Josef Fliegl senior takes over the 25 ha agricultural holding of his parents. He soon shifts his focus to the sale and construction of agricultural machinery.
Innovation starts with ideas which, when implemented in a dedicated and practical manner, create a real benefit for all customers of the Fliegl Group. Behind all these ideas and innovations is one man: Josef Fliegl senior. Let us accompany him on a journey through time, back to the last century and the very beginning of his business ventures.
Josef Fliegl seeks out new challenges to complement the agricultural machinery trade. He finds these in his new role as a mechanical engineer.
Josef Fliegl senior completes his mechanical engineer training in a very short time, passes his journeyman's examination and sets up a family business as a sole trader. With one master craftsman and a handful of employees, the company refits tippers and produces slurry tanks.
Josef Fliegl senior values independence and decides to become a master craftsman himself. He passes his master's examination with flying colours and in record time. With three apprentices and two welders, he focuses on the assembly of dump trucks and slurry tanks.
Heavy-duty cultivators are very much in trend. The individual enterprise Fliegl begins to produce heavy-duty cultivators for stubble working and seed bed preparation and is soon manufacturing 400 units per year.
The individual enterprise Fliegl presents its products at the agricultural show of the Karpfham fair, thus making a name for itself far beyond regional boundaries.
Farmers are investing more and more into residential and farm buildings. Josef Fliegl senior recognises this development, enters the construction sector and brings a robust concrete mixer to market: The "Mix Master" is cost-effective and can also be used for other mixing jobs. More than 1000 units are sold in just two years.
A milestone for Josef Fliegl senior: He files a European patent application for the "global innovation Mix Master with automatic filling system". The patent is granted following a two-year examination. For the construction sector, Fliegl develops the Duplex mixer, which impresses with its robustness, outstanding mix quality and excellent mixing performance.
Farming is becoming more and more about transport. Farms are growing, and with them the distances between the agricultural land and storage facilities. Consequentially, Josef Fliegl senior pursues the new "tipper series 88" and extends the Fliegl product range with pallet forks, bale transport attachments, front loader accessories and quick exchange frames.
Fliegl expands into the newly-formed German states. MBFL Fliegl GmbH Fahrzeugbau is founded. In Triptis/Thuringia, the company builds new production and storage facilities on a 120,000 m² site. Josef Fliegl's son, Helmut Fliegl, becomes managing director. Over the following years, the company invests tens of millions into new jobs to facilitate the production of commercial vehicles, low loaders and tippers for the construction industry and transport sector.
In an effort to reduce the cost of bought-in parts, Josef Fliegl senior looks to Hungary. He chooses Abda, near the Austrian border, as the site for the newly founded company Fliegl Abda Kft. His son, Josef Fliegl junior, becomes managing director. Over time, the company invests tens of millions into the production of components for agricultural machines, commercial vehicles and concrete mixers. With a production space of more than 42,000 m², the company premises cover some 350,000 m² of land.
With business going from strength to strength, Josef Fliegl senior turns his attention to new innovations. The result is the robust and blockage-free "Garant" screw distributor for ground-level slurry application. Studies conducted by Landtechnik Weihenstephan demonstrate that the screw distributor spreads the slurry with great precision, without breaking it up. The product enjoys great popularity with thousands of screw distributors in practical use.
Fliegl is so successful that the production plant at the company's main site in Kastl is bursting at the seams. Josef Fliegl senior purchases a 90,000 m² facility in Töging, converts the empty factory buildings into production halls for agricultural machinery and installs a 450 m assembly line – among the longest in the industry. Product capacities are thereby doubled. Fliegl launches its Internet presence. The web address of the Fliegl Group remains www.fliegl.com to this very day.
The headquarters in Kastl are converted into a sales and service centre. In the newly restored factory buildings, Fliegl produces equipment and supplies for industrial, agricultural and commercial use, trailers for the farming, construction and transport sectors as well as mixers, slurry transporters and the "Garant" slurry screw distributor, which is newly launched on the market as the "Garant 18" with a working width of 18 m. Experts are impressed by its simple design, low wear and blockage-free operation.
