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1925

The PAUL success story began in 1925 when Max Paul installed a mechanical workshop in his father's house in Dürmentingen. He also operated a braided straw rope and seaweed spinning mill, a bicycle and sewing machine business and the municipal laundry. It was here that Max Paul also started production of special machines for the production of whips. Max Paul was the founder and the managing director from 1925 up to 1960.

Factory premises in 1925
Factory premises in 1925
Founder of the company
Max Paul
Founder of the company Max Paul
Master craftsman´s diploma
of Max Paul
Master craftsman´s diploma of Max Paul
Whipstock rolling or
smoothing machine
Whipstock rolling or smoothing machine

1945

After World War 2, his two sons, Odilo and Berthold, came into the business. In 1948, they developed and built together the first double-edging circular saw, which became an immediate success.

Berthold Paul
Managing Director
between 1952 and 1986
Berthold Paul, Managing Director between 1952 and 1986
Odilo Paul
Managing Director
between 1952 and 2004
Odilo Paul, Managing Director between 1952 and 2004
1948: First circular edger
1948: First circular edger

1950

The 50's were a signal for expansion: At the beginning of the 50's, the production range was expanded by other woodworking machines.

Factory premises in 1955
Factory premises in 1955
Edging and
multi-ripping
circular saws
Edging and multi-ripping circular saws
Advertising theme
for circular edgers
Advertising theme for circular edgers
1952: Circular Edger, Model KME
1952: Doppelbesäumkreissäge Modell KME
Advertising theme for KME2
Advertising theme for KME2

1954-1959

First machines and accessories were built for the different processes in the production of prestressed concrete. The second division was born: The Prestressed Concrete Technology

1954-55: Multi-stressing jack,
stressing force 70-300t
1954-55: Multi-stressing jack, stressing force 70-300t
1958: Planning of prestressed
concrete
production plants
1958: Planning of prestressed concrete production plants
1959:
6t Single-wire
stressing jack
1959: 6t Single-wire stressing jack

In 1959 PAUL delivered the first single-wire stressing jack for the production of HP roof shells with the then revolutionary two-button operation, and, with this development, laid the foundation stone of a successful future.

Production of HP roof
shells with the help
of a single-wire
stressing jack
Production of HP roof shells with the help of a single-wire stressing jack
1959: First stressing jack
(30 kN, stroke 170 mm)
1959: First stressing jack (30 kN, stroke 170 mm)

1960-1970

In 1965, PAUL employed 120 people on a production area of 4500 square meters. In 1960, the prestressing system TENSA SM was developed. In 1970 the first multi-stressing jack TENSA M was built.

1965: Factory premises in Dürmentingen
1965: Factory premises in Dürmentingen
1960: TENSA SM
1960: TENSA SM
1970: TENSA M
1970: TENSA M

In 1966, the first manual cross-cut saw was built. In 1970, the heavy-duty circular edger S1200 was finished.

1966: Manual cross-cut saw
1966: Manual cross-cut saw
1970: Heavy-duty circular edger S1200
1970: Heavy-duty circular edger S1200

1975

Paul steadily enlarged its factory area in Dürmentingen and, at the end of the 70´s moved a part of it´s production to Riedlingen, where manufacturing still takes place today. In 1975, both factories employed 180 people on a production area of 11500 square meters.

1975: Factory premises in Dürmentingen
1975: Factory premises in Dürmentingen
1975: First electronic cross-cut system
1975: First electronic cross-cut system

1982-1985

In 1982, the first stressing jack for cable-stayed bridges was developed. During this year, the successful CNC cross-cut system model 12 began its triumphant progress. In 1985, both factories employed from now on 210 people on a production area of 17500 square meters.

