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100 years of Kaeser Kompressoren – tradition and innovation

Kaeser Kompressoren is celebrating its centenary this year. Established in 1919 as a machine workshop in Coburg by Carl Kaeser senior, the company has evolved into a successful compressor manufacturer and compressed air systems provider with a worldwide reach. At the same time, it has always remained true to its roots.


It all began with the production of spare parts for motor vehicles and engines, along with the construction of special machinery. During the 1950s, to capitalise on the available engine manufacturing expertise, KAESER took the groundbreaking decision to add reciprocating compressors to its range of products. This was the first important milestone.

Others were to follow with the development of Kaeser's rotary screw airend with Sigma Profile in the early 1970s, the start-up of Germany's most cutting-edge production of refrigeration dryers in Gera in 1994 and the launch of Sigma Control, the revolutionary compressor controller, at the turn of the millennium. The roll-out of the innovative compressed air management system Sigma Air Manager in 2001 paved the way for Industrie 4.0.

Today, Kaeser Kompressoren employs approximately 6000 staff around the world, whose commitment, skills and constant striving for maximum customer satisfaction are second to none. The international Kaeser group prides itself on a network of over 100 subsidiaries and sales partners in all major industrial countries. Although the family-owned business has a truly global presence, it has never lost sight of its German roots and has now been a byword for "Made in Germany" quality for 100 years.