Milestones

1836 – 1995

Continuing a family tradition

Ulrich Joseph Vögele, son of a traditional smithing family in Mannheim, sets up his own forge near the city's "Heidelberg Gate", in today's square Q 6.5, on 15th October 1836, laying the foundations for JOSEPH VÖGELE.

Forging the company's destiny

When the first railway lines are taken into service in Germany, Joseph Vögele displays great business vision in his forge and focuses entirely on meeting the needs of the growing railway industry, concentrating production on points, traversers, turntables and shunting equipment.

Order volume grows
The production of railway equipment grows, the resulting lack of space requires Joseph Vögele to move the company to the “Enge Planken” area of town in square P 6.

Set to expand

VÖGELE sets new standards in rail engineering with the further development of points and crossovers. Orders received from the government make it necessary to expand further. Business flourishes to such an extent that in 1857, Joseph Vögele has to rent additional space in the fields beside the "Heidelberg Barrier". In 1866, he purchases a larger site for his company in square Q 7.

VÖGELE lays track all over Europe

The founder's son Heinrich Vögele joins the company and extends its product range to include turntables, traversers and signal boxes. VÖGELE becomes the leading manufacturer of points in Europe, producing not only points and various types of crossover, but also slips, derailers and other special components. The company signs contracts with leading construction firms and supplies the tracks, switches and crossings for innumerable railway lines in Germany and the rest of Europe.

A new production location for 126 years
In 1874, the factory moves to the spacious site between the Neckarauer Landstrasse and the marshalling yard, where it remains until 2010.

Successful 3rd generation

Despite growing competition, VÖGELE also leads the market internationally as the railway network grows. The third generation – Heinrich Vögele's sons Joseph Vögele (Dr.-Ing. h. c.) and engineer Wilhelm Vögele – join the company. Shunting gear and capstans are now also included in the product range.

Innovation in points engineering

Joseph Vögele and Chief Engineer Möslein develop the articulated point as a technical innovation.

VÖGELE - advanced technical and economic development

VÖGELE is granted an exclusive licence to produce the innovative articulated turntable for locomotives. The system soon becomes widely established, as it requires less complex foundations.

A new chapter in the company's history

As roads become a major traffic artery alongside the railways, VÖGELE also supports the development of mechanized road construction by supplying suitable machines for the production and placing of both concrete and asphalt.

VÖGELE gets involved in the construction industry
Inspired by the booming construction industry, VÖGELE also starts making concrete mixers. The mixer division expands continuously: from small free-fall mixers to ready-mix machines to large mixing plants, VÖGELE will supply top-quality products in the decades to come.

A new era dawns

With the development of the first road paver, VÖGELE moves into a new sector which is to shape the company's future. It marks the beginning of a success story which still continues today.

The first machines developed and built by VÖGELE are towed spreaders to facilitate the placing of crushed stone and asphalt. These spreaders are towed by a feed vehicle while the material is transferred. They already feature a height-adjustable strike-off plate for adjusting layer thickness.

Perfection based on expertise

The new towed spreader model is perfected in 1934: barely six weeks after the first machine is commissioned, another 20 are sold, most of them abroad.

Self-propelled, manœuvrable and light

VÖGELE develops a highly manœuvrable, lightweight and fuel-saving self-propelled spreader for concrete and asphalt based on the American model. The spreader's working width ranges from 3 to 4.5 m. Equipped with crawler tracks, it is easy to use, even on poor substrates and slopes. Its mean pave speed is 3 m/min.

HL 50 – the most modern German paver

VÖGELE develops the powerful HL 50 asphalt paver with easy-to-steer crawler tracks. It can master pave widths from 2.5 to 3.85 m and experts consider it the most modern paver in Germany. Outstandingly even pavements can be produced by the levelling unit equipped with a lifting device and a finishing beam arranged close to the rollers. The HL 50 demonstrates its proficiency during construction of the legendary Solitude race track near Stuttgart in Germany.

High-frequency compaction for concrete roads

VÖGELE launches a new high-frequency vibratory concrete paver. Like its predecessor, this machine with four-wheel drive comprises a strike-off beam, a high-frequency vibratory compactor and a finishing unit. What is new is its modular principle. With its high-frequency vibratory compactor based on the Schieferstein system and crawler tracks with cornering ability and differential gearbox, the paver features cutting-edge technology. It can now handle any road width from 3 to 7.5 m.

