MOVING IDEAS

The history of EXPRESSO Deutschland GmbH originates in the founding of the August Manss Company in Vienna in 1939. Since 1945 the company is headquartered in Kassel/Germany, and since 1990 it is part of the Joachim Loh Group.

FROM BARREL TRADING TO A SPECIALIST FOR ERGONOMIC MATERIAL HANDLING


1939

Founding of the one-man business "August Manss" in Vienna for trading with barrels.

1945

The company moves to Kassel, the founder's hometown.

1953

The experience in barrel trading activity led to the development of the first hand truck to assist moving heavy barrels and drums. The first proprietary EXPRESSO product is “born”.
Soon, further special transport equipment is developed for practically all kinds of goods and industries, and an extensive field sales organization is established.
The first patent is applied for. In the following years, more than 200 patent rights are granted, which have a decisive effect on the company's success.

1967

Development of the first aluminium hand truck based on a modular system.
This innovation was the basis for EXPRESSO's present position as a leading supplier of aluminium transport equipment.

1968

Production of the first aluminium baggage cart. From now on, EXPRESSO products assist travellers in airports and railway stations worldwide.

1978

The one-man business is changed into a family-owned limited company.

1989

EXPRESSO introduces the world's first aluminium baggage cart. Meanwhile, several hundred thousand baggage carts are used worldwide in airports and railway stations

1990

EXPRESSO-Deutschland Transportgeräte GmbH is taken over by the Joachim Loh Group of Companies (JLU).

1994

The company moves into new premises in the Industrial Estate “Kassel – Waldau”, which have been built according to modern team communication concepts

1997

Battery-operated lifting aids and the patented, sensor-controlled “MagiC” drive concept are added to the product range.

1999

The “BalanceLift” supplements the product range for effortless load handling.
Successful ISO 9001 certification.

2003

With a new company name, “EXPRESSO Deutschland GmbH” celebrates the 50th anniversary of EXPRESSO, and 25 years as a the limited company (GmbH).

2004

MagiCexpress”, the pioneering mail distribution cart, sees its first use by the German Post Office. 
Development of the “touch2move (t2m)” with digital control system and freely programmable driving characteristics.

2007

Product range expansion for aluminium dock boards & dock plates from EXPRESSO France.
Market introduction of the LEO single-handed tug system (powered by touch2move).

2009

Increased workshop floor space for the manufacture of customer-specific products.

2010

Introduction of order-based production for manual transport equipment using Kanban control of material flow.

2011

Takeover of the Multi-Performance Lift from the cab company as an addition to our range of modular lifting aids.

2012

Market introduction of the lift2move family for loads of 85...225 kg.

2013

Reorganization of lifter production according to the “one piece flow” principle.
Extension of the lift2move family for loads up to 405 kg.

2016

Launch of a new lift2move product generation that provides the technical foundation for future innovations and updates of the lifting aid thanks to the modular system structure.
As of today innovations can be integrated quickly into the existing platform and the wide range of the modular system.