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From small beginnings to global operations

65 years of innovation from Eisenmann

In 1951, Eugen Eisenmann wrote the opening chapter of the Eisenmann success story, which continues to this day. Once a small family-run business in Böblingen, Germany, Eisenmann has evolved into a major international player.

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1951-1954: The early years

  • 1951 Engineering company established in Stuttgart

    In 1951, the engineer Eugen Eisenmann establishes an engineering company in the Gaisburg district of Stuttgart, with just a handful of employees. Eisenmann, whose forebears were farmers and tradespeople in the Swabia region, is to become one of Germany’s most prominent entrepreneurs of the post-war period.

  • 1952 Development and construction of lumber dry kilns

    Just a year after its foundation, Eisenmann completes the first lumber dry kilns. Seasoning wood this way enables it to be worked sooner.

  • 1953 Development and construction of paint shops

    The company builds its first spray booths and cure ovens for painting wood in 1952. Paint shops remain one of Eisenmann?s core business lines to this day.

  • 1954 Relocation to a new facility in Böblingen

    The business soon outgrows its Stuttgart premises and opens a new facility in Böblingen in 1954.

1960-1966: New lines of business

  • 1960 Conveyor systems

    In the early 1960s, Eisenmann begins building conveyor systems, including a circular conveyor that is specially designed for the painting process. In 1960, the company adds metal-painting plants to its portfolio.

  • 1962 First forays into environmental technology

    Eisenmann recognized the importance of resource-efficient systems as early as 1962, developing a facility for treating the waste water from painting processes. The company has been promoting cleaner air since 1968 by designing and building thermal oxidizers. Today, the Environmental Technology business unit offers a wide variety of products and services and enjoys a high priority at Eisenmann.

  • 1964-1966 Revolutionizing the painting process

    1964 sees the launch of Eisenmann’s very first electro-dip coating plant. The first powder coating system is introduced in 1966 and revolutionizes the painting process.

1967-1975: Laying the foundations for the future

  • 1967-1970 Eisenmann expands

    To create more space for the fast-growing company’s employees and plant-manufacturing activities, new buildings are erected on Böblingen’s Röhrer Weg: an engineering building, a production facility and offices.

  • 1973 World’s largest pipe coating lines

    Two of the world’s largest pipe coating lines start operation in 1973. One of them is Europe’s first epoxy coating system for pipelines.

  • 1975 Enhancing efficiency and eco-friendliness

    A new type of powder coating booth with belt filters, introduced in 1975, makes the painting process more efficient. In the 1970s, the company systematically develops innovations geared toward improving efficiency and eco-friendliness. Since then, these innovations have become standard in all Eisenmann products.

1976: Handing on the baton

  • Eugen Eisenmann retires

    In 1976, Eugen Eisenmann relinquishes the helm to his son Peter, who was second-in-command at Eisenmann from 1973. Eugen Eisenmann uses his new-found leisure time to pursue his two passions: mountain-climbing and art collection. Following a brief illness, the company’s founder passes away in 1991 at the age of 80.

1977-1981: Rapid growth

  • 1977 The boom continues

    The new chief executive, Peter Eisenmann, continues the success story his father began. In 1977, Eisenmann has 600 employees. The first subsidiary in the USA is established.

  • 1978 Taking the automotive industry by storm

    In 1978, Eisenmann builds the world’s first full-body dip pretreatment plant. Since the early 1980s, nearly all leading automotive manufacturers have employed paint shops from Eisenmann.

  • 1978 New division: control systems technology

    In 1978 Eisenmann creates a new division: control systems technology as improvement in automation of systems.

  • 1979 Paint line for plastic bumpers

    A succession of innovations in the 70s and the 80s helps the company significantly increase sales to the automotive sector. In 1979, Eisenmann builds the first paint line for vehicle bumpers made of plastic.

  • 1981 Smart logistics

    In 1981, Eisenmann extends its portfolio of conveyor systems by designing the first electrified monorail system. Automated guided vehicle systems for the automotive sector are introduced in 1983.

1982-1989: Innovations of the 1980s

  • 1982 Waste-to-energy systems

    Eisenmann builds the first waste-to-energy system in 1982. The company has offered exhaust air treatment plants equipped with regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTOs) since 1989. These plants cost much less to operate than traditional systems.

  • 1985 Complete pre-assembly commences

    A new assembly facility in Böblingen enables Eisenmann to start offering complete pre-assembly in 1985. An additional pre-assembly facility in Holzgerlingen opens its doors in 1990.

