100 years ZF Friedrichshafen

German brands enjoy an excellent reputation worldwide. How can ascend even without big names the world leader, showing the automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in August, 2015. “Whether Porsche, Maserati, VW or Toyota – there is hardly a CAR in the world, which today no parts of ZF Friedrichshafen are,” says company spokesman Andreas Veil proudly. not even the link between the transmission in its CAR and the history of aeronautics is – least motorists however know that.
Looking back: On July 2, 1900 rises the first airship of Count Zeppelin in Friedrichshafen Manzell at great applause of onlookers in the air. But the technique of “flying cigar” is not mature. The first prototypes break in gusts of wind that strike engines and airships are difficult to TAX. 1908 raises prototype number four in the air. The airship travels unscathed from Lake Constance to Mainz, but is moored at the bottom gets in Echterdingen from a thunderstorm and burns, people do not come to harm.

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150 years BASF

When Friedrich Engelhorn on 6 April 1865, the corporation “Baden Aniline and Soda Factory” – this is the abbreviation BASF – founded with a capital of 1.4 million guilders, he could not imagine that the company will become the world’s largest chemical companies would, of approximately 113,000 employees at more than 390 production sites in more than 80 countries today. And probably that the company would not be at all once so old. However, this year the company is celebrating its 150th birthday. It all started in 1865 with colors more precisely: textile dyes. Because colorful clothes was once expensive and therefore reserved for the nobility and the wealthy bourgeoisie. BASF “democratised” so to speak, the clothes of the people, for now were those who wanted color shirt and pants. Some years later, the production of ammonia in factories in order to turn it into fertilizer. Later plastics were added. Today, the portfolio of the Tradition Group of chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products extends to oil and gas.

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