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2019
The first electrically powered snow groomer: The PistenBully 100 E!
The first electrically driven snow groomer
PistenBully 100 E

Is it possible that slopes will soon be groomed 100% emission-free? At INTERALPIN 2019 in Innsbruck, the international leading trade fair for Alpine technologies, PistenBully is celebrating its 50th birthday – and in doing so, gives the industry an answer. With the study of the first electrically driven snow groomer, the PistenBully 100 E, this answer is a clear "Yes!".

The logo: 50 years of friendship by PistenBully, 1969
50 years of friendship by PistenBully
50 Years PistenBully

50 years commitment by PistenBully – and the end of history is far from over! We look forward to many innovations, celebrations, encounters – in the anniversary year and long beyond.

2018
The cooperation partners with whom SNOWsat Analytics is being developed.
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG concludes promising cooperation agreement
SNOWsat Analytics

Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG is entering an important cooperation with leading companies in their business segments with a focus on the future. The objective of the cooperation partners Geocloud AG / Schlieren, Weisse Arena Bergbahnen AG / Laax, Grünenfelder and Partner AG / Domat/Ems is to develop a product, that, in simple terms, manages the information and data flow at the ski resorts and thereby delivers a true competitive advantage

PistenBully 600 fleet with EU Stage 5 engine
First snow groomer with EU Stage 5 engine
The new generation of the PistenBully 600

The new PistenBully 600 is already writing technology history. The world's first snow groomer with EU Stage 5 engine - it doesn't get cleaner and quieter than this! The latest generation of snow groomers is packed with all the experience and enthusiasm of PistenBully's engineers. The large number of patents is impressive proof of this.

A green painted fiber composite
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG breaks new ground
Acquisition of KK Composites GmbH

Effective April 01, 2018 Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG assumes control of the activities of KK Composites GmbH, headquartered in Micheldorf, Austria. The company has specialized in fiber composites since 1982. With this acquisition of a supplier which effects parts insourcing in a classic reverse integration Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG is pursuing its strategy of reducing its dependence on external suppliers. Production depth is currently running at about 10 % and the aim is to improve this figure.

2017
Cherrington drives along the beach
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG expands the BeachTech product range 
BeachTech acquires Cherrington

Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG is expanding the BeachTech division as they officially announce the acquisition of United States based Cherrington Beach Cleaners.

The new generation of the PistenBully 100.
Most powerful engine in its class and the environmentally friendly exhaust technology
The new generation of the PistenBully 100

New generation: Quality and reliability remain while the vehicle concept of the PistenBully 100 has been overhauled in close collaboration with international customers. Completely new features include intuitive operation developed according to the latest ergonomic findings, the most powerful engine in its class and environmentally friendly exhaust technology.

2016
A group picture of the PRO ACADEMY crew.
Manufacturer-independent training and education concept
PRO ACADEMY

With the PRO ACADEMY Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG has developed a manufacturer-independent training concept: 5 different modules for economical and eco-friendly snow management

2014
PowerBully with crane on power pole
Kässbohrer takes over a well-known manufacturer of tracked utility vehicles 
PowerBully

Kässbohrer All Terrain Vehicles, Inc. (KATV) purchases Soft Track Supply, Inc. – a well-known manufacturer of customized all terrain, low ground pressure carriers. The PowerBully business unit is created.

A photo of the whole staff with the 20,000 PistenBully
A number that will go down in the history book
The 20,000 PistenBully

The 20,000 PistenBully is produced! Good grounds for celebration.

2012
Sporty motif of the PistenBully 600 E+
World's first hybrid vehicle on the market
PistenBully 600 E+

PistenBully remain impressive today thanks to their innovation and standard-setting. A success story, the youngest child of which is the PistenBully 600 E+ with diesel-electric drive.

2011
SNOWsat networks the entire PistenBully fleet and the entire ski area
The professional slope and fleet management system
SNOWsat

A professional slope and fleet management system with snow depth measurement is being developed. High saving plus many additional benefits, make SNOWsat a worthwhile investment in the future for any ski resort.

2010
BeachTech at the oil catastrophe in the Gulf von Mexico
One of many uses of a BeachTech
BeachTech at the oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the BeachTech beach cleaners are also able to separate softer oil blobs and solid tar balls almost completely from the sand without picking up a lot of sand at the same time, a skill they had already demonstrated during past incidents like the Prestige tragedy off the Atlantic coast or the oil disaster on Australia's Sunshine Coast.

