Mobile Electrification Company VAHLE INC Celebrates 100 Years

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VAHLE, the pioneer of the electrical conductor bar industry, is celebrating 100 years of innovation and manufacturing excellence. Founded in Germany by Paul and Helene Vahle, VAHLE is recognized worldwide for its cutting-edge, high quality electrification systems.

Paul Vahle

Paul Vahle

The ability to power electric vehicles and automatically recharge their batteries can revolutionize the electro mobility industry, and VAHLE is proud to be in the forefront of this development.

VAHLE, the pioneer of the electrical conductor bar industry, is celebrating 100 years of innovation and manufacturing excellence. Founded in Germany by Paul and Helene Vahle, VAHLE is recognized worldwide for its cutting-edge, high quality electrification systems.

"This past century has been an 'electrifying century' for VAHLE. We are proud of our legacy of innovation in an industry that has grown from a single product to a full line of products that are continuing to revolutionize the industry," says Scott Gardner, General Director, USA.

In 1912, Paul Vahle, invented the steel-copperhead conductor, allowing equipment manufacturers to power their equipment safely and reliably. He filed the first of many patents and led the creation of a new industry. Initially designed to power cranes used in steel mills, copperhead conductor bars are still in use today to power many types of machinery and equipment. For 100 years, VAHLE has been leading the electrification industry in developing new and innovative products.

VAHLE began operation in Dortmund, Germany and, in 1929, added manufacturing facilities in Dortmund-Brackel. In 1958, VAHLE began operation at its new manufacturing facility and headquarters in Kamen. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, VAHLE expanded internationally, eventually opening 12 offices to support sales worldwide.

In the 1950s and 1960s, VAHLE’s engineers utilized advances in materials and technologies, as well as developing new technologies, to design and manufacture cutting-edge products such as steel-enclosed multi-conductor systems, PVC-enclosed safety multi-conductor systems and cable reel manufacturing. During the next decades, VAHLE developed a special conductor system for the “Transrapid” magnetic levitation train, electrification systems for moving equipment and vehicles, inductive power systems and continual improvements in existing conductor systems. These developments helped revolutionize transportation and manufacturing worldwide.

Today, with sales over $100 million USD, VAHLE serves a worldwide market and a wide range of industries. VAHLE’s conductor bar systems are still used by the crane industry, powering cranes used in all industries from manufacturing plants to ports and construction. Induction power is utilized in automated storage and retrieval systems in factories and warehouses and in automated assembly lines to move robots, equipment and vehicles. Trams and trains move smoothly and precisely using VAHLE’s products.

Looking to the future, VAHLE is continuing to innovate in existing markets and developing products for new markets, such as electro-mobility. The ability to power electric vehicles and automatically recharge their batteries can revolutionize the electro mobility industry, and VAHLE is proud to be in the forefront of this development.

VAHLE is still privately-owned. Continuous ownership by the family and their support of the company’s management team has allowed VAHLE to continue its tradition of developing innovative, new products to meet the changing needs of electrification systems industry for the next 100 years.

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