Start as the Engineer’s Office Paul Schmidt
First products: P.A. system “Luchs” for petrol stations; TRACTODRILL - pulling rig for drill stems
TT is awarded the Mining Industry’s “Blue Ribbon”
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
The first production hall with 900 m2 is built.
New products:hydraulic ramming frame, hydraulic tube processing machine TUBOMAT
Employees:12; patents: 22
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
New products: ELOTRAC - electric ramming and pulling device for steel sheet piles; CONTROMAT hydraulic pipe contraction device for sewer construction
The first product training courses take place
Building of an in-house chromium-plating, galvanising and hardening shop
Quality award of the Editorial Office Madrid
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.
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
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
Plant II: Purchase and conversion of the company property Klein and Biermann in Oedingen.
Offshoring the pipe bending technology to Plant II in Oedingen.
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
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
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
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
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)
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
New products: Development of the static pipe bursting system for pipe replacement named GRUNDOBURST
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.
Two floors are added to the office building in Lennestadt-Saalhausen (Plant I), accommodating a training centre and a cafeteria.
Extension oft the technical office in Plant II
Company foundation TT Asia Pacific, Australia
Start of the first Pipe Bending Forum (annual event)
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).
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)
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