Sennebogen has 1,400 employees worldwide at three sites in Bavaria, plus a production site in Hungary and branches in the U.S. and Singapore. A sales and service network comprising 150 dealers around the world is responsible for selling the cranes and material handlers. The original site in Pilling, Lower Bavaria, is near the current production facilities in Straubing, and Wackersdorf is close as well. Sennebogen continues to be a family company, run today by Erich and Walter Sennebogen, the second generation of the founding family.
"A lot has changed over the past 65 years. It is not just the machines that have kept getting bigger. Our portfolio is constantly growing and we always need to be thinking about future developments. At the same time, the economic conditions are changing,” Managing Director Erich Sennebogen says. “Our markets in the material handling and crane sectors have evolved. The business areas have become more diverse and the requirements our customers have with regard to quality products are constantly increasing. In today's globalized markets, we supply products to customers in over 100 countries on all continents. In order to stay ahead of the competition, we invest in our range and our sites every year and undertake modernization and expansion work."
The largest construction project in recent years began in 2015 at Straubing Plant 2. Less than 10 years after the plant opened in the industrial port area in 2008, the production space has undergone extensive expansion work. Over two years, the expansion has seen the construction of new production and storage spaces spanning 37,000 square feet in total as well as a production hall covering 7,200 square feet. Machine shipping has been restructured, storage spaces extended and shipping processes optimized, the company says. Trucks now drive directly under the specially developed Sennebogen 5500 gantry crawler crane for loading. With the movable gantry, the crane is made to cover a storage area of 10,800 square feet. Components with a length of up to 115 feet are given a protective coating in the new paint booth, and space has also been made in the new halls for finishing and customizing.
Company founder Erich Sennebogen Sr. opened the plant in Straubing in 1959. The 1,000th material handler came off the assembly line in 1960 and was followed by many new developments, from the fully hydraulic duty cycle crane to the GAUH articulated boom. In 1973, the company expanded into new markets in the Arabic counties and Africa and constructed a plant in Wackersdorf. In 1996, a Hungarian steelwork supplier integrated with the Sennebogen Group and construction of Plant 2 in the Straubing Port industrial area was completed in 2008. In 2014, the Sennebogen Academy was founded. This was also followed by extensive expansion and modernization work at the sites in Hungary and Wackersdorf in 2015 and 2016.