Technology in focus – at home in Hamburg

The Group’s companies are leaders in the fields of coating, printing, drying and drive technology.


Introduction to the technology holding ATH

Four mid-sized companies under one roof

As a global management holding established in 2003, ATH combines four mid-sized mechanical engineering companies engaged in their own business operations – KROENERT, COATEMA, DRYTEC and ZAE. Each specialises in a core technology and each one is a leader in its field worldwide ATH promotes a distinctive culture of innovation, thereby ensuring that each of its companies has the necessary technological edge in existing and future-oriented end markets.

ATH has been based in Hamburg since the very beginning, and Hanseatic values such as trust, reliability and openness shape how each of its approximately 450 employees behave and act every day.

The Group companies

The ATH companies at a glance

The fields of activity in which each of the group companies are involved can traditionally be divided into two areas: converting industry and drive technology.

KROENERT, DRYTEC and COATEMA service the entire product range of the converting industry – from coating, laminating and printing machines through to drying and moistening systems.

ZAE develops and manufactures drive systems. The product range includes both high-performance standard gear units and special custom-made solutions.




KROENERT has been developed, designed and manufactured customer-specific, turnkey lines in the field of coating technology for web-type materials since 1903.




COATEMA designs and manufactures laboratory and pilot lines whose strength lies in the combination of innovative research, an integrated R&D centre and specialized mechanical engineering.

DRYTEC manufactures turnkey drying and humidification systems as well as special machines that offer a solution for almost every converting product.

With more than 100 years of experience, ZAE develops and manufactures high-performance standard gear units as well as custom-made solutions.

Mission statement

Technology Leader

Our companies combine a tradition stretching back more than 100 years with the innovations of the present to meet the challenges of the future. We are a driving force behind the development of coating technology and are regarded as the clear market and technology leader by both our customers and our partners. We successfully apply new and traditional technologies, enriching life and protecting the environment.




100 years of tradition combined with innovations of the present

Our history began with the establishment of Maschinenfabrik Max Kroenert in 1903 and the spin-off of the gearing department to form Zahnradfabrik Altona Elbe in 1919 (now ZAE Antriebssysteme). Find out about the milestones of our history – from the founding years through to the innovations of the present!





The Burkhard Meyer Foundation is the ATH main shareholder. One of the Foundation’s main goals is to have institutes and their doctoral students carry out research into various mechanisms of cancer development so as to significantly increase patients’ chances of recovery. In addition to ATH income, the proceeds from employee collections have also been donated to the child cancer research institute KINDERKREBS-ZENTRUM Hamburg for many years.




Opportunities & Perspectives

Our high technical level, our modern factory and business equipment and the international client strcuture guarantee an exciting working environment. .Team spirit and personal initiative characterize our daily work.



We are ATH

In the ATH Group we have a wide range of professions. Here we would like to introduce you to some of our employees (m/f/d) in detail - your possible future colleagues (m/f/d) .


Your application

We look forward to receiving your application, complete with cover letter, CV and references to jobs (AT) Your contact is Ramona Junuzovic will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.



Your career
with the ATH Group

The companies of ATH Altonaer-Technologie-Holding are very international in their orientation: our skilled specialists might be needed at the headquarters in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld or anywhere in the world, depending on the job profile. You can also look forward to a modern workplace in a cutting-edge technology sector with lots of opportunities to make an active contribution.