New asphalt paver with shorter material transfer

The KL 50 all-purpose asphalt paver is ideal for paving bituminous materials of every kind, as well as for placing coarse or fine crushed stone and other dry aggregate. It is the first to have a material hopper as well as conveyors to transport the material to the auger tunnel. The mix needs to cover only a short distance between the material hopper and the smoothing unit. This ensures that the mix is still hot when it is laid.

Floating screed – the basis of modern asphalt paving

VÖGELE develops the SUPER 100 asphalt paver with floating screed and electric screed heating. With an adjustable pave width of 2.5 to 4 m, the paver can form bituminous pavements between 1 and 20 cm thick. The floating screed lays the foundations for today's asphalt paving technology. By 1962, VÖGELE have sold 304 of their SUPER 100 pavers all over the world.

Modern mixing technology

VÖGELE launches its first compulsory mixers. Both mixer models 500 Z and 1000 Z are designed for jobs of different sizes. Either model can be operated as a stationary mixer or with a propulsion unit, as a mobile mixer.

Travelling on motorways with "Junior" and "Senior" concrete paving trains

Paving "white" material – i.e. concrete road construction – continues to dominate until well into the 1960s. VÖGELE's proven team of "Junior" and "Senior" concrete paving trains is very often encountered on motorways, where it refurbishes the surface course and paves the hard shoulder. All workflows are effortlessly controlled by a single machine operator. The machine's user-friendly manoeuvrability and flexibility ensure an astoundingly high daily laydown rate.

First asphalt paver with diesel-hydraulic drive

The SUPER 100 H supersedes the SUPER 100. With a total weight of just 9.5 tonnes, this paver runs on crawler tracks. Its simple mechanical design, hydraulic operation of the enlarged material hopper's sides and infinitely variable tamper speed of up to 1,800 rpm set new standards. Irregularities are levelled out automatically by high-precision grade and slope control. In 1966, the SUPER 100 H is given larger crawler tracks and its compacting effort is further increased as a result of higher performance by the hydraulic system and higher tamper speed. These improvements result in outstanding and hitherto unknown Marshall test compaction values of 90%.

SUPER 204 – a new wheeled prototype

VÖGELE presents its prototype of the SUPER 204 at Bauma 1965 in Munich. The advantages of this wheeled asphalt paver are obvious: higher operating and transport speed, as well as a general operating authorization certificate for public roads. It goes into production with new and sturdier grade and slope control, compacting unit and a diesel engine rated at either 66 or 75 hp, and its high performance and quality meet the construction industry's expectations in full. A tracked version is simultaneously launched as the SUPER 200. With its precise directional stability and drift-free cornering, this model stands out from the crowd.

SUPER 80 and SUPER 82 – small, manœuvrable, flexible

The new SUPER 80 and SUPER 82 asphalt pavers fill a gap in the VÖGELE product range. These pavers are equipped with grade and slope control and a compaction system without tamper. Their transport width of 2.5 m is within the standard range of vehicle dimensions approved everywhere. They can be transported without special effort.

SUPER 150 – the new workhorse
Superseding the SUPER 100 H, the SUPER 150 is an outstanding product with its refined control elements, a revised step-down transmission and revamped operator interface with hydraulic applications on the upper platform. VÖGELE completely redesigns grade and slope control and the compacting system with tamper and vibrators for this paver: tamper stroke as well as tamper and vibrator drives are now controlled independently of one another by means of three hydraulic circuits. The SUPER 150 handles pave widths from 2.5 to 4.5 m and a layer thickness of up to 30 cm. With a maximum laydown rate of 150 t/h, it paves distances of 500–700 metres per day.

Automation improves surface accuracy

With VÖGELE's System for Automated Grade and Slope Control, the set elevation of the screed is maintained by tracking a reference with the aid of hydraulically operated wedges. In the past, evenness of the pavement depended on the operators' experience and skill, but the Automatic Grade and Slope Control system now controls surface accuracy more quickly, more accurately and largely independently of the operator.

