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1957

Start as the Engineer’s Office Paul Schmidt
First products: P.A. system “Luchs” for petrol stations; TRACTODRILL - pulling rig for drill stems

1959

TT is awarded the Mining Industry’s “Blue Ribbon”

1962

Company foundation of TRACTO-TECHNIK(14/11/1962). It all began in a rented garage in Saalhausen.
New product: TRACTOMAT - pulling rig for sheet pilings
Employees: 5; patents: 10

1967

The first production hall with 900 m2 is built.
New products:hydraulic ramming frame, hydraulic tube processing machine TUBOMAT
Employees:12; patents: 22

1970

Entry into the market of trenchless pipe and cable installation with the first German high-accuracy
GRUNDOMAT soil displacement hammer;
„Birth“ of the mole as a symbol for trenchless technology;
Sales partners in over 30 countries;
Sales volume: approx. 3 million DM

1974

New products: ELOTRAC - electric ramming and pulling device for steel sheet piles; CONTROMAT hydraulic pipe contraction device for sewer construction

1977

The first product training courses take place 
Employees: 75

1979

Building of an in-house chromium-plating, galvanising and hardening shop
Quality award of the Editorial Office Madrid

1980

Construction of a three-floor factory hall with 2,800 m2 and an office building with 800 m2 effective surface.
Company foundation of EKO Erdwärmekollektoren GmbH;
New products: GRUNDORAM - rammers for horizontal steel pipe installation; ELORAM - electric ramming and pulling unit
Employees: 110; patents: 60
Awards: Golden Medal of the construction fair Brünn; Silver Badge of Honour by the city of Obihiro/Japan.

1982

Company foundation of TRACTO-TECHNIK UK Ltd., Bedford, England;
Research on fine-matter energies - one of the hobbies of the company founder - leads to the foundation of RAYONEX.

1983

Company foundation of TRACTO-TECHNIQUES, St. Pierre les Elbeuf and Periguex France
Sales partners in over 50 countries;
Export share > 40
New products GRUNDOCRACK - dynamic pipe bursting unit for pipe renewal based on the rammers; TUBOMAT 2060 for pipes between  20 – 76.1 mm

1984

Because of his severe illness, the company founder Dipl.-Ing. Paul Schmidt hands the management over to Frank-Volker Theile and Elmar Ullrich;
Introduction of electronic data processing

1985

Plant II: Purchase and conversion of the company property Klein and Biermann in Oedingen.
Offshoring the pipe bending technology to Plant II in Oedingen.

1987

Foundation of the branch in Düsseldorf-Erkrath / Germany
25th anniversary of TRACTO-TECHNIK
New products: Entry to the market for directional drilling technology, pipe bending machine TUBOBEND for pipes between 6 and 50 m

1988

Foundation of the branch in Stuttgart / Germany, relocation to an own building in Altbach later on
New products: TUBOFORM - bending machine for pipes/tubes up to 28 mm;
First issue of the customer magazine TRACTUELL, circulation in 2001: 35,000 

1989

Foundation of the branch in Mannheim / Germany, relocation to an own building in Viernheim later on
New products: GRUNDOJET - the first fluid-assisted drill rig; the GRUNDODRILL originated from this after several development stages.
Employees: 260; patents: 150

1991

Company foundation of TT-TECHNOLOGIES Inc., Aurora, USA
Foundation of the branch in Lützen / Germany
New products: GRUNDODRILL 6,5 S, the first fluid-assisted drill rig with percussive hammer, GRUNDOHIT, a steerable small fluid-assisted drill rig for for pit and surface launch
Employees: 260; patents: 150

 

1993

Office extension in Plant II
Foundation of the branch Golzow / Germany
Start of the first „FAchtagung für GEsteuerte BOhrtechnik (major annual technical meeting for HDD technology)

1994

New owner: After the death of the company founder Dipl.-Ing. Paul Schmidt, Wolfgang Schmidt takes over the company management as sole heir.
Offshoring of the HDD technology to Plant III in Langenei   
New products: GRUNDODRILL 10 S

1995

New products: Development of the static pipe bursting system for pipe replacement named GRUNDOBURST

1996

New products: GRUNDODRILL 12 G, GRUNDODRILL 20 S, GRUNDOPIT - small steerable drill rig for establishing house connections, can be used for rock drilling
According to research and a corresponding book by Prof. H. Simon: TRACTO-TECHNIK, with 47 patents per 100 employees, is recognised as a strongly innovative Hidden Champion.

1997

Two floors are added to the office building in Lennestadt-Saalhausen (Plant I), accommodating a training centre and a cafeteria.

