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Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH
Industry Design, manufacture and sales concrete pumps.
Founded 1958
Headquarters Aichtal, Germany
Key people
Norbert Scheuch (CEO)
Dr. Gerald Karch
Products Concrete Pumps
Parent Sany Heavy Industries
Website [1],www.putzmeister.de, www.putzmeisteramerica.com

Putzmeister is a German manufacturer of concrete pumps. The firm is headquartered at Aichtal, and is the largest in its field.[1] It also provides pumps for a wide range of different materials, for example slurries, fly ash, sewage, compost and water.[2]

Putzmeister is German for "Plaster Master" (Putz Meister). In 2008, the company had 3,200 employees worldwide, 500 of which work for Putzmeister America.


Putzmeister was founded by Karl Schlecht in 1958.[3] Schlecht designed a mortar machine based on his diploma thesis at the University of Stuttgart.[4]

In 1986, Putzmeister 52Z's were used in the Chernobyl nuclear accident, pumping over 400,000 cubic yards of concrete to entomb reactor number 4, setting a world record at the time for volume pumping.[5]

During the 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents at the Fukushima plant, multiple Putzmeister concrete boom pumps were flown to Japan from locations around the world. After the initial success of a M58-5 unit,[6] additional M62-6s and 70Z's were transported to Japan on-board chartered Antonov An-124s, the world's second largest cargo plane.[7] The 70Z is the world's largest boom pump,[8] able to reach over 220 feet, and able to be controlled remotely from 2 miles (3.2 km) away. The pumps will be deployed to try to stabilise the four reactors with additional water pumping capacity.[9]

In May 2008, Putzmeister reached a world record in vertical concrete pumping (1,988 feet, (606m)), via their specially designed concrete pumps type BSA 14000 SHP-D, in building the Burj Khalifa.[10] In 2008, Putzmeister broke its own record by pumping concrete to a height of more than 700 m at Burj Khalifa.[11]

As the largest German-Sino transaction ever, at the end of January 2012 Putzmeister was sold to the Chinese Sany Heavy Industries, the construction-equipment maker run by China’s richest man Liang Wengen.[12]


  • Concrete pump
    • Mobile truck mounted concrete placing boom pumps
      • "C" Valve (BRF model designation)
      • "S" Valve (BSF model designation)
    • Concrete placing systems
    • BSA trailer pumps
    • Truck mounted line pumps
    • Mortar machines
  • Industrial pumps



  1. ^ "Putzmeister official home page". 
  2. ^ "Putzmeister – Pumps For Conveying Concrete, Mortar And High-Density Solids". Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Putzmeister AG (May 24th, 2006)". Retrieved 2008-09-15. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Information about Putzmeister". Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  5. ^ Chernobyl Site Report1 & Chernobyl Site Report1 – Putzmeister website.
  6. ^ Putzmeister – Concrete pump helps in Fukushima Press information no: 1627, date: 22 March 2011; "New Komeito post-quake initiatives being adopted," New Komeito Party. March 20, 2011, retrieved 2011-04-14.
  7. ^ Putzmeister – Four concrete pumps for Fukushima Pressinformation no: 1628, date: 28 March 2011
  8. ^ "World's Largest Concrete Boom Pumps En Route To Japan To Help Cool Nuclear Reactors", PR NewsWire, 04/09/11
  9. ^ Wil Longbottom (9 April 2011). "Massive cargo plane transports £2m remote-controlled concrete pump to stricken Japanese nuclear plant". Daily Mail. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Burj Khalifa – Conquering the World's Tallest Building
  11. ^ "Putzmeister to invest Rs 125 crore in its India operations". Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  12. ^ Sany Will Buy Cement-Pump Maker Putzmeister in Biggest China-German Deal Bloomberg Online, recovered 27 January 2012

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