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|Founded||Gutmadingen, Germany (1925)|
|Products||Wheel Loaders, Tele Wheel Loaders, Telehandlers|
|Revenue||1.375,3 Mio. EUR (Corporate revenue Wacker Neuson 2015)|
Kramer-Werke GmbH is a manufacturer of compact construction machines, such as wheel loaders, tele wheel loaders and telehandlers located in Pfullendorf (Baden-Württemberg), Germany. It is part of the Wacker Neuson group.
Founding in 1925 until stop of the tractor production in 1973
In 1925 the brothers Kramer started to develop and produce mowing machines and Tractors in Gutmadingen, Germany. These were the first ones built in Germany and a revolution in agricultural work. The company headquarters was moved to Überlingen (Bodensee) in 1952.
In the time from 1957 to 1958, a special department for industrial and construction machines was set up. It caused a sensation, when Kramer introduced in 1968 the first German wheel loader with four-wheel drive and equal sized tires. A lot other four-wheel steered machines followed this example.
In 1973 an important change of direction occurred, when the company decided to close down the "tractor" manufacturing division of the business and focussed on construction machines. At this time the global tractor manufacturing business was changing with local companies suffering reduced market share as the major players consolidated and average tractor horse power increased. Many of the post war European tractor manufactures failed.
Concentration on construction equipment 1974 until 2000
In 1987 the companies focus was adjusted to the four-wheel steering based models. The same year the Kramer 312 SL was the first wheel loader with four-wheel steering which was manufactured in serial production.
On April 5, 2007 the company began to build a 30 million Euro facility in Pfullendorf. The new production site has an area of about 16 hectare and the facility itself offers 160.000 square meters of factory space. The possible annual production capacity rises from 1000 to 6000 machines.
- Pfullendorf, Germany (production, administration, research & development)
- Walter Sack: Kramer Traktoren. Podszun Verlag. März 2006. ISBN 3-86133-410-0
- Agrarvideo: "Kramer. Der Allesschaffer vom Bodensee", Firmen- und Trakorengeschichte auf DVD, http://www.agrarvideo.de/kramer-die-allesschaffer-vom-bodensee.html