Range of more powerful pavers

The SUPER 80 and SUPER 82 are superseded by the SUPER 140 and SUPER 142. With their more powerful drive and higher performance, these universal pavers can take up to 10 tonnes more mix in their material hoppers than their predecessors, and can be operated from both sides of the operator's platform. They are equipped with either vibrators or tamper and vibrators. The SUPER 142 can also be retrofitted for paving mastic asphalt.

The SUPER 160 (tracked) and SUPER 164 (wheeled) so-called mid-range pavers for placing roller-compacted asphalt as well as lean-mixed concrete and mineral concrete, handle layer thicknesses of up to 30 cm at pave widths from 2 to 6 m (SUPER 164) and from 2 to 8 m (SUPER 160).

Top performance with the SUPER 2000

The SUPER 2000 sets new standards. This heavy-duty paver with fully hydrostatic drive is designed for jointless paving between 2.5 and 12.5 m wide and for laying crushed stone, mineral concrete, lean-mixed concrete and asphalt layers up to 30 cm thick. It is supplied with material quickly and easily. The SUPER 2000 combines a number of individual systems, such as spreader, paver and screed, and produces outstanding compaction and smoothness.

First pavers with traction main switch

The SUPER 170 and SUPER 174 paver models with hydrostatic drive replace the SUPER 160 and SUPER 164 models. The innovation is the traction main switch: just a single rotary movement to brake or stop the paver. Automatic Grade and Slope Control is simultaneously locked and the screed unlocked. The latter comprises a 2.5 m wide basic screed plus bolt-on extensions measuring 25, 50 and 100 cm.

More power, more precise control
Production of the SUPER 1700 and SUPER 1704, both fully hydrostatic pavers, starts. A variant of the SUPER 170 and SUPER 174 pavers, they are mounted on the identical chassis, but with additional and more finely controlled power. Pave speed, conveyors and augers are infinitely and separately variable.

SUPER reformer

In the SUPER 1700 ARF, VÖGELE launches a powerful reformer. Chassis, crawler tracks, screed and most of the drive unit have been adopted from the SUPER 1700. They are supplemented by an infrared heater with steering unit, propane gas supply, a scarifier and a spreader blade instead of an auger.

Innovation as standard

VÖGELE's new Chairman of the Board of Directors, J. Heinrich Axer (Dr.-Ing.), sets up a separate Research and Development department. At the same time, production processes are made more flexible and turnaround times are reduced.

First extending screed
VÖGELE presents the first extending screed worthy of the name at Bauma 1977 in Germany – its AB 475 Extending Screed. With its single-tube telescoping system, this screed can be infinitely extended from a basic width of 2.5 m up to 4.75 m. A second model, AB 575, handles infinitely variable pave widths from 3 to 5.75 m. With the aid of additional special bolt-on extensions, pave widths of up to 8 m can now be achieved by the large SUPER 1700 and SUPER 2000 pavers.

SUPER 1502 has new technical highlights

VÖGELE introduces the SUPER 1502 at the Neumünster trade fair in Germany; it is the first paver without a chain drive between the gear shaft and the driving wheels. Fully hydrostatic traction drive is delivered by a gantry-type axle with transmission and differential lock. Further highlights include a soundproofed engine hood, the ergonomic operator's platform and independently controlled conveyors, as well as a system to lock the extending screed in place automatically during transport.

Pulsed-flow hydraulics for high-compaction technology

VÖGELE acquires the patent rights for pulsed-flow hydraulics. The Mannheim factory now develops the VIR 50, VIR 200 and VIR 300 pulsed-flow hydraulic rams on the basis of the "Knäble patent". The right to use this technology paves the way for high-compaction technology in screeds. In combination with modern rollers, these new high-tech compaction systems produce considerably more precise and more compact results.

Test series with high-compaction screeds
The first test series with high-compaction screeds takes place in autumn 1981, initially on the factory site and then on various customer job sites. In addition to tamper and vibrators, these precursors of the high-compaction screed also include two independent pressure bars downstream.

The first spray paver from VÖGELE

The SUPER 1800 SF is the first spray paver launched by VÖGELE. For the first time in the history of road construction, the emulsion for bonding the layers can be applied together with the asphalt in a single pass. In order to accommodate the emulsion tank and spray equipment, the chassis and undercarriage are made longer than on the basic SUPER 1800 model. The spray equipment is located behind the crawler tracks, directly in front of the augers, and comprises two 2.5 m-wide spray bars arranged in parallel one behind the other. The additional power required by this paver is supplied by a higher-output engine and a larger hydraulic system.

