Sinsheim, 21 June 2012 – On 30 June GEBHARDT Fördertechnik celebrates its 60ths anniversary. Today, like then, the medium-sized company is a family owned business and looks back to breakthroughs in the past and simultaneously looks ahead moving forward into a more globally oriented future.
“In 1952 my parents, Elfriede and Richard Gebhardt, had the idea to take the strain out of manual handling and to make life easier for workers”, remembers Fritz Gebhardt, managing partner of the GEBHARDT Fördertechnik GmbH. Richard Gebhardt with the new company Gebhardt Maschinenbau began to develop, design and to produce conveyors for the agricultural and construction industry at the original site in Berwangen, and Elfriede Gebhardt led the commercial side of the aspiring family company.
“Favorit” and “Express” were the first machines that were manufactured in any quantity. Twelve years later the company patented a machine that automatically bags coal. It was named “Favorit Absackblitz” – a sales success, of which in excess of 1000 machines were produced and which significantly helped Gebhardt Maschinenbau to become more widely known. In 1966 the company was rebranded into Gebhardt Fördertechnik GmbH and moved into the new company headquarters in Sinsheim in the same year. At the new site, the first complete conveyor systems were developed for the industrial sector.
Over the decades the mid-sized company continuously expanded its technical Know-how as well as its production facilities. They secured important customers and partners – and is now a worldwide supplier of complete material handling systems right up to huge intralogistic systems with Gebhardt developed software.
With its systems GEBHARDT sets new standards: The miniload CHEETAH® from GEBHARDT Fördertechnik has just been developed and already won an award in the category intralogistic & production management as a Best-of product of the Industry Award 2012. Innovative use of materials, sophisticated construction methods and leading edge energy management are features that mark the products and solutions 100% Made in Germany by Gebhardt Fördertechnik. With new partners such as Log Square in Dubai they are distributed worldwide.
Together with Gebhardt Systems GmbH, which is responsible for system developments, control and automation technologies, the Gebhardt Group GmbH & Co. KG, to which the Gebhardt Fördertechnik and its subsidiaries belong to, engages about 260 employees. In 2007 employees, assets and especially technologies and Know-how have been acquired from the Sandt Logistik GmbH in Pirmasens, which has since become a subsidiary of the Gebhardt Fördertechnik GmbH. Further subsidiaries are in Austria, Poland and the United States.
Conveyor systems and Goods Lifts for all types of goods, warehouse management systems and systems for sorting and distribution are part of the array of GEBHARDT Fördertechnik products. Each single product is individually planned, designed and produced. In addition, there is a wide range of services such as the installation of the systems by qualified personnel on site, the performance of maintenance and repairs and the sale of spare parts.
In the foreground today’s company facility of the Gebhardt
Fördertechnik GmbH in Sinsheim (© Pittorf)