A milestone in the world of agricultural engineering: Josef Fliegl senior unveils the "Gigant" push-off trailer with its original Fliegl push-off technology to the professional public. In recognition of this innovation, the trailer is awarded a silver medal at the Agritechnica exhibition. The production site in Kastl shines in renewed splendour with the founding of Fliegl Agro-Center GmbH and opening of the new Agro-Center. The Agro-Center satisfies the ever increasing service requirements of Fliegl customers. Here they can receive expert advice of the highest standard and purchase service and small parts as well as original Fliegl replacement parts at favourable prices.
Fliegl starts the new millennium with a celebration of its 25th anniversary and yet another business innovation: The Fliegl AGRO-Center opens its online shop. At www.agro-center.de, consumers and customers from the worlds of trade, agriculture and construction can order a wide range of Fliegl products in quick, uncomplicated fashion. Prototypes of the new push-off semitrailer pass their first big test: In harsh winter conditions, they transport wet snow from the runways of Munich Airport. With its high transport volume, a single push-off semitrailer replaces three conventional semitrailer tippers.
The expansion of the Töging plant proceeds at a rapid pace. Fliegl invests approx. 1.2 million euro in the construction of an exhibition hall with sales office along with a reception hall, conference room and plant manager dwelling as well as some 850,000 euro in a new sandblasting and painting line. Sales figures are on the up, production is growing, new jobs are created. Johann Fliegl, the youngest son of company founder Josef Fliegl senior, establishes Fliegl Ibérica S.L. in Spain. It becomes the export centre for Southern Europe as well as Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries across the globe. The business focuses on the conversion and distribution of Fliegl products. Fliegl launches a spreader with fully automatic control for push-off trailers. As certified by the DLG test centre, it spreads solid manure and compost with great precision and uniformity.
The Fliegl Group celebrates its 30th anniversary, realigns itself and completes a generational change: JFM Fliegl Maschinenbau GmbH becomes Fliegl Agrartechnik GmbH, which is now headed up by Josef Fliegl junior. Josef Fliegl senior withdraws from operational business activities and focuses on the areas of strategy, research and development. Throughout Germany, Fliegl is considered a prime example of successful family succession. As well as Josef Fliegl junior, two other sons and one daughter are overseeing plants and sales offices both at home and abroad: Helmut Fliegl manages Fliegl Fahrzeugbau GmbH and Fliegl Trailer GmbH in Triptis/Thuringia, Johann Fliegl is in charge of the assembly and conversion plant of Fliegl Ibérica S.A. in Lugo/Spain, while Angelika Fliegl heads up Fliegl Agro-Center GmbH at the Kastl headquarters. Production commences at the newly constructed Fliegl plant II in the Thuringian town of Triptis, right by the Munich-Berlin motorway.
High praise for Fliegl push-off technology: The push-off concept and stability of the Fliegl "Gigant" ASW 268 push-off trailer with axle adjustment is rated "very good" by the DLG test centre in a comparison with conventional dumpers or three-way tippers. Fliegl enters the market for agricultural biogas production. Robust and durable dosing systems are created for agricultural and industrial biogas plants in the form of the "Schubmix", "Ökomat" and "BAC" series. The product range for slurry technology continues to grow. Innovative, robust devices ensure virtually odour-free, nitrogen-efficient and eco-friendly slurry application: slurry cultivators, disc injectors and trailing shoe spreaders, tanks of all sizes with the tried-and-tested, DLG-certified "Garant" screw distributor. Fliegl produces 30,000 slurry tanks with modified spreading technology for the Russian market – a huge export success for the company.
