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SCHIESS Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik GmbH • Ernst-Schiess-Str. 1 • 06449 Aschersleben • Germany telephone: 03473-968-0 • telefax: 03473-968-130 email: info@schiess.de

SCHIESS Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik GmbH - 163

years of mechanical engineering in Aschersleben

and Düsseldorf 

SCHIESS   Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik   GmbH   looks   back   on   more   than   160   years of tradition: In   1857,   i.e.   163   years   ago,   the   “Maschinenbauanstalt   Aschersleben”   was founded   by   Heinrich   Billeter   and   Wilhelm   Klunz   in   Aschersleben.   In   1866   Ernst Schiess   founded   SCHIESS   in   Düsseldorf.   All   three   are   of   that   generation   of Magdebrg   Young   Wild   Engineers   of   19th   century.   In   1891   the   “Verein   Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken“   (VDW)   was   founded   at   the   initiative   of   Ernst Schiess.   After   German   Reunification,   the   three   reunited   in   1991   –   although   no more in person.

Since 1991: German Reunification 

In   1991   Lentjes   Holding   /   SCHIESS   AG   takes   over   WEMA   Aschersleben.   In 1993   the   shares   have   been   transferred   to   “Bremer   Vulkan”,   that   filed   for insolvency   in   1996.   SCHIESS   Wema   GmbH   with   business   division   of   contract manufacturing was set up in 1997 through a management buyout. In   1999   the   designing   of   a   new   product   series   of   horizontal   boring   machines, vertical   lathes   and   gantry   milling   machines   is   started.   This   period   set   new challenges:     change     of     ownership,     privatization,     mergers,     crises     and bankruptcies.   With   rescue   operations   the   City   of   Aschersleben,   trade   union and   employees   fought   for   keeping   the   traditional   company   alive.   2004   was the   beginning   of   a   new   stage:   The   Chinese   company   Shenyang   Machine   Tool Co.,   Ltd.   (SMTCL)   –   later   Shenyang   Machine   Tool   Group   (SYMG)   takes   over SCHIESS   GmbH.   15   years   later   the   business   of   SCHIESS   GmbH   is   terminated by insolvency. At   the   end   of   2019   SCHIESS   Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik   GmbH   is   founded   as subsidiary of Shandong Guochuang Windpower Ltd.

Founding up  to 1945

Billeter and Klunz started as repair shop for lathes. In   1860   the   first   machine   tools   were   produced.   From   the   1870s,   the   company started   to   specialize   in   planing   machines.   At   the   World   Exhibition   1889   in Paris,    the    company    attracted    great    attention    with    these    machines    and achieved worldwide fame. Until   the   global   economic   crisis   in   the   1920s   the   product   range   extended   to   a range   of   15   different   types   of   planer.   In   1931   started   a   product   diversification into   surface   grinding   machines.   During   the   Second   World   War   armaments were additionally produced. SCHIESS   also   started   as   repair   shop   and   contract   manufacturer.   Only   from 1870   machine   tools   (vertical   lathes,   portal   milling   machines,   later   horizontal milling   machines)   were   produced.   In   1880   the   company   was   one   of   the   three largest   machine   tool   factories   of   the   German   Reich.   During   the   First   World   War the   factory   was   vitally   important   during   the   war   and   became   supplier   for   the German    shipyards.    During    the    Second    World    War    the    company    was    also involved in the production of war-relevant goods.

1945 up to 1989

In   1946   Billeter   and   Klunz   were   nationalized   as   VEB   Werkzeugmaschinen (WEMA)   Aschersleben.   Planer   and   grinding   machines   are   produced   again. From   the   1960s   new   products   were   increasingly   developed,   and   from   the 1970s onwards large machining centers. Schiess   resumed   production   of   well-known   products   in   Düsseldorf   in   the 1950s.   The   machines   already   had   impressive   dimensions   even   in   that   time   turning diameter of 25,500 mm and workpiece weight of 1,800 tons. Both companies remain existing during division of Germany.
Ernst Schiess Heinrich Billeter Hobelmaschine 1925 Schiess Karusselldrehmaschine 1929 Schiess header history
Heinrich Billeter
Ernst Schiess
planer, 1925
vertical lathe, 1929
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SCHIESS Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik

