No future without a past
Milestones in Hänel's success
1953
Gerhard Hänel founds 'Hänel Büro- und Lagersysteme' in Bad Friedrichshall, Germany.
1957
Hänel is the first manufacturer in Europe to series-produce filing carousels based on the Ferris wheel principle.
1968
Hänel Plant 2 goes into operation in Wiesentheid/Bavaria.
Hänel Precision Gears Bad Friedrichshall, Germany
70s
At the start of the 70s the first Hänel industrial vertical carousels are launched.
1972
In Altstätten SG, Switzerland, Hänel Plant 3 starts production.
1973
As early as 1973, Hänel was looking into lightweight construction techniques and developed the first aluminum-based vertical carousels. This technical achievement has remained unmatched to this day.
1978
Hänel designs and produces heavy-duty carousels with a storage capacity of over 10 tons. Unprecedented at the time!
80s
The 1980s saw the development of a wide range of industrial storage carousels for the global market.

New branches established – Hänel USA and Hänel France.

Hänel Netherlands followed early in 1990.
1993
Hänel Germany is the first company in its sector (vertical lift technology) to be awarded the ISO 9001 certificate.
1994
First Lean-Lift® with vertical technology and 250 kg payload capacity per container. Hänel sets the standard in vertical lift technology by inventing the Hänel profile wall.
1995
Hänel Altstätten also awarded ISO 9001 certificate – the first company in its sector (vertical lift technology) in Switzerland.
1996
Lean-Lift® with 500 kg payload capacity per container.
97/98
Massive expansion of manufacturing capability with state-of-the-art production technology.
1999
Lean-Lift® with 1,000 kg payload capacity per container.
2001
Hänel opens a new Demo Center in Bad Friedrichshall.
2003
Hänel moves into its new administration building.
2004
Hänel is the first manufacturer in Germany to offer the option of fitting its vertical lift modules with digital camera technology.
2005
In a world premiere at the CeMAT trade fair, Hänel unveils the patented 3-axis Multi-Space® storage system – the new definition of vertical lift technology.
2008
Hänel, the inventor of the extractor with double container placement, perfects this system and develops the Hänel Lean-Lift® in DualDrive® design.

Doubling of the production area at the Hänel plant in Wiesentheid, Bavaria.

Hänel introduces an EcoDrive® version of the Lean-Lift® – a world first for producers of storage systems. CO2 reductions thanks to efficient energy recovery using a frequency converter with feedback unit.
2009
Celebration of Gerhard Hänel's 100-year anniversary.
2011
At CeMAT 2011 Hänel showcases numerous innovations and highlights the new Hänel EcoConcept: Hänel EcoDrive®, EcoLoad® and EcoMode® are efficient systems integrated in the Hänel Lean-Lift® and Hänel Rotomat® to reduce energy consumption in the warehouse.

Presentation of the Hänel Rotomat® in high-speed version.
2014
Again at CeMAT Hänel introduced the awardwinning Hänel VendiShelf system for safe and secure storage.

Hänel innovations at the CeMAT 2014: Hänel controller as SAP terminals
The latest generation of the MP 12 N-H/HostWeb controller can be used as an SAP terminal with the SOAP protocol.

HänelSoft® – Reloaded!
The successful Hänel warehouse management software with new functions and design.

Hänel Lean-Lift® in extra-wide design with a container width of up to 13.32 ft.
Today
Hänel is one of the world's leading manufacturers of storage and organization systems, with distributors in over 60 countries.
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