Maximum paving accuracy with progressive Automatic Grade and Slope Control

The tried-and-tested System for Automated Grade and Slope Control is developed further from July 1985 onwards. Its most important part – the control unit – and the remote control are optimized. The result is the progressive System for Automated Grade and Slope Control which, for the first time ever, is able to control the speed of the hydraulic rams for correcting the screed's elevation without additional manual control valves – i.e. automatically. The precision and accuracy of the paving process increase as a result.

Top compaction and maximum flexibility

Renamed 475 HVA, the high-compaction screed is first presented to a wide audience at Bauma 1986. VÖGELE combines two innovative, successful systems in this technology: the extending screed and the high-compaction screed. The 475 HVA High Compaction Screed comprises a 2.5 m wide basic screed and two 1.25 m wide extending units. Without bolt-on extensions, a paver with this configuration can handle pave widths between 2.5 and 4.75 m. VÖGELE's high-compaction screed owes its unique nature to the two electrically-heated pressure bars which are driven by pulsed-flow hydraulics.

Modules for paving mastic asphalt
Additional modules extend the range of applications for some pavers. The SUPER 1502 wheeled paver and its predecessors, the SUPER 82 and SUPER 142, for instance, are provided with a supplementary device for paving mastic asphalt and assigned the suffix GAF.

One switch for all functions
The new SUPER 1700 and SUPER 1704 series now also includes a traction main switch to control all operating functions, including the screed lock. Combined with the new high-compaction screed, the compacting performance of these pavers is improved enormously.

All-rounders capture the market

Two compact and exceedingly versatile tracked and wheeled pavers, the SUPER 1800 and SUPER 1804, go into serial production. They can be combined with all VÖGELE screeds and are found not only on inner-city sites, but also at airports and on motorways. They can place up to 600 tonnes of material an hour in layers up to 30 cm thick.

Diesel-electric drive system for the environment

VÖGELE wins the Innovation Award and the "Blue Angel" award for its SUPER 1800 DE. This paver with diesel-electric drive system consumes 50% less fuel, generates 50% fewer emissions and carries only 5% of the normal quantity of hydraulic fluid hitherto required. What's more, it emits between 12 and 29 dB(A) less noise than its predecessors. With all its design features, the paver meets the highest standards of road construction quality, cost-efficiency, operator convenience and environmental protection.

Innovative and ecological advances
The SUPER 2500 conquers the market. VÖGELE's new flagship once again proves that innovation and eco-friendliness can go hand in hand. Capable of paving layers up to 16 m wide and 40 cm thick without joints, this powerful machine already complies with future EU standards covering noise levels and exhaust gas emissions. Its huge power means that the SUPER 2500 can be found in particular on major job sites such as motorways and airport runways, both in Germany and abroad.

1996 – 2019
VÖGELE joins the WIRTGEN GROUP

JOSEPH VÖGELE AG is integrated in the WIRTGEN GROUP in September 1996. In addition to WIRTGEN and VÖGELE, the WIRTGEN GROUP also includes the road construction machinery companies HAMM AG (since 2000), KLEEMANN GmbH (since 2006) and BENNINGHOVEN GmbH & Co. KG (since 2014). The shared business model is based on collaboration with system partners and contracted dealers, as well as the Group's own customer service provided through 55 service and sales companies worldwide.

Intelligent road construction machine
VÖGELE launches the RoadRobot, developed on the basis of the SUPER 1800 DE in collaboration with the Mechatronics Centre Aachen, Germany. The RoadRobot can navigate independently, maintain the set direction of travel and automatically complete every step from the roadbase to the finished pavement. It incorporates cutting-edge technology in the fields of navigation, process control and data transfer. The navigation system with screed width control used in the RoadRobot is the precursor of today's Navitronic.

Uninterrupted paving

Specially developed to supply road pavers with material, the MT 1000 is the first material feeder to permit uninterrupted paving, even on large projects, thus assuring perfect pavement quality and maximum laydown rates. The material feeder's receiving hopper equipped with push-rollers ensures that material is rapidly transferred from the feed vehicle into the feeder. All feeder functions are driven hydraulically.

