1807

Heinrich Bucher(-Weiss) (1784-1850) ran the Murzeln blacksmith's shop in Niederweningen.

1807

1871

Johann Bucher(-Manz) (1843-1919) took over the business. Four employees.

1874

Company registration as "Johann Bucher, mechanische Werkstätte, Fabrikation von mechanischen Bestandteilen landwirtschaftlicher Maschinen".

1890

Bucher was also selling foreign-made agricultural machinery.

1890

after 1895

Collaboration with Fahr in Gottmadingen, Germany. Import of fork hay-tedders.

1896

Company renamed "Maschinenfabrik Johann Bucher-Manz, Niederweningen". 30 employees.

1901

First hydraulic fruit press with a 600-bar, high-pressure pump.

1901

1918

Company renamed "Maschinenfabrik Jean Bucher-Guyer". 150 employees.

1921

The "Luna" centrifugal slurry pump found a ready market in Switzerland and abroad.

1921

1923

"Maschinenfabrik Johann Bucher" established in Griessen, Southern Baden, Germany.

1934

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.

1934

1945

First "Record" two-wheel power mower. By 2003, a total of 116 000 two-wheel, motor-driven machines had been delivered.

1946

Bucher-Guyer acquired a stake in Kuhn, a French agricultural machinery manufacturer in Saverne.

1950

The KT 10 walking tractor went into production.

1950

1951

Business converted into a joint stock company called "Bucher-Guyer AG".

1954

Production of the Bucher tractor started up. By 1964, a total of 5 000 had been delivered.

1954

1963

Bucher started selling Fiat tractors and stopped making Bucher tractors.

1965

First HP 5000 universal fruit press.

1965

1966

Agricultural and municipal transporter went into production.

1967

Management taken over by directors Rudolf Hauser (1937), as delegate of the board, Hans Hauser (1935-1996) and later Thomas Hauser (1940).

1975

Bonds listed on the stock exchange and publication of an annual report.

1984

Group holding structure put in place. "Bucher Holding AG" established.

1986

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).

1986

after 1987

From 1987 Kuhn Group expanded through the acquisition of Huard (1987), Audureau (1993), Nodet (1996), Knight (2002) and Metasa (2005).

1991

Entry into municipal vehicle sector through acquisition of Rolba sweeper and snow-blower business.

1991

1994

Schörling truck-mounted sweeper business acquired and Bucher Schörling established.

after 1994

Bucher Hydraulics expanded through the acquisition of Hidroirma (1994), Beringer Hydraulik (1996), Hydrotechnik Frutigen (1997) in Europe and Sterling Fluid Technologies (2006) in India.

after 1994

1996

Core businesses organised into divisions: agricultural machinery (Kuhn Group), vehicles (Bucher Municipal), food processing (Bucher Process), hydraulic components (Bucher Hydraulics) and machinery (Laeis-Bucher).

1998

Entry into glass-forming machinery through acquisition of Emhart Glass.

1998

2000

Bucher Holding AG became "Bucher Industries AG".

2002

Philip Mosimann appointed chief executive officer, Rudolf Hauser chairman of the board. Group sales of CHF 1.5 billion, around 6 000 employees.

2005

UK-based Johnston Sweepers business acquired.

2005

2007-2008

Expansion of Bucher Hydraulics in North America: Monarch (2007) and Command Control (2008).

2007-2008

after 2008

Kuhn Group further strengthened: Blanchard (2008), Geldrop (2009), Krause (2011), Montana (2014) and Artec (2018).

2011

Emhart Glass established joint venture with Sanjin in China.

2013

Takeover of a majority of Jetter AG, a specialist for control systems for automation technology.

from 2013

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.

2016

Jacques Sanche appointed chief executive officer, Philip Mosimann chairman of the board.

2016

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.

2016

2018

Complete takeover of Joint Venture Sanjin in China by Bucher Emhart Glass.

2018

Bucher Hydraulics established Joint Venture Bucher Hydraulics (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. in China.

Publications on Bucher Industries' history

Further Information about the history of Bucher Industries can be found in the publications below.

Corporate brochure, 2008 (PDF)

Leaflet 200 years of Bucher, 2007 (PDF)