For the first time, Fliegl Agrartechnik GmbH groups all machines and equipment for bulk transport and logistics under the overall concept of "combined traffic". This includes push-off trailers, overloading augers, transfer stations, walking floor semitrailers, roll-off bodies and containers for hook lift trailers, tandem and tridem roll-off tippers as well as special weighing systems and electronic controls. A number of new products are brought to market: a special high-performance overloading auger, which can also transfer hard-to-manage goods such as corn, grass, silage, wood chips, compost, etc.; the ASW-mounted blower "Tornado 3000" for wood chips and other bulk materials; the "DigiTouch Mobile" electronic scales, which transform telescopic loaders, tippers, platform and push-off trailers into full-featured scales; the "DigiTouch Bio" weighing computer as a retrofittable, universal weighing, control and operating unit for all feed containers for biogas plants; the "Rondomat Vario", a variable feed system for all manner of transported materials. The "Toplift" elevating roof, an innovative cover for transport trailers equipped with a hydraulic mechanism for effortless opening and closing, is awarded a silver medal at the Agritechnica exhibition. For companies in the structural and civil engineering sector, who have reached the limits of use of their heavy goods vehicles, Fliegl Bau- und Kommunaltechnik GmbH develops a heavy-duty push-off body in the form of the "ASW Stone Truck", which is designed for the toughest conditions in stone quarries and demolition work.
As a system producer for biogas plants, logistics as well as transport and slurry technology, Fliegl expands its portfolio with further innovations. These include newly designed suction booms, which fill slurry tankers independently of fixed pumps; hook lift trailers for universal, flexible use in all standard transport applications; weighing systems that eliminate the need for driving onto stationary scales; automatic weighing/mixing/dosing electronics with automatic error correction; electronically controlled forced steering, which is awarded a silver medal at the Agritechnica exhibition. As a development of the "BAC" biogas push-off containers, Fliegl releases the "SteelPro" model made from steel and the "PolyPro" made from high-strength plastic. Both can mix even the most hard-to-manage, renewable raw materials such as grass and whole crop silage, solid manure, bread and food waste and dose them perfectly for optimum fermentation. The construction of a new sandblasting and painting facility at plant II in Triptis improves the production of trailers and the quality of Fliegl products as a whole.
The Fliegl Group bundles the development, production and sale of forestry equipment under the new Fliegl forestry and wood technology division. The new wood chip bunker filler "Tornado 4000" ensures better utilisation of push-off trailers and, thanks to its massively reduced dust load, fills even the most distant storage facilities in a non-polluting, user-friendly manner. Bottlenecks during wood chip storage are addressed by the new "Dachs" bunker filler, which enables flexible filling of boxes in storage depots. With the mobile "Universal II" transfer station, Fliegl optimises the logistics of various cereal harvesting methods for corn and grass. As a turntable, link and buffer in combined traffic, it enhances productivity and efficiency while also minimising costs. With the innovative "ASW Stone Dumper", a heavy-duty push-off body and world-first from Fliegl Bau- und Kommunaltechnik GmbH, businesses in the areas of structural and civil engineering, road building and hydraulic engineering, surface and underground mining as well as companies with gravel pits, stone quarries, gravel plants and dumps can easily handle even the most extreme situations presented by sloping terrain, low unloading heights and viscous materials. With the "Rondomat Double QZ", Fliegl releases another flexible feed system for biogas plants, which reduces sugar beets to the size of a matchbox and supplies the substrate to the bacteria in "bite-size" pieces.
