STAHL CraneSystems: History – the development of the company

History – company

The development of the company

1876Rafael Stahl and Gustav Weineck found a mechanical workshop in Stuttgart.
1880 After Gustav Weineck’s death, Rafael Stahl, together with Wilhelm Stücklen, founds a circular spring needle knitting machine factory.
1886Rafael Stahl achieves economic independence and builds his own factory, R. STAHL Rundstuhlfabrik Stuttgart.
1890His sons Karl and Rafael Stahl join the company.
1893 Rafael Stahl jun. has studied engineering and his passion is for hoists and steel structures. He designs and builds the first manual lift.
1898The material handling age now begins definitively with the first large electric overhead travelling crane.
1926R. STAHL is the first builder to develop and produce explosion-protected electrical apparatus and for a long time remains one of the few suppliers of explosion-protected hoists in Germany.
1944Production is relocated to Künzelsau.
1954The company is split into two independent divisions: the Material Handling Division and the Explosion Protection Division.
1963The Material Handling Division moves to Hofratsmühle plant, Künzelsau.
1979The company focuses on growth. The first subsidiary in the USA is the beginning of its global orientation.
1982 The operational division Material Handling is spun off from R. STAHL GmbH & Co. KG.
R. STAHL Fördertechnik GmbH with its registered office in Stuttgart comes into being.
1993 The registered office of the company is relocated to Künzelsau.
R. STAHL GmbH & Co. KG becomes a public limited company and has been listed on the stock exchange since 1997.
2001 The Explosion Protection Division moves to Waldenburg.
2005 R. STAHL AG sells the Material Handling Division to Konecranes AG Group, Finland.
The premium brand of STAHL CraneSystems offering a full range of lifting and crane engineering products comes into being.
2009 STAHL CraneSystems specialises in developing and building high-quality hoists and crane components and gives up building cranes.
Establishing the experts network and certification of the first crane building companies as “Partners of STAHL CraneSystems”.
2012 The Hofratsmühle plant celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2017 The premium brand STAHL CraneSystems joins the Columbus McKinnon Corporation, USA.

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In 1903 R. STAHL adds construction of electric pulley blocks to its range.

Chain hoists

The development of chain hoists.

 Chain hoists

The ground-breaking innovation, the type SS electric wire rope hoist, is developed in 1922. High lifting heights and high speeds can now also be reached.

Wire rope hoists

The development of wire rope hoists.

 Wire rope hoists

Chain hoist on a crane system in 1984

Crane technology

The development of crane technology.

 Crane technology

Certified by the German PTB national metrology institute in 1953: the first explosion-proof, flameproof-encapsulated electric wire rope hoist with explosion-proof, flameproof-encapsulated controls.

Explosion protection

The development of explosion-protected hoists and crane components.

 Explosion protection

The first paternoster is installed in the 15-storey Graf-Eberhard-Building in Stuttgart. It is the highest paternoster in the world.

Customised solutions

Important customised solutions throughout our history.

 Customised solutions