The advent of a new user-friendly concept
The SUPER 1900 and SUPER 2100 are launched. Their entirely digital control system makes it possible to adjust the height of the augers and hydraulically actuate the front of the material hopper even while paving is in progress. During the design process, particular importance is attached to the ergonomically designed operator's platform. The paver operator's workplace features an excellent all-round view of the material hopper, auger tunnel and screed. Heated ergonomic seats on the right and left-hand sides can be swivelled out over the edge of the platform in one swift move to give a perfect view of the roadway edge. The pivot-mounted control desk can be displaced both lengthwise and crosswise. An optional hardtop with hinged sides, all-round panelling and a windscreen ensure that the paver operator is well protected even in inclement weather.

System for non-contacting grade and slope control and navigation for road pavers

Navitronic, the three-dimensional system for grade and slope control and navigation for road pavers, is ready for market launch in 2000. It uses a digital total station to control grade and slope, as well as to position the pavement to be laid. Width and both longitudinal and transverse slope of the screed are controlled without contact and with maximum precision. Since steering and screed width are controlled separately, planners' specifications as regards positioning and dimensioning of the carriageway pavement can be implemented precisely, even in adverse circumstances. All new-generation VÖGELE pavers are made ready to be equipped with the Navitronic system.

The "Dash 1" family – economical and user-friendly

The arrival of the "Dash 1" generation is heralded by the SUPER 1600-1, SUPER 1603-1, SUPER 1800-1 and SUPER 1803-1 models. This "family concept" prioritizes customer orientation, training, maintenance and ease of servicing, as well as greater cost-efficiency, something guaranteed by the identical concept for paver operation and by the standardization of numerous wearing parts. Models of the "Dash 1" generation can also be supplied with material more quickly and more safely. They spread more mix in less time and with greater precision, achieve a better pavement quality and can advance rapidly on difficult terrain. To top it all, they also help save energy and protect the environment.

The first models of the "Dash 1" family
The centrepiece of the SUPER 1600-1 and SUPER 1603-1 pavers is a 4-cylinder Perkins diesel engine with an output of 96 kW at 2,000 rpm. Speed remains constant even under changing load conditions. Material hopper, conveyors and augers are dimensioned to ensure that 600 tonnes of mix per hour can be paved. A fixed-width screed or an extending screed is available for either paver. The SUPER 1800-1 and SUPER 1803-1 models can pave up to 700 tonnes of material per hour at a maximum pave width of 8 m (SUPER 1803-1) or 9 m (SUPER 1800-1) and layer thicknesses of up to 30 cm.

MT 1000-1 – uninterrupted paving
The new high-performance MT 1000-1 material feeder from VÖGELE can be found wherever a high, uninterrupted laydown rate is required. The level of mix in the paver's material hopper is monitored by a sonic sensor which switches off the material feeder if there is any risk of overfilling. The distance between paver and material feeder is controlled by state-of-the-art sensor technology. Additional safety is assured by an anti-collision system.

Five tools for unrivalled user-friendliness
VÖGELE’s high-tech V-TRONIC innovation focuses primarily on user-friendliness. This is assured by five tools: Engine Management (EM), Engine Load Control (ELC), Traction Management (TM), Generator Management (GM) and the so-called TUSC tool, which allows the control desk on the paver to communicate with the screed operators' remote controls on the outside of the screed. A computer-aided function indicator clearly shows all the vital paver settings and data relevant to paving on a display.

Compact size – extensive range of applications

With their track width of just 1.1 m and a clearance width of 1.2 m, the two new SUPER 600 and SUPER 800 compact pavers easily fit through narrow gates or entrances. Just 4.35 m long, they can be loaded onto a twin-axle trailer for transport. Successfully combining a large variety of applications, sophisticated technology and comprehensive standard equipment which meets practical needs, these small pavers are truly exceptional. They are unbeatable whenever cost-efficiency, economy and high performance are called for.

The two compact pavers use a version of the tried-and-tested Niveltronic system perfectly tailored to their size.

New paver family sets new standards

VÖGELE presents a brand new SUPER generation at Bauma 2007: the "Dash 2" family of pavers. With these pavers, VÖGELE sets new standards in terms of eco-friendliness, handling, paving quality and reliability. All pavers are equipped with the innovative ErgoPlus operating concept, making intuitive operation significantly easier. This intrinsically ergonomic, ecological and economical overall concept is rewarded with the iF Product Design Award for the SUPER 1900-2 and SUPER 2100-2 pavers.