Fliegl is flourishing. Fliegl Agro-Center Ost GmbH opens its doors in Triptis. Covering the whole of eastern Germany, it satisfies the growing and manifold customer demand for all manner of first-class yet affordable replacement, accessory and small parts. At the Kastl headquarters, a new sales, distribution and dispatch centre is created for vehicles, attachments, front loader accessories, agricultural machinery parts, brake and pneumatic accessories, slurry and environmental technology, tools, workshop supplies as well as small devices for domestic, farm and garden use. Fliegl Ibérica S.A. gains ground in the South American market with products such as the push-off trailer with overloading auger and smaller transporters with mounted spreaders. The Fliegl Group steps up its activities in the areas of construction, gardening and landscaping as well as municipal technology with the establishment of a new family business: Bau- & Kommunaltechnik GmbH is managed by Martin Fliegl, son of company founder Josef Fliegl senior. It markets robust dumpers, original push-off trailers, mixers and mixing units in duplex design, as well as water tanks and a wide range of small devices for construction sites and building yards. New Fliegl products are launched on the market: dosing stations for "Biomat" biogas plants with mounted vertical mixers and "Biomat Mobile", the first telescopic loader scales of the types "Standard", "Premium" and "Dynamik", the "Rasant" slurry cultivator, the "Flexible" suction boom, the "Turbo" vacuum tank trailer and the electronic regulating and control system "Vario 2009" for push-off spreaders.
The new ADS push-off manure spreader from Fliegl has very little in common with conventional muck spreaders. Instead of a scraper floor on wooden planks, which is both maintenance-intensive and susceptible to failure, the ADS is equipped with a steel body and the original Fliegl push-off system, which has proven its worth under the toughest conditions in the agriculture, forestry and construction sectors. Corn and grass silage is stored in ever larger and higher silos. Conventional extraction systems are pushed to their limits. The same cannot be said of the new Fliegl silage milling drum SFW 490 HG Duplex with lifting frame – an affordable solution that easily copes with great silo heights. With the "Rondodry", Fliegl sets new benchmarks when it comes to drying bulk materials. With a low connected load and optimum utilisation of the required heat energy, the "Rondodry" effectively dries any bulk material – from millimetre-sized rapeseed to 12 cm long wood chips – thanks to its ingenious nozzle system. The Fliegl ASW PKW push-off trailer is the perfect solution for rapid goods transport: With its modified load bed and 8 m3 cargo space, it is ideal for collecting, transporting and loading a wide range of materials such as grass cuttings, snow, soil, rock, wood chips, rubbish, etc. The Fliegl forwarding trailer/tipper combination with load crane represents a special loading and transport innovation. Not only can it be used to load and transport logs, but it is also compatible with BigBags, pallet cages, pallets, piece goods and bulk materials in combination with suitable tools (load hook, pallet fork, etc.).
Fliegl establishes new subsidiaries in North America, Brazil, the Czech Republic, North Africa and the Ukraine, thereby cementing its position as a true global player. The company exports products to all continents.
Fliegl continues to grow in Germany and relocates: The new headquarters of Fliegl Agrartechnik, including a sophisticated plant complex, is constructed on a 30 hectare plot in Mühldorf am Inn. At this site, Fliegl manufactures push-off trailers, biogas technology, slurry tanks and tippers on four separate production lines. More than 350 employees construct around 4000 vehicles per year. With cutting-edge laser technology, Fliegl meets the highest quality standards for steel processing. Intelligent warehouse logistics are ensured by one of the largest high-bay warehouses in the region. After three and a half years of construction, the plant is officially opened in June 2013. The Mühldorf site becomes the new beating heart of Fliegl Agrartechnik.
Fliegl raises asphalt paving to a whole new level with the "Asphaltprofi Thermo" push-off trailer: Designed specifically for paving use, the push-off trailer transfers the asphalt to the paver at a higher temperature as well as with greater uniformity and precision than conventional tippers. This massively enhances the subsequent paving quality.
Another important factor is the documentation of the harvested crops and traceability of the food chain. Fliegl Agrartechnik offers the FWS ISOBUS weighing system for this very purpose. It ensures exact weighing data with the aid of digital CAN Bus load cells. The data can also be printed immediately and directly on the field via the optional integrated printed. Detours to the next weighing station are thus a thing of the past. Even on inclines, the FWS ISOBUS weighing system delivers precision results with utmost speed and without recalibration. This technology ensures complete, continuous recording of transport routes as well as all loading and unloading operations.
