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90 years of Bauer

From Voits­berg out into the world

2020 was a special year for all of us — for Bauer it also meant cel­e­brat­ing a sig­nif­i­cant anniver­sary: 90 years ago, Rudolf Bauer estab­lished a small mechan­i­cal work­shop on 70 square meters in Voits­berg and thus laid the foun­da­tion for the now inter­na­tion­al­ly suc­cess­ful Bauer Group.

At the end of the 1930s, Rudolf Bauer accom­plished the first great break­through with the devel­op­ment of a high-speed piston pump. This high-pres­sure slurry pump offered the same capac­i­ty with only third of the weight of com­pa­ra­ble pump sets and was soon in oper­a­tion through­out the entire alpine region. Then things came thick and fast: In 1947, Rudolf Bauer made the inven­tion that was of vital impor­tance for the further devel­op­ment and expan­sion of the company: the Bauer lever closure cou­pling (HK). This water, air and pres­sure tight quick cou­pling system is patent­ed all over the world. In the 1960s, the first Bauer slurry tanks left the factory, in 1970 the Rain­star hose reel machine rolled off the assem­bly line for the first time and rev­o­lu­tion­ized the irri­ga­tion sector. Ten years later, Bauer launched the pivot and linear systems.

Bauer Voitsberg Werk 2020

Over the decades, the ini­tial­ly small work­shop has turned into a global company that sells its irri­ga­tion and slurry prod­ucts around the world. Bauer machines are cur­rent­ly irri­gat­ing over 2.5 million hectares from Sweden to Tierra del Fuego. Count­less slurry tankers, sep­a­ra­tors and pumps make the work of tens of thou­sands of farmers around the world easier. The head­quar­ters of the Bauer Group are located in Voits­berg, around 230 kilo­me­tres south-west of Vienna, and cover a total area of almost 115,000m². Recent­ly, the head­quar­ters have under­gone a fun­da­men­tal general and thermal ren­o­va­tion. “Since the com­ple­tion of our pho­to­volta­ic system, our power supply has been one hundred percent CO2-neutral,” explains Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Otto Roiss proudly. Roiss joined Bauer 20 years ago and, togeth­er with part­ners, took over the company himself in 2003 through a man­age­ment buyout. He com­plete­ly realigned the company.

The acqui­si­tion of the Bavar­i­an company Eckart Maschi­nen­bau marked the begin­ning of an ambi­tious expan­sion course. In the years that fol­lowed, other com­pa­nies such as the sep­a­ra­tor spe­cial­ist FAN Sep­a­ra­tor GmbH. or BSA GmbH., man­u­fac­tur­er of slurry equip­ment and located in Upper Fran­co­nia, have been inte­grat­ed into the current Bauer Group.

Even in the cur­rent­ly chal­leng­ing times, Bauer has proven to be con­sis­tent­ly suc­cess­ful and crisis-proof. Thanks to digital media, the dia­logue with inter­na­tion­al dealers and cus­tomers is easily main­tained. Espe­cial­ly in the last few months, the impor­tance of agri­cul­ture has become clear to every­one: Bauer is proud that its prod­ucts are making a con­tri­bu­tion to secur­ing people’s food supply.

In the course of its long history, Bauer nat­u­ral­ly had to over­come a number of lows and acquire effec­tive crisis man­age­ment strate­gies, which is now proving to be the ideal tool for future chal­lenges. It is certain that Otto Roiss has big plans for Bauer in the decades to come: “We will carry on our his­toric progress. We want to con­tin­ue growing around the world, not just by expand­ing our markets ter­ri­to­ri­al­ly, but rather by devel­op­ing new and inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts.” These plans are based on an indis­putable uni­ver­sal law: agri­cul­ture is indis­pens­able. And that is just as true today as it was 90 years ago.



  • October 1930: Rudolf Bauer founds his company in Voitsberg
  • End of the 30s: Inven­tion of the high-pres­sure slurry pump
  • 1947: Expan­sion; inven­tion of the Bauer lever lock coupling
  • 1950: Man­u­fac­tur­ing of irri­ga­tion systems, slurry busi­ness expanded
  • 1960: The first Bauer slurry tankers leave the factory ´
  • 1970: Launch of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Bauer Rain­star hose reel irri­ga­tion system
  • 1980: Intro­duc­tion of the center pivot and linear systems
  • 1970–1990: Major agri­cul­tur­al projects and turnkey indus­tri­al systems, espe­cial­ly in devel­op­ing countries
  • 2003: Man­age­ment buyout by the man­ag­ing direc­tor Otto Roiss
  • 2004:   Realign­ment, expan­sion of the inter­na­tion­al cor­po­rate group
  • 2003–2007: Acqui­si­tion of Eckart Maschi­nen­bau, FAN Sep­a­ra­tor, Bab Beltec, BSA
  • 2017: Mod­ern­iza­tion and thermal ren­o­va­tion of the orig­i­nal plant in Voits­berg – energy inde­pen­dence thanks to photovoltaics
  • 2020: The Bauer Group is a global player in irri­ga­tion and waste­water tech­nol­o­gy with roughly 700 employ­ees at 17 loca­tions around the world