 

1998

Extension oft the technical office in Plant II
Company foundation TRACTO-TECHNIK Australia, Australia
Start of the first Pipe Bending Forum (annual event)

1999

Construction of a technology and development centre with 1000 m2 surface in Lennestadt-Saalhausen
New products: GRUNDODRILL 10 X; GRUNDOSTEER - the first detectable and steerable soil displacement hammer which works without drilling fluid; fully automatic bending technology TUBOTRON and TUBOTRONIC
Innovation Day: an annual training for the technical employees of TT; Formation of research groups;
The EXCELL Drilling Award, founded by TT for excellent drilling projects, is granted annually at the FAGEBO.
Awards: OEMmie-Award (USA) for GRUNDOBURST (award for exceptional innovative technology).

2000

Foundation of the branch in Bremen / Germany, in 2004 relocation to an own building in Bakum
The branch in Lützen, with previously 900 m2 space, becomes Plant IV by building a new 4000 m2 factory hall to take over the production of GRUNDOBURST and the hydraulic units.
New products: GRUNDOBURST 800 G and 1000 G; the TUBOMAT product range is updated: TUBOFORM 16 and 28, TUBOBEND 50 and 80, TUBOTRON 30 CNC, 50 and 90, TRACTOPRESS, TUBOGRAT, TRACTOFAB, TUBOSCAN, TUBOCONTROL, TUBOPORT, ROBOFIX, SCOPELINK
Company formation: PROfundis GmbH;
Admission to the TOP 100 of North-Rhine Westphalia,
GRUNDOSTEER - product of the year 2000 (R & D, USA)
Business partnerships: Prime Drilling GmbH, Wenden (large diameter drilling technology); Stratec GmbH, Maua (construction machinery commerce with workshop)
Employees: 400 

2001
Construction of a hall for the new Plant V in Lennestadt-Saalhausen with 4000 m2 surface for assembly, inventory, sales and exhibition construction departments
Participation in the MSG GmbH, (construction and development company)
New products: GRUNDODRILL 7 X, GRUNDODRILL 13 X, TUBOTRON 20 CNC and 50 CNC, TUBOBEND 30
Installation of the intranet;
First edition of the staff magazine "Mittendrin"
Innovation award from Sauerland Initiative
From 2001 on, the first international Hands-On-Days are held at the TT test site.
Employees: 495; patents: 33
2002
Admission to the TOP 100 in Germany
Foundation of the TT-Group GmbH (head company) 
Branch in Lübeck /Germany: Software engineering
New products: GRUNDOPIT, GRUNDODRILL 4 X
Launch of the national trade portal www.nodig-bau.de
2003
Marketing award: TT is awarded  TOP 100 prize for the trade portal www.nodig-bau.de
Launch of the international trade portal www.nodig-construction.com
2004
Co-operation with the cable plow manufacturer Föckersperger.
Construction of a new technology and training centre in Lennestadt-Langenei.
New products: GRUNDOBURST 1250 and 2500 G with 125 and 250 t pulling force; New TIP method for the renewal of pipes from manhole to manhole tightly adjacent to the old pipe wall.
2005
In Lennestadt-Meggen Wolfgang Schmidt builds seven pyramids until 2008. Two of these are used by  the company RAYONEX. The Galileo Theme Park offers superior attractions.
2006
First event of the SGL series (Symposium for trenchless pipe replacementl) at the Universityof Siegen.
New products: GRUNDODRILL 15 N; new overboring method for recovering ground cables.
2007
Entry in the geeothermal energy market with the GRD radial drilling method  - awarded the CDU Innovation Prize
Bauma 2012, with 1500 m2 exhibition space TT’s largest fair so far
New products: Auger boring rigs 200S and 400
The GRUNDODRILL 25N is introduced at Bauma.
2008
Building of a new assembly hall and office building with 1700 m2 effective surface in Lennestadt-Oedingen.
Employees: 520. Of this 60 are engineers and technical staff members.
Patents: 350    
Export share: >60 %;
More than 60 sales partners
Award: Energy Oscar for the energy supply concept of the Sauerland Pyramids
Participation in "Sachen Machen" (making things), an innovation initiative of the Association of German Engineers.
Projects: "German Technology Road" , "Enthusing young people"
2009
Award for the Sauerland Pyramids: "Germany, Country of Ideas"
New products: GRUNDODRILL 10 XP and 15 XP, BURSTFORM: pulling in of long pipes through a
manhole using the TIP method
2010

The Axia Award is granted by Deloitte for extraordinary innovation management.        
Change of boards due to retirement -
New managing directors: Tim Hofmeister (CEO/CFO) and Meinolf Rameil (CEO/CTO)
New products: GRUNDOMAT Generation N;
GRUNDOPIT Keyhole, developed in cooperation with Gas de France;
Local marketing at TT

2011
New products: GRUNDODRILL 18 ACS drilling rig for rock bores, GRUNDOLINER for the renewal of leaking house connection service lines.
2012


50Th TRACTO-TECHNIK Anniversary.

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