1982: Stressing jack
for cable-stayed bridges
1982: Stressing jack for cable-stayed bridges
1982: CNC cross-cut system model 12
1982: CNC cross-cut system model 12
1983: Automatic Optimizing Edger AB920
1985: Factory premises in Riedlingen

1989-1990

1989: CNC cross-cut system
model 14
1989: CNC cross-cut system model 14
1990: Automatic button-heading machines for railway sleepers
1990: Automatic button-heading machines for railway sleepers

1994-1995

In 1995, Paul employed 245 people in both factories. The production area was 21000 square meters.

1994: Multi-stressing jack
for ram piles
1994: Multi-stressing jack for ram piles
1995: Modular panel rip saws
model K34M
1995: Modular panel rip saws model K34M
1995: Factory premises in Riedlingen
1995: Factory premises in Riedlingen

1997

Since 1997, PAUL has been involved with its own developed prestressing technology in reconstruction of the "Frauenkirche" Dresden. On 30th October 2005 the "Frauenkirche" Dresden was declared officially open by a solemn consecration [more].

Picture of the "Frauenkirche" Dresden after its completion in 2005
Picture of the "Frauenkirche" Dresden after its completion in 2005

1998

The automation increases and in 1998 the first automatic mounting equipment for railway sleepers was developed.

1998

A new machine concept "PushCut" has been developed. Here the timber is no longer fed by means of rollers, but positioned using a pusher. The advantages are: particularly high accuracy - cutting in packs - favourable price - easy operation even with very small numbers of pieces.

Model PushCut
Model PushCut
Pusher of the PushCut machine
Pusher of the PushCut machine

1999

In the 90's that the parent plant in Dürmentingen was no longer adequate for meeting the demands of the market in a suitable manner: Paul recognised the signs and, in 1999, started building a new factory in the Dürmentingen industrial zone.

2000

The Paul Company is celebrating its 75th. Company Jubilee. The General Manager of Paul, Werner Paul received the IHK Ulm Jubilee Diploma from IHK General Manager Otto Sälzle. The celebration was held in the headquater in Dürmentingen with invited guests and company employees. [more]

from the left: Werner Paul, Otto Sälzle
from the left: Werner Paul, Otto Sälzle

2002

The new design of the optimizing CNC cross-cut system Push_Cut_CX was finished in summer 2002. The cross-cut system supersedes the previous model PushCut.

Push_Cut_CX
Push_Cut_CX

2002

Graduate business engineer Werner Paul, General Manager of Paul Maschinenfabrik in Dürmentingen received the economy medal for his company from the State Minister for economic affairs Walter Döring on 3rd December 2002.
The Minister for economic affairs awards the medal in recognition of outstanding professional or business achievements and in appreciation of special services to the economy of the state. "Business personalities like the bearer of the economy medal make the greatest contribution to the innovative climate and the economical success of our state when compared to the other states. The esteemed business executives have shown courage, sense of responsibility and readiness to take risks in the past", extolled the Minister in his eulogy.

from the left: State Minister for economic affairs Walter Döring, Managing Director of PAUL Werner Paul, chairman of the works council Georg Härle
from the left: State Minister for economic affairs Walter Döring, Managing Director of PAUL Werner Paul, chairman of the works council Georg Härle
The state economy medal
The state economy medal

2003

The optimizing CNC cross-cut system model 14 gets a new design and is henceforth successfully marketed under the name C14.
PAUL reacts to the demands of the global networking with a new control generation MAXI 5. It runs under the LINUX operating system. A new EDP age begins.

CNC-Optimizing Cross-Cut System Series C14
CNC-Optimizing Cross-Cut System Series C14
CNC Control MAXI 5 Premium
CNC Control MAXI 5 Premium
Operation by touch screen
Operation by touch screen

2004

Senior managing director Odilo Paul passed away after a long illness on 24th March 2004.
The company produces with an annual turnover of 23 million Euros and a constant number of employees of 260.

