Linde Hydraulics

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Linde Hydraulics
TypeGmbH & Co. KG
FoundedMunich, Bavaria, Germany
(February 15, 1904; 118 years ago (1904-02-15))
  • Dr. Hugo Güldner
  • Dr. Carl von Linde
  • Dr. Georg von Krauss
Linde Hydraulics, Aschaffenburg, Bavaria
Area served
Key people
  • Dr. Matthias Schreiber (CEO)[1]
  • Michael Kessler (COO) [2]
  • Helmut Wagener (Chairman of Supervisory Board)[3]
ProductsPumps, Motors, CVT, Power Transmissions, Valves, Electronics
ServicesRepair, Remanufacturing, Sale of spare parts
OwnersKION Group
Weichai Group
Number of employees
1,400 (2020)

Linde Hydraulics is a manufacturer of heavy duty drive systems consisting of hydraulics, power transmissions, and electronics. The company's product offerings include hydraulic pumps and motors, directional control valves, power transmissions as well as peripheral electronics and software. Its products are used in agricultural, construction, forestry, landscaping, marine, material handling, mining, municipal, and stationary segments, as well as mobile lifting platforms.[4]


Linde Hydraulics from 1904 to 2020.[5]

1904 Dr. Hugo Güldner, Dr. Carl von Linde and Dr. Georg von Krauss founded the Güldner-Motoren-Gesellschaft mbH.
1933 First Production of small diesel motors.
1938 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 went into series production.
1956 The first hydrostatically driven vehicle, the so-called Hydrocar, was produced in Aschaffenburg.
1958 Linde Hydraulics was established as a division of Linde Material Handling, a Linde AG business unit. Production of the first forklift truck with hydrostatic transmission began.
1984 Linde and Linde Hydraulics introduced the load sensing valve technology.
1994 Introduction of the 02 Series axial piston pumps and motors with a swash angle of 21°.
2006 Linde Hydraulics became part of KION Group as a business unit of Linde Material Handling.
2008 Celebration of the 50th anniversary.
2010 Linde Hydraulics entered into a strategic sales and service alliance with Eaton Corporation.[6]
2012 / 2013 The Chinese corporation Weichai Power, one of the leading companies in the commercial vehicle and automotive space, acquired 70 percent of Linde Hydraulics and became majority shareholder. Linde Hydraulics was registered as an independent legal entity (Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG). KION Group remained a strategic investor in Linde Hydraulics with a share of 30 percent in the company.[7]
2014 Linde Hydraulics and PMP Industries from Italy established a strategic alliance in the power transmission and fluid power segments for mobile equipment markets.[8]
2015 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%).[9]
2016 Linde Hydraulics opens its newly built main plant in Aschaffenburg.[10]
2018 Linde Hydraulics Opens New Location in Rock Hill, SC.[11]
2020 Construction of the new plant in Weifang, China was completed and the doors were opened. On an area of about 36,000 m2 an administration building as well as production halls of about 25,000 m2 were built.[12]



  • Agricultural
  • Construction
  • Forestry
  • Industrial
  • Material Handling
  • Mining
  • Municipal
  • Offshore
  • Oil & Gas




  • Closed Circuit
  • Open Circuit


  • Variable Displacement
    • Swash Plate
    • Bent Axis
  • Self-Regulating
  • Fixed Displacement


  • Classic Hydrostat
  • Hydrostatic Variator for Internal Transmission Mount
  • Hydrostatic Variator for External Transmission Mount

Power Transmissions[edit]

  • Swing Drives
  • Track Drives
  • Wheel Drives


  • Directional Control Valves
  • Valve blocks
  • Valve modules


  • Electronic control units (ECU)
  • Pilot control devices
  • Sensors & Actuators
  • Software


  • Repair of hydraulic pumps and motors[16]
  • Remanufacturing of hydraulic units
  • Sale of spare parts


Linde Hydraulics has 4 production plants in Germany (2x Aschaffenburg, Kahl and Ballenstedt) and a 5th factory in Weifang, China. The company has subsidiaries in Europe, United States, South America and China as well as a global network of sales and service partners. [17] [18]


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  2. ^ "Linde Hydraulics Announces New Executives". Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  3. ^ "Ex-Bosch Rexroth Chairman New Linde Chairman". Diesel Progress. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Company Overview of Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "History". Linde Hydraulics GmbH &Co.KG. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  6. ^ "Eaton and Linde Hydraulics Global Strategic Alliance". Eaton. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Weichai Power and KION Group". Reuters. Archived from the original on September 2, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "Linde Hydraulics and PMP In Strategic Alliance". Diesel progress. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Linde Hydraulics opens new factory in China". Mobile Hydraulic Tips. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "Linde Hydraulics opens new main plant in Aschaffenburg". Linde Hydraulics. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  11. ^ "Linde Hydraulics opens new location in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA". Linde Hydraulics. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  12. ^ "Linde Hydraulics Opens New Plant in Weifang, China". Linde Hydraulics. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  13. ^ "Linde Hydraulics and PMP Industries". iVT international. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  14. ^ "Segments/ Applications". Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  15. ^ "Company Overview of Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  16. ^ "Company Overview of Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  17. ^ "Locations". Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  18. ^ "Linde Hydraulics in China". Diesel Progress. Retrieved September 14, 2015.

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