Another advancement in the area of documentation is the Fliegl Tracker system. The Fliegl Tracker enables accurate documentation of the complete harvest chain, from the field to the grain store, thus safeguarding the quality of the goods. Having already received a silver medal from the DLG test centre in 2015, this innovative development from Fliegl also takes second place at the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards in 2016.
A particular highlight is unveiled at the 2017 Agritechnica exhibition in the form of the Fliegl BÜFFEL. It represents a completely new harvesting process: The Büffel sees Fliegl taking its first steps into the world of forage harvesting technology with the development of a transfer trailer. In the front section, the technology is identical to that of a loader wagon; with a pick-up, rotor and small cargo space. The feed is then transported to the hydraulically powered dosing rollers via the scraper floor and subsequently transferred via a conveyor belt. Unlike a chopper, the Büffel can store the feed temporarily in its 10 m³ bunker. This allows it to harvest without interruption. As well as wowing customers with this new product, Fliegl also impresses the jury of the DLG, who award it a silver medal.
The Fliegl COUNTER SX opens up whole new areas of application, and not just in the fields of agriculture and livestock husbandry. The Fliegl COUNTER SX is an innovative beacon, which enhances the beacon technology with the addition of an acceleration sensor, GPS module, Sigfox wireless technology and memory. Yet these are not just additional features, but instead are cleverly interlinked; the interplay between these functions gives rise to a whole new range of applications and unrivalled data depth: The Fliegl COUNTER SX is smart. In very different processes, it can generate, store and transfer data in an intelligent manner. At the 2017 Agritechnica exhibition, the Fliegl COUNTER SX is decorated with the silver Innovation Award.
Some 18,000 km south-east of Mühldorf, the new Fliegl site in New Zealand opened its doors in March 2019. The town of Milton is now home to a sales office along with an office building and workshop. Final assembly is carried out independently on-site. Customers in New Zealand are now in very good hands.
With ever increasing distances being covered on Germany's roads, including in the agricultural sector, and the truck being the long-established king of transport, vehicles designed specifically for agricultural use are proving ever more popular. These "Agro Trucks" are equally at home both on- and off-road thanks to their enhanced field compatibility. Fliegl Agrartechnik has already done a great job in developing a wide range of semitrailers and swap bodies for this very purpose. Agricultural logistics are thus handled with consummate ease.
Yet the existing products are improved and enhanced on a continuous basis. The fruits of this labour can be seen in Fliegl's next push-off trailer generation. With a new "Insight" moving panel made from special transparent and impact-resistant material as well as "Dynamic" full LED rear lights, standard safety and convenience are raised to a whole new level. Additional security is provided by the "PROTECT" package comprising plastic mudguards and rear apron as well as profile fillers. Safety is further enhanced by a hydraulic underride guard and optimum load securing facilities. Side panel attachment peaks prevent road contamination while also increasing the load volume. With the facelift, safety levels are enhanced, contamination is minimised and convenience is increased.
With push-off technology becoming more and more widespread due its outstanding versatility and Fliegl Agrartechnik also embracing scraper floor technology in its pre-production Büffel transfer trailer, Fliegl takes the next step into the universal spreader segment with the acquisition of Brochard Constructeur in July 2019, thus supplementing its existing product range. In France as well as existing international markets, the Brochard brand is subsequently marketed under the name of BROCHARD AGRICULTURE. The spreaders are produced under the name Fliegl and subsequently distributed via the Fliegl sales network, both in the domestic German market and internationally.
With the Fliegl TWIST, a single-axle slurry tank with crab steering technology arrives just in time for the 2019 Agritechnica exhibition. Instead of the usual Ackermann steering, the crab steering is achieved via a turntable. This enables offset travel of the chassis behind the tractor. With this revolutionary technology, the TWIST represents a quantum leap in the agricultural sector by combining reduced ground pressure with heightened agility. This makes the spreading tank a true professional in its field.