Development from a mechanical engineering company to a global systems provider
Era of innovations: 1947 – present-day
Benefiting from the economic boom in the years of rehabilitation, Scheidt & Bachmann was able to quickly recover from the impacts of World War II.
In 1963, the management of Scheidt & Bachmann transformed the reinvigorated public limited company into a company with limited liability (GmbH).
The commitment to innovation and the strong solidarity of the associated family and the amicable relation to the employees were the cornerstones of Scheidt & Bachmann at this time and are still key elements of the company's philosophy today.
In 1966 the company began to develop and manufacture parking centre systems. Since then this business division complements the product portfolio of Scheidt & Bachmann.
Quickly the parking centre systems became an efficient concept for the operators of car park facilities as well as for Scheidt & Bachmann.
A new, future-orientated technology was integrated in the parking devices for the first time: microprocessor technology. Scheidt & Bachmann was Europe-wide among the first companies realising the potential of this groundbreaking technology and applying it in automated systems. Skilled developers programmed these highly modern chips in a software development department which was exclusively established for this purpose – the engineering company's first milestone towards becoming an innovative full system supplier. Since this time the software development teams are among the major innovations drivers of the company.
The great success of the microprocessor based devices encouraged the management in 1974 to extend the parking systems product portfolio with leisure centre systems which were very similar from a technological point of view.
The Chairman of the management board at this time was Friedrich Miller.
In 1977 his sons, Gert Miller (until 2004) and Peter Miller (until 1992) along with his son-in-law, Herbert Elsenbruch, took over the management (4th generation of the associated family). In the following year, they established the fare collection systems business division and with this completed the four business divisions as they still are operating today.
In 1978 Scheidt & Bachmann made a patent application for a "device for temporary storing coins of different values" at the European Patent Office, which opened the same year. Due to precise preparation the application was processed more quickly than other companies' applications which had applied earlier. Therefore the first European patent ever was issued to Scheidt & Bachmann in 1980. Today the company is patent holder for 543 registered patents (status 04.2011).
In 1993 the supervisory board was able to appoint Dr.-Ing. Norbert Miller (5th generation of the associated family), son of Dr.h.c. Gert Miller as managing director.
With the wide ranging product portfolio of innovative and high quality hardware and software products, Scheidt & Bachmann began to expand. The first step was the purchasing of Verkehrselektronik GmbH in 1990 as the first independent subsidiary of the company.
With the acquisition of Klaus Gindl GmbH in 1995, the first subsidiary which was exclusively commissioned to provide services was taken on board. The business divisions launched internationalisation campaign at the same time with the aim to establish the company throughout the world.
In just seven years, Scheidt & Bachmann was represented with subsidiaries on almost all continents.
The company's products spread quickly throughout the whole world which created a global need for local sales, project management, services and support. Consequently Scheidt & Bachmann founded further subsidiaries over the years. Today 23 subsidiaries together with numerous branches and partners spread over 50 countries are at disposal for the interests of Scheidt & Bachmann's customers.
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Especially the will to improve the company's capability to globally provide comprehensive service was a main reason for establishing this extensive network. The rapidly increasing complexity of Scheidt & Bachmann systems made it possible and necessary to provide deeper and more comprehensive services than basic maintenance and repair. To fulfil this demand the company established help desks at several company sites with, taken all together, availability around the clock. Further, skilled service technicians are qualified steadily and are employed locally at the customers's sites.
Nowadays the company also provides comprehensive IT- and hosting services whereby it has achieved the level of a full-service provider.
Dr.-Ing. Norbert Miller was one of the driving forces of this customer oriented approach. In 2004 he took over the managing director position from his father.
Since then Dr.-Ing. Norbert Miller runs the family company with nearly 2,000 employees worldwide.
Today Scheidt & Bachmann is a global system provider with a steadily growing service sector which is located on all continents.
The beginnings: 1872 – 1946
|1872||The salesman Friedrich Scheidt and the engineer Carl Bachmann founded the company Scheidt & Bachmann in Mönchengladbach. They started business producing textile machines, transmissions and small steam-powered machines during the first years.
|1875||The founders shifted the production to mechanical signalling systems.
|1885||Friedrich Scheidt resigned from the company.
|1896||Scheidt & Bachmann received its first patent for a "drive device for barriers“.
|1899||Rudolf Kraft (2nd generation of the associated family), a son-in-law of Dr.-Ing. Carl Bachmann, joined the company as junior manager.
|1914||Scheidt & Bachmann relocated the registered office to a newly established plant in Rheydt which today is a district of Mönchengladbach.
|1930||Carl Bachmann was awarded an honorary doctorate (Dr.-Ing. h.c.) in recognition of his efforts in the railway safety.|
|1932||Scheidt & Bachmann began with the production of petrol station systems.
|1936||The management shifted the legal form of Scheidt & Bachmann from a general partnership to a public limited company (AG). Friedrich Miller (3rd generation of the associated family), a son-in-law of Rudolf Kraft joined the public limited company’s board of directors.
|1945||Scheidt & Bachmann was almost fully destroyed by bomb
attacks in the Second World War. The restoration began immediately after the war ended with 100 of the original 1000 employees.