Interview with CEO Martin Lehner on the Topic of Innovation
Wacker Neuson became a big company due to its innovations. Can you give us examples of true milestones for the company?
The first electric rammer was a true milestone – around the world! It was invented in 1930 by Hermann Wacker and helped to revolutionize an entire industry. Even today, Wacker Neuson is the leader in soil compaction thanks to this significant invention. Nearly 20 years later, the first rammer with a combustion engine was then launched on the market, also by us. This increased the flexibility and application possibilities of the equipment enormously, because now work could take place independent of a power source. And so it was another milestone that incidentally inspired the next innovation a few years later, the first demolition breaker with a gasoline engine.
The vertical digging system (VDS) is one of our innovations. The VDS is a tilting revolving superstructure for excavators that allows for continuous tilting at the push of a button and offers our customers a clear added value through significantly shorter excavation times. In addition, the driver is in an upright position for more comfort and better ergonomics and the machine is significantly more stable.
Especially in terms of safety and comfort, we also score with our infrared control for compaction equipment. Through the remote control for vibratory plates and our vibratory trench rollers, the user is not exposed to any hand-arm vibrations and encounters significantly smaller amounts of dust and exhaust fumes. In addition, the risk of accidents is significantly reduced, for thanks to the proximity recognition sensor, the user cannot enter into the danger zone and must maintain visual contact with the machine in order to operate it. The DPU 130, the strongest vibratory plate in the world, was awarded with several innovation awards - a great confirmation of our performance.