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Linde Material Handling

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Headquartered in Aschaffenburg, Germany, Linde Material Handling is one of the world’s top lift truck and warehouse truck manufacturers.[1] The company also produces hydrostatic drives used not only in Linde forklifts, but also in construction, farming, and forestry machinery.

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[edit] History

The story of Linde began with the establishment of Güldner-Motoren-GmbH on February 15, 1904 by Dr. Hugo Güldner von Linde, Dr. Carl von Linde, and Dr. Georg von Krauss. In 1929 the company was taken over by Linde Ag and its head office was moved to Aschaffenburg, Germany.

In 1938 Güldner added agricultural tractors to its line of products. The year 1955 saw the production of the Hydrocar, the first hydrostatically driven car in Aschaffenburg.[2]

In 1977 Linde acquired Baker Material Handling Corp., based in Cleveland, USA. Seven years later in 1984, Linde purchased Fenwick Manutention S.A., the largest manufacturer of forklifts in France. Five years after the takeover, Linde acquired the British forklift manufacturer Lansing Bagnall. These acquisitions helped Linde grow considerably within the material handling industry.

In 2006 Linde Material Handling gained legal independence as part of the KION Group. A global company that provides lift trucks, warehouse equipment, and industrial trucks, KION is the leader in the European material handling industry.[3]

In 2007 Linde’s 500,000th forklift was produced.

[edit] The Company Today

Today Linde has manufacturing facilities in Germany, France, the U.K., and China. Products designed for American buyers are manufactured at Linde Lift Truck Corp. in Summerville, South Carolina.

In Germany, the company has 28 maintenance branches with more than 900 service engineers.[4]

The company also has one of the world’s largest rental fleets and offers short term or long term truck rental through its Rent-a-Truck service.

As of December 31, 2007, Linde had 13,039 employees and posted net sales of €2.7 billion.[5]

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[edit] References

  1. About. Official Linde website. 04-30-2009.
  2. History. Official Linde website. 04-30-2009.
  3. Company Profile. Official KION Group website. 04-30-2009.
  4. About. Official Linde website. 04-30-2009.
  5. Linde MH in Figures. KION Group. 04-30-2009.