J.P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau GmbH

Sauer Compressors manufactures and sells compressors with a rating of up to 500 bar for use in shipping, industry and the navy. Our members of staff aim to offer our customers around the world value-for-money, high-performance products as well as top-class service. Quality and reliability play a fundamental role in everything we do and are reflected in all of the products and services that we provide. Every region in the world has its own culture and local technical demands. Our sister companies, agents and dealers speak the local language and provide solutions adapted to the local needs based on high quality compressors produced by J. P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau GmbH in Germany and Sauer Žandov A. s. in the Czech Republic.

Company details

Brauner Berg 15 , Kiel , 24159 Germany

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Shipbuilding & Water Transport - Maritime
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Sauer’s own companies Girodin-Sauer SAS in France, Sauer Compressors USA Inc. in the United States, Sauer do Brasil – Serviços para Compressores Ltda. in Brazil and the joint venture ELGI Sauer Compressors Ltd. in India provide optimum solutions when it comes to ­application engineering and customer service.

Our sales and service offices Sauer Compressors UK Ltd. in the United Kingdom, Sauer Compressori S. u. r. l. in Italy, Sauer Compressors China Ltd. in China, Sauer Compressors CIS in Russia and Sauer Compressors Singapore provide local support and fully understand our customers’ needs.

125 years of measured management and sound judgement

In today’s already fast-moving world, the pace of change never ceases to increase. Trends and fashions come and go all the time, and business management is by no means immune. Many people will therefore find it difficult to comprehend the fact that the story of the Sauer Group began 125 years ago. However eventful our company history may have been, we nevertheless pride ourselves on having always lived by our values and creating the long-term stability which has got us to where we are today.

A considerable number of traditional, established company names have disappeared in recent years. At the same time, other companies have appeared out of nowhere, experienced rapid growth and, in many cases, disappeared again just as quickly. This is particularly true in today’s new economy. Corporate groups alternate between focusing and diversifying their activities or between centralised and decentralised structures. Elsewhere, medium-sized companies try their luck by floating on the stock exchange.

There are many different reasons why businesses can go under. However, companies frequently collapse as a result of being overly confident, failing to evolve, overestimating their own capabilities, neglecting to develop their organisation further and, most importantly, failing to focus adequately on their markets and customers.

Sauer & Sohn’s eventful past – particularly in the last 40 years – tells a different story, the story of a company which developed slowly but steadily, taking one careful step at a time. A company which made bold entrepreneurial decisions when this was appropriate and always acknowledged the pressure of the markets and the competition rather than becoming complacent. The success of the company is mainly down to its ongoing efforts to create a stable financial footing, its policy of working constantly on new innovations and the fact that it has never lost sight of its customers.

Its past also tells the story of a company which has always regarded its skilled and motivated members of staff as its most important asset and the team spirit which unites these people as the driving force behind its success.

Company origins and chronicle 1884 – 2011


1st of April: established by Wilhelm Poppe as a brass foundry in the Faulstraße in the city centre of Kiel.


Move to todays premises in Friedrichsort, Hecktstraße, with takeover of the site and the building of the Otto Runge Maschinenfabrik.


Start of compressor product range


Acquisition of the majority of shares by the Wilhelm Ahlmann bank in Kiel.


Transformation into Wilhelm Poppe GmbH Kompressorenfabrik Kiel-Pries.


Acquisition of the company’s shares by Walter Murmann,
grandfather of today’s owner Hendrik Murmann.


Purchase of the rifle manufacturer J.P. Sauer & Sohn GmbH, Eckernförde, established 1751 in Suhl.


Acquisition of the Sundstrand hydraulics licence from the USA.


Merger of Poppe, Hydromechanik and Veltrup under the name of the rifle factory to become J.P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau GmbH.


Spin-off of the Sundstrand hydraulics range and establishment of the independent company Sauer Getriebe KG, Neumünster, by Dr. Klaus Murmann, the oldest brother of the then owner, Consul Dr Dieter Murmann.


Sale of the Aachen hydraulics product range and the hydraulic valve production in Kiel to the Sauer Getriebe KG, Neumünster.


Acquisition of the rifle factory in Eckernförde by the Swiss Industrie gesellschaft SIG. The mechanical engineering division in Kiel trading again under the name J.P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau GmbH. Now concentrating on the compressor range.


Acquisition of the french compressor manufacturer Techniques Girodin S.A., Houilles/Paris. Trading name changed to Girodin-Sauer S.A.


Acquisition from the Masco Group of ALUP-Kompressoren GmbH & Co. KG,
Köngen nearby the city of Stuttgart.


Setting up of the Sauer Compressors UK sales office in Colchester, England.


Purchase of majority holding in CKD Zandov, a.s., Zandov, CZ, from CKD Praha Holding a.s., Prague, CZ. Trading name changed to Sauer Zandov, a.s. Establishment of Sauer Compressors USA, Inc. in Stevensville, Maryland.


Sale of ALUP Kompressoren GmbH & Co. KG to the Abac Group, Turin, Italy.


1st of January: 50 th anniversary of the Murmann family as shareholders. Dr Edgar Schmitt and Sales Manager Dipl.-Ing. Harald Schulz appointed as managing directors. Inauguration of the “New Assembly Hall”


1st of July: Consul Dr Dieter Murmann changes from being an active member of the management board to become chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sauer Group. Sales and Service office Sauer Compressors Asia established in Shanghai, China.


New test stands, paint shop built and production facilities in Kiel modernized. Test stands, manufacture and assembly facilities in Zandov expanded. 8th of December: establishment of Elgi Sauer Compressor Ltd. together with the Indian company Elgi, as minority shareholder (26 %). 23rd of December: acquisition of long-standing Sauer agency Amrit in Italy – continued as sales office Amrit Sauer Compressori srl.


15th of May: celebration of the 125th anniversary of the company and inauguration of the new building.


Establishment of the Russian subsidiary Sauer Compressors CIS


Hendrik Murmann joins the company in April as CEO.


Gründung von der brasilianischen Gesellschaft Sauer do Brasil – Indústria, Comércio e Serviços para Compressores Ltda.


Integration der HAUG Sauer Kompressoren AG, St. Gallen, Schweiz als Kompetenzzentrum für ölfreie Technologien