150 years of Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik

Scheuerle 150 Jahre Weltrekord Naher Osten

From pioneer in modern heavy-duty transport to world leader, Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik continues to be a family-owned business that has seen dynamic growth worldwide through innovative heavy-duty transport solutions

Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik (German for vehicle manufacturer) is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Groundbreaking innovations such as the hydraulically supported pendulum axle and the self-propelled modular SPMT have given the company a unique reputation. Since 1988, it has been part of the Transporter Industry International Group (TII Group) belonging to the multi-entrepreneur, Senator E. h. Otto Rettenmaier. Its innovative products are delivered to customers throughout the world. The dynamically growing enterprise with multi-million revenues will continue to enter new markets around the world with its new products and solutions.

Bestseller SPMT stands for innovativeness, strength and reliability

Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik is known for its outstanding engineering capabilities and vehicle quality. In particular, the invention of the SPMT (Self Propelled Modular Transporter), a modular self-propelled transport platform that can be used in numerous ways and which can be used to transport loads to locations around the world due to its flexible container dimensions. With a total of around 10,000 axle lines, Scheuerle is the world market leader in this segment. In addition, the SPMT and other heavy-duty combinations have enabled the company's customers worldwide to set many world records along with numerous entries in the Guinness Book of World Records.

2019 characterised by strategic realignment

For Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik, 2019 is seen as the year where both its product range and corporate strategy have been undergoing an overhaul in order to fully meet the requirements of demanding customers worldwide, as well as to open up new market segments. The highly innovative company offers its customers exactly the products they need for realising their special or even unique transport assignments.

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Electronic multi-directional steering clears the way for a bestseller

The electronic multi-directional steering paved the way for a true classic in this vehicle segment: the SPMT. Since then, the SPMT has been synonymous with this transport technology that is used to move the world's heaviest loads weighing several thousand tons. Thanks to its container dimensions, the SPMT can be transported to locations worldwide and used very flexibly. With more than 20,000 axle lines on the market today, the SPMT provides the largest international fleet thereby making the company the world market leader for heavy-duty vehicles with hydraulically supported pendulum axles in this segment; and the recipient of an award presented by the Wirtschaftswoche newspaper.

Scheuerle set to deliver many groundbreaking innovations in the future

As part of the TII Group, Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik is working hard to keep upgrading its product range as well as adding innovative vehicles and services. At bauma Munich Scheuerle once again testified to this fact by presenting its latest special transport solutions for transportation of construction machinery and the wind power industry, among other things.

Scheuerle 150 Jahre erste SPMT

Transport solutions for the most challenging tasks

In addition, the vehicle manufacturer offers both standardised and individualised transport solutions for use on public roads with payloads ranging from 50 to several thousand tons. Its vehicles are available for plant, bridge and tunnel construction as well as shipyard and steel industries, mining and aerospace, whose flexible combination options allow unlimited payloads. There are also customised special vehicles for numerous industrial applications along with special vehicle designs for the North American and Australian markets.

2019: congratulations from the EU Commissioner and personnel restructuring

At the bauma, EU Commissioner and former Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Günther Öttinger congratulated the managing partner of the TII Group, Susanne Rettenmaier, and the CEO of Scheuerle, Gerald Karch, on the long-standing existence of Scheuerle. The company appointed a new management team last year in view of its rapid on-going internationalisation. The overhaul of the existing product range and new innovative products will open up new international customer groups for the vehicle manufacturer.

A Brief History Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik
1869: Master blacksmith Christian Friedrich Scheuerle acquired a blacksmith's forge in the town of Pfedelbach.

1837: Grandson Willy Scheuerle founded the Willy Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik which produced the first heavy-duty vehicles, and paved the way in the modern heavy-duty transport sector with a range of innovative technologies.

1938: Willy builds a new production hall on the outskirts of Pfedelbach where the headquarters of Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik are still located today.

1949: Saw the birth of the modern heavy-duty transport sector. In Pfedelbach, the first low-bed trailers left the Willy Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik. Equipped with a detachable bogie unit and patented all-wheel steering system; they integrated two innovative technologies for the first time on this particular vehicle. Without this, the segment of special heavy-duty transport vehicles would be unthinkable today.

1959: Willy and his team developed the hydraulically supported pendulum axle which facilitated the mounting of several axles in a row in order to carry higher payloads. This technical solution remains the basis of modern-day heavy-duty transport.

Second World War: Willy Scheuerle had to rebuild his factory as it had been completely destroyed. From then on it was full steam ahead. In 1949, Scheuerle's first low-bed trailers still featured a mechanical steering system and mechanical axle compensation. The payloads of these low-loaders with two or more axles were sufficient however to transport loads ranging from 10-100 tons.

1966: First self-propelled vehicles. At the IAA 1966 in Frankfurt, Scheuerle presented the first vehicle with hydrostatic self-propulsion which went by the name of Willymog. The development of hydraulic multi-directional steering for ship section lift transporters marked another milestone in the industry. This technology made it possible to turn the pendulum axles via the steering wheel in the driver's cab to a 90-degree position.

1972: World's first electronic multi-directional steering for self-propelled heavy-duty transporters was developed. Another unique innovation, it allows the pendulum axles to turn to any required position.

1988: Multi-entrepreneur and Senator E. h. Otto Rettenmaier recognised the enormous potential of the specialist vehicle manufacturer. He acquired Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik in order to lead it into a promising and secure future.

1995: He combine forces first with the French heavy-duty specialist Nicolas (1995) and later Ulm-based Kamag Transporttechnik (2004) under the umbrella of the Transporter Industry International Group (TII Group).

1987: The Goliath modular transporter combination transported a petrochemical plant facility weighing more than 2,000 tons. Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik's first entry in the Guinness Book of Records was through a road transport of 1,800 tons in the same year.

1989: The engineers were responsible for setting the world record through an off-road transport assignment carrying 6,500 tons and moving 5,000 tons in 1990 for the heaviest road transport.

1991: They constructed what was at the time the world's largest side girder deck with a span of 43 metres and a monoblock ship section lift transporter - the world's heaviest payload on a single vehicle: 700 tons.

1994: The record for the heaviest off-road transport was now 11,000 tons.

2004: The best-selling SPMT set the record for an off-road transport with the transportation of an oil and gas platform weighing 14,350 tons on 500 axle lines.

2007: The two world's largest antenna transporters, lovingly named "Otto" and "Lore" after the owners of Scheuerle, are also recognised for their outstanding technical characteristics. Since 2007, the international research project ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array) has been using these to transport gigantic radio telescopes up to heights of 5,000 meters above sea level in Chile.

2012: The SPMT secured Scheuerle another entry in the Guinness Book of Records by transporting a huge technical plant facility in the Middle East.

2017: The salvage of the Sewol Ferry marked the last world record to be set. In the process, the modular vehicles of the SPMT and K24 series moved a gigantic 17,280 tons.

Part of TII Group

Transporter Industry International Group, manufacturer of heavy duty and special vehicles under the brands Scheuerle, Nicolas, Kamag and TIIger, provides innovative vehicles for logistics yards, public roads and industrial areas. A world market leader for heavy duty vehicles with hydraulic pendulum axles, it supports its customers from transport and logistics, the building industry, plant engineering, air and space travel, shipbuilding, energy, steel and mining – with complex transport tasks. Its vehicles are used to transport construction machinery, wind turbines, ships, antennas and even entire factory facilities. Alongside locations in Germany, France and India, the Group also has a global sales and service network.

Lifting & Specialized Transport, July-September 2019

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