50 YEARS OF ATLAS WEYHAUSEN - THE FOUNDATION SECURES INDEPENDENCE
Klaus Brunkhorst has been with the company for over 20 years and has been managing director at Atlas Weyhausen for more than ten years. In his view, the company is "a small enterprise in the concert of the big ones. As a medium-sized company, Atlas Weyhausen has been exclusively producing wheel loaders and rollers for 50 years. We are specialists in the small and medium-sized wheel loader segment and recently also in the power class." Currently, 530 people are employed in the Atlas Weyhausen Group.
As the person responsible for the company, the Corona pandemic is already causing him concern, but Klaus Brunkhorst is nevertheless confident about the future. "In the initial phase of the pandemic about a year ago, we had a four-week lockdown that hit us hard. We lost a lot of sales. In the current year we have a good order backlog, but there is still a risk that we will not be able to deliver all the machines on time because there are major problems in the supply chain. This leads to production stoppages time and again.
For Klaus Brunkhorst, the Weyhausen Foundation is the right way to "preserve the company's assets". When Dr. Friedrich Weyhausen settled his estate, he decided on the form of a foundation to preserve the company and jobs. "We are independent," the managing director affirms the status.
A serious step for legal reasons in the company's 50-year history was the change of the brand name Atlas to weycor. "Initially, I viewed the matter with scepticism. But the step proved to be the right one and the weycor brand has developed well in recent years. It underpins our independence, is accepted by customers and is now well-known."
Major tasks for which Klaus Brunkhorst and his staff are setting the direction are the revision of the product lines, entirely new wheel loaders and segment groups. "We have commissioned a major market analysis and will use this important information to consolidate our direction." Constrained space is driving considerations for new buildings. "A new building will house the technology and innovation centre. There will be a larger building for the testing and running-in department which should be completed as early as 2024/25. And last but not least, we want to present a new series at Bauma 2025. Perhaps also with a new alternative drive."
In addition to the construction projects, Klaus Brunkhorst sees the expansion of the vertical range of manufacture as an important task for strengthening the group of companies in the coming years. Currently, the first hydraulic components for the compact wheel loader segment are being developed, which will flow into the company's own series production at the beginning of next year. After the successful launch, third-party customers are also to be supplied with these components.
Klaus Brunkhorst, Managing Director