From the outset, Karl Schlecht, the founder of Putzmeister, stuck to a principle the importance of which is often underestimated today. For him, contact with the customer did not end upon delivery of the machine, but was also maintained in the period following delivery.
Closeness to the customers requires a dense and well-structured sales and service network. Putzmeister began establishing its own branches in Germany as early as the 1960s, with sites in Munich, Essen, Hamburg, Frankfurt and later also Berlin and Gera. In the 1970s, the company added subsidiaries and sales offices in other countries – including France, Spain, the UK, the USA, Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, India, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Turkey – enabling Putzmeister to act internationally. Furthermore, the Putzmeister Sales team is supported both within and outside Germany by well-trained dealers and services centres around the globe.
Putzmeister mortar machines streamline the sector
With the development of a practical mortar pump (1958), the first continuous mixing pump for gypsum plaster (1965) and a compressed air-based screed conveyor (1965), Karl Schlecht revolutionised the industry in both interior and exterior construction work. These technical milestones made heavy physical work on construction sites not only considerably easier but also more streamlined. Since the acquisition of the “Brinkmann” brand in 2008 and relocation to the Aichtal branch in 2012, the company's market presence is now stronger than ever. Putzmeister Mörtelmaschinen also likes to cause something of a stir with unusual projects. During the European Football Championship in France in 2016, the company installed a beach football pitch in the east hall of Leipzig's central station, available to interested teams in this version of football.
Concrete technology for profitable work worldwide
Putzmeister extended its range of products with the development of concrete pumps in the 1960s. This time, unlike the market launch of mortar pumps, Putzmeister was not the “inventor”, but was in competition with established manufacturers from the outset. Higher pressures, larger pump volumes and even concrete delivery were only possible, in Karl Schlecht's opinion, if previous design principles were fundamentally questioned and new paths taken. With the concept of a hydro-hydraulically driven two-cylinder piston pump combined with the flapper system (1969), Putzmeister, as a newcomer on the market, well and truly stirred things up for the established manufacturers. Having achieved the world record of 310 m in high-rise concrete pumping at the Frankfurt telecommunications tower (1977), Putzmeister finally gained acceptance in the international construction industry. This was preceded in 1971 by the invention of a compression-proof transfer tube in conjunction with concrete pumps driven by hydraulic fluid.