History

Development of a global market leader

1949 - Establishment

1949 - Establishment

Kurt Brückner establishes Brückner Klimatechnik GmbH in Stuttgart, a small engineering office. Main products are air conditioning units and small dryers for the paper and textile industry, which are produced externally according to BRÜCKNER engineering drawings.

1952 - The first textile machine

1952 - The first textile machine

The first small production plant is established in a rented factory floor in Stuttgart. Brückner builds and supplies to a German customer their first complete drying line for textiles.

1953 - Moving to Leonberg

1953 - Moving to Leonberg

The company expands and needs more space for engineering, design and production. Kurt Brückner buys a suitable lot near Stuttgart. From now on the Development, the Design and Sales divisions are located in Leonberg.

1960 - New production site

1960 - New production site

A new production site is established in Tittmoning/Bavaria since the hall in Leonberg is no longer sufficient and there is not enough labour available. From now on only smaller components are produced in Leonberg, the main part of the machines is built in Tittmoning.

1964 - Start of the wet finishing sector

1964 - Start of the wet finishing sector

In Erbach/Odenwald Kurt Brückner takes over a machine factory producing dyeing machines and establishes the company BRÜCKNER Apparatebau GmbH. This company produces the machines and lines for wet textile finishing, mainly washing, bleaching and dyeing machines and later also carpet dyeing vats.

1967 - The first dye beam winder

1967 - The first dye beam winder

On the ITMA exhibition at Basel BRÜCKNER presents the first positionable dye beam winder. 

1968 - Large volume order

1968 - Large volume order

The biggest order in the company history is concluded. During the next four years 150 stenters in total are supplied for the cotton industry in Russia.

1971 - Achievements in continuous dyeing

1971 - Achievements in continuous dyeing

Together with the company HOECHST we develop the wet-warm batch process for continuous dyeing which is today known as ECO-STEAM process. 

1973 - Successes in europe

1973 - Successes in europe

BRÜCKNER supplies Europe’s biggest continuous finishing line for the production of curtains - from the raw fabric to the finished product. In the same year BRÜCKNER supplies the up to then biggest line for the carpet industry with an overall length of 150 m to a Danish customer.

1995 - Death of the company’s founder

1995 - Death of the company’s founder

In May 1995 Kurt Brückner dies at the age of 84 years.

1999 - Change of management

1999 - Change of management

Regina Brückner, daughter of the company founder Kurt Brückner, takes over the management of the company together with her husband Axel Pieper. In the same year, the company celebrates their 50th anniversary.

2005 - Relocation of the production

2005 - Relocation of the production

The production of small components is moved from Leonberg to Tittmoning, to concentrate henceforth only on one production site. Only the BRÜCKNER administration with the Sales, Development, Design, Service and After Sales Division is located in Leonberg.

2007 - New shrinking line for woven and knitted fabric

2007 - New shrinking line for woven and knitted fabric

On the ITMA exhibition in Munich we present the combined rubber-belt felt-belt compactor. The line is perfectly suited for the sanforizing and shrinking of woven and knitted fabric. 

2008 - Development of the POWER-FRAME ECO

2008 - Development of the POWER-FRAME ECO

The first stenter POWER-FRAME ECO is installed as a test machine at a German customer.

2013 - Technology centre

2013 - Technology centre

The Technology centre is opened in Leonberg with a testing facility for coating and finishing of textiles, technical textiles and nonwovens at the customers’ disposal.

2015 - Sustainable products on the ITMA exhibition in Milan

2015 - Sustainable products on the ITMA exhibition in Milan

Beside the last development, the POWER FRAME ECOLINE stenter we present on ITMA in Milan a new minimum application unit. Sustainable production, energy efficiency and the saving of resources have the first priority for all products.