History

The name and origin of the Zeppelin Group reach back to the early 20th century when Ferdinand Count Zeppelin broke through a historic barrier with the construction of his first airship. His invention transformed humankind’s dream of flight into reality, enabling people to forget the boundaries of their countries. In 1908 Count Zeppelin founded Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH – the airship construction company – in Friedrichshafen and gave the entire company to the newly founded Zeppelin Foundation. This ownership structure exists to the present day.

The Zeppelin Group divides its business activities into strategic business units. The following events are categorized by business unit:

Construction Equipment
Rental
Power Systems
Plant Engineering
Z Lab
Establishment

New Strategic Business Unit Z Lab

2016
2014
Acquisition

Blohm + Voss GmbH Inspection Service (BIS) and bulk of HOCHTIEF subsidiary Streif Baulogistik

Foundation

Zeppelin Streif Baulogistik GmbH

Foundation

Klickrent GmbH

Acquisition

Zeppelin takes in all Cat territories the sales and service of mining machinery from Caterpillar Global Mining LLC

2013
2012
Establishment

Zeppelin Power Systems Russia LLC

Acquisition

GSL Gerätevermietung, Service, Logisitik GmbH

2011
2010
Restructuring of operative areas into five Strategic Business Units (SBU)

Construction Equipment EU

Construction Equipment CIS

Rental

Power Systems

Plant Engineering

Acquisition

Berndt Verkehrstechnik GmbH

Acquisition

Reimelt Henschel GmbH

Acquisition

BAD Baustellen- Absicherung Dietrich GmbH & Co. KG

2009
2007
Acquisition

FAT Filtertechnik

Consolidation of the engine business

Zeppelin Power Systems GmbH & Co. KG

Acquisition

mht Ludwigsburg and of Fördertechnik Freital

2005
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Armenia

2004
Acquisition

Motan Materials Handling GmbH

Foundation

Zeppelin International AG

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Belarus

Acquisition

Rental business of MSV AG

Foundation

MSV Zeppelin GmbH & Co. KG

2003
2002
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Southwest Russia

Establishment

Polymer Alliance with Japan Steel Works and Haver & Boecker

Acquisition

Distribution rights for MaK marine engines

Foundation

Mak Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

2001
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

1998
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Northwest Russia

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Ukraine

1996
1995
Change of name in

ZEPPELIN GmbH Restructuring of the company into industry and trade 

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Austria

1992
1991
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Czech Republic/Slovakia

Acquisition

AVT Anlagen- und Verfahrenstechnik

Foundation

Subsidiaries in Belgium, Italy, India, Singapore, USA, Brazil, China, Saudi Arabia and Great Britain

1990
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Former East Germany

1954
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Germany

Foundation

Metallwerk Friedrichshafen GmbH (today Zeppelin GmbH)

1950
1908
Establishment

Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH and the Zeppelin Foundation