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1911 Gustav Otto Flugmaschinenwerke

Gustav Otto, son of the inventor of the gasoline engine, established the Gustav Otto Flugmaschinen-Werke (or Flying Machine Works) in Munich. In March 1916, the company merged with Bavarian aircraft works Bayerische Flugzeugwerke. This is considered to be the birth of the company that would later become known as Bayerische Motorenwerke (BMW).

1920 Flottweg motorcycles

Otto opened a new plant and developed a bicycle with an auxiliary engine with the name Flottweg. Motorcycles produced in the 1920s were sold under the name Flottweg.

1932 Flottweg Motor Works

Dr. Georg Bruckmayer aquires the rights of the protected name "Flottweg" and founds the engine factory "Flottweg-Motoren-Werke".

The picture shows the Flottweg bicycle with auxiliary engine, manufactured by the Ottowerken in Munich. The Ottowerke produce bicycles with auxiliary motors, called "Flottweg".

1943 Moved to Vilsbiburg

The bombing of Munich during the Second World War forced the company to move to Vilsbiburg, some 60 km north-east of the city. After the Second World War, the company produced precision parts for the printing industry.

You can find more information about the Vilsbiburg site here.

1956 Flottweg decanter

In the 1950s, the company began developing the first centrifuges as a second business sector. The first Flottweg Decanter, known as type Z1, was delivered to BASF AG, Ludwigshafen in 1956.

The picture shows the founder Dr. Georg Bruckmayer with a decanter centrifuge from the seventies. Flottweg has been building decanter centrifuges since the fifties.

1984 Acquired by Bird Machine Inc. USA

In 1984, the US-based group Bird Machine, Inc. acquired majority shares in the Flottweg family business. Bird Machine, Inc. was majority owner of Flottweg for four years.

1988 Krauss-Maffei Munich became the new majority shareholder

In 1988, Flottweg's majority shareholder changed. From 1988 to 2002, Flottweg belonged to Munich-based Krauss-Maffei. Flottweg grew internationally during this time.

1989 Flottweg established international sales and service offices in France

In 1989, Flottweg opened international sales and service offices. The first locations were in France.

1990 Flottweg expands to the US, England, China

In 1990, additional sales and service offices opened in the US, England and China.

1998 Acquired Veronesi Spa Bologna

In 1998, Flottweg acquired Italian separator manufacturer Veronesi. Initially, the separators were manufactured in Italy. Meanwhile, Flottweg produces exclusively at the Vilsbiburg location in Germany.

For More information about Flottweg Veronesi, click here.

1999 subsidiary company Founded in China

In 1999, the former sales office in Shanghai, China, became a subsidiary. Thus, Flottweg China can reflect on a 20-year history.

Click here to learn more about our Shanghai subsidiary.

2002 Management buyout of Flottweg KGaA

In 2002, Flottweg regained independence. Flottweg's management bought the majority of company shares.

The picture shows the headquarters of Flottweg in Vilsbiburg in the nineties. Our headquarters in Vilsbiburg in the nineties.

2003 Foundation of Flottweg México S.A. de C.V.

Following its independence, a subsidiary was founded in Mexico in 2003: Flottweg México S.A. de C.V.

2007 Flottweg AG | Founding of Flottweg Separation Technology, Inc., USA

The former KGaG began operating as 'Flottweg AG' from 2007 and is now a non-listed, family-owned, joint-stock company.

Also in 2007, the US sales office became a subsidiary, the Flottweg Separation Technology, Inc. - the largest subsidiary in the Flottweg Group.

Learn more about Flottweg, USA.

2011 Founding of Flottweg Australia Pty. Ltd.

Four years later, another subsidiary was founded: Flottweg Australia Pty. Ltd.

Click here for more information about the Australian subsidiary.

2012 Flottweg became Flottweg SE | Establishing Flottweg do Brasil, Brazil

The transformation to Flottweg SE was completed with the 2012 entry in the commercial register. The company formed formed a new entity named SE, Societas Europaea (also known as Europa AG) as a legal entity in the European Union. Flottweg increased its international corporate size to an unprecedented level. With the transformation to SE, Flottweg supported the European idea and further integration of its European subsidiaries.

In the same year, Flottweg added a further subsidiary in Brazil: Flottweg do Brasil.

More information regarding Flottweg do Brasil can be found here.

2014 Shareholders transfer their shares to family trusts

For long-term stability and independence, Flottweg shareholders have transferred their shares to two family trusts. Shares of the company were already held by the charitable trust known as the Bruckmayer Foundation. As a result, all Flottweg shares are now owned by three trusts and thus a cross-generation continuation of the company is assured.

2015 Foundation of Flottweg Peru

In 2015, Brazil was followed by another branch in South America, more precisely in Peru: Flottweg Peru SAC.

More about our branch in Peru can be found here.

2016 Expansion of the headquarters

In 2016, the Vilsbiburg headquarters expanded. Since the management buyout in 2002, Flottweg has invested more than € 60 million in the site.

The picture shows the development of our headquarters in Vilsbiburg until 2017. Thus Flottweg's production site in Vilsbiburg developed until 2017.

2017 Foundation of Flottweg Polska Sp. z.o.o.

In 2017, Flottweg Polska Sp. z.o.o. was established. The branch in Warsaw, Poland, was opened to improve service to local customers.

Learn more about our subsidiary in Poland.

2018 Groundbreaking for Plant II.

In 2018, the company made its largest investment in its history. Construction began on a new plant at the Vilsbiburg site. With the Works II, located in Lower Bavaria, the company is committed to its long-term brand promise and quality made in Germany.

2021 Inauguration of the plant II

In 2021, our new plant II was built in the Baumgartenstraße 29, Vilsbiburg. The new company premises building has been the largest single investment in the almost 100-year history of Flottweg. Around 55 mio. € were invested in the building of Plant II in Vilsbiburg.

Plant 2
The Flottweg history summarized in this video

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