Schwing GmbH / the Schwing Group / Schwing America, Inc.
Schwing is a manufacturer of construction equipment, with emphasis on concrete pumps and truck concrete mixers. In addition to the headquarters in Germany, the Schwing Group has production plants in Germany, Austria, the USA, Brazil, Russia, China and India. We have sales and service centers in France, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Korea as well as representation in more than 100 countries worldwide. In 2012 Schwing’s success attracts a merger with XCMG, China’s largest manufacturer of construction equipment.
Look around the industry. No one has the caliber of customers that Schwing enjoys. This successful partnership exists with one pump owners and the largest fleets in the world. Our broad line of concrete pumps allows you to grow with Schwing. By making the customer our number one priority after the sale we enjoy the highest repeat sales of any manufacturer of pumping equipment.
Come visit our Minnesota factory to see first-hand the level of commitment that has provided Solutions, Value and Success for our North American customers going on three decades.
Schwing-Stetter is Where The Future Happens.
Whatever and wherever something is being built in the whole wide world; SCHWING-Stetter is already there. For almost 80 years now, SCHWING has been devoting all its passion to the building material of the millenium and to its processing. As the leading system supplier for concrete construction machines worldwide, we offer the full spectrum of ready-mix concrete technology.
Harmonious and complementary premium products for the production, transport, placing and ecological recycling of concrete offer maximum security, reliability, economic efficiency and highest trade-in value for the users of these machines.
As partner of our customers we are constantly striving to justify the confidence placed in us every day anew.
Always One Step Ahead
Besides our technological ambitions, the company’s primary goal is to reconcile customer satisfaction, sustainable value management and prosperity – a continuous process for which we have developed an ambitious concept.
In this concept, humans are the centre of the corporate culture, and not just an onerous necessity. The strengths of the founder family such as courage and far-sightedness combined with a feeling for visions continue to be the most characteristic feature of the concept. We moreover rely on flat hierarchies and worldwide project work.
The change management concept practised for more than a decade aims at dealing in an open and flexible manner with global economic and technological challenges.
Our Aim is Perfection.
In all we do, we have the ambition of being the best. This guiding principle governs all divisions of the company: from the product development to the production, from the management to the after-sales service.
3 % of our turnover are continuously invested in research and development alone. In the same way, we encourage permanent further education and qualification of our personnel.
The share of core components produced in our own company exceeds by far the standard in the industry. Thus, all components subject to dynamic loads are produced exclusively in our own factories with each single production step being accompanied by strict test procedures.
For many decades SCHWING-Stetter has been going this special way that assures our customers technical and economic superiority with more than 100,000 concrete construction machines being clear evidence of this concept.
From A Little Craft Shop to The Leading Global System Supplier.
In 1934, the then 25 year-old master mechanic Friedrich Wilhelm Schwing founded his handicraft business right in the heart of the Ruhr Area. His products quickly found customers in the mining and road construction as well as in the building industry. Right from the beginning, his passion focussed on the development and the manufacture of concrete construction machinery – today’s core business of the company.
Friedrich Wilhelm Schwing was always in search of innovative and progressive products capable of making the users’ work easier and, at the same time, more efficient and more economical. Many of his developments and patents were pioneering feats of engineering far ahead of his own time. In the early years, SCHWING designed also cranes as, for instance, tower cranes which could be transported undismantled, and universal climbing cranes which could take support on the already hardened floor slab below the topmost slab and which could thus follow the building progress.
At the beginning of the fifties, concrete had started its unstoppable march of success on construction sites all over the world. The discontinuous conveyance of concrete by means of cranes and crane skips caused the call for continuous concrete transport to become louder and louder. In the time that followed, different methods were put to the test, among which there was also a pneumatic concrete conveyor from SCHWING developed in the early fifties. While other manufacturers were still clinging to water-hydraulic drives, SCHWING presented in 1957 the first oil-hydraulic twin-cylinder pump ready for production. With this development the company has gone down in the history of building machines as we know it today. How revolutionary this technological pioneering feat was is proved last not least by the fact that this design principle – which was adopted by almost all other manufacturers – is still today the standard worldwide.
The Stetter company which originated almost at the same time from a blacksmith’s workshop in Memmingen began already very early to specialize in the design of concrete mixing equipment. In 1958, Stetter rang in the era of ready-mix concrete with the first truck mixer. Two years later, Stetter presented concrete filling stations for truck mixers, and already in 1964 the company was building large-scale concrete mixing plants. In 1965, SCHWING put the first truck-mounted concrete pump on the market which was completed by a concrete placing boom only 3 years later. This was another milestone in the history of construction machines.
The speed with which things progressed can be seen from the fact that SCHWING built the first truck-mounted concrete pumps with a 45 m large-scale placing boom already in 1973. With this machine, SCHWING was once more ahead of their time. In the same year, the newly created product division “Industrial and environmental engineering” started its operations: this was the beginning of the series production of sludge pumps specially developed for industrial applications, a field of activity where SCHWING is counted still today among the leading specialists on the world market. Stetter, too, became active in the field of environmental engineering by putting the first residual concrete recycling plant on the market in 1976.
After a generation change in the management of SCHWING GmbH in 1980, the Stetter company was taken over two years later: this was the birth hour of the system supplier for concrete construction machinery. Since that time, the whole spectrum of products ranging from the production of concrete over transport and placing down to the recycling of residual concrete is completely available from one single source. With now more than 100 subsidiaries and distributors as well as with production facilities of their own all over the world, SCHWING-Stetter has thus finally become the leading global one-stop supplier.
Worldwide Competency – A Standard.
With the establishment of its own production facilities and selling subsidiaries at home and abroad the company was transformed with prudence and always in line with market requirements and customer considerations into the SCHWING Group of today. The Group has production sites in Germany (Herne and Memmingen), Austria, Brazil, the US, China and India as well as branch offices and agencies in more than 100 countries.
No other company is closer to customers all over the world than the SCHWING-Group.
More than 35 years of globalization in America and more than a decade in Asia have resulted in harmonious and work-sharing collaboration models. Highly efficient teams work together on the basis of common quality standards at all SCHWING-Stetter plant locations.
In the respective production facilities, SCHWING manufactures mainly products which are individually adapted to the regional markets. There is no better way of responding to the different country-specific requirements of customers around the globe.
Outstanding Employees for An Outstanding Company.
We have a staff of some 4000 employees worldwide with more than 650 of them working at our headquarters in Herne. As SCHWING traditionally attaches great importance to the promotion of young people, we have always been engaged in offering vocational training in ten different occupations to more trainees than required for our own company needs. Thus, the trainee quota in our company is always as high as ca. 10 % of the total staff.
Additionally, SCHWING places great emphasis on international training and development programs in the Group which can thus rely on a pool of competent and highly motivated employees.