Turning Power into Motion since 1904
Turning Power into Motion since 1904

Linde Hydraulics through the years

From an idea and an initiative of three men, Dr. Hugo Güldner, Dr. Carl von Linde and Dr. Georg von Krauss, to a world-wide acting and located company. Our roots date back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Find out more about our corporate development in more than 100 years of company history.

On February 15, 1904 Dr. Hugo Güldner, Dr. Carl von Linde and Dr. Georg von Krauss founded the Güldner-Motoren- Gesellschaft mbH in Munich, Germany.
The till-now part ownership in the Linde Ice Machine business is complimented by the complete take-over by the Güldner-Motoren-Gesellschafft. A restructuring of the manufacturing program follows accordingly.
Production of small diesel motors begins.
Production expanded via gas driven motors and generators, aero engines, plough machines and diesel motors to the manufacture of tractors. The first Güldner tow tractor model A20 goes into series production.
Production of the first hydrostatically driven vehicle, the so-called Hydrocar, in Aschaffenburg.
Linde Hydraulics was established as a specialized department within Linde Material Handling, a Linde AG business unit. Production of the first forklift truck with hydrostatic transmission began.
Linde Hydraulics became part of KION Group in 2006 as a business unit of Linde Material Handing.
Linde Hydraulics celebrated its 50th anniversary. As pioneer of hydraulic components, Linde has not only marked the way in construction equipment: For 50 years the hydrostatic transmission has ensured a wear-free power train system in Diesel and LP Gas forklift trucks. More than 450 registered patents speak for the innovative power of Linde Hydraulics technology.
Weichai Power, one of the leading companies in the commercial vehicle and automotive supplier industries in China, acquired 70 percent share in Linde Hydraulics. From then on, Linde Hydraulics is established as separate legal entity (Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG) and is run as an independent company. KION remains a strategic investor in Linde Hydraulics.
Linde Hydraulics opens China production facility in Weifang, Shandong Province. The new plant will be operated by Linde Hydraulics (China) Co., Ltd, which was formed in a joint venture between Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG (51%) and Weichai Power Co., Ltd (49%).
Linde Hydraulics moves to the new plant in Wailandtstrasse 13, 63741 Aschaffenburg.
Opening of a new location in Rock Hill, South Carolina (USA).
Opening of the new plant in Weifang, China.