Refrigeration and air conditioning technology are of inestimable value in our world. They allow food to be transported over thousands of miles and then be stored, without loss of freshness and quality. In buildings, air conditioning brings a distinct improvement to living and working conditions. Every day blood banks save the lives of countless people, while many products, such as semiconductors, can only be manufactured with this technology. In all these situations it is essential that the refrigeration and air conditioning systems function reliably. To put it another way: Their heart must beat dependably. This 'heart' is the compressor. For over 75 years now, BITZER has been manufacturing refrigerant compressors, condensing units and pressure vessels for refrigeration and air conditioning and guarantees customers around the world that always and everywhere, they can rely on the perfect heartbeat: BITZER – THE HEART OF FRESHNESS
Corporate facts and figures
Employees: approx. 2,700 worldwide (2010)
Sales: €525 million (2010)
Locations: more than 30 operating subsidiaries as well as agencies on all five continents and in over 90 countries
1934: Martin Bitzer founds what would later become BITZER as "Apparatebau für Kältetechnik"
1961: Ulrich Schaufler, a qualified engineer, takes over the company from Martin Bitzer
1979: Following the death of Ulrich Schaufler, his son Peter Schaufler takes over the company
1990s: With a new plant in Germany and worldwide subsidiaries, BITZER becomes a leading company in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry
2000s: Additional plants are added around the world
2008: BITZER Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH & Co. Holding KG is converted into a European Corporation (SE), BITZER SE.
2009: 75-year anniversary and the Schaufler Foundation is established: Charitable foundation with three pillars: • Research and teaching in the fields of refrigeration, refrigerants and environmental protection • Business continuity • Art
Shareholders of BITZER SE: 80% Peter Schaufler, Senator h. c., 20% The Schaufler Foundation