Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary
From a boiler manufacturer to a system supplier
This year Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary. The company started as a small boiler manufacturer under the Loos family name. In the past decades it has become a leading global system supplier for industrial boilers. Since its foundation the company repeatedly revolutionised the heat and process energy technology in the large performance range: New and further developments continuously improved the efficiency and the durability of boiler systems.
Today the product range also includes system combinations with integration of combined heat and power units and renewable energies as well as products for waste heat utilisation. Internally developed, intelligent controls and web-based remote functions facilitate higher energy efficiency and provide an optimum interaction of different energy generators. Passion for power - this is our guiding principle. "We are building on a solid foundation that we have created in the past decades. For the future it is very important to use and to network energy much more efficiently. To achieve this we are developing concepts, we are offering system solutions and we are conducting research and development," explains Markus Brandstetter, managing director of Bosch Industriekessel GmbH.
The history of the company began in 1865, when Philipp Loos founded the "Dampf-Kessel-Fabrik PH. LOOS" in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse (Palatinate). In 1917 today's headquarters in Gunzenhausen (Bavaria) were built up to develop a series production of standing steam and hot water boilers. Those boilers proved to be successful on the market. New production locations were established in Schlungenhof near Gunzenhausen in 1958 and four years later in Bischofshofen, Austria.
Advancement through innovation
In 1952 Loos developed and patented the horizontal three-pass flame tube/smoke tube boiler with internal water-flushed rear flue gas reversing chamber - today market standard worldwide. During the course of its history the boiler manufacturer brought further innovations on the market that are still setting benchmarks in the industry today. In 1977, for example, the company developed a fully automatic water level control for a 72-hour operation without permanent supervision. Further procedures and boiler system modules e.g. for water treatment, heat recovery and PLC-based control technology followed. These components did not only optimise the boiler operation, they also facilitated system planning and installation significantly.
High quality boilers from Germany and Austria
In the past, boiler pressure vessels were laboriously joined with rivets. The introduction of the welding technique at the beginning of the 20th century led to significant quality improvements and optimised working processes. In 1966 automation found its way into production and as the world's first boiler manufacturer the company used a numerically controlled flame-cutting machine for plate cutting. Today state-of-the-art-manufacturing and testing facilities, welding robots, laser cutting machines and X-ray chambers in connection with the expertise of the specially trained employees ensure highest quality and perfection. Up to 1,800 customised industrial boilers with transportation weights of up to 108 tons leave the production facilities in Germany and Austria per year.
Over 115,000 systems in more than 140 countries: When Bosch Industriekessel talks about its market today, it is a trip around the world. Already in the 1980s, first sales subsidiaries were established outside Europe, for example in Asia. Due to the continuous expansion of our sales and service networks at home and abroad the export share currently makes up more than 60 percent.
The 150th anniversary - a joint success
150 years after the foundation of the company, Bosch Industriekessel looks back to this eventful history with pride, characterised by technical revolutions and innovations. The partnership and the trustful cooperation with planners and plant construction companies as well as the expertise and passion of around 700 employees have significantly contributed to this success.