The ATLAS history

1919

Founding

Hinrich Weyhausen founds the company and initially produced agricultural equipment.

1945

The first patent

The first patent for an ATLAS attachment crane is granted.

1950

First fully hydraulic excavator

The success story for ATLAS and the industry begins with the first fully hydraulically operated ATLAS excavator.

1956

ATLAS Vechta

ATLAS Vechta went into operation on September 18, 1956

1960

ATLAS Ganderkesee

Commissioning of ATLAS Ganderkesee on June 20, 1960

1965

Rail-road excavator

The world’s first ATLAS road-rail excavator lays the foundation for a leading position in this market.

1980

ATLAS UK

ATLAS Cranes production site goes into operation in Bradford, England

1986

ATLAS mobile excavator 1304

The ATLAS mobile excavator 1304 comes onto the market. It is the best-selling ATLAS excavator model to date.

2001

Change of leadership

ATLAS is taken over by the American Terex group.

2010

ATLAS Maschinen GmbH

The entrepreneur Fil Filipov acquires ATLAS and re-establishes the company as an independent company under the brand name “ATLAS Maschinen GmbH”.

2012

Spare Parts GmbH

ATLAS Spare Parts GmbH is founded to increase efficiency in parts supply.

2013

ATLAS high performance wheel loader

The construction of large ATLAS high-performance wheel loaders starts in Ganderkesee.

2014

New managing director

ATLAS expands its delivery program to include tunnel excavators and delivers the first of them.

Brahim Stitou is appointed managing director of ATLAS Maschinen GmbH with sole power of representation.

2015

Innovation

The first of many electric excavators to follow later is delivered

At the newly founded ATLAS Group Services GmbH, all training courses are now concentrated; they take place in our own training center.

ATLAS Maschinen GmbH is renamed ATLAS GmbH.

2017

Mini and midi excavators

ATLAS is expanding its product portfolio to include the sale of ATLAS mini and midi excavators.

2019

100 year anniversary

The 100th anniversary is celebrated with a gala evening and an open day.

ATLAS GmbH has a worldwide network of dealers and service stations that is continuously being expanded. In Germany alone there are 35 ATLAS dealers with 120 service stations, and in Europe there are currently another 120 service stations.

2020

Ready for the future

ATLAS introduces the first battery-powered excavator. The 160 MH accu works for the Hamburg city cleaning company in recycling.

ATLAS machines are now equipped with Stage V exhaust gas aftertreatment

ATLAS manufactures driver’s cabs itself

2021

We are also looking ahead this year.

In 2022, ATLAS will be represented at all major construction machinery trade fairs, such as bauma.

 

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