A future built on tradition

Success story since 1961

November 1961 saw the beginning of an unusual success story. At just 20 years of age, Reinhard Wirtgen set himself up as a self-employed road haulier with a single truck to his name. This step marks the birth of WIRTGEN GmbH. Since then, that one-man company has blossomed into a construction machinery specialist of international renown and a central pillar of the WIRTGEN GROUP.

Reinhard Wirtgen

Founder of the compay

A passion for road construction and mining, know-how and experience acquired through a pioneering spirit, a driving desire to innovate and find the right solutions for customers time and again: these are the qualities that permeate the history of WIRTGEN GmbH. The family-run company successively expanded its product range, morphing from a pure service provider into a manufacturer of construction machinery and the world market leader in cold milling machines, recyclers, soil stabilizers and surface miners.

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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History of our technologies

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