GmbH - 163 years of mechanical

engineering in Aschersleben and

Düsseldorf 

SCHIESS    Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik    GmbH    looks    back    on more than 160 years of tradition: In    1857,    i.e.    163    years    ago,    the    “Maschinenbauanstalt Aschersleben”   was   founded   by   Heinrich   Billeter   and   Wilhelm Klunz    in    Aschersleben.    In    1866    Ernst    Schiess    founded SCHIESS   in   Düsseldorf.   All   three   are   of   that   generation   of Magdebrg   Young   Wild   Engineers   of   19th   century.   In   1891 the   “Verein   Deutscher   Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken“   (VDW) was   founded   at   the   initiative   of   Ernst   Schiess.   After   German Reunification,    the    three    reunited    in    1991    –    although    no more in person.

Since 1991: German Reunification 

In   1991   Lentjes   Holding   /   SCHIESS   AG   takes   over   WEMA Aschersleben.   In   1993   the   shares   have   been   transferred   to “Bremer    Vulkan”,    that    filed    for    insolvency    in    1996. SCHIESS   Wema   GmbH   with   business   division   of   contract manufacturing   was   set   up   in   1997   through   a   management buyout. In   1999   the   designing   of   a   new   product   series   of   horizontal boring     machines,     vertical     lathes     and     gantry     milling machines    is    started.    This    period    set    new    challenges: change    of    ownership,    privatization,    mergers,    crises    and bankruptcies.     With     rescue     operations     the     City     of Aschersleben,    trade    union    and    employees    fought    for keeping    the    traditional    company    alive.    2004    was    the beginning   of   a   new   stage:   The   Chinese   company   Shenyang Machine   Tool   Co.,   Ltd.   (SMTCL)   –   later   Shenyang   Machine Tool   Group   (SYMG)   takes   over   SCHIESS   GmbH.   15   years later    the    business    of    SCHIESS    GmbH    is    terminated    by insolvency. At    the    end    of    2019    SCHIESS    Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik GmbH   is   founded   as   subsidiary   of   Shandong   Guochuang Windpower Ltd.

Founding up  to 1945 

Billeter and Klunz started as repair shop for lathes. In   1860   the   first   machine   tools   were   produced.   From   the 1870s,    the    company    started    to    specialize    in    planing machines.    At    the    World    Exhibition    1889    in    Paris,    the company   attracted   great   attention   with   these   machines   and achieved worldwide fame. Until   the   global   economic   crisis   in   the   1920s   the   product range   extended   to   a   range   of   15   different   types   of   planer.   In 1931   started   a   product   diversification   into   surface   grinding machines.   During   the   Second   World   War   armaments   were additionally produced. SCHIESS     also     started     as     repair     shop     and     contract manufacturer.    Only    from    1870    machine    tools    (vertical lathes,    portal    milling    machines,    later    horizontal    milling machines)   were   produced.   In   1880   the   company   was   one   of the    three    largest    machine    tool    factories    of    the    German Reich.   During   the   First   World   War   the   factory   was   vitally important    during    the    war    and    became    supplier    for    the German    shipyards.    During    the    Second    World    War    the company   was   also   involved   in   the   production   of   war-relevant goods.

1945 up to 1989 

In    1946    Billeter    and    Klunz    were    nationalized    as    VEB Werkzeugmaschinen    (WEMA)    Aschersleben.    Planer    and grinding   machines   are   produced   again.   From   the   1960s new   products   were   increasingly   developed,   and   from   the 1970s onwards large machining centers. Schiess    resumed    production    of    well-known    products    in Düsseldorf    in    the    1950s.    The    machines    already    had impressive    dimensions    even    in    that    time    –    turning diameter   of   25,500   mm   and   workpiece   weight   of   1,800 tons. Both     companies     remain     existing     during     division     of Germany.
Ernst Schiess
Heinrich Billeter
Heinrich Billeter
Hobelmaschine 1925
planer, 1925
Karusselldrehmaschine 1929
vertical lathe, 1929
Ernst Schiess
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SCHIESS Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik GmbH Ernst-Schiess-Str. 1 • 06449 Aschersleben Telefon: 03473-968-0 • Telefax: 03473-968-130 E-Mail: info@schiess.de
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