Germany – German crane and excavator specialist Sennebogen has lost its founder with the death of Erich Sennebogen on Monday March 21 at the age of 79. A company statement reads: ‘With him, we lose the personality that has embodied the history, the values and the success of the Sennebogen Group for six decades. He had mastered and guided the company and its employees with charismatic passion.’
At the age of 21, Mr Sennebogen founded his own company at Pilling, near Straubing, for the building of agricultural utility machines. In 1957, Sennebogen developed the first mechanical rope excavators for the construction industry. Since 1959, Sennebogen’s machine works have been based in Straubing.
Over the years, the family company has developed into a global business with offices in Straubing and Wackersdorf (both in Germany), Hungary, the USA, Dubai, Singapore and Russia, and with more than 80 distribution and service partners in 70 countries. Today, the business records an annual turnover of around Euro 300 million and employs approximately 1000 people.
Erich Sennebogen was always on the move, according to the company. As a full-blooded entrepreneur, ‘he bubbled over with ideas rather than pipe dreams’, it says. The most recent coup for the company founder and his sons Erich and Walter was the opening of a new factory in the Straubing-Sand industrial area – a Euro 30 million investment that was officially inaugurated in 2008.