  • 1986 Eisenmann builds the first high-pressure paint stripping plant.
  • 1987 Eisenmann builds the first water-based paint line for vehicles is built in 1987.
  • 1987-1989 Enameling facilities for household goods

    Eisenmann introduces electro-dip enameling facilities in 1987 and enameling kilns in 1989, which attract a growing number of customers from the household goods industry.

  • 1989 Regenerative thermal oxidation

    Another innovation in environmental technology Eisenmann brings in 1989 with air purification systems with regenerative oxidiser (RTO) on the market. The operating costs are much lower than conventional systems.

1990-1994: Innovations of the 1990s

  • 1990 New exhaust air treatment system

    In 1990, Eisenmann develops a key innovation in environmental technology: the adsorption wheel (ADR). This new system for treating exhaust air addresses the rising demand for the treatment of less highly polluted exhaust air streams, the result of stricter environmental legislation.

  • 1990 Firing lines for ceramics

    Eisenmann penetrates a new market with firing lines and high-temperature kilns for the ceramics industry, attracting top manufacturers of sanitary ware, technical ceramics and porcelain.

  • 1992 Paint recycling by means of ultrafiltration
  • 1993 First BOT contract for an automotive paint shop

    Eisenmann signs its first build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract in 1993 for an automotive paint shop. Under the contract, the company not only builds the facility, but also operates it on the automaker’s behalf.

  • 1994 First turnkey paint shop including the building, as a general contractor for a customer in the automotive sector

1990-1996: Global expansion

  • Subsidiaries established worldwide

    In the 1990s, Eisenmann steps up its globalization strategy, establishing subsidiaries in Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Brazil, Italy, Argentina, South Korea, France and the UK.

1993: Change of leadership

  • Peter Eisenmann moves to the Supervisory Board

    Peter Eisenmann retires from his position as CEO 1993, becoming Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

2000-2010: The age of innovation

  • 2000 The millennium year

    At the start of the new millennium, Eisenmann boasts several different innovations: the company builds its first entire assembly lines for automobiles, develops ammunition destruction plants and launches the first firing line for diesel particulate filters.

  • 2000 Innovation VarioShuttle

    In 2000 Eisenmann introduces the VarioShuttle for pre-treating and dip-coating in the automotive industry.

  • 2002 The Eisenmann Training Center opens

    The Eisenmann Training Center opens its doors in June 2002. The four-story building, featuring extensive glass frontage, is the central training venue for all employees worldwide. It is also used to provide training for customers’ staff.

  • 2003 Biogas plants and high-bay warehouse

    In 2003, Eisenmann’s Environmental Technology business line takes a decisive step forward by developing biogas plants. In the same year, the company builds Europe’s largest and most high-performance high-bay warehouse for a retailer of coffee and household items. The warehouse has a capacity of 135,000 pallet locations and can process 1.5 million pallets a year.

  • 2005-2006 New markets: carbon fiber production and chemical weapons disposal

    In 2005, Eisenmann introduces the first oxidation oven for carbon fiber. A year later, the company constructs a turnkey facility for disposing of chemical weapons in Kambarka, Russia.

  • 2009 Pioneering innovations underscore our technology leadership

    In 2009, Eisenmann unveils three key innovations in a single year: an electrostatic separation system for paint overspray, E|SCRUB, a new and more efficient solution for pre-treatment and EC, E|SHUTTLE and a vacuum door, E|GATE, for high-temperature processes.

  • 2010 Eisenmann further extends its reach

    In 2010, Eisenmann breaks into the key Indian market by establishing a subsidiary there and acquiring Haden India. In consequence, the company now operates from four locations in the country’s major economic centers: Chennai, Mumbai (Thane), Pune and Delhi. Furthermore, Eisenmann penetrates the growth market for adhesive technology by acquiring a majority stake in intec Bielenberg.

2011 and onwards: The success story continues

  • 2011: Expansion of portfolio

    In the year of its 60th anniversary, Eisenmann acquired the Hightec Group, and expanded its activities in the dynamic regions of Shanghai, Changchun, Kunshan and Fuzhou. The purchase of carbonization specialist Ruhstrat added industrial carbonization furnaces to Eisenmann’s oxidation portfolio – enabling the supply of turnkey solutions for carbon fiber manufacturing.

  • 2012: Further development of EMS and biogas technologies

    Eisenmann extended its electrified monorail offering through the introduction of the EMS Twin Shuttle, a compact model that enables higher throughput. Furthermore, Eisenmann developed new technology for upgrading biogas to natural-gas quality, enabling it to be fed directly into the public grid.

  • 2013: Innovations in surface finishing and intralogistics

    Eisenmann added the E-Shuttle 200, the E-Cube and a modular generation of high-pressure pumps and regulators to its innovative range of surface finishing technologies.

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