One Group, six business units

Great tasks call for outstanding achievements. As a dynamic and constantly growing company, we create performance-centered solutions in the fields of construction equipment and agricultural machinery, equipment rental for the construction industry and industrial sector, construction logistics, drive systems and energy as well as engineering and plant engineering. Furthermore, we develop new digital business models for the construction industry and other industrial sectors.


With about 10,000 employees in more than 220 locations world-wide, we emphasize high-end products and excellent services, in combination with the highest quality standards. Thus, we create long-term successes which make us a reliable partner for our customers and to a leading company in emerging markets.


Group-wide collaboration within Zeppelin Group revolves around a management holding company and six strategic business units. This structure makes it possible to centralize operations and gear the business models toward different markets and customers. The Group's management holding company is Zeppelin GmbH. The company is legally domiciled in Friedrichshafen, with its headquarters located in Garching near Munich.

Our slogan, 'We create solutions', is a promise to our customers. We turn challenges into solutions."

Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board

Zeppelin: a foundation-owned company

Zeppelin Group is a foundation-owned company. Today the Zeppelin Foundation continues to hold a stake in Zeppelin GmbH via Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH. Every year, the Group donates part of its profits to the Zeppelin Foundation in Friedrichshafen. This money is used exclusively to support charitable and community initiatives. The Zeppelin Foundation is managed by the City of Friedrichshafen.

Certificates & awards

Rental Awards 2015

In 2015, the European Rental Association (ERA), an organization representing the interests of European rental companies, honored Wolfgang Hahnenberg and Peter Schrader with the title of "Rental Person of the Year". The two members of the Rental Deutschland Management Board received the award in recognition of their innovative and successful advancement of the company. This included the introduction of intelligent processes and systems especially for rental, and strategic acquisition of companies to expand its existing range of services.

Caterpillar Global Excellence Award 2015

In recognition of its service, the Construction Equipment EU business unit received the Caterpillar Global Excellence Award. The title of "Best Caterpillar Partner" is based on market share, profitability and customer satisfaction. Alongside Zeppelin only one other European dealer has been distinguished with this title.

Best Caterpillar Partner 2014

Zeppelin's Construction Equipment EU, Rental, and Power Systems strategic business units were awarded the title of "Best European Sales and Service Partner 2014" by Caterpillar. To win this title, contenders prove themselves in terms of market share, customer satisfaction and profitability.

Five Star Rental Operation 2014

The Rental strategic business unit is distinguished as a Five Star Rental Operation by the Caterpillar EAME Rental & Used Division. Caterpillar's excellence program rates operational excellence in the areas of asset management and optimization, sales management, business development, and occupational safety and employee development.

Helfende Hand (Helping Hands) 2013

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior presents Zeppelin with the renowned "Helfende Hand (Helping Hands) 2013" designation. Zeppelin is ranked in first place in the "Vordbildliches Arbeitgeberverhalten" ("Exemplary conduct as an employer") category, which honors companies who support their employees' involvement in voluntary work.