VÖGELE introduces a new compact equipment class with the SUPER 1100-2, SUPER 1103-2, SUPER 1300-2 and SUPER 1303-2 models. The most striking feature of these “Dash 2” pavers is their design – not a single component protrudes beyond the streamlined silhouette – and their extremely powerful drive system. The tracked SUPER 1300-2's maximum pave width of 4.5 m is unique in this paver class.

ErgoPlus makes humans the focus
The ErgoPlus concept encompasses not only the operator's platform, the paver operator's console and the screed console, but also the new Niveltronic Plus System for Automated Grade and Slope Control. The console is clearly arranged and operated according to the "Touch and Work" principle. All elements are exceedingly functional. Many functions can be monitored directly on the display of the paver operator's console without requiring connection of external instruments. Once Niveltronic Plus is activated, its start screen is displayed on the screed console by default. Perfect all-round visibility is assured and xenon headlamps on the paver's hardtop illuminate the entire job site in darkness. Operating a paver has never been easier.

Innovative control system
VÖGELE presents a genuine innovation at Bauma 2007 with Navitronic Plus, its new 3D machine control system. The system features an "open interface", permitting connection of 3D positioning systems such as laser-based total stations or GPS systems supplied by numerous well-known manufacturers. One economic advantage of Navitronic Plus is that the 3D positioning systems which may already be available for use with customers' other machines can also be combined with VÖGELE road pavers.

SUPER 1800-2 with SprayJet Module – the modern spray paver

The SUPER 1800-2 with additional SprayJet module from VÖGELE is an ultramodern spray paver which can be used to spray bitumen emulsion and pave the asphalt surface course in a single pass. This is ideal for paving especially thin wearing courses without any issues. The SprayJet module essentially comprises a large heated emulsion tank holding up to 2,000 litres and five precision-controlled spray bars which are positioned at the front, sides and rear of the crawler tracks on the SUPER 1800-2 with SprayJet Module. The spray rate is accurately metered electronically.

Enhanced high-compaction technology

VÖGELE further enhances high-compaction technology with the development of its InLine Pave machine technology. Even without rollers, compaction values of over 98% are achieved in this way. The AB 600-2 Extending Screed in the TP2 Plus version is specially developed to this end. Tamper stroke options are modified in comparison to the normal TP2 screed. The necessary power is delivered by two pressure bars in the rear part of the new VÖGELE extending screed. The pressure for the pressure bars can be varied between 40 and 120 bar.

Four new models for the "Dash 2" generation

VÖGELE implements the "Dash 2" concept in four more pavers. The new SUPER 1603-2 and SUPER 1803-2 wheeled pavers and the SUPER 1600-2 and SUPER 1800-2 tracked models have been enhanced in several respects. The paver operator has an outstanding all-round view, all the relevant maintenance points are readily accessible and innovative air routing ensures optimum cooling, even at high ambient temperatures. All four pavers are equipped with ErgoPlus and a powerful modern Perkins diesel engine. They comply with European emission standard 3a and US standard EPA Tier 3. Little noise is generated when working in the economical ECO mode, with fuel consumption and wear also reduced.

VISION – the range for North America and Australia

VÖGELE specifically designed the tracked VISION 5200-2 and the wheeled VISION 5203-2 pavers – both of them 10-foot machines – to meet the requirements of the North American and Australian markets. They are primarily used for motorways and other major construction projects. VISION 5100-2 and VISION 5103-2 are two machines in the 8-foot class and ideal for building smaller roads and town squares. Like all pavers of the "Dash 2" generation, these four machines are also equipped with the ErgoPlus operating system.

InLine Pave – "hot to hot"

InLine Pave from VÖGELE is a new paving method in which three machines work one behind the other "in a line". Binder and surface courses of different mixes are placed "hot to hot" in a single pass. The layers are perfectly bonded by strong interlocking, an essential prerequisite to assure the road's durability. The method guarantees maximum cost-efficiency by saving time and material. Rollers are not needed to compact the binder course. Paving can continue even at low ambient temperatures, as the heat in the asphalt package is retained for longer during the paving process. In just two-and-a-half years, some 1,500,000 m² of road throughout Europe are paved using VÖGELE's impressive InLine Pave Technology.

