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Linde Hydraulics from 1904 to 2018.


On February 15, 1904 Dr. Hugo Güldner, Dr. Carl von Linde and Dr. Georg von Krauss founded the Güldner-Motoren- Gesellschaft mbH in Munich, Germany.


The till-now part ownership in the Linde Ice Machine business is complimented by the complete take-over by the Güldner-Motoren-Gesellschafft. A restructuring of the manufacturing program follows accordingly.


Production of small diesel motors begins.


Production expanded via gas driven motors and generators, aero engines, plough machines and diesel motors to the manufacture of tractors. The first Güldner tow tractor model A20 goes into series production.


Production of the first hydrostatically driven vehicle, the so-called Hydrocar, in Aschaffenburg.


Linde Hydraulics was established as a specialized department within Linde Material Handling, a Linde AG business unit. Production of the first forklift truck with hydrostatic transmission began.


Linde and Linde Hydraulics introduced the load sensing technology with the Linde Synchron Control. The synchronization of the movements of all simultaneously operating components, such as boom, stick and bucket on excavators, enables speed and precision.


Introduced the 02 Series axial piston machines with a swash angle of 21°, which is considerably higher than the standard angle of 18° used in the industry. This design principle achieves significant advantages, such as compactness, increased efficiency and precise control behavior. It also enables the implementation of integrated solutions.


Linde Hydraulics became part of KION Group in 2006 as a business unit of Linde Material Handing.


Linde Hydraulics celebrated its 50th anniversary. As pioneer of hydraulic components, Linde has not only marked the way in construction equipment: For 50 years the hydrostatic transmission has ensured a wear-free power train system in Diesel and LP Gas forklift trucks. More than 450 registered patents speak for the innovative power of Linde Hydraulics technology.


Linde Hydraulics established a strategic sales and service partnership with Eaton.

2012 / 2013

Weichai Power, one of the leading companies in the commercial vehicle and automotive supplier industries in China, acquired 70 percent share in Linde Hydraulics. From then on, Linde Hydraulics is established as separate legal entity (Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG) and is run as an independent company. KION remains a strategic investor in Linde Hydraulics.


Linde Hydraulics and PMP Industries form international strategic alliance in power transmissions and fluid power segments for mobile equipment markets.


Linde Hydraulics opens China production facility in Weifang, Shandong Province. The new plant will be operated by Linde Hydraulics (China) Co., Ltd, which was formed in a joint venture between Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG (51%) and Weichai Power Co., Ltd (49%).


Linde Hydraulics moves to the new plant in Wailandtstrasse 13, 63741 Aschaffenburg.


Opening of a new location in Rock Hill, South Carolina (USA).

Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG
Wailandtstrasse 13
63741 Aschaffenburg
Phone.+49 6021 150 00
VAT ID Number. DE285285810
Tax Number. 204/167/55001