History

1922

Mr. Reinhold Dornfeld founds on August 17th the "Deutsche Elektromaschinen- und Motorenbau Aktiengesellschaft" (short DELMAG) by a merger of the forerunner companies "Esslinger Holzbearbeitungsmaschinenfabrik Pflüger & Steinert" and " Walter Fischer & Co." The production range includes initially portable wood saws und cutting machines and electric motors with flexible shaft.

1926

The first explosion rammer in the world developed by Dipl.-Ing. Konrad Haage in cooperation with Ing. Albert Pflüger is patented on 16th Juli. DELMAG specializes in the production of road construction and civil engineering machines.

1934

The DELMAG frog developed by the chief designer Mr. Haage causes a sensation at the trade fair in Leipzig.

1939

Invention of the principle of impact atomization for diesel pile hammers by chief designer Haage. The new diesel pile hammers make DELMAG known in the whole world.

1945

Due to the decision of the Allies DELMAG is placed under trusteeship. Reinhold Dornfeld reassumes the management. As temporary solution steel garden tables and trolleys are produced.

1948

The production of road construction and civil engineering machines moves to the forefront again and exceeds the pre-war level.

1962

The first track mounted DELMAG piling mast ist introduced. Soil compactors extend the production line.

1966

DELMAG begins with the development of hydraulic drill rig RH 155 the predecessor of today's drill rigs.

1961

The founder and managing director of DELMAG passes away on January 21st. Eberhard Dornfeld is from now on the sole general partner in the company.

RH 155

1977

A new diesel pile hammer generation in sizes D8 to D80/100, better and more cost efficient leads and new vibrating plates are developed. Electric and hydraulic vibrating hammers and vibrating rammers broaden the product range.

1983

A new generation of drilling rigs with the models RH 0812, RH 0912 and RH 1413 is developed and placed on the market.

1987

Eberhard Dornfeld, son of the founder Reinhold Dornfeld, long time manager and partner of DELMAG passes away on 25th November.

1991

So far the biggest drilling rig RH 4037 is produced. A floating ram for swiss army is developed.

1998

The DDK system (dual rotary head) is presented and honoured with the Innovation award at the bauma show.

DELMAG declares insolvency only few months later.

2000

The company ABI GmbH from Niedernberg acquires the piling and drilling equipment division.

2002

Matthias Heichel, son of the ABI founder, is appointed CEO of DELMAG.

2005

DELMAG specializes in pile driving equipment. New leads are developed and offered with additional accessories as complete piling systems. ABI takes over the responsibility for design, sales, service and final assembly of drilling rigs.

2008

ABI begins with the production of carriers for DELMAG drill rigs.

2010

ABI introduces the new MOBILRAM-System TM 22 as well as the DELMAG drill rig RHV 40 mounted on ABI's own carrier T121D at the bauma in Munich.

2013

ABI introduces a new model to the market, the drill rig RH 24 equiped with a Docking-System for easy and quick setup of the rotary head.

2014

ABI celebrates 40 years company anniversary and 30 years of cooperation with company Sennebogen. The Sennebogen carriers are used for the smaller models of the RH product line.

2017

ABI Group grows. ABI acquires shares on swedish company SPD Scandinavian Pile Driving AB.