Construction of the new factory starts

On 6th March 2009, VÖGELE lays the foundation stone of its new factory in Ludwigshafen-Rheingönheim, Germany.

Inauguration of the new factory
In October 2010, JOSEPH VÖGELE AG starts production in the world's most modern paver factory. With a total investment value of 100 million Euros, the new factory built in Ludwigshafen on the river Rhine is one of the biggest investments made in the European mechanical engineering industry. From now on, pavers and screeds for the world market will be produced, assembled and shipped from an outdoor site extending to 370,000 m² and an indoor area of roughly 60,000 m².

In addition to the production halls, the new 3,000 m² "Centre for Training and Technology", or CTT for short, plays a particularly important part here. This basic and vocational training centre is used for in-house training and for training customers' staff.

The new flagship

The SUPER 3000-2 which succeeds the SUPER 2500 is a paver of completely new dimensions. In terms of performance, technical progress and ergonomic design, its "Dash 2" technology makes it the new industry leader amongst large pavers. With a maximum laydown rate of up to 1,600 t/h and pave widths up to 16 m, large-scale construction projects can be completed within a minimal amount of time and pavements without joints built in the greatest possible widths. The tractor includes a material hopper holding 17.5 tonnes. The conveyor tunnel is 1.62 m wide and 40 cm high. A Heavy-Duty kit can be retrofitted if the paver is primarily used for roadbase applications. Abrasive wear is counteracted by reinforced guards for the conveyor tunnel and chassis, as well as by modified auger blades.

Brand new PowerFeeder generation
VÖGELE presents two new models from the PowerFeeder generation: the MT 3000-2 and MT 3000-2 Offset feeders. The MT 3000-2 PowerFeeder is a particularly efficient machine for large-scale job sites requiring both high pavement quality and cost-effective operation. The machine has a material hopper holding 11 tonnes of material and boasts a high-performance feed concept which enables 25-tonne feed vehicles to be emptied in just 60 seconds.

One of the innovations of the MT 3000-2 Offset is its pivoting conveyor, which allows the material feeder to be used for a whole host of different applications. The conveyor can be pivoted 55° to the right and left, and also raised by an angle of 23°. The machine's feed concept has been designed so that materials other than asphalt can be conveyed - such as topsoil, gravel, water-bound base course mixes and recycled materials. The MT 3000-2 Offset is also ideal for "hot to hot" paving.

Innovation: Navitronic for wheeled machines

VÖGELE launches the new system for wheeled machines at Bauma 2010. Navitronic Basic incorporates the same performance features as Navitronic Plus for tracked machines.

Minimal dimensions, larger pave width, maximum range of applications
The new SUPER 700 supersedes the SUPER 600. The mini paver retains the small dimensions of its predecessor, but offers higher performance figures. The most important features are a larger pave width of up to 3.2 m and a more powerful Deutz engine rated at 45 kW.

"Dash 3" generation at Bauma 2013

VÖGELE heralds the next stage in road construction with a completely new category of pavers – the "Dash 3" generation. These innovative, environmentally-friendly and economical asphalt pavers are based on cost-efficient cutting-edge technology.

> Cutting-edge technology from VÖGELE
> PaveDock Assistant – the smart link between feed vehicle and paver
> Sprung PaveDock push-rollers
> Even easier to operate with ErgoPlus 3
> Automated processes with AutoSet Plus
> The most advanced drive technology for perfect paving

High-tech features for more quality and productivity

The MT 3000-2i Offset is a cutting-edge material feeder which ensures a consistently high flow of mix in different applications. Be it a conventional road building site to be supplied with asphalt mix or a trench running alongside the road which needs backfilling, the MT 3000-2i Offset with pivoting conveyor is the ideal feed solution. An innovative material transfer concept provides for maximum conveying capacity and the ErgoPlus operating concept ensures easy and safe operation of the machine.

SUPER 1600-3/1603-3

VÖGELE further expands the "Dash 3" generation with its SUPER 1600-3 tracked pavers and the SUPER 1603-3 wheeled models. These two Universal Class machines owe their outstanding manœuvrability and versatility to their compact design.

