The Sauer Group
Company origins and chronicle 1884 – 2011
1st of April: established by Wilhelm Poppe as a brass foundry in the Faulstraße in the city centre of Kiel.
Move to todays premises in Friedrichsort, Hecktstraße, with takeover of the site and the building of the Otto Runge Maschinenfabrik.
Start of compressor product range
Acquisition of the majority of shares by the Wilhelm Ahlmann bank in Kiel.
Transformation into Wilhelm Poppe GmbH Kompressorenfabrik Kiel-Pries.
Acquisition of the company’s shares by Walter Murmann,
grandfather of today’s owner Hendrik Murmann.
Purchase of the rifle manufacturer J.P. Sauer & Sohn GmbH, Eckernförde, established 1751 in Suhl.
Acquisition of the Sundstrand hydraulics licence from the USA.
Merger of Poppe, Hydromechanik and Veltrup under the name of the rifle factory to become J.P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau GmbH.
Spin-off of the Sundstrand hydraulics range and establishment of the independent company Sauer Getriebe KG, Neumünster, by Dr. Klaus Murmann, the oldest brother of the then owner, Consul Dr Dieter Murmann.
Sale of the Aachen hydraulics product range and the hydraulic valve production in Kiel to the Sauer Getriebe KG, Neumünster.
Acquisition of the rifle factory in Eckernförde by the Swiss Industrie gesellschaft SIG. The mechanical engineering division in Kiel trading again under the name J.P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau GmbH. Now concentrating on the compressor range.
Acquisition of the french compressor manufacturer Techniques Girodin S.A., Houilles/Paris. Trading name changed to Girodin-Sauer S.A.
Acquisition from the Masco Group of ALUP-Kompressoren GmbH & Co. KG,
Köngen nearby the city of Stuttgart.
Setting up of the Sauer Compressors UK sales office in Colchester, England.
Purchase of majority holding in CKD Zandov, a.s., Zandov, CZ, from CKD Praha Holding a.s., Prague, CZ. Trading name changed to Sauer Zandov, a.s. Establishment of Sauer Compressors USA, Inc. in Stevensville, Maryland.
Sale of ALUP Kompressoren GmbH & Co. KG to the Abac Group, Turin, Italy.
1st of January: 50 th anniversary of the Murmann family as shareholders. Dr Edgar Schmitt and Sales Manager Dipl.-Ing. Harald Schulz appointed as managing directors. Inauguration of the “New Assembly Hall”
1st of July: Consul Dr Dieter Murmann changes from being an active member of the management board to become chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sauer Group. Sales and Service office Sauer Compressors Asia established in Shanghai, China.
New test stands, paint shop built and production facilities in Kiel modernized. Test stands, manufacture and assembly facilities in Zandov expanded. 8th of December: establishment of Elgi Sauer Compressor Ltd. together with the Indian company Elgi, as minority shareholder (26 %). 23rd of December: acquisition of long-standing Sauer agency Amrit in Italy – continued as sales office Amrit Sauer Compressori srl.
15th of May: celebration of the 125th anniversary of the company and inauguration of the new building.
Establishment of the Russian subsidiary Sauer Compressors CIS
Hendrik Murmann joins the company in April as CEO.
Gründung von der brasilianischen Gesellschaft Sauer do Brasil – Indústria, Comércio e Serviços para Compressores Ltda.
Integration der HAUG Sauer Kompressoren AG, St. Gallen, Schweiz als Kompetenzzentrum für ölfreie Technologien