50 years of KAMAG Transporttechnik:
- 50 years of special and industrial vehicles from Ulm-Donautal
- Unique know-how allows individual transport solutions for the very highest payloads
Special vehicle manufacturer KAMAG Transporttechnik, part of the Transporter Industry International (TII) Group, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. The Ulm-based company has set records around the world with its transport solutions for a large number of industrial segments. Right from the very start, it has been - and remains - a highly innovative vehicle manufacturer, offering extremely flexible and cost-effective special vehicles as well as fully electric and automated transport solutions.
In 1969, entrepreneur Franz-Xaver Kögel and engineer Karl Weinmann founded the Karlsdorfer Maschinenbau Gesellschaft - KAMAG for short. The business partners wanted to realise special transport solutions for the heaviest loads in order to be able to provide heavy-duty transport options on the roads independent of the railways. The special vehicle business was successful from the beginning. A remarkably strong internationalisation already shaped the early days of the company. Soon the demand for KAMAG's special vehicles not only came from the domestic market but from all over the world. Since 2004, KAMAG Transporttechnik has been part of the TII Group which belongs to the Heilbronn-based entrepreneurial family enterprise headed by Otto Rettenmaier. At that time, the company was put up for sale as the parent company, trailer manufacturer Kögel, was having financial problems. However, KAMAG itself was not affected by the economic difficulties. Otto Rettenmaier acquired the company due to his enthusiasm and interest for the technology and to leverage synergies with the two other vehicle manufacturers he already owned, SCHEUERLE and NICOLAS.
A complete product range for in-house logistical operations for steel producers
Key elements of KAMAG Transporttechnik are highly innovative, robust and precisely controlled special vehicles which can transport extremely heavy payloads in the heavy and energy industrial sectors as well as for plant and bridge construction. The Ulm-based company offers steel producers a full product range designed to handle all in-plant logistical operations whereby slag pot carriers and slab transporters take pride of place here. Also of great importance is the Wiesel. A swap body transporter for yard logistics, which is already available today complete with a purely electric drive system and as a highly automated, driverless version. In time for the transport logistic trade fair, the Ulm-based vehicle manufacturer equipped the Wiesel with a new driver´s cabin which represents a considerable increase in driver comfort and ergonomics as well as significantly improved visibility. In total, more than 2,000 of the cost-effective and versatile used vehicles are put through their paces on a daily basis at leading logistics providers and transport companies efficiently moving swap bodies and semi-trailers.
Modular platform vehicles for theoretically unlimited payloads
Self-propelled, modular platform vehicles also feature heavily in the company´s turnover. By combining several units at any one time, they theoretically offer unlimited payloads. For example, customers worldwide use them to transport particularly heavy technical plant installations, construction machinery, space shuttles and aircraft.
Good prospects for the future
In particular, the TII Group subsidiaries are increasingly focusing their attention on the combination possibilities between the products of the respective Group brands and the even more intensive use of synergies as well as the optimisation of the production concept. In addition, KAMAG is working very intensively on electrified and highly automated transport solutions for yard logistics and internal transport at industries. With this forward-looking orientation, the traditional Ulm company is well prepared for a successful future.
Right to this day, KAMAG supplies the steel industry with extremely robust and temperature-resistant vehicles designed to carry extremely high payloads which, in addition to lift transporters, also include slab and slag pot carriers as well as coil transporters, ladle carriers and scrap basket transporters.
Ship section lift transporters for the shipyard industry are an important product segment for KAMAG. When several units are coupled together, they are capable of transporting the heaviest modules or complete vessels.