The milestones of Wacker Neuson

In the beginning, there was a vision. With the founding of a blacksmith workshop in Dresden in 1848, Johann Christian Wacker laid the cornerstone for a business that developed over time, continually revolutionizing the construction industry. Nearly 175 years later, that company is Wacker Neuson.

The spirit of invention and the power of innovation were formative, as the business progressed. In 1930, Hermann Wacker invented the world’s first electric rammer. Over 200 patents and utility models followed and helped position the brand as one of the most successful in the equipment industry.

SM100

2021

SM100 Utility Track Loader

Wacker Neuson expands its compact equipment offering with the addition of a utility track loader. The versatile, stand-on SM100 is an excellent addition to any rental fleet and is the perfect fit for landscaping projects, light site work, grading, auguring, material handling.

The Wacker Neuson Dual View Dumper in application.

2019

Dual View Dumper

With a seat and control panel that can rotate 180°, Wacker Neuson revolutionizes the market with its innovative Dual View Dumper. The unique operator platform keeps the task in front of the machine operator, enhancing safety and flexibility on the job site.

Wacker Neuson Compamatic.

2019

Compamatic

With Compamatic, Wacker Neuson connects Compatec, its time-tested and proven compaction control, with a telematics solution. This makes compaction progress traceable and allows for completely documented quality control – easily, from your desk.

Construction worker carrying battery-powered Wacker Neuson high-frequency internal vibrator on a construction site.

2019

Internal vibrator with battery

Wacker Neuson introduces the industry’s first battery-powered high frequency internal concrete. The battery is carried in a backpack, eliminating the need for a power cable and promoting greater freedom of movement, enhanced safety and operator comfort.

Single direction vibratory plates in the zero emission series in application on a construction site in the city.

2018

Battery-powered plates

Using the same battery platform as Wacker Neuson’s zero emission rammers, the AP1850e and AP1840e single-direction vibratory plates are launched.

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2014

Skid Steer launch in North America

The compact equipment line offered by Wacker Neuson expands with the introduction of skid steers and compact track loaders in 2014. Design, engineering and production of new models begins in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin in 2017, redefining this line for the North American market.

The Wacker Neuson mini-excavator 803 dual power in application in a hall.

2014

Introduction of the zero emission series

Wacker Neuson presents its zero emission series with the WL20e wheel loader and the battery-powered AS30e and AS50e rammers. The mini-excavator 803 dual power is also introduced in 2014, offering the option of a diesel drive or operation via an electro-hydraulic power unit.

Compatec compaction control in application on a construction site.

2013

Compatec compaction control

The compaction control Compatec offers a guide for soil compaction – especially designed for end users who only work with vibratory plates from time to time. Eight LED lamps indicate to the operator the relative compaction progress.

Headquarters of Wacker Neuson SE in the north of Munich.

2011

New headquarters opens

Located in the northern part of Munich, Germany, Wacker Neuson SE’s new headquarters are inaugurated. The building is made of quality exposed concrete elements in different color tones, underscoring the company’s long years of expertise in the area of concrete technology.

Remote-controlled Wacker Neuson DPU130r in application on a construction site.

2010

Most powerful vibratory plate

The first vibratory plate with two base plates, the DPU130r is introduced to the market. It can replace a heavy 7-metric ton roller and is also lighter, more compact, and more versatile. The plate can be controlled with a remote control.

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2007

Merger into Wacker Neuson AG

Neuson Kramer Baumaschinen AG and the traditional family business Wacker Construction Equipment AG join forces. With the merger into Wacker Neuson AG, the business offers the industry’s most diverse line of construction equipment.

The Neuson 9503 being driven.

2007

Quickly on the move

The Neuson 9503 is, at speeds up to 40 km/h, the fastest excavator in the world. It has established itself very quickly in the market, proving very popular with municipalities and landscape contractors, in particular.

2002

Oil-injected vibratory rammer

Separate oil and gas tanks eliminate premixing. This is another milestone in vibratory rammer development, offering excellent engine protection, maximum user-friendliness and outstanding reliability.

First articulated vibratory trench roller RT820 in application.

1991

First articulated trench roller

The RT820 is introduced as the first articulated trench roller on the market in the early nineties. With its convenient remote control, the machine can be driven in forward and reverse modes. It also features a central joint, which makes it exceptionally maneuverable.

Neuson excavator with innovative Vertical Digging System VDS in application.

1988

Development of VDS

An excavator innovation in the late eighties, the Vertical Digging System (VDS) allows precise vertical digging, even on uneven ground, curbs or slopes. This makes working more efficient, quicker and more comfortable for the operator.

Neuson construction machine in front of the newly founded Neuson Hydraulik GmbH.

1981

Founding of Neuson Hydraulik GmbH

Following its founding in 1981, Neuson Hydraulik introduced its first mini-excavator in 1984. Numerous innovations followed in the mini-excavator area in the subsequent years. In 2000, wheel dumpers began development and production in Austria.

First reversible vibratory plate DVU in application.

1973

First reversible vibratory plate

New ideas and outstanding performance: with the first reversible vibratory plate DVU, another milestone is achieved. For greater freedom of movement and application flexibility, speed and both directions can be regulated variably, even allowing on-the-spot compaction.

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1967

Wacker sales affiliate opens in Canada

Wacker Construction Equipment AG opens its first Canadian office in Mississauga, Ontario in 1967 and is the 10th affiliate to do so globally.

Wacker Neuson production plant in Reichertshofen.

1964

Production plant in Reichertshofen

To satisfy the growing demand for innovative and high-quality construction equipment for professional users, Wacker purchases a ten-hectare property for production in Reichertshofen, Upper Bavaria. The plant opens in 1964.

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1957

Wacker takes a foothold in the USA

Wacker Construction Equipment AG opens its first foreign affiliate in Hartford, Wisconsin in 1957. The Americas headquarters and manufacturing facility in Menomonee Falls was opened in 1986, with several expansions in subsequent years.

Historic vibratory rammer with combustion engine in application.

1952

Vibratory rammer with combustion engine

New options for the application of vibratory rammers result from the incorporation of combustion engines, increasing range, flexibility and practical value. Operators can now use them very efficiently on construction sites without a power supply.

Historical picture of the first Wacker Neuson internal vibrator.

1937

The first internal vibrator conquers the market

As the inventor of the world’s first internal concrete vibrator, Wacker revolutionizes an entire industry and makes professional concrete consolidation possible. High frequency improves machine performance and the quality of the concrete.

Picture of the first electric rammer worldwide by Wacker.

1930

The first electric rammer is invented

Hermann Wacker is the pioneer of an entire industry. By inventing the world’s first electric rammer, he lays the foundation for soil and asphalt compaction, as well as for his company. On construction sites, even today, the rammer is known as a “Wacker Packer.”

First “Wacker” forge workshop in Dresden, founded 1848.

1848

Establishment of the Wacker forge workshop

In Dresden, Germany, the cornerstone of the company is laid. Johann Christian Wacker founds a blacksmith shop under the name “Wacker” in Dresden. In 1875, industrial production begins.