In 1981, with the formation of Neuson Hydraulik GmbH, the foundation stone was laid for one of the most significant product segments of the Wacker Neuson Group. Since 2012, the excavators have been developed and produced in the factory in Hörsching, near Linz in Austria. The innovative construction machines, which are exported from here into markets around the world, regularly set standards in the industry.
Demand for excavators from Wacker Neuson has grown massively in recent years. Consequently, in 2012 Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH moved into a new, significantly larger and state-of-the-art development and production center in Hörsching. From here, the world market is served with Wacker Neuson tracked and wheeled excavators, as well as dumpers – with marked success. The number of units is increasing continuously. "Since the relocation to Hörsching, we have been able to more than double the output from this factory", explains Gert Reichetseder, managing director and spokesman for the Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH. "In particular, the increasing internationalization of sales activities has ensured that our order volume has continued to increase. This is a most impressive demonstration of the strong performance of the site and of our employees." The production capacity of the factory is around 15,000 machines a year. At the time, with more than 65 million euros, the investment in the factory was the largest investment in the history of the Wacker Neuson Group. "In 2015, we again extended the development division significantly and now have an up-to-the-minute R&D and innovation center for compact machines", adds Gert Reichetseder. In Hörsching, comprehensive development points and standardizations are determined and the design of all products is created.
Facts & figures Wacker Neuson in Linz
|Employees:||~1,000 employees (April 2017)|
|Property size:||17 hectares|
|Covered area:||50,000 square meters|
|Investment volume:||65 million euros|
|Export quota:||more than 95%|
Over 35 years of experience and expertise and constantly pioneering innovations have led to this success. The first mini-excavator was developed in 1984. Previously, the company had specialized successfully in hydraulic cylinders which, among other things, were built into excavators. Even the first mini-excavator had the customer benefits quite clearly in its sights – just as all subsequent models and developments. This is how the first telescopic undercarriage for mini-excavators was invented in 1988. The idea behind it: Mini-excavators are often used for indoor work and have to navigate narrow passages to reach the point where they are to be used. The excavator's telescopic undercarriage makes it "slim" at the push of a button, so that it can negotiate narrow passages. The undercarriage is then extended again and in this way ensures safety while working. This innovation by Wacker Neuson has established itself as the industry standard.
Further evidence of the innovation spirit was the Vertical Digging System (VDS) developed in 1988. The system compensates for height differences on uneven ground at the press of a button and thus ensures increased productivity and improved efficiency because it saves up to 25% of material and time when removing and filling surfaces. At the same time, VDS provides greater stability of the excavator and more comfortable work for the operator as a result of the upright seating position. Approximately 70% of Wacker Neuson excavators in the 1.7 to 5-ton segment are delivered with Vertical Digging System (VDS).
The first 6-ton excavator with an articulated boom was in the truest sense a far-reaching development, as it brought a new dimension into this excavator class in 2001. A 20% increase in digging range, digging depth and dumping height now made operating areas that were previously impossible or uneconomical to cover accessible to companies.
A further pioneering innovation is the "dual power" option for the Wacker Neuson 803 mini-excavator, which has been available on the market since 2014. With dual power, the excavator can be operated purely electrically and completely emission-free, while an external electro-hydraulic power unit is connected. However, as the excavator also has a diesel engine, it can move independently to the operating site under its own power and be used in a particularly flexible manner. In particular for rental companies, this sustainable zero emission solution is an interesting addition to the range.
Every day, some 1,000 employees at Wacker Neuson in Linz contribute to a high quality product with their expertise and motivation. Eight percent of the workforce are employed in the Research & Development Division and thus make a crucial contribution to future innovations. At Wacker Neuson well trained employees are the criterion for innovation and success. To remain attractive as an employer, the company invests objectively in training and advanced training. Wacker Neuson maintains its own apprentice workshop on site. The committed and qualified training of young talent has already been acclaimed on a number of occasions.