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
Merging

of Zeppelin Rental GmbH & Co. KG and Zeppelin Streif Baulogistik GmbH to form Zeppelin Rental GmbH and Merging of Zeppelin Streif Baulogistik Österreich GmbH with Zeppelin Rental Österreich GmbH & Co. KG 

2017
2016
Establishment

New Strategic Business Unit Z Lab

Acquisition

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

Foundation

Zeppelin Streif Baulogistik GmbH

Foundation

Klickrent GmbH

2014
2013
Acquisition

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

Establishment

Zeppelin Power Systems Russia LLC

2012
2011
Acquisition

GSL Gerätevermietung, Service, Logisitik GmbH

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

2010
2009
Acquisition

Reimelt Henschel GmbH

Acquisition

BAD Baustellen- Absicherung Dietrich GmbH & Co. KG

Acquisition

FAT Filtertechnik

Consolidation of the engine business

Zeppelin Power Systems GmbH & Co. KG

2007
2005
Acquisition

mht Ludwigsburg and of Fördertechnik Freital

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Armenia

Acquisition

Motan Materials Handling GmbH

Foundation

Zeppelin International AG

2004
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Belarus

2003
Acquisition

Rental business of MSV AG

Foundation

MSV Zeppelin GmbH & Co. KG

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Southwest Russia

2002
2001
Establishment

Polymer Alliance with Japan Steel Works and Haver & Boecker

Acquisition

Distribution rights for MaK marine engines

Foundation

Mak Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Northwest Russia

1998
1996
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Ukraine

Change of name in

ZEPPELIN GmbH Restructuring of the company into industry and trade 

1995
1992
Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Austria

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Czechia/Slovakia

1991
1990
Acquisition

AVT Anlagen- und Verfahrenstechnik

Foundation

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

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Former East Germany

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar Dealer in

Germany

1954
1950
Foundation

Metallwerk Friedrichshafen GmbH (today Zeppelin GmbH)

Establishment

Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH and the Zeppelin Foundation

1908