VOITH celebrates 150th anniversary

15.06.17 Aktuelles, Mitgliederneuigkeiten

Voith, the German family-owned company that focuses on the mechanical engineering sector, is celebrating its 150th anniversary guided by the motto, “Welcome to the next 150 years.”

Throughout 2017, 19,000 employees at 160 global locations will be celebrating the event, with a ceremonial act with guests from around the world at its headquarters in Heidenheim in the summer. Concurrently, Voith will support 150 charitable and social projects around the globe in commemoration of the event.

“We are proud of our rich, successful history. But in our anniversary year, we will primarily be looking to the future,” says Voith CEO Hubert Lienhard. “Friedrich Voith [Founder of Voith] saw the major opportunities in his time, and seized them decisively. We have preserved this entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit. We want to take a decisive role in shaping the fourth industrial revolution in the 21st century.”

The celebration for VOITH Indonesia took place in May 5, 2017, in its Indonesian plant in Karawang, West Java. The employee event for approximately 230 employees was joined by Member of the Management Board of Voith Paper and President of the Business Line Fabric and Roll Systems (FRS) Mr. Martin Scherrer.

“If you just imagine, today, every piece of paper you’ve had in your hand is made from a VOITH machine. When you just imagine from a locksmith to this global leader in paper machinery, it’s a great, great achievement,” Mr Scherrer said. “We are here for 150 years, and we have set certain standards, and we want to do the right thing for the next 150 years.”


Mr. Robert Kietaibl, Senior Vice President Sales VP FRS Asia Pacific, echoed the sentiment, saying that, “celebrating 150 years of Voith is celebrating our work, our contributions and the success of generations of Voithians. That is why it is a great pleasure to us to host our employee event”.


Voith is well known as being one of the pioneers of mass-produced paper products. Voith’s first complete paper machine was shipped as early as 1881. By 1899, Voith was already delivering the first paper machine to the papermaking factory in Russia.

The company’s innovative power and internationalization continued into the 20th century, with groundbreaking innovations such as the Voith Schneider Propeller (marine propulsion), the Kaplan turbine, and the hydrodynamic principle (Föttinger principle) for countless applications in the field of short-distance public transport and in industry now considered industry standards.

Today, the Voith technology group is active in five markets: Energy, Oil & Gas, Paper, Raw Materials, and Transport & Automotive. With approximately 4,000 active patents, the company is the technological leader in many fields and industries.