The headquater in Dürmentingen
The headquater in Dürmentingen
Advertising campaign for circular sawing machines end of 2004
Advertising campaign for circular sawing machines end of 2004

2005

The first tests with the CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) material are carried out in prestressed concrete technology. CFRP is not only used as a stressing material, but also for building the multi-strand stressing jacks. The material is capable of transmitting a lot of force with a low weight and does not corrode. An innovation in prestressed concrete technology has been created.

The CFRP tendon is held by two anchors.
The CFRP tendon is held by two anchors.
1600 kN CFRP stressing jack in lightweight construction
1600 kN CFRP stressing jack in lightweight construction
CFRP stressing jack and CFRP hollow-piston cylinder with mini pump unit
CFRP stressing jack and CFRP hollow-piston cylinder with mini pump unit

2006

On 24th March 2006 the ceremony for the establishment of the Odilo Paul foundation took place. The foundation takes care of the welfare of the people living in the municipality of Dürmentingen.
The prestressed concrete department successfully used the CFRP material for the first time for an elevated highway in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Logo of the Odilo Paul foundation
Logo of the Odilo Paul foundation
PAUL CFRP technology, successfully applied in Malaysia
PAUL CFRP technology, successfully applied in Malaysia
Advertising campaign for prestressed concrete technology from 2006
Advertising campaign for prestressed concrete technology from 2006

2008

New advertising campaign of the woodworking division: The old sportsman motifs are replaced. The new ads show the product “wood” and different ways of processing it on the PAUL woodworking machines.

New “ripping” ad motif
New “cross-cutting” ad motif
Combination of both motifs

2009

The Series 11 CNC cross-cut systems are upgraded and now supplied in a distinctive squared and elegant design under the name C11. As a new addition to the family of cross-cut systems the high-speed RAPID series designed for highest throughput rates is introduced. With the PAUL Wood-Scanning System PAUL offers their own solution for the cost- effective entry into the scanner technology. The scanner casing that visually matches the cross-cut station can also be equipped with other scanner brands.

Series C11
RAPID Series with PAUL Wood-Scanning System

2010

The extension of the PAUL headquarters in Dürmentingen to a total production area of 37,000 square meters is completed. By moving the apprentices’ training workshop and some of the production departments into the new building space problems have been solved. The heating control system in the new building, a field that is new to the company, was developed by PAUL in-house.

2011

PAUL presents the next generation of the highly successful KME circular edger including a newly developed CNC control. The new KME3 series stands for greatest flexibility and is suitable for use in practically every sawmill. The K34 product range is extended by the K34GB multirip saw combining well-proven ripping technology with a new belt feed system.

Series KME3
K34GB with belt feed system

2012

In cooperation with the company DaSTec PAUL enters the strand lifting technology sector. The two cooperation partners offer everything that is needed for lifting, lowering and moving heavy loads: extensive know-how and high-quality products. The Push_Cut_CX series is upgraded and suited to the current design of the PAUL cross-cut systems.

New generation of strand jacks
Strand jack in use (source: Gleitbau Salzburg)
Series Push_Cut_CX II

2013

New trade fair appearance for the first time at LIGNA 2013. The complete lighting and carrier system was developed by PAUL in-house. The C14 series is upgraded and suited to the current design of the PAUL cross-cut systems.The supply range of edgers and multirip saws is extended by the Q series for producing first-class cutting edges of glue-line quality.

New exhibition system
Series C14 II
Q-805

2014

Paul takes over the company Reinhardt Maschinenbau in Rottweil-Neukirch which was established in 1919. Since 1st June 2014 the company is a part of Paul Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG. The early concentration on cutting solid wood made Reinhardt one of the leading manufacturers of cross-cut systems and automation. Barbara Hering is appointed managing partner with effect from 1st July 2014.

Reinhardt logo
Reinhardt logo
SlimLine push-feed cross-cut saw
SlimLine push-feed cross-cut saw

 
Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
Max-Paul-Strasse 1
88525 Dürmentingen/Germany
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