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50 years of Busch vacuum technology

09-24-2013 06:51 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems

Dr. Karl Busch at the welcoming address

Dr. Karl Busch at the welcoming address

It all started in 1963 with a vision: Dr.-Ing. Karl Busch and his wife, Ayhan Busch, put the idea of designing simpler, better and more user-friendly industrial vacuum technology into practice. This meant that they could give users exactly what they needed – and the global success of Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems is an impressive testament to this fact. In 50 years, Busch has grown from a small company into an international group with over 2,500 employees. But one thing has remained the same: the team spirit of a family company. Now the successful realisation of this vision was appropriately celebrated where Busch began, in Maulburg.

All of the general managers from the 57 Busch companies in worldwide 39 countries came to the birthday celebration accompanied by their customers and business partners. The banquet hall, specifically set up for the event, was filled with 350 international guests for a festive anniversary evening celebrated in the "Black Forest" theme. Because, despite Busch's world-wide presence, the mid-sized company has remained down-to-earth and is proud of its roots in the valley of the river Wiese, in the southern part of the Black Forest. This is where Dr. Karl Busch's grandfather, Karl Wittig, laid the technical foundation for the vacuum and overpressure technology over 100 years ago by developing a rotary compressor.
The evening began with a speech by Dr. Karl Busch and his wife, Ayhan Busch. They talked about Busch's basic principles. Afterwards, Ayla, Sami and Kaya Busch provided insight into the history and development of Busch in their presentation.

Busch award for innovative ideas
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the company, the "Busch Award" was presented for the first time. This distinction goes to companies that notably harness modern vacuum technology and apply this in innovative processes. The first prize winner was the GEA Food Solutions GmbH company, located in Düsseldorf. They are the company that succeeded Union Verpackungsges. mbH, which was founded in 1957 in Kempten. The Union company developed a new type of packaging for fresh foods in the early 1960s: vacuum packaging. The first suitable foils for packaging were available. Now the goal was to develop a machine that could automatically shape plastic foil into the form of a tray in which food could be placed for packaging. Then, using an additional foil, an airtight seal would be created while the air within was simultaneously sucked out. This should happen as quickly and effectively as possible. At the same time, a high vacuum in the package would have to be ensured. Busch took over the technical solution for vacuum generation for the Union company and created suitable vacuum pumps with the Huckepack. Afterwards, the Union company was able to present the world's first automatic thermoforming packaging machine. Vacuum packaging was born – the result of innovative ideas and effective cooperation. Dr. Karl Busch was able to present the award to Manfred Schmidt, purchasing manager from GEA Solutions and Christoph Ullmann. Back in those days, Christoph Ullmann was the designer of this first packaging machine.

"Hidden Champions – On the Way to Globalia" lecture
The speaker at the Busch anniversary was Professor Dr. Hermann Simon, who wrote the bestselling book, "Hidden Champions". "Hidden Champions – On the Way to Globalia" was also the topic of his lecture. For Dr. Simon, Busch is an excellent example of a "Hidden Champion" – a term that became commonplace through his work. It refers to mid-sized companies that operate with extreme success world-wide, thus becoming the market leader in their markets. These companies distinguish themselves with tremendous innovative strengths and are considered to be job creators in their own country. In the process, such companies set extremely ambitious goals and strive for growth and global market leadership. This is achieved by focussing on niche markets and close cooperation with customers. Internal success factors are streamlined organization as well as close relationships with employees and thus, low fluctuation rates. For Dr. Simon, the "Hidden Champions" are the spearhead of the German economy in the global market.

Company tours
Before the evening program, tours through Busch's modern manufacturing facility were given. Mechanical manufacturing and assembly of different vacuum pumps and vacuum systems were presented. At separate information points in the production plant, the guests learned interesting facts about different topics such as training, quality management or vacuum technology applications. Concrete physical experiments with a vacuum were performed in a "Vacuum Lab".

Employee day
During the following weekend, all employees from the main site in Maulburg and all German subsidiaries as well as the Swiss Busch companies in Magden, Porrentruy and Chevenez were invited to a family day on the plant grounds. 1700 guests populated the company grounds, where many attractions were set up for young and old. The Busch family received standing ovations and gifts from the employees. For instance, the family of proprietors was presented with a Busch logo made up of portrait photographs from all the employees.

As a globally active company, Busch is celebrating at all its national plants all over the world. The anniversary celebrations already began in the spring at the Busch companies in Asia. Following the path of the sun, now they have reached Europe and in the Fall, they will conclude in America.

Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems is one of the largest manufacturers of vacuum pumps, blowers and compressors in the world. Busch’s headquarters is located in Maulburg, Germany. As of 2013, Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems employs 2300 people and features the largest selection of vacuum pumps for the industrial applications in the world. Busch has 57 companies in 39 countries and sales agents in over 30 countries.

Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems
Schauinslandstraße 1
D-79689 Maulburg
+49 (0)7622 681-0

Uli Merkle
Manager Marketing Services
+49 7622 681 144

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