Langendorf – Vehicle construction since 1890

  • 1889Founding of a blacksmith's workshop

    Founding of a blacksmith's workshop with horseshoeing and wagon construction by the great-grandfather of Heinz Bernd Langendorf, who is still active in the company.
  • 1892Expansion of activities

    Expansion of activities, start of production of carriage wagons with wooden wheels and iron fittings as well as vehicles for agriculture.
  • 1899 Second generation

    The second generation Bernhard Langendorf learns the blacksmith's trade from his father.
  • 1914Takeover of the forge workshop by Bernhard Langendorf

    In addition to the usual blacksmithing work, Bernhard Langendorf also continued to be involved in wagon construction.
  • 1924Birth of Heinrich Langendorf

    As a representative of the third generation, he is following in his father's footsteps. He learned the blacksmith's trade and passed the master craftsman's examination after the end of the war.
  • 1950Heinrich Langendorf takes over his father's business

    From now on, the company name was: Fahrzeugbau Bernhard Langendorf und Sohn. The period of reconstruction in the FRG and the associated economic upswing led to a huge demand for vehicles. Soon the existing capacities were no longer sufficient, so Heinrich Langendorf built a factory hall of 30 x 30 m and enlarged the office space.
  • 1952Start of production of pneumatic agricultural trailers

    With the help of his father, three journeymen and an apprentice, he began producing agricultural trailers with pneumatic tyres. The first 16-tonne tipping trailers specially designed for public road transport at speeds of up to 80 km/h are completed. The company has now grown to 24 employees.
  • 1956Development of a low-loader trailer

    Heinrich Langendorf developed a low-loader trailer whose rear pendulum axles swung out automatically. He had this invention of the so-called swing-out low-loader patented at home and abroad. These patents gave Heinrich Langendorf the breakthrough to become a respected vehicle manufacturer.
  • 1960Construction of the first production halls and office buildings

    Construction of the first production halls and office building at Bahnhofstrasse 115, the current company premises. At the beginning of the 1960s, Langendorf already employed 60 people and since then has increasingly developed into a specialist for tipper vehicles, low-bed trailers and special vehicles.
  • 1970Enlargement of the production halls and the design office.

    Expansion of the production halls and the design office. Development of the special semi-trailer with loading crane and grab, the "Spezi". The production area was rounded off by the construction of a modern paint shop on a newly acquired company site.
  • 1974Start of the production of our inloader for the transportation of flat glass

    Start of production of the Innenlader for flat glass transport, one of Langendorf's technical milestones. With this vehicle, Langendorf is still a leader in the world market today.
  • 1979Concrete inloader

    The first purebred concrete Innenlader leaves the factory.
  • 1980 bis 1990Generous extensions and new buildings

    Characterised by generous extensions and new buildings, which expanded the company premises to 47,000 m².
  • Ende 1990er JahreGeneration change at Langendorf

    The management passed to Heinz Bernd Langendorf.
  • 2001Foundation of Langendorf Trading GmbH

    Foundation of Langendorf Trading GmbH, which concentrates exclusively on the used vehicle business and rental.
  • 2002Foundation of Langendorf Service GmbH

    Reorientation of Langendorf. Foundation of Langendorf Service GmbH, which provides service for Langendorf vehicles and also for all other makes at the Waltrop and Potsdam locations.
  • 2005Foundation of a factory in Medias/Romania.

  • 2009Inauguration of the new building of Langendorf Service GmbH

    Inauguration of the new building of Langendorf Service GmbH. 3,000 m² of hall space, 24 hall doors, 30 repair stations are now available.
  • 2012Langendorf is one of the top vehicle manufacturers in Germany

    Langendorf is one of the top vehicle manufacturers in Germany, is more prominent than ever in the field of tipper vehicles and is the market and technology leader in the field of internal loaders. Langendorf supplies almost all European markets and is also active on all continents, especially with its proven Innenlader technology.
  • Anfang 2013Opening of insolvency proceedings on own responsibility

  • Oktober 2013Takeover of the Langendorf company by Dr. Klaus Strautmann

    Takeover of the Langendorf company by Dr. Klaus Strautmann, securing of 180 jobs, guarantee from the state of NRW to secure loans, investment in new halls to improve flow production.
  • Mitte 2014Things are looking up

    The assessment of the first half of the year shows that the company is profitable again. The number of employees has grown to 235. The restructuring and investments in employees and the company show that Langendorf will continue to be successful and profitable in all markets worldwide.
  • Mai 2017Langendorf becomes part of the Wielton Group

    Langendorf becomes part of the internationally successful Wielton Group. The listed company is based in Wieluń/Poland. The workforce in Germany will be further expanded under the unchanged management of Dr Klaus P. Strautmann.
  • 2018Internal conversion and automation measures are carried out in production.

    Workforce continues to grow to over 300 employees in the Langendorf Group.
  • 2019Relocation of Langendorf Service Potsdam GmbH

    Relocation of Langendorf Service Potsdam GmbH to a larger and more modern production facility in Thyrow.
  • 2020Fully automated axle welding plant

    Commissioning of a modern and fully automated axle welding plant at the Waltrop site, to improve efficiency and quality.
  • 2021Construction of a new production facility in Wielun, Poland

    Construction of a new production facility in Wielun, Poland, which takes over the manufacture of the low-loader series and complements the product range from Waltrop. Langendorf takes over from Wielton the production of special chassis for the Wielton Group, in particular for the Group's sister company Lawrence David. New development and series production of the steered two-axle double-decker for inner-city delivery traffic.
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