BeachTech beach cleaning celebrates 20th anniversary!
The invention of BeachTech beach cleaning machines lead to the foundation of a small but distinctive product division within the Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG, which in the past 20 years has come out as the world-wide number 1 on the market of mechanical beach cleaning.
Beginning of the nineties, experienced and imaginative design engineers developed a beach cleaning machine with a novel cleaning concept which could adapt to the prevailing sand and waste situations on various kinds of beaches: the patented system of raking, screening and the combination of both. After comprehensive tests and modifications, the first machines could already be sold in 1991. The innovative cleaning principle set new standards in this until then rather regional market where mostly farming equipment had been used.
Always one step ahead.
With continuous technical innovations and new models, BeachTech became the indicator for the whole branch in the years to follow. BeachTech now offers 5 different models. This range of machines fulfils all the requirements of the customers in terms of beach size and beach conditions as well as their financial and technical possibilities. In just a few years the sales numbers increased considerably. In 1999, BeachTech beach cleaning machines were in operation in 35 countries, providing the grounds for easy-going holidays. And since that time they have been the number 1 in beach cleaning, with a global market share of more than 50%.
Nowadays BeachTech beach cleaning machines are being used in more than 70 countries. From Ireland to India, from South Korea to South Africa, from Norway to New Zealand, from the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America - all over the world BeachTech machines conjure clean beaches over night. Some BeachTech machines, however, are additionally used away from the beach, i. e. for cleaning sand filter basins of water treatment works or preparing fields for the next sowing.
Effective against oil.
Four large-scale oil spills in the past years have made BeachTech an involuntary expert in this field as well. With some minor adjustments to our machines, BeachTech now offers the best concept to take soft blobs of oil as well as hard tar balls out of the sand without having to remove half the beach as had to be done before.
From the first trial runs in Italy, BeachTech has made it to being market leader and catalyst of innovations. With our well-rounded product range and a worldwide sales and service structure which is unique in this branch, we have built a good basis for the future. We aim to offer our customers sustainable and affordable products and a good service to respond to their needs. For lasting success in the years to come.
They move from beach to beach as soon as new oil lands on a section of coast.
In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the BeachTech beach cleaners are also able to separate softer oil blobs and solid tar balls almost completely from the sand without picking up a lot of sand at the same time, a skill they had already demonstrated during past incidents like the Prestige tragedy off the Atlantic coast or the oil disaster on Australia's Sunshine Coast.
Launch of the advanced BeachTech Sweepy hydro, the small walk-behind beach cleaner, now with hydrostatic drive and quick-change system in order to use the BeachTech Sweepy hydro also in additional non-beach applications. The perfect addition to the product range.
Everything begins with Georg Kässbohrer. He comes from a ship building family and builds the "Ulmer Schachtel", as its deriders like to call it: a type of single-use boat for goods, passenger and troop transport on the Danube downstream to Vienna. After the trip the boats are dismantled and recycled - a return trip would be too expensive.
Georg sees no future in traditional ship building, however, and sends four of his six sons into other professions. One of these is Karl Heinrich, a master wainwright, who is interested in and enthusiastic about new modes of transport. He founds the family company in Ulm with the "Wagenfabrik Kässbohrer". The story begins.