It is being reported that Gemballa’s facility in Germany has been closed by Government officials and cars impounded.
Update 23/2/2010: Gemballa has now filed for Insolvency.
Update 19/2/2010: German news source Bild is also now reporting an ‘exclusive’ on the alleged kidnap of Uwe Gemballa. They say his wife has received a phone call from her husband’s mobile phone demanding €1 million ransom for his release. The call apparently went dead and she has been unable to reach Uwe since. Bild say that Interpol are investigating.
Update 18/2/2010: In yet another twist to this story, it is now being reported that Uwe Gemballa has been kidnapped in South Africa and is being held to ransom. We will update further when we have more details.
In a twist to yesterday’s story about Gemballa’s founder – Uwe Gemballa – being missing in South Africa, we’ve just been called by a contact in Germany who has told us that German Government officials have sealed the offices of Gemballa this morning.
It would be wrong of us to speculate at this point on the reasons for this, although we did hear rumours yesterday about the possible reasons for Uwe’s disappearance which we couldn’t publish.
Our source has told us that the cars at Gemballa have been impounded and the owners are being contacted to provide proof that the cars belong to them or Gemballa. If they are unable to do this the cars will be seized.
We are trying to verify this story as we write, and will update this article as soon as we get more news. We hope the reports are incorrect, but they do come from a good source.