When the company’s founders, Boris Franke and Raimund Rötzel, started manufacturing load handling equipment in 1992, most of the load handling equipment was still designed by the customers themselves. There were a few specialised manufacturers in the vicinity of the steel industry, which was still booming at the time, but otherwise the lifting beams and hooks were usually manufactured by local locksmiths.
In the beginning, Axzion mainly produced coil hooks and lifting beams, but after a short time, customers started asking us for customised special solutions. An important milestone during this time was the production of a 320t lifting beam for SMS in Hilchenbach for lifting and turning rolling mill frames.
In 1997, Axzion, at that time still called GKS Stahl + Maschinenbau, was incorporated into the SpanSet Group, which operates worldwide. This entrepreneurial step provided Axzion with the resources for further global expansion. In 2000, shares in Uniman Englis S.R.O. were acquired. Uniman is the market leader for load handling equipment in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Large customers with an international orientation, such as Siemens Energy or MAN Turbo, were subsequently added. Large boring mills and other processing machines had to be procured for production. Due to the pre-assembly of system components on so-called flatracks, the loads became heavier. Where initially a maximum load capacity of 50t caused astonishment, 200t became the norm.
The loads not only became heavier, but also more valuable. To ensure quality, our major customers increasingly insisted on acceptance by the large certification companies such as GL, LR or DNV. This experience then helped quite decisively with the first lever solutions for companies in the developing wind power sector.
Axzion is one of the pioneers in developing solutions for the assembly of the large wind turbines. GE Wind (then Tacke and Enron), Nordex and Senvion (then Repower) were the first customers. An important milestone in the company’s history was the development of the equipment for the assembly of seven wind turbines in the Irish Sea, together with GE Wind in 2004.
As the company developed, more and more interesting projects were realised. In 2008, for example, the recovery equipment for the Eurofighter/Typhoon was introduced and in the same year the TAP tower attachment point was developed and tested together with Nordex.
SpanSet Axzion GmbH
40764 Langenfeld, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2173 208920