From industry pioneer to pacesetter

A pioneering spirit and tradition in combination with future-proof technology and perfectly trained personnel have characterised the actions of BENNINGHOVEN for a century. The company has set market trends worldwide and is a pace setter in the field of asphalt mixing plants today.

BENNINGHOVEN was founded by Otto Benninghoven in Hilden near Düsseldorf/Germany in 1909 as a machine factory for manufacturing cogwheels. In the difficult time after the war, the company added the manufacturing of gearboxes especially for the automotive industry to its portfolio.

Otto Benninghoven

Company founder

The early 1950s saw the start into combustion technology, with small burners for residential and office buildings, while the focus later shifted more and more to industrial burners. In particular, the development of large burners for drying mineral material in the asphalt-producing industry in the early 1960s paved the way for asphalt plants and the asphalt industry.

The burners were followed by dryer drums, bitumen systems and machines for producing mastic asphalt. The continuously growing demand for BENNINGHOVEN quality products necessitated an expansion of the production facility in the 1970s – a modern production site was built in Mühlheim on the Moselle. In 1986, the first asphalt mixing plant left the BENNINGHOVEN factory and the success story of BENNINGHOVEN becoming an industry pioneer began.

An extensive worldwide expansion took place in Wittlich in 1990. A second site with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment started operations. In 2009, BENNINGHOVEN celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Today, pioneering technologies and perfectly trained personnel characterise the actions of the BENNINGHOVEN Group. They are a guarantee for continuous innovation and customer focus. Milestones such as the hot-gas generator recycling technology, the integration into the Wirtgen Group and the move to the world's most modern factory for manufacturing asphalt mixing plants in 2018 have made the company a pacesetter in the field of asphalt mixing plants.

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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