Our history at a glance

From pioneer to WIRTGEN GROUP

November 1961 marks the beginning of a remarkable story of success. Reinhard Wirtgen, who is only twenty years old at that time, has incredible drive and sets up his own haulage company with a single truck.

Some 60 years later, the individual company has become the globally active WIRTGEN GROUP, a group of machine manufacturers offering a wide range of solutions for road and opencast mining.

1961-1969: Pioneer and entrepreneur

The pioneer lays the foundation as an entrepreneur in road construction

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1970 - 1979: The service company grows

An innovative contracting business makes a name for itself

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1980-1996: On the road to becoming a machine manufacturer

Specialized machine manufacturer with four product divisions

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1997-2001: From a one-man operation to the WIRTGEN GROUP

The WIRTGEN GROUP: A corporate group for road technologies

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2002-2005: Becoming the global market leader in road construction

The corporate group achieve global market leadership in mobile road construction equipment

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2006-2013: New potential

Laying the foundations for new growth

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2014-2017: Global growth

In-house technologies cover the entire road construction process chain

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2018 - today: Building the future together

Building the future together. The WIRTGEN GROUP is a strong part of John Deere

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660 Years of Road Construction Experience

In 2021, the Wirtgen Group will celebrate 60 years of Wirtgen. Time to take a look back and a look ahead. Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann, and Benninghoven have also played a leading role in shaping the industry’s technologies.

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The history of our product brands - A long tradition of success

Each of our five product brands brings decades of experience in the construction of machines and equipment to the WIRTGEN GROUP - more than 500 years in total. Our employees have continuously improved the processes in their core business, decisively shaping our progress.