Looking Back to Our Roots!

written by Gabi Olpp on Thursday, August 6, 2020

Stories from our past. A review of where our roots lie as well as the various stages of our development.

Since 1923, Bucher Hydraulics has developed from a small local industry to an international leading provider of innovative hydraulic drive and control technologies for mobile and industrial hydraulic applications.

Origins and development

 

SMALL WORKSHOP IN A SMALL TOWN

In the midst of the depression in the 1920s, Swiss manufacturer Johann Bucher set up a simple workshop in the small town of Griessen. His aim was to supply customers in Germany with his LUNA slurry pumps and MAXIM fruit presses more effectively. The first employees were «a locksmith, a farmhand with a stiff leg and a day laborer». By 1928, the workshop had 40 employees from the Griessen area. Production of the first hydraulic fruit presses was followed in 1952 by the first hydraulic pumps and simple valves.

Development of business segments

 

EXPANSION OF THE PRODUCT PORTFOLIO

In Frutigen, three smart employees at a hydraulics company wanted to develop a modular hydraulic valve system. As management was against it, they went into business for themselves and founded Hydrotechnik Frutigen (HTF). The successful company expanded. Bucher Hydraulics recognized the potential, took over HTF, and continued to develop the company into a competence center with flexible and automated production. Today, the company develops cartridge valve control block solutions for customers around the world.

Global Growth

 

BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH TRUST

Every day we face the challenge of building bridges between the different cultures in our company. The importance of punctuality, processes, and quality are just a few examples of the differences between European, American, and Asian cultures. Working with our Indian colleagues in Delhi, trust and confidence from stakeholders and management in particular have contributed significantly to overcoming this gap between cultures.

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