Heinrich Bucher(-Weiss) (1784-1850) ran the Murzeln blacksmith's shop in Niederweningen.
Johann Bucher(-Manz) (1843-1919) took over the business. Four employees.
Company registration as "Johann Bucher, mechanische Werkstätte, Fabrikation von mechanischen Bestandteilen landwirtschaftlicher Maschinen".
Bucher was also selling foreign-made agricultural machinery.
Collaboration with Fahr in Gottmadingen, Germany. Import of fork hay-tedders.
Company renamed "Maschinenfabrik Johann Bucher-Manz, Niederweningen". 30 employees.
First hydraulic fruit press with a 600-bar, high-pressure pump.
Company renamed "Maschinenfabrik Jean Bucher-Guyer". 150 employees.
The "Luna" centrifugal slurry pump found a ready market in Switzerland and abroad.
"Maschinenfabrik Johann Bucher" established in Griessen, Southern Baden, Germany.
Walter Hauser(-Bucher) (1904-1967) gradually took over the running of the business. 215 employees in Niederweningen, 40 in Griessen. A horse-drawn mower with an auxiliary engine was Bucher's first motorised agricultural machine.
First "Record" two-wheel power mower. By 2003, a total of 116'000 two-wheel, motor-driven machines had been delivered.
Bucher-Guyer acquired a stake in Kuhn, a French agricultural machinery manufacturer in Saverne.
The KT 10 walking tractor went into production.
Business converted into a joint stock company called "Bucher-Guyer AG".
Production of the Bucher tractor started up. By 1964, a total of 5 000 had been delivered.
Bucher started selling Fiat tractors and stopped making Bucher tractors.
First HP 5000 universal fruit press.
Agricultural and municipal transporter went into production.
Management taken over by directors Rudolf Hauser (1937), as delegate of the board, Hans Hauser (1935-1996) and later Thomas Hauser (1940).
Bonds listed on the stock exchange and publication of an annual report.
Group holding structure put in place. "Bucher Holding AG" established.
Bucher Holding went public, with bearer shares listed on the stock exchange. Group sales of CHF 430 million, 2'730 employees. Grape press manufacturer CMMC acquired (1994 Vaslin Bucher).
From 1987 Kuhn Group expanded through the acquisition of Huard (1987), Audureau (1993), Nodet (1996), Knight (2002) and Metasa (2005).
Entry into municipal vehicle sector through acquisition of Rolba sweeper and snow-blower business.
Schörling truck-mounted sweeper business acquired and Bucher Schörling established.
Bucher Hydraulics expanded through the acquisition of Hidroirma (1994), Beringer Hydraulik (1996), Hydrotechnik Frutigen (1997) in Europe and Sterling Fluid Technologies (2006) in India.
Core businesses organised into divisions: agricultural machinery (Kuhn Group), vehicles (Bucher Municipal), food processing (Bucher Process), hydraulic components (Bucher Hydraulics) and machinery (Laeis-Bucher).
Entry into glass-forming machinery through acquisition of Emhart Glass.
Bucher Holding AG became "Bucher Industries AG".
Philip Mosimann appointed chief executive officer, Rudolf Hauser chairman of the board. Group sales of CHF 1.5 billion, around 6'000 employees.
UK-based Johnston Sweepers business acquired.
2007 - 2008
Expansion of Bucher Hydraulics in North America: Monarch (2007) and Command Control (2008).
Kuhn Group further strengthened: Blanchard (2008), Geldrop (2009), Krause (2011), Montana (2014) and Artec (2018).
Emhart Glass established joint venture with Sanjin in China.
Takeover of a majority of Jetter AG, a specialist for control systems for automation technology.
Business structured in five divisions: Kuhn Group (agricultural machinery), Bucher Municipal (municipal vehicles), Bucher Hydraulics (hydraulic systems), Bucher Emhart Glass (glass container industry) and Bucher Specials (individual businesses). Group sales of CHF 2.7 billion, around 11&'000 employees.
Jacques Sanche appointed chief executive officer, Philip Mosimann chairman of the board.
Bucher Municipal acquired J. Hvidtved Larsen A/S (JHL), the Danish manufacturer of truck-mounted sewer-cleaning, as well as the operational business of PakMor Waste Equipment Australia Pty Ltd in Sydney, Australia.
Complete takeover of Joint Venture Sanjin in China by Bucher Emhart Glass.
Bucher Hydraulics established Joint Venture Bucher Hydraulics (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. in China.
Bucher Municipal acquired the Chinese sewage tanker manufacturer Zynkon, thereby strengthening its presence in Asia.
Acquisition of Lenze Mobiles Drives in Romanshorn, a pioneer in power electronics, thus focusing more strongly on the trend towards electrification and positioning itself in the rapidly growing market for electrohydraulic solutions.
Publications on Bucher Industries' history
Further Information about the history of Bucher Industries can be found in the publications below.