Ergonomics right from the start
When eepos was founded in 2006 by Friedhelm Mücher, Klaus Bellingroth, Timo Koch and Armin Mücher, the goal was to create ergonomic workplaces throughout. At that time Friedhelm Mücher had been active in the crane business for over 20 years and he had discovered a special niche that eepos wanted to serve with its products: absolutely smooth-running crane systems based on the modular principle - and for weight reasons these were to be made entirely of aluminium.
Smooth-running and jam-free aluminium cranes
Right from the start, Timo Koch was the creative head and development manager on board as technical director. He developed a modular system that is extremely smooth-running, absolutely jam-free, extremely low-maintenance and extremely durable. And because eepos was the first to manufacture the crane profiles entirely from aluminium, eepos christened its crane products eepos one with a load capacity of up to 2,000 kg. Armin Mücher assumed organisational responsibility for eepos. Already in its first year, eepos successfully exhibited at the "MOTEK" trade fair in Sinsheim, so that the young company grew very quickly as a result. Customers from the automotive industry and mechanical engineering were enthusiastic about the smooth running and flexibility of the eepos systems. Within just a few years, the eepos one aluminium modular system established itself as a new quasi-standard for light crane systems up to 2 tonnes.
Standard rail systems with their own handling devices
Strategically, eepos had positioned itself in such a way that an eepos system was only designed up to the interface to the handling devices. Thus, in the production facilities and factories of automobile manufacturers and mechanical engineers, individual crane systems were installed as overhead travelling cranes or rail systems right down to the workplace, as well as crane systems or rail tracks over several kilometres. If a hall was completely equipped with eepos crane systems, the general contractors only had to attach their handling equipment or devices to the systems in the individual sections. The production plant thus had a standardized crane in the entire hall, and the general contractor no longer had to deal with the less profitable crane rails above its application.
The fast ones overtake the slow ones
This is the motto of eepos, because they were convinced that in the light crane sector aluminium cranes would replace heavy and cumbersome steel cranes. eepos did not let the years of technological advances be missed and developed the eepos one modular system into the most comprehensive modular system available on the market. The customers were enthusiastic as soon as they experienced the lightness of the cranes at trade fairs or in operation. After initially equipping individual workstations with eepos, eepos was awarded the contract for the light crane systems of the complete Audi A3 production in the AUDI Györ factory in Hungary. This project was both a confirmation and an incentive to become even stronger and more innovative. Thus eepos grew in the first years up to more than 60 employees.
For this purpose, eepos developed the standardised aluminium modular system for lifting axes, eepos move, with which eccentric loads of up to 500 kg can be safely picked up, moved and positioned. As the innovation leader for crane systems, eepos then ventured to develop a crane made of pure plastic, which was finally made of carbon fibres. The eepos carbon crane profile now enabled ultra-light load handling of up to 100 kg payload with a dead weight of only 2.8 kg per running metre. For this and for further improvements and innovations, eepos received the renowned award "TOP 100 Innovator 2015".
Courage, pleasure at work and a great team
In every product and also in all services around the complete modular aluminium system, the eepos company values such as speed and enjoyment of work, courage and innovative drive, honesty and openness in dealing with each other were embedded. And the customers rewarded this: eepos is extremely fast and extraordinarily flexible, it was often said. The foundation stone was laid with the various product families and unexpected rapid growth began. Since 2012, eepos has grown annually by more than 20% from 7.5 million euros in sales to an estimated 20 million euros in 2018. During the same period, the number of employees at the eepos headquarters in Wiehl rose from just under 30 to over 90. Already after the move from the building at Enselskamp 3 to the next building at Zum Scherbusch 1, it became clear that this building will also become too small in the short to medium term.
The number of eepos locations worldwide also grew continuously. In addition to the strong branches in Europe such as Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Poland and other European countries, eepos delivered its crane systems worldwide from branches in Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, India, South Africa, USA, Mexico and Brazil. Just 12 years after its foundation, eepos had transformed itself into a globally active mechanical engineering group with over 140 employees.
Since 2014, all subsidiaries and customers have been able to download the eepos components, the associated technical documents and the current product information for the design of their own systems from the eeworld online platform. On 1 January 2018, eepos continued with the digital revolution: With the eepos configurator, a complete web-based crane system could now be designed. eepos had made its own way into the industry 4.0. And even today, speed, courage and innovation, honesty and joy at work are the driving forces for eepos to become better and better.