2007
PistenBully Paana
We have a new edition to our PistenBully family!
PistenBully Paana

Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG took over cross-country ski-trail specialists Keiteleen Latukone Oy. Having established themselves on the market over 25 years ago, Paana machines are the outright leaders in the Scandinavian cross-country ski-trail segment. Robust technology, reliability, an excellent price-performance ratio and low running and maintenance costs all argue in favour of the PistenBully Paana. With its two-stage tilling system, it prepares ski trails to meet FIS requirements in a single work cycle. At just 2.2-metres wide, the PistenBully Paana really comes into its own on narrow forest tracks or when preparing winter hiking trails.

PistenBully 400
The follower of successful series PistenBully 300
PistenBully 400

When it went into series production in 2007, the new design naturally met all nationally and internationally applicable safety and emission standards, but also marked a major step forward in technical terms. The most important innovations included a new main frame made of high-strength, cold-resistant steel, adapted to the performance and size; the drive was provided by a new Cummins diesel unit.

2006
PistenBully 600
Another milestone in the development of the Laupheim-based manufacturer
PistenBully 600

The PistenBully 600 vehicle generation was a new design from the ground up, with special care taken in the design of the main frames. Here, a lightweight sheet metal box construction made of high-strength steel was used, which was prepared for any load case and could easily accommodate the base vehicle, winch and all additional equipment up to the extremely heavy front attachments such as halfpipe milling machine, milling skidder and transport skips. The PistenBully 600 combined the latest technology with maximum ease of operation.

2005
The newly launched BeachTech 2800
A new effective and economical beach cleaner
BeachTech 2800

The newly launched BeachTech 2800 combines the advantages pf the BeachTech 3000 with those of the BeachTech 2000 in an effective and economical way. High-tech beach cleaning at an affordable price.

2004
A PistenBully is lifted by crane from the ship onto the perpetual ice of Antarctica
80 PistenBully are in use
Antarctic mission in the eternal ice

Endurance test: the PistenBully also masters the most extreme conditions. No nation now conducts research in the Antarctic without PistenBully. In 2004, more than 80 PistenBully are in operation in Antarctica.

2002
The new company location of Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG in Laupheim, Germany.
Consolidation of all divisions
New company location in Laupheim

At the beginning of the 2000s, all company divisions were bundled at one location – in Laupheim. This naturally involved an optimization of the production process.

2001
BeachTech Marina
A self propelled beach cleaner
BeachTech Marina

A new vehicle in the range: The product introduction of the self-propelled BeachTech Marina.

1998
PistenBully 100
A market in upheaval
PistenBully 100

The new PistenBully 100 was created within the new Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG: Using the latest CAD technology, the PistenBully 100 was designed as a completely new cross-country vehicle. This was because the market was in a state of upheaval, emission regulations had become stricter and customer requirements had changed; as a result, economy and consumption played a much greater role in the purchasing decision than before.

PistenBully 200
The lighter version of the 300 series
PistenBully 200

The PistenBully 200 was developed as a lighter version of the 300 series. Thanks to the modular system, a large proportion of the components came from this machine. However, some of the components were adapted to the reduced output in order to save weight and costs. This new development with 208 kW (278 hp) and a torque of 1100 Nm at 1300 rpm met the strict Euro 2 and US EPA emissions standards in force at the time.

The 10,000 PistenBully
A number that will go down in the history book
The 10,000 PistenBully

The 10,000 PistenBully is produced!

1995
Market launch of the BeachTech 2000
The BeachTech family gets bigger
BeachTech 2000

Launch of the BeachTech 2000 – the agile and smaller alternative to the powerful BeachTech 3000.

1994
A group picture of Erwin Wieland, Gerhard Krone, Karl Knab, Hans-Peter Müller, Franz Beer and Karl Glatzmaier
Off-road vehicles business unit to be outsourced
Spin-off and restart

The all terrain vehicle business area, which had been small but highly successful until this time, is spun off and becomes independent. Under the leadership of Erwin Wieland, the management group of Gerhard Krone, Karl Knab, Hans-Peter Müller, Franz Beer and Karl Glatzmaier boldly risked a management buy-out: Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug GmbH. Four successful years later, in 1998, the company went public.

