A journey through the history of VETTER

A few decades and a lot of experience turned VETTER from a nobody in the field of cranes and hoists into a global player. It all started with an artisanal mining company which mastered the restructuring in the 1960s and quickly excelled as a specialist for slewing jib cranes among experts.

Indebted to the past –
obliged to the present –
turned towards the future!

Johann Heinrich Jung-Stilling (* 1740, † 1817)

  • The blacksmith Arnold Vetter founds a repair shop for the ore mines “Siegerländer Erzgruben”
  • Arnold Vetter (* 1866, † 1933)
  • The ore mine “Eisenzecher Zug” (greatest depth 1,343 m) turns from a training workshop into the most important customer of Arnold Vetter
  • Successful product tipping wagons (mine trolley). From 1900 to 1954, about 48,000 wagons are manufactured in riveted design
  • The company “Arnold Vetter – Fabrik für Eisenkonstruktionen” around 1920
  • Engineer Albert Vetter (*1892, † 1962) takes over the company as a Managing Partner
  • Specialization in the production of hoist frames...
  • ... and hoisting cages for all European ore and coal mines
  • View of factory in 1958
  • Klaus Th. Vetter (* 1939) becomes personally liable managing partner. Due to the decline of mining in the early 1960s, a reorientation of the company is performed
  • The first slewing jib crane developed by VETTER
  • View of factory Arnold Vetter KG with railway station “Reinhold Forster”
  • Completion of the new forging hall
  • First participation in a trade fair (Hanover Fair)
  • The product range is extended by the gantry crane systems
  • The product range is extended by the ROTOMAX® load turning devices
  • Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001 on 18/09/1995
  • The first web-based version of the crane configurator is published
  • Inauguration of the first construction stage of the new crane factory in Haiger on 22/06/2007. Beginning of relocation of the company from Siegen-Eiserfeld (North Rhine-Westphalia) to Haiger (Hesse).
  • One of the most modern factories for slewing jib cranes in Europe is built in Haiger in a central location and the production is concentrated at the new site
  • Inauguration of the new service and training centre in Haiger
  • Relocation of the company site and move to the new office building in February 2021