Since 1901 ROBEL has developed, manufactured and supplied track construction machines with a claim for safety and economic efficiency. This is the incentive for around 570 employees at the ROBEL premises in Freilassing, Germany, to create powerful machines and systems and deliver good service. For the construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure systems all over the world.
Strong client cooperation.
Only those who listen will find out about the requirements of worksite operations. With an international network of representations and service partners ROBEL is at the heart of local markets. As a result, we develop safe, high-quality and user-friendly products. Today and tomorrow.
Knowledge paves the way to innovation. ROBEL utilises its experience and ingenuity to convert new technologies - also from other areas - into needs-oriented solutions for track construction. Tested on the in-house track, certified in the area of use.
Professional customer service keeps machines operational where results are key. The client decides how close the cooperation with ROBEL is. ROBEL delivers reliably and on time. From the spare part supply through to all-round service.
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Where we come from
The 20th century is still in its infancy when Karl Langkammerer takes over the “Georg Robel File Factory” in Munich and starts to manufacture hand-operated track construction machines.
His success encourages him in his vision for track construction: Over the decades, “to robel” becomes synonymous with the secure screw connection between track and sleeper.
The economic boom of the 1950s brings about a considerable change in size: Driven by the idea to optimise work on the track, ROBEL builds track vehicles, followed by rail loading trains a bit later and sets initial steps beyond the country borders.
In 1989 the company premises in Munich literally reaches its limits - ROBEL starts to gradually move all its company divisions to the railway town of Freilassing.
The ROBEL History
Paving the way.
The “Georg Robel File Factory” is founded in Munich.
From the file to the track.
Karl Langkammerer takes over the company. The “Track Construction Machine Company Georg Robel & Co” produces hand-operated track construction machines.
An idea gains traction.
Successes from initial machine exhibitions boost production. The company employs 300 staff.
Onwards and upwards.
At the exhibition “Rail and Road” Georg Robel & Co introduces the first track-bound vehicle as well as stationary machines.
ROBEL’s first rail loading train is commissioned at Deutsche Bahn.
Deutsche Plasser Group of Companies
Georg Robel & Co Munich becomes part of Deutsche Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH in Freilassing.
A new generation of robelling.
The 30.82 Universal Power Wrench sets new standards in rotating and tightening torque.
Move to the railway town.
ROBEL moves its small machinery production to Freilassing.
ROBEL Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH
With the move of administration and sales from Munich to Freilassing ROBEL finds a new home - but its vision and roots remain unchanged.
The 12.70 and 12.72 Rail Band Saws are cutting rails with low emissions, fast and without flying sparks. The alternative to traditional cut-off grinding.
Burst of growth.
ROBEL expands its assembly and metalworking shop as well as warehousing facilities; it also builds a training facility. 330 staff manufacture around 100 prototypes of small and large machines and supply these all over the world.
Workshop on Wheels.
Safe work at open adjacent line in the Mobile Maintenance Unit 69.50: ROBEL delivers seven units to Austrian Österreichische Bundesbahnen and another one to Swiss BLS.
At the iaf in Münster ROBEL presents the new Maintenance Vehicle for Catenary Installations (IFO) to the international public.
ROBEL In-House Exhibition.
For the first time ROBEL opens its factory gates in Freilassing for clients and business partners from all over the world.
ROBEL can do urban.
After Munich and Nuremberg, the Cologne transport association Kölner Verkehrsbetriebe AG is another local transport company that decides to go for a modern work and transport system from ROBEL.
During the 2nd ROBEL In-House Exhibition visitors experience one of the eight Mobile Maintenance Systems manufactured for British Network Rail live at work on track.
Large and small scale precision.
Japanese JR East puts the Rail Exchange System REX-S-1200 into operation at high-speed Shinkansen for the first time. Market launch of the Precision Power Wrench 30.73 as show highlight of the InnoTrans in Berlin: Concentrated wrenching performance meets precise documentation.
Grinding made easy.
At the iaf trade show in Munster ROBEL presents the new high frequency grinding machines 13.49 and 13.63 for rail head and switch with patent hybrid drive solution.
ROBEL goes green.
ROBEL receives environment certification ISO 14001 and scores Silver Level in EcoVadis CSR Rating.
ROBEL Holding GmbH
ROBEL France, ROBEL North America and Vogel & Plötscher become part of the ROBEL Group.
Foundation of ROBEL China
Robel Railway Engineering Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd provides full sales and service coverage of the ROBEL product portfolio in China.
The League of Specialists
With the participation in Schweerbau International, ROBEL Holding enters the process of rail treatment
Responsibility for the future
As a machine manufacturer and employer, we see our responsibility to preserve and protect the environment. We deal fairly with people, proactively with operational environmental impacts and economical with raw materials and energy. This ranges from the production of the machines to their environmentally friendly use on the track.
The ROBEL environmental guideline serves as the basis for our actions.
The ROBEL product portfolio is distinguished by quality and innovation. A global supplier network ensures that we practice what we preach about our product promise.
Our aspiration is 1:1 the aspiration in our suppliers. We stand for quality, supplier loyalty and solution competence and expect the same from our partners. An open communication based on trust is the foundation for successful co-operation.
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