SUPER 1800-3 SprayJet

The new SUPER 1800-3 SprayJet boasts a host of innovations along with the full set of "Dash 3" features. This unique spray paver performs perfectly, whether paving thin layers or conventional surface and binder courses.

SUPER 700-3/SUPER 800-3

VÖGELE rounds off the "Dash 3" generation with its new Mini Class pavers. Both of these exceedingly compact machines can tackle a wide range of applications, making them ideal machines for both urban and landscaping operations.

SUPER 2000-3i and SUPER 2003-3i – more performance for large-scale projects

With its 10-foot tracked and wheeled pavers, VÖGELE has developed two completely new machines for the USA. They were presented to trade visitors for the first time at the Bauma trade fair. The machines were designed primarily for long-distance roads and large-scale projects where performance and productivity are key. Both pavers are equipped with the latest version of the popular ErgoPlus 3 operating system.

Both pavers are absolutely reliable and rugged

VÖGELE’s SUPER 1400 tracked paver and SUPER 1403 wheeled model demonstrate versatility and no-compromise ruggedness. The chassis and the transfer concept are designed for the infrastructure requirements of the Indian market. The potential uses for these compact machines range from the construction of motorways to urban streets with many bends. Versatile, durable and innovative, both machines specifically support improved quality and occupational safety in Indian road construction.

The new temperature measurement system

A constant pave temperature is a key quality criterion for the construction of durable roads. The RoadScan non-contacting measurement system puts VÖGELE at the forefront of this trend for the future, namely quality control. The heart of the system is an infrared camera which scans the entire asphalt pavement. Surface temperatures are clearly visualized in the form of thermal images in the display of the operator’s ErgoPlus 3 console. This makes it possible to react to temperature fluctuations immediately.

SUPER 1700-3i and SUPER 1703-3i unbeatably versatile

World premiere of the 8-foot paver class in the USA. VÖGELE Universal Class Pavers are of key importance for a great many road construction companies. This is because these machines can cover the full range of applications from small local authority construction sites to large-scale sites such as the construction and rehabilitation of motorways. With its new SUPER 1700-3i and SUPER 1703-3i, German company JOSEPH VÖGELE AG is setting standards in the USA again too.

WITOS Paving – five modules for improved quality, efficiency and transparency

Five practical modules allow the progress of any current construction project to be monitored, controlled and documented. All the participants – from site managers to the asphalt mixing plant and the lorry drivers to the paving team – are involved. Data are available in real time, enabling users to respond rapidly and effectively to deviations and disruptions.

World market leaders stronger together

As a subsidiary of the WIRTGEN GROUP, JOSEPH VÖGELE AG is brought under the umbrella of the American firm Deere & Company. Deere intends retaining and continuing the existing brands of the WIRTGEN GROUP, along with their management, production sites, staff and sales and service network.

InLine Pave – the paving train of the new “Dash 3” generation

The new InLine Pave paving train of the “Dash 3” generation of machines shows how carriageway rehabilitation work can be achieved to an even higher standard in the shortest possible time. Innovations in the transfer module, ergonomic paver operator’s platform, safety and overview perfect the individual machines of the paving train and optimize performance in hot on hot paving.

The new Big MultiPlex Ski for optimum asphalt paving results

The new Big MultiPlex Ski sensor system and the Grade and Slope Control sensors ensure maximum evenness and surface accuracy in use. This new generation of machines integrates innovative, practical details and simplifies both the fitting and use of the sensors. This is due in particular to newly-developed clamping fasteners, which allow sensors to be attached without any tools at all.

SUPER 1600 L – high-performance all-rounder for the Chinese market

The SUPER 1600 L was developed specifically for Chinese road construction requirements. With a pave width ranging from 2.55 to 7.8 m, the tracked paver is perfect for classic rehabilitation projects. This model caters particularly to quality-conscious users for whom key functions and simple operation are a priority.

VÖGELE presents the biggest road paver in the world

This new flagship for superlatives combines a maximum output of 354 kW with a maximum laydown rate of 1,800 t/h, a maximum pave width of 18 m and maximum user-friendliness! The entire chassis is height-adjustable for the first time to allow optimum material transfer; hydraulic tamper stroke adjustment works at the touch of a button.