China

      PVA TePla (China) Ltd. marks the opening of a service and sales branch in Beijing. The Group now has direct access to the important Chinese market, especially for its high-temperature systems.

    8. The new plasma nitriding business area

      After acquiring the business of Plasma Technik Grün GmbH in Siegen, PVA TePla AG, trading as PlaTeG GmbH, opens a new division—Vacuum & Nitriding Systems—that focuses on manufacturing systems for the plasma nitriding of surfaces.

    9. A new business area: ultrasonic microscopy

      Following the takeover of Krämer Scientific Instruments GmbH in Herborn and its Aalen-based subsidiary SAM TEC GmbH, PVA TePla enters yet another new field: ultrasonic microscopy. Both companies are renamed in 2008 to become PVA TePla Analytical Systems GmbH. The company headquarters are initially in Aalen and currently in Westhausen.

    10. New company headquarters in Wettenberg

      PVA TePla AG leaves its previous headquarters and its production facilities for vacuum systems in Aßlar and relocates to the town of Wettenberg near Giessen.

    11. Restructuring of the divisions

      The company divisions are reorganized and are now called: Industrial Systems, Semiconductor Systems, and Solar Systems.

    12. Acquisition of Munich Metrology GmbH

      PVA TePla acquires Munich Metrology GmbH in Munich, thereby strengthening the technological expertise of PVA TePla in the area of metrology. Munich Metrology—subsequently incorporated into PVA Metrology & Plasma Systems GmbH—concentrates on the detection of metallic contaminants on wafer surfaces in the semiconductor industry.

    13. Acquisition of Munich Metrology GmbH

      PVA TePla acquires Munich Metrology GmbH in Munich, thereby strengthening the technological expertise of PVA TePla in the area of metrology. Munich Metrology—subsequently incorporated into PVA Metrology & Plasma Systems GmbH—concentrates on the detection of metallic contaminants on wafer surfaces in the semiconductor industry.

    14. Acquisition of JenaWave GmbH

      JenaWave GmbH—which has also since merged to become part of PVA Metrology & Plasma Systems GmbH—is acquired by PVA TePla. By developing and constructing what are considered to be the key components of optical measuring heads, including complex evaluation and control software for the analysis systems, PVA TePla AG further bolsters its metrology division.

    15. Reorganization of the group of companies

      The reorganization of the corporate group with PVA TePla AG as a holding company and the subsidiaries as operating units establishes a more flexible and efficient organizational structure.

    16. New corporate identity

      With a new design and clear structuring of the divisions, the status of PVA TePla as a strong group of companies is now further emphasized.

    17. New corporate identity in 2018

      With a new design and clear structuring of the divisions, the status of PVA TePla as a strong group of companies is now further emphasized.

    Immediate Contact

    PVA TePla AG
    Im Westpark 10 - 12
    D-35435 Wettenberg

    Phone: +49 (0) 641/68690-0
    Fax: +49 (0) 641/68690-800