Foundation of our success:
courage, passion and vision.
Long before the importance of recycling took root in our collective consciousness, Irene Scheidweiler
, Hans-Josef Leukel and Jürgen Musche recognised how important efficient reprocessing of valuable materials would be for the future. In 1969, they took a bold and far-sighted business decision, and founded VECOPLAN. Thus a pioneering company was born – today a subsidiary of M.A.X. Automation AG in Düsseldorf – whose undiminished innovative strength has made it a worldwide market leader in the international raw materials and recyclables industry.
VECOPLAN is an acronym of the terms: VErkauf (Sales), COnstruction (Construction) and PLanung (Planning).
- 1969: When it all began
The company is founded in Bad Marienberg, Westerwald, Germany. First deliveries to the sawmill and furniture industries.
- 1971: Safety innovation
Development of the drum chipper with centrifugal wedge knife attachment system.
- 1973: First wood recycling plant
Delivery of the first, complete wood recycling plants.
- 1978: One-stop service
Start-up of in-house production at company headquarters in Bad Marienberg.
- 1982: VECOPLAN gets things moving
Market launch of the combined loading and unloading conveyor for bulk material plants. The storage and loading of saw mill residues such as saw dust and wood chips was significantly improved.
- 1984: VECOPLAN Waste Shredder (VAZ) – a patently ingenious development
Market launch of the universal waste shredder and VAZ series single-shaft shredder with container. Absolute world firsts which enabled solutions for processing waste wood, used pallets and crates contaminated with screws and metal fittings.
- 1985: A soaring success
Market launch of a suspended plansifter and a screening systems.
- 1989: New markets
Successful entry into recycling markets such as plastics, paper and waste.
- 1989: Innovative development
Market launch of the universal rotor for shredders. Previously different materials required different rotor systems, but now it was possible to shred all materials at a single plant.
- 1992: Safety is paramount
Development of the flipper (pneumatic counter knife) for single-shaft shredders increases operational safety and availability when shredding heavily contaminated material streams.
- 1993: Modern separation
Development of the foreign matter separator for shredded packaging waste.
- 1995: VECOPLAN flotation
VECOPLAN becomes a subsidiary of M.A.X. Automation AG in Düsseldorf (formerly M.A.X. Holding AG in Munich).
- 1996: Sales pass the DM 50,000,000 milestone
- 1996: Technical Centre inauguration
VECOPLAN opens a technical centre to enable the processing of waste and raw materials to be demonstrated under realistic conditions. Here 74 different machine combinations are available for conducting test series for customers, and also for training courses and, of course, internal testing by the research and development department.
- 1996: Another market launch
Development of a double-shaft shredder with flipper. This increases the availability of the machine: automatic shutdown in the event of a malfunction protects the cutting unit from damage and allows foreign objects to be removed simply and safely.
- 1998: Exports increase to 50% of total sales
- 1999: New location. New markets.
The first branch sales office is opened in the state of Saxony.
- 2000: Foothold in the USA
On 1 October 2000, the new subsidiary, VECOPLAN LLC, now based in Archdale North Carolina (USA), is established and successfully integrated into business operations for the North American market.
- 2001: More space for new visions
A new production facility (2,500 m²) is built at VECOPLAN's headquarters in Bad Marienberg. The company premises now occupy some 24,000 m², with approx. 9,100 m² of manufacturing and storage facilities and 2,500 m² of office space.
- 2001: Low-energy solution
A new cutting unit for synthetic fibres and tear-resistant films makes energy-efficient shredding of problematic waste materials possible for the first time.
- 2002: Sales office in Austria providing customer service to our Austrian clients.
- 2003: Innovative machine concept
Development of a high-performance shredder for industrial processing of domestic and commercial waste.
- 2004: VECOPLAN outgrows its premises.
The purchase of more buildings (Plant 2) increases the size of the Bad Marienberg site to 36,500 m², with approx. 14,000 m² of manufacturing and storage facilities and 3,500 m² of office space.
- 2005: Another patent
VECOPLAN is granted another patent for the highly efficient HiTorc drive combined with the VAZ. The advantages for our customers: an increase in the machine's throughput capacity together with both a reduction in energy consumption and maintenance costs as well as greater operational safety. The drive is virtually silent, too.
- 2005: New detection system.
Development for detecting foreign objects for shredders with HiTorc drive.
- 2006: Shredding innovation
Development of the Tornado double-shaft pre-crusher with powerful shredding unit.
- 2007: Investment continues!
The 2007 business year sees VECOPLAN LLC invest in future growth, doubling our office, manufacturing and storage facilities. The purchase of more buildings (Plant 3) increases the size of the Bad Marienberg site to 60,000 m², with approx. 19,000 m² of manufacturing and storage facilities and 5,100 m² of office space.
- 2007: VECOPLAN becomes a plc - VECOPLAN AG.
- 2007: New drive
Development of a double-shaft pre-crusher with HiTorc drive.
- 2007: UK presence established
On 8 November 2007, Vecoplan Ltd is established at Longbridge Innovation Centre, 1 Devon Way, Birmingham, West Midlands.
- 2008: Operations increase in the UK
The start of 2008 sees the newly established VECOPLAN Limited (Birmingham) begin operations.
Its main role is coordinating the sales activities of VECOPLAN AG in the Great Britain.
- 2008: Wider range of services
In order to meet the individual needs of every single customer more efficiently, the company is restructured into Wood and Recycling divisions at the start of 2008. Focusing on customer service, our Service Division complements this structure.
- 2010: The story continues with energy
Launch of the VEBS for producing alternative fuel from production waste (RDF) to generate energy for cement works and power stations.
- 2010: Systematic renewal
Market launch of the conveyor belt with innovative modular structure.
Special feature: individual parts can be assembled into a system according to customer specification.
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