12.02.2019 90 years of Hünnebeck: From ingenious inventor to internationally successful corporate group

In the lead with good ideas – since 1929

Hünnebeck celebrates an important birthday: When he started his engineering firm ninety years ago, Emil Mauritz Hünnebeck laid the foundation stone for the Hünnebeck group of companies. His ideas and inventions revolutionized working processes on the construction site – and the same power of innovation is still what drives the company to this day.

"Our capacity to innovate is driven by our employees. Groundbreaking products and our ability to develop efficient solutions are crucial for our customers’ competitiveness,", says Martin Hemberger, Managing Director of the Hünnebeck Group. The company has now been offering flexible, smart solutions for construction projects of all types for nine decades. Hünnebeck has repeatedly supplied the market with groundbreaking innovations.

The right ideas at the right time

For example, the first spatial formwork was designed by Hünnebeck. The tubular steel support with rapid lowering became standard equipment on every German construction site, along with Hünnebeck rapid erection scaffolding in 1959.

The TOPEC system, developed in the mid-1980s, continues to deliver optimum safety and particularly rapid formwork installation times to this day. As the formwork is both erected and dismantled from the ground, falls are systematically prevented during installation. The fact that TOPEC modular slab formwork has only two basic elements – support and panel – makes the system particularly efficient. But here too, Hünnebeck demonstrates its flexibility. The optional addition of dropheads and beams is also possible, in order to be able to create sloping slabs, and this was recently launched on the North American market.

In 2009 Hünnebeck presented the next milestone in terms of formwork speed: TOPMAX, the world’s first steel frame floor table. The TOPMAX system was specially developed for the efficient shuttering of large slab areas of regular layout and a repetitive nature; few components ensure ease of pre-assembly and speed of application. Hünnebeck is a world market leader in the field of slab formwork technology, offering its customers TOPMAX, a product that reduces working time by more than 50% in comparison with conventional products.

New-generation formwork and scaffolding

In 2013 the company launched Platinum, a new, extremely efficient generation of wall formwork: a frame formwork system capable of withstanding loads up to 100 kN, with a high-performance anchorage system which can be operated from one side and which manages with only two instead of the usual three anchorage points for a panel height of 3.60 m. For construction companies this means significant time and cost-savings, which are becoming ever more important in these times of a shortage of qualified workers and increasing staff costs.

Equally groundbreaking is the ST 60 shoring tower system, developed in collaboration between Hünnebeck France and Germany, which is designed to meet the currently most demanding ergonomic and safety requirements, with a maximum component weight of 15 kg and assembly with temporary side guards. In this way support solutions can be created easily, safely and quickly, while offering carrying capacities of up to 240 kN per tower.

Always in focus – both in product development and in daily use on site: the occupational health and safety of the customer, as well as of the company’s own employees. These are both key factors which are firmly embedded in the corporate culture and which form the basis for ensuring that all users can work safely at all times.

Looking ahead

"The world has changed since we developed our first visionary solutions for construction sites ninety years ago," says Hemberger. "However, one thing has remained constant through all those decades: Our enthusiasm and our commitment to meet our customers’ requirements, day in, day out," adds Hemberger. "Wherever in the world our customers work with us – they can always rely on us working in compliance with the requirements for safety, productivity and partnership."

Hünnebeck is deployed worldwide, because since 2013 Hünnebeck has been a member of the Brand Energy group; its international orientation was further reinforced by the merger of Brand Energy with the Safway Group in 2017. Consequently Hünnebeck can offer its services and highly qualified staff around the globe and serve its customers from worldwide equipment pools. Of course Hünnebeck also keeps its eye on the digital revolution. On that subject, Hemberger says, "The transition to the digital age is full of challenges. We will tackle them together with our employees and make good use of the opportunities offered."

In addition to the anniversary celebrations, there is another reason to be happy: The Hünnebeck company is performing very positively overall and managing to keep expanding its customer base and its market presence. The latest developments from Hünnebeck and BrandSafway will be presented at bauma 2019.

From ingenious inventor to international corporation: Today, Hünnebeck is one of the market-leading companies in the field of formwork, scaffolding and safety equipment, and has successfully contributed to German industrial history.


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