From blacksmith in Mannheim to world market leader in road pavers
With a tradition going back over 180 years, JOSEPH VÖGELE AG is one of Germany’s oldest industrial companies still in operation and from the very beginning, has been closely linked to the Rhine/Neckar conurbation. Founded in Mannheim by Ulrich Joseph Vögele in 1836, VÖGELE initially produced track for the up-and-coming railway industry. The company’s first dealings in road construction were in 1925 and reached an initial high point after four years: in 1929, VÖGELE presented the world’s first road paver, the so-called towed spreader. This new technology caught on internationally, too. It marked VÖGELE’s entry into an industry which was to have a significant impact on the company – a success story which is still in progress today. When VÖGELE moved to neighbouring Ludwigshafen in 2010, quadrupling its production capacity, the company had long been world market leader.
We develop the world’s leading paving technology
Today, VÖGELE is still a company driven by the best solution, which explains the large number of innovations which set the standard for road pavers and help new processes break through. This is no coincidence, there are good reasons for it: the world of VÖGELE is a World of Quality – with no compromises. Through our integration in the WIRTGEN GROUP, we are also increasingly a process-oriented supplier: using our products and services, customers can cost-effectively cover the entire road construction process chain. Should an issue arise, they can also rely on an efficient, global service network, including maximum part availability and on-site support.
VÖGELE’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany
One important reason for the great reliability of our products is that they are developed and manufactured at our headquarters in Ludwigshafen, the most modern road paver production facility in the world. This is where we lay the foundation for the extraordinarily high quality standards that are the hallmark of VÖGELE technology. Operating from this “home of innovation”, we earn the confidence and esteem of road construction businesses, paving teams and equipment leasing companies all over the world. At the same time, we have the flexibility required to respond to regional market demands, for example with special machines for North America or a production site in China for the market there.