The entrepreneur Wolfgang Thrun and Jakob Eicker, including also owner of Dethleffs GmbH were, reached an agreement with Erwin Hymer, their previously separate companies in the caravan and motorhome industry to unite. The group "CMC Thrun-Hymer and Eickermann GmbH & amp; Co KG "was founded in the companies:
Thrun-Eickermann GmbH, TE-Vertriebs-GmbH, Dethleffs GmbH + Hymer GmbH, Hymer France SA.
Wolfgang Thrun phoned Bernd Riedle and asked if he wanted to take over the leadership of the group as a central manager. Bernd Riedle gladly told him. With great optimism, the CMC launched in their future: all subsidiaries should be performed independently. First, only the reporting in the Group was unified. Incipient problems should be recognized in the subsidiaries themselves and resolved at an early stage. In the second step the material economy was intertwined: the number of the same parts has been increased - without compromising the authenticity of the cars. The joint purchasing was introduced - each company has been responsible for one of the areas of material. 1982 interrupted the economic crisis in Europe and the growth of the CMC: The AEG-Telefunken became insolvent. The unemployment rate rose to almost 9%. In the GDR, the first time women could be called up for military service. The Cold War escalated. The fear of the future unsettled prospects of caravans and motor caravans strong. Could you still travel with recreational vehicles in the future? Sales plummeted. The consequences: a manufacturing company of CMC in the Ruhr region with another 300 employees were stillge-sets - without bankruptcy. The few high-quality caravans for the brand TEC were then produced in Dethleffs in Isny, cheap cars were built by Trigano France on behalf of CMC
The CMC collapsed under the impact of the economic crisis almost together. The majority shareholder announced its CMC participation. A minority shareholder had also resign from the CMC due to economic problems. Mr. Erwin Hymer fought with Bernd Riedle to the reorganization of the group. 1985 was Mr. Hymer buy the shares of the two retired shareholder he = thus became no longer a minority shareholder, but the sole owner of the CMC.
From 1985 to 1990 it was possible to lead the CMC in constant stress again to success. Riedle drove without a driver at night - to save money and time - to the local subsidiaries. First, to solve the big financial problems with the banks; while it often accompanied Mr. Erwin Hymer. Later it went during the visits all about early detection of new opportunities or problem directly with the person in charge of the subsidiaries. Around 1990 appeared in MANAGER an investigation into major medium-sized companies in Germany. The CMC has confirmed the fourth place at the top. Since no figures for the Group were published by the CMC itself, remained unknown, who had passed the numbers. The first majority shareholder of CMC, Wolfgang Thrun had never published successes of the group. In Thrun not CMC appeared at press conferences, but only the subsidiaries. With the indiscretion
was next to the surprising result of the CMC also announced that the CMC was of almost all now become the largest group of European leisure vehicles unnoticed with its subsidiaries in 1980 had sales of CMC be 220 million. in the economic crisis in Europe, he dropped to 177 million By 1990 revenues from the sale are then increased to 540 million.