Double celebration for Kiesel

By Steve Ducker06 December 2022

Germany’s Kiesel Group has celebrated the 90th birthday of Helmut Kiesel, the man who – along with his wife Christa – founded the equipment supplier more than 60 years ago.

KTEG Powertree The KTEG Powertree, a system for charging construction machines,, has been recognised by the German state of Hesse’s Ministry of Economics. Photo: KTEG

Helmut and Christa started the business in 1958.

Since that time it has grown to employ more than 1,200 staff at over 50 European locations, and has become a regular exhibitor at the Bauma trade show in Munich.

The company has also established Coreum, a platform for innovation in construction, recycling and handling based near Frankfurt am Main which now has more than 50 partner companies.

Toni Kiesel, managing partner of the business, said: “My father burns for his cause every day. He has the absolute customer focus and stands up unconditionally for his company, because it is his life’s work and the centre of his life!”

In the same year as Helmut Kiesel’s milestone birthday, KTEG – the manufacturing and development umbrella of the group – has also achieved second place in the mobility category of the 2022 Hessian State Prize for Energy awarded by the state’s Ministry of Economics.

It was honoured specifically for the Powertree, a mobile fast charging station for battery-electric construction machinery, electric vehicle and machines.

“The Powertree solves a concrete problem on modern construction sites,” said KTEG managing director Harald Thum.

“In many places, there is no fast-charging infrastructure available to electric excavators, so that the use of electric excavators is limited by long charging times.

“The Powertree as a transportable 10-foot container solves exactly this and makes it possible to charge machines within normal break times without having to involve qualified electrical personnel during installation.”

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