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MANY DECADES OF LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

From modest beginnings to global leadership in concrete pumping, it’s been a long and rewarding journey for Putzmeister.

Founded in 1958 on the simple premise of making work easier for an average labourer, Putzmeister today is a $1 billion-plus global organization.

The brand commands the respect of customers and the industry for the durability of its products, quality service and for its pioneering technological innovation in the concrete placing industry.

Here’s a timeline of some events in the decades past. Though we’re more excited about the landmarks to cross in the decades ahead.


THE BEGINNING

  • 1958: Karl Schlecht founds KS-Maschinenbau in Germany; eventually renamed Putzmeister (German for “plaster master”)

Karl Schlecht

  • 1961: Construction of the first section of Factory I in Filderstadt near Stuttgart airport
  • 1963: Company renamed “Putzmeister”
  • 1965: Manufacture of Gypsomat, the world’s first automatic and continuously working plaster machine for gypsum plaster, revolutionising plastering technique of the day

TAKING PUTZMEISTER TO THE WORLD

  • 1971: Opening of production plant in Aichtal. Putzmeister delivers its 1,000th concrete pump
  • 1974: Putzmeister establishes operations in France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, and Brazil
  • 1977: Putzmeister sets the world record in high rise concrete pumping at 1,017 feet (310m) at the Television Tower in Frankfurt, Germany

Television Tower in Frankfurt

  • 1978: New world record set for concrete pumping to a height of 1,115 feet (340m) over a total distance of 1,968 feet (600m) in the St. Gotthard Tunnel, Switzerland
  • 1980: Putzmeister establishes its fourth product group, Tunnel Machines

SETTING RECORDS

  • 1982: Delivery of the largest concrete pump in the world, with a boom height of almost 50m. Putzmeister acquires Thomsen, Inc. to form Putzmeister America

  • 1983: Delivery of the “Shotcrete Buffalo”, the largest wet shotcrete pump in the world

  • 1985: Putzmeister sets high rise concrete pumping world record of 1,417 feet (432m) in the Spanish power station Estangente-sallente.

  • 1986: Delivery of the largest concrete pump in the world with a 62m boom. Putzmeister pumps with special radiation protection used to encapsulate damaged Chernobyl reactor.

           Putzmeister crawler pump shotcrete

GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

  • 1993: Second branch of Putzmeister America established at Racine, Wisconsin 

    Second branch of Putzmeister America

  • 1994: Putzmeister sets another world record: 1,745 feet (532m) high rise concrete conveying at the power station Riva del Garda, Italy. The company’s Berlin branch is established 

    power station Riva del Garda pumping diagram

  • 1996: Opening of third manufacturing hub at Shanghai, China

    Third manufacturing hub at Shanghai

           

NEW INNOVATIONS, NEW ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2003: Putzmeister successfully launches the BSA 702, for delivering fine-grained concrete, self-levelling screed and wet spray jobs. It collaborates with Sika to create the Sika-PM 500 tunnel spray machine.

  • 2005: Putzmeister reorganises into four business areas: Concrete Technology (PCT), Mortar Technology (PMT), Water Technology (PWT) and Industry Technology (PIT).

  • 2006: Putzmeister establishes operations in Lisbon, Portugal. Russia offices relocate to larger premises north of Moscow. A new representation office is set up in Dubai.

  • 2007: Another world record for concrete conveying set at a height of 1,971 feet (601m) for the Burj Dubai - soon renamed the Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates. Putzmeister wins the German construction industry's Bauma Innovation Award 2007 in two categories. Its founder Karl Schlecht receives the Karlsruhe Innovation Award from the Institute for Technology and Management in Construction. Putzmeister establishes operations in India.

 Burj Khalifa under construction- Concrete pumping world record.

