175 years Burckhardt Compression

Burckhardt Compression has been founded in 1844 as mechanical workshop and celebrates in 2019 its 175 year anniversary. Today Burckhardt Compression is the worldwide market leader for reciprocating compressor systems and the only manufacturer and service provider that covers a full range of reciprocating compressor technologies and services.

2019 - Burckhardt Compression celebrates its 175 year anniversary

January 9: Burckhardt Compression celebrates its 175 year anniversary. To honor the founder of the company, the street in front of the headquarters has been renamed into Franz-Burckhardt-Strasse.

2019

2017 - stronger presence in Canada

June 26: Burckhardt Compression expands its presence in Canada and acquires CSM Compressor Supplies & Machine Work Ltd based in Edmonton and Drumheller, Alberta. This acquisition helps Burckhardt Compression to expand its presence in the reciprocating compressor service market in Canada.

2017

2017 - stronger presence in Canada

2016 - further expansion of the business

March 11: Burckhardt Compression gets a majority stake in Shenyang Yuanda Compressor, the leading manufacturer of reciprocating compressors in China. This acquisition extends Burckhardt Compression’s local presence in China to new segments of the market, widens its product range so it can address a broader range of market needs.

September 19: Burckhardt Compression is acquiring IKS Industrie- und Kompressorenservice GmbH, based in Bremen and expands its presence in Germany.

2016

2015 - strong presence in the US

December 22: Minority stake in Arkos Field Services, a US-based, highly experienced provider of compressor services and components to the natural gas industry. Arkos Field Services has 17 strategically placed workshops in the US. Acquiring a stake in Arkos Field Services improves Burckhardt Compression’s access to the US market.

2015

2013 - first Laby®-GI for LNG carriers

First Laby®-GI for dual-fuel two-stroke engines on LNG carriers, those modules enable direct injection of boil-off gas into dual-fuel diesel engines of LNG tankers.

2013

2013 - first Laby®-GI for LNG carriers

2007 - worldwide strongest compressor, second world record

Burckhardt Compression builds world’s most powerful single frame compressor with 27’500 kW and delivers it 2007 to its customer.

2007

2007 - worldwide strongest compressor, second world record

2006 - Going public

June 26: Burckhardt Compression Holding AG is listing its shares at the SIX Swiss Exchange as BCHN. Five members of the management owned 20.9 % of the shares and concluded a shareholders' agreement which is regularly renewed.

2006

2006 - Going public

2005 - expansion to India

Acquisition of the compressor division of Sulzer India Ltd.

2005

2005 - expansion to India

2002 - management buyout

In April 2002, the company becomes legally independent through a management buyout of five members of the management, Sulzer-Burckhardt AG becomes Burckhardt Compression AG.

2002

2002 - management buyout

2001 - Winterthur becomes domicile

Winterthur becomes the company’s domicile. Divestiture of standard high-pressure compressor business to Nord Holding, Germany; the business activities continue under the name Greenfield Ltd.

2001

2001 - Winterthur becomes domicile

1999 - first world record

Building and delivering of world’s most powerful Hyper Compressor with 23’500 kW

1999

1999 - first world record

1990 - relocation

Relocation of the Winterthur workshop and offices to Oberwinterthur.

1990

1990 - relocation

1969 - Sulzer Group

Through the acquisition of the shares, Burckhardt Engineering Factory becomes part of the Sulzer Group. There are now two sites in Switzerland: Basel and Winterthur. A few years later, the company was renamed into Sulzer-Burckhardt AG.

1969

1969 - Sulzer Group

1951 - huge order intake

Order of 11 Hyper Compressors for LDPE production at 1’500 bara

1951

1951 - huge order intake

1948 - order for the US

Special compressor with an end pressure of 4’000 bar for a pilot plant in the US

1948

1948 - order for the US

1935 - first Laby® compressor

Development and sale of the first Labyrinth Piston Compressor (Laby®)

1935

1935 - first Laby® compressor

1920 - ammonia synthesis

Start of development of ammonia synthesis compressors for 850 bar (Casale process) and 1000 bar (Claude process)

1920

1920 - ammonia synthesis

1883 - first reciprocating compressor

Development and sale of the first single stage, dry-running reciprocating compressor which produced a pressure of 6 bar. Since 1883, Burckhardt Compression focuses on reciprocating compressors.

1883

1844 - founding of the company

In 1844, Franz Burckhardt acquired his first three properties at the Rümlin river in Basel and founded a mechanical workshop. There he manufactured rolling and engraving tools for silk ribbons for the textile industry which flourished that time. Later he expanded his range and produced milling machines, gas-powered machines and bell frames.

1844

1844 - founding of the company