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What began as a small locksmiths shop in


1925 fast evolved into a specialist in automation systems catering to the requirements
of heavy-duty operations. The family enterprise Vollert continued to grow into an international general contractor, with subsidiaries
in Asia, Russia, and South America. Originally founded by Hermann Vollert, the company
is now managed by the third generation of
the family, and business couldnt be better.
A pioneer and pacesetter, Vollert has always
prided itself in paving the way to launching
new technologies. Back in 1974, engineers
introduced the first fully automatic shunting
robot for freight wagons that operated using
emissions-free, battery-operated drives. The
design has since been advanced further to
take the shape of the first GreenTech robot,
featuring a hybrid drive system unveiled at
the 2014 InnoTrans international fair. Oftentimes, the best solution is in small details.
Patented pendulum suspensions in compaction stations, for example, reduce the amount
of cement required in precast plants, while
innovative safety solutions developed in
house for rack feeders and cranes help prevent cable breakage during overloads.

Solutions That Have


Inspired for 90 Years
Cable cars spanning the width of an ocean, mega high-bay warehouses that can accommodate up to 100,000 tons
of aluminum coils, and the most advanced precast concrete part plants worldwide are just some of the projects under
scoring the relentless innovative spirit lived out at Vollert. In 2015, the company will celebrate its 90th anniversary.
Inspired moments have been more the rule than the
exception for Vollert in the last few decades and have
practically become part of the firms core business
offering. In the 1930s, the first vineyard cable cars
developed by Vollert became an international bestseller
as orders were received from the Americas to Hungary. Later on, this design served as a springboard for
constructing bucket and cableway conveyors used to
haul payloads of up to 20 tons in limestone and sandstone quarries. In the 1960s, Vollert developed a
cableway in Venezuela that held the worlds record for
the longest distance between support pillars at one
kilometer. By leveraging their keen sense of mechanical
understanding and technical know-how, the engineers
always thought outside the box to also advance auto-

mation in new industries. The principle of the cable car


was applied to floor-bound rope conveyors in the 1950s
revolutionizing the timber and ceramic industries, for
example. Sawmills, brickyards, and porcelain manufacturers such as Villeroy&Boch then seized the
opportunity by converting to production circuits. Later,
Vollert was the first provider to introduce this tech
nology to the precast concrete industry.
Customers in Over 80 Countries
Vollert is an international player and specialists for
realizing intelligent material flow and storage systems
for the metal and aluminum industry. It is also a leading technology and innovation driver in the precast
concrete industry as it has already erected over 350

Cost-effective solutions such as the Flying Trolley and the pursuit of new sectors formed the cornerstone of Vollerts success in the 1950s and 1960s.

production plants for manufacturers of precast


elements. The worldwide customer base, with customers in 80 countries, includes such well-known
organizations as Daimler, Liebherr, Hydro, Aleris, APT,
SSAB, Terex, Esso, BASF, STRABAG, Kemmler, and
Laing ORourke. At the Munich BMW Welt facility, a
Vollert fully automated high-bay warehouse continually supplies new vehicles, while concrete railway
sleepers using Vollert-designed equipment are being
installed in the Gotthard Tunnel and the worlds largest high-bay warehouses for aluminum coils are being
under construction in China. Vollert engineers also
develop overhead painting booths for large excavator
and crane parts of up to 50 tons and automatic cranes
with a curb weight of no fewer than 260 tons.

1965

As early as the 1950s, fixed, cable-bound


shunting systems designed by Vollert have
been employed to assemble and line up
railway waggons and entire trains as can be
seen here at Shell.

The Future
Made in Germany
Wherever heavy loads need to be moved,
stored, or transported fully automatically,
the engineers at Vollert can find the right
solution for the job. Nothing is impossible,
and it is always beneficial to think about
new and better ways of doing things. At
the same time, we also strive to develop
a cost-effective and efficient solution this
makes our solutions exciting, says Hans-

1950

Jrg Vollert. Vollert invests over four million


euros into the companys anniversary year

The proven Vollert track installation used


in tough conditions in a sawmill.

to take on additional challenges. Plans to this

1960

end include a new drilling center, a larger


outdoor storage area, as well as new offices

The principle of the rope


conveyors was applied by Vollert
to floor-bound cable systems in
the 1950s and revolutionized the
timber and ceramic industries,
among other sectors. Later on,
Vollert was the first provider to
introduce this technology to the
precast concrete industry.

and spacious visitor areas as Vollert pursues


developing and manufacturing high-quality
plants in Germany despite maintaining its
own subsidiaries in Russia, South America,
India, and China. After all, the Made in
Germany label is an important measure
of quality for ourselves and many of our
customers, and we want to continue building

2007

At the BMW Welt facility in Munich, a


fully automated high-bay warehouse from
Vollert provides a continuous supply
of new vehicles.

2012

2010

XXL scrap transport


with loads of up to
140 tons.

Heavyweight highlight: Vollert


engineered a 260-ton automatic crane
for V&M Tubes.

on our know-how and experience on home


turf, accentuates Hans-Jrg Vollert.

1930

2006

In the early years, Vollert not


only developed rope conveyors,
but also simple solutions
such as foot pumps for the
management of vineyards.

1974

The first Vollert automated shunting


robot lays the foundation for a
completely new type of shunting vehicles.

2015
Liebherr commissioned Vollert to develop the first
overhead painting booth for parts weighing up to
20 tons. A special drive solution allows the parts to
be suspended in transit and provides for optimal
explosion protection. In 2008, a system was installed
that can handle large parts weighing up to 50 tons.

1966

In Tianjin, China, three fully automated


high-bay warehouses are being erected
for a combined storage capacity of
100,000 tons of aluminum coil product.

Since the 1960s, Vollert has been a leading technology


and innovation driver in the precast concrete
industry as the company has already erected over
350 production plants for manufacturers.

1996

In Taipei, Hong Kong, and Singapore,


Vollert built several warehouses for
air cargo containers.

1995

Vollert advanced automation


in the precast concrete
industry with innovative curing
and storage technology.