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Flottweg Company History

The Flottweg Company History

1911

Gustav Otto

Gustav Otto, the son of the inventor of the engine factory „Otto-Motore“ founds in Munich the aircraft factory “Gustav Otto Flugmaschinenwerke”. On March 7, 1916, this company is integrated into the Bavarian aircraft factory “Bayerische Flugzeugwerke”. This is considered to be the birth of the later Bavarian Engine Company “Bayerische Motorenwerke” (BMW).

1918

Flottweg Motorrad

Otto starts a new company in Munich and develops a bicycle with auxiliary engine under the name "Flottweg". In the twenties, motor bicycles were produced and sold, also under the name "Flottweg".

1932

Dr. Georg Bruckmayer

Dr. Georg Bruckmayer acquires the rights of the protected name “Flottweg” and founds the engine factory “Flottweg-Motoren-Werke”.

1933

Flugzeugmotor

The engine factory “Flottweg-Motoren-Werke” starts manufacturing and distributing motorbikes and components for aircraft engines.

1943

Flottweg Fertigung

Because of World War II and due to the bombing of Munich, Flottweg relocates to Vilsbiburg (60 miles Northeast of Munich). After World War II Flottweg produces precision parts for printing press equipment.

1956

First Decanter

The company begins to look for a new main pillar and therefore starts to develop the first centrifuges in the fifties. The first Flottweg Decanter Z1 is delivered to BASF AG in Ludwigshafen in 1956.

1983

Bandpresse 1983

Development of a new generation of belt presses for the fruit juice industry.

1988

Krauss-Maffei, Munich, becomes major shareholder (90%) of Flottweg. 

1990

Flottweg USA

Flottweg starts its own sales and service offices in the United States, England and the Peoples Republic of China.

1995

SORTICANTER®

Successful test of the newly developed SORTICANTER®, a three phase centrifuge for the separation of two solids and one liquid e.g. for recycling plastic waste.

1998

Veronesi

Flottweg takes over the Italian manufacturer of disc stack centrifuges Veronesi.

2002

The Flottweg Management takes over the majority of shares (management buy-out).

2007

Flottweg AG

Flottweg is a shareholders´company operating under the name "Flottweg AG". However, the shares are not listed on the stock-exchange.

2008

The Chief Executive Officer of Flottweg, Peter Bruckmayer, and the Financial Director Joachim Weiershaus have retired from day-to-day operations and become members of Flottweg AG’s (incorporated company) Supervisory Board. Fritz Colesan, President, Knut Pantel, Executive Vice President – Finance and Administration, Manfred Schlarb, Executive Vice President – Engineering and Technology and Georg Schwinghammer, Executive Vice President – Manufacturing and Production, form the new management of Flottweg AG and continue to direct the company successfully.

2009

Neue Fertigungshalle

After only six months of construction, Flottweg employees moved into their new state-of-the-art production hall. The new production hall, which is 4000 square meters in size, allows for quicker processing times with highest quality and precision, more efficiency and flexibility in production, and better workplace quality.

2012

Flottweg SE

Flottweg AG becomes Flottweg SE
With its entry in the register of companies, the conversion to Flottweg SE is final. The legal status of SE, Societas Europaea (also called "Europe AG"), is a form of organization in the European Union. Through this, we emphasize the international aspect of our company structure even more than before. Our export share is more than 85%, and Europe represents the springboard for our global activities. With the SE conversion, Flottweg supports the European idea and the integration of our European subsidiaries.

2014

Stiftung

Shareholders Transfer Shares to Family Foundations
For long-term stability and independence, the Flottweg shareholders have transferred their shares in the company to two family foundations. The charitable Bruckmayer Foundation had already held shares in the company. That means that all Flottweg shares are now held by three foundations, ensuring the continued existence of the company for generations.