  • 2008: Putzmeister celebrates its Golden Jubilee: 50 years of excellence (1958–2008). The company changes its corporate form to Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH

 

 

CONTINUING TO GROW CLOSER TO YOUR BUSINESS

  • 2011: Putzmeister helps contain damaged nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami

Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power- Boom pump 

  • 2012: Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH merges with Sany Heavy Industry Co. Ltd to create a new global leader for concrete pumps

 Sany logo

  • 2014: Putzmeister sets up operations in Mexico for the production of truck mixers

  • 2015: Putzmeister invests more than 3 Mio. Euro for a new testing center in Aichtal, Germany 

  • 2017: Introduction of the new truck mounted concrete pumps of the 30m class

  • THE BEGINNING

    • 1958: Karl Schlecht founds KS-Maschinenbau in Germany; eventually renamed Putzmeister (German for “plaster master”)

    Karl Schlecht

    • 1961: Construction of the first section of Factory I in Filderstadt near Stuttgart airport
    • 1963: Company renamed “Putzmeister”
    • 1965: Manufacture of Gypsomat, the world’s first automatic and continuously working plaster machine for gypsum plaster, revolutionising plastering technique of the day
  • TAKING PUTZMEISTER TO THE WORLD

    • 1971: Opening of production plant in Aichtal. Putzmeister delivers its 1,000th concrete pump
    • 1974: Putzmeister establishes operations in France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, and Brazil
    • 1977: Putzmeister sets the world record in high rise concrete pumping at 1,017 feet (310m) at the Television Tower in Frankfurt, Germany

    Television Tower in Frankfurt

    • 1978: New world record set for concrete pumping to a height of 1,115 feet (340m) over a total distance of 1,968 feet (600m) in the St. Gotthard Tunnel, Switzerland
    • 1980: Putzmeister establishes its fourth product group, Tunnel Machines
  • SETTING RECORDS

    • 1982: Delivery of the largest concrete pump in the world, with a boom height of almost 50m. Putzmeister acquires Thomsen, Inc. to form Putzmeister America

    • 1983: Delivery of the “Shotcrete Buffalo”, the largest wet shotcrete pump in the world

    • 1985: Putzmeister sets high rise concrete pumping world record of 1,417 feet (432m) in the Spanish power station Estangente-sallente.

    • 1986: Delivery of the largest concrete pump in the world with a 62m boom. Putzmeister pumps with special radiation protection used to encapsulate damaged Chernobyl reactor.

               Putzmeister crawler pump shotcrete

  • GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

    • 1993: Second branch of Putzmeister America established at Racine, Wisconsin 

      Second branch of Putzmeister America

    • 1994: Putzmeister sets another world record: 1,745 feet (532m) high rise concrete conveying at the power station Riva del Garda, Italy. The company’s Berlin branch is established 

      power station Riva del Garda pumping diagram

    • 1996: Opening of third manufacturing hub at Shanghai, China

      Third manufacturing hub at Shanghai

               

  • NEW INNOVATIONS, NEW ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2003: Putzmeister successfully launches the BSA 702, for delivering fine-grained concrete, self-levelling screed and wet spray jobs. It collaborates with Sika to create the Sika-PM 500 tunnel spray machine.

    • 2005: Putzmeister reorganises into four business areas: Concrete Technology (PCT), Mortar Technology (PMT), Water Technology (PWT) and Industry Technology (PIT).

    • 2006: Putzmeister establishes operations in Lisbon, Portugal. Russia offices relocate to larger premises north of Moscow. A new representation office is set up in Dubai.

    • 2007: Another world record for concrete conveying set at a height of 1,971 feet (601m) for the Burj Dubai - soon renamed the Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates. Putzmeister wins the German construction industry's Bauma Innovation Award 2007 in two categories. Its founder Karl Schlecht receives the Karlsruhe Innovation Award from the Institute for Technology and Management in Construction. Putzmeister establishes operations in India.

     Burj Khalifa under construction- Concrete pumping world record.

    • 2008: Putzmeister celebrates its Golden Jubilee: 50 years of excellence (1958–2008). The company changes its corporate form to Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH

     

     

  • CONTINUING TO GROW CLOSER TO YOUR BUSINESS

    • 2011: Putzmeister helps contain damaged nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami

    Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power- Boom pump 

    • 2012: Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH merges with Sany Heavy Industry Co. Ltd to create a new global leader for concrete pumps

     Sany logo

    • 2014: Putzmeister sets up operations in Mexico for the production of truck mixers

    • 2015: Putzmeister invests more than 3 Mio. Euro for a new testing center in Aichtal, Germany 

    • 2017: Introduction of the new truck mounted concrete pumps of the 30m class