PistenBully 300 / 300 W
First generation of vehicles after the company became independent
PistenBully 300 / 300 W

Launch of the new PistenBully 300 and 300 W vehicle generation. Until the end of the 1990s, this remained the most successful series in Alpine use. It is the company’s  “bread and butter” machine.

1991
The first BeachTech machine
New standards are set in the field of beach cleaning
BeachTech

Kässbohrer once again demonstrates its innovative strength with introduction of the BeachTech. The patented screening, raking and combined cleaning technique sets new standards.

1984
PistenBully 200 DW with the latest technology - the cable winch.
New technology: The winch
PistenBully 200 DW

The PistenBully 200 DW is the first vehicle on the market with winch support for steep slope preparation. A winch supports and secures the vehicle on its extreme up and downhill rides.

1983
The Flexmobil in water use
Fast working and transport vehicle
The Flexmobile

For on and off-road: the Flexmobil is developed as a fast working and transport vehicle for summer use.

1972
PistenBully at the Eleventh Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan
Trip to Sapporo in Japan
PistenBully at the XI Olympic Winter Games

The PistenBully head off to the 11th Winter Olympics in Sapporo, garnering praise and recognition. A short time later, PistenBully begins to attract attention in the USA too. This successful appearance paved the way for the global market expansion. In this year, 177 vehicles are built.

1971
Walter Haug and Erwin Wieland arm in arm
Important key figures
The structure of the distribution

Key figures: alongside designer Walter Haug, it is Erwin Wieland who is a major influence on PistenBully. The important factors in the Sales are personal friendships, quality and service.

1969
The first prototype of the PistenBully takes off for a test drive
The first test drive
First prototype takes off for test drive

The first PistenBully: In December, the first prototype takes off for a test drive  – with Hydrostatic power transmission, steering wheel control, a large loading platform. The first vehicle’s powerful, chiseled appearance immediately inspires Kässbohrer to call it the PistenBully!

A short time later it goes into series production with a diesel engine. The very first PistenBully went to Reit im Winkl, Germany. Head Designer Walter Haug personally brought the vehicle to the Winklmoos-Alm ski resort on December 19, 1969.

1920 – 1930
A man manually rolls the ski slope with a hand roller
Winter sports in the post-war period
Skiing develops into a popular sport

With the increasing popularity of skiing, so too grow the demands for quality slopes. The simple rollers are soon replaced by motorised devices.

Two men manually roll the slope
1924
Skier at the First Winter Olympic Games
Skiing comes into fashion
First Winter Olympics

Taking to the slopes: skiing comes into fashion thanks to the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix. It is to develop into a mass sport within a short time.

1922
The brothers Karl and Otto Kässbohrer make plans
A lot of daring and great success
The Kässbohrer sons take over the company

After the death of their father, Karl and his brother Otto take over the company. With a great deal of audacity and success: Trailer construction and numerous inventions are put in motion.

1920
Four boys have a model of the Alpine Express explained to them with interest
A wish comes true
Karl Kässbohrer studies at the technical university Stuttgart

An engineer of passion: Karl Heinrich Kässbohrer fulfils the wish of his son Karl to study mechanical engineering at the technical university Stuttgart, rather than a banking course.

1911
Karl Heinrich Kässbohrer stands proudly next to the first omnibus connecting Wiblingen and Ulm
Ulm and Wiblingen are well connected from now on
Omnibus line is established

Karl Heinrich Kässbohrer opens the omnibus line between Ulm and Wiblingen.

1893
A portrait of Karl Heinrich Kässbohrer
The foundation stone for an impressive success story has been laid
Foundation of a wagon factory

With the founding of his wagon factory in 1893, Karl Heinrich Kässbohrer laid the foundation for an impressive success story.

Everything begins with Georg Kässbohrer. He comes from a ship building family and builds the "Ulmer Schachtel", as its deriders like to call it: a type of single-use boat for goods, passenger and troop transport on the Danube downstream to Vienna. After the trip the boats are dismantled and recycled – a return trip would be too expensive. 
Georg sees no future in traditional ship building, however, and sends four of his six sons into other professions. One of these is Karl Heinrich, a master wainwright, who is interested in and enthusiastic about new modes of transport. He founds the family company in Ulm with the "Wagenfabrik Kässbohrer". The story begins.