About Us

Company history since 1868

About Us

Company history since 1868
We have also been active in the air freight sector since 1987.


After the need for manual hoists had also decreased significantly since 1972, the company decided to stop production.
In the same year the Quicklift 2,5t lift was developed, which stood out with its double lifting speed compared to the previous 3,5t lift. After the Quicklift lift with a lifting capacity of 5t was added to the product range, the company stopped manufacturing the “standard” 3,5t lift, as sales had slumped due to the new technology.

The lift business has grown steadily and has become one of our mainstays over the years. There were also other metal processing such as:

  • Semi-automatic welding of iron, aluminum and stainless steel
  • Sheet metal cutting work on machines up to 3000 x 6 mm, as well as plasma cutters up to 200 mm; for greater strengths with Secator
  • Sheet metal edging on a 150 t press (the pillars of all lifting platforms and the traverses and rails of the platforms up to 5 t are produced with it)
  • Filming of all kinds
  • Milling of gears from module 2 to 10 and up to 900 mm diameter
  • Other milling, planing and grooving work

Two column lifts

The need for hand hoists, for which the chains were mainly used, decreased more and more. The production was no longer worthwhile and the chain department was shut down. We bought the chains that were still needed for a while from a friendly factory.
From now on we started the production of 2-post lifts, of which approx. 400 pieces were made.

Automotive industry

In 1960, Ford's European headquarters in Cologne began to build a plant in Genk / Belgium for around 9000 employees. Ford looked for Belgian suppliers for factory equipment through the local Chamber of Commerce. The contract was signed and since then R. Weisshaupt AG has mainly delivered and installed the superstructures and conveyor systems above the workstations and assembly chains of the vehicles. These were attached to the 8-9 m high roof structure and came down up to 3 m above the hall floors. The main plant in Cologne-Niehl and the plants in Cologne-Merkenich, Saarlouis and Düren were constantly enlarged or modernized. So that R. Weisshaupt AG was also able to supply this iron construction here as well. In addition, there were countless custom-made lifting devices, etc., each adapted to requirements. In addition, there were two complex devices developed by us for lifting, rotating and translating gearboxes for Düren. We also supplied and installed the same equipment for Ford's English transmission plant in Halewood near Liverpool.

1945 - 1959
Special lifting platforms

Due to the strong backlog due to the war, manual hoists were mainly manufactured for the domestic market for several years. Gradually, exports to various European countries and to the Congo, which was still a Belgian colony at the time, increased.

There were also electric traveling cranes equipped with electric trolleys or winches from Demag.

At the same time, more and more special lifting platforms were produced. From 6t to 14t for forklifts and other short, heavy vehicles and later also 6-post lifting platforms for extra long vehicles such as articulated buses, articulated trucks, etc.

End of WWII

At the end of the war, the area of ​​Eupen, Malmedy and St Vith changed nationality again and were assigned to Belgium as reparation

1940 - 1945
Chaos of war

During the Second World War, the Belgian border area was re-incorporated into Germany. The production of hand hoists continued as did the production of lifting platforms, but on a smaller scale.

Higher lifting capacities

After the demand for gravure presses declined significantly, the company reoriented itself.

In 1935 the first vehicle lift with a lifting capacity of 3 tons was built. More than 3000 pieces of this type were built. Other types followed with higher lifting capacities of 6t, 7,5t and 12t.

1932 - 1936
Platen presses

Several hundred platen presses for the English colonies (mainly for India) were sold and delivered to a London company.

Chain production

A separate department for the production of chains was set up. This could produce electrically welded chains between 4mm and 13mm material diameter.

Hand hoists

The company continues to expand its product range: The manufacture of hand hoists.
A few years later, the production of handrail cranes was introduced, which could lift up to 15t with a track width of a possible 15m.

1914 - 1918
Business language French

The war brought all sorts of difficulties here in the border area as well. Through the Peace Treaty of Versailles, the former German area was incorporated into the Kingdom of Belgium. The business language was now French and brought with it all sorts of changes that had to be mastered.

Insulating pipes

A new segment was introduced: the first machines for the production of insulating tubes for electrical cables were built. The workforce grew.

Marine engines

Reiner JF WEISSHAUPT takes over the company. For many years he was the first fitter for Deutz-Gas-Motoren (predecessor of diesel engines). At that time, canal ships were more and more equipped with these engines. Reiner JF Weisshaupt often drove the ships for weeks to monitor the running-in of the engines and to teach customers how to use the new technology, which was still unknown and new at the time. He continued the core business of the Klinkenberg brothers with the staff he had taken over.

Machines for the textile industry

The brothers Nikolaus & Mathias KLINKENBERG found the Klinkenberg locksmith's shop. The core business at that time consisted of the production of spare parts and accessories, as well as the repairs of machines of numerous large textile companies in the surrounding cities. Eupen and the area on the Weser River were the center of the wool industry at that time.



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