The HTS company history
The success movement. In our 20 years long company history, we have made a great deal of progress with HTS Hydraulic Transport Systems. Here are the most important milestones at a glance.
Karl Koch, father of the company founders Stefan and Michael Koch, specialized in machinery moving and created a steel-wheeled skate system with a 30-tonne capacity for use in heavy-duty areas. His innovative work was carried forward by his sons, who became a driving force in the heavy-load-moving industry.
For the first time we took part in the Hannover Messe Fair (CeMAT).
We introduced our new ECO-Jack with its 25-tonne capacity and displayed our entire range of load-moving systems as well as the ACTEK hoist ring – a product from the USA which is exclusively distributed in Europe by HTS.
The firts contact into the wind energy business led to the first version of our later WKA-System.
Our load-moving systems were renamed to ECO-Jack TF. We focused on the development of lifting tools specifically for the construction of wind turbines. We also worked to enhance our skate and jack product ranges.
We announced distribution partnerships in Spain and Italy.
This year saw the launch of new ACTEK hoist rings. We also presented the WKA-System for safely and quickly assembling tower segments of wind turbines.
We were proud to display the brand new 50-tonne EJ500-3XR as the largest model of the ECO-Jack XR-series.
Tradeshows: Hannover Messe Fair (CeMAT)
We announced new distributors in Turkey and France.
This year marked the founding of independent distribution company HTS Direct Ltd in the UK.
2003 also signalled a number of additions to our products. Our load-moving skates were rebranded to ECO-Skates and our range of skates with four points grew as we began to stock the ECO-Skate DUO.
We also added the iX16L and the iX16S to the i‑Series XL. 360-degree ROTO-Skates were introduced to our products as well as the nickel plated CR-Series with nylon wheels.
For the UK market we extended our product range with the new ECO-Jack C‑Series („the Conqueror“) as well as the ECO-Skate CS-Series (Caterpillar Skates).
Tradeshows we featured: HIREX@SED, England and HUSUMwind, Husum
New distribution partner in the UK
We doubled our production space and purchased a 3‑station cutting-edge welding robot.
With larger warehouse space we started to stock the new ECO-Skate i‑Series XL with both the iX40L and the iX40S models.
This year we attended CeMAT, Hannover and HUSUMwind, Husum.
Our ECO-Jack G‑Series was expanded with a brand new model featuring a 10-tonne capacity (the EJ100-3G).
Moving capacities were also increased for the ECO-Skate DUO XL skates from 32 up to 128 tonnes.
Always committed to improving our production levels, we purchased a CNC milling machine. We added to our range of available products including the 360-degree ECO-Skate ROTO-Skates with the iR32 and 3.2‑tonne capacity.
We were delighted to announce the launch of the new ACTEK ball-bearing URL-Series.
Our products were featured at HUSUMwind, Husum
We announced a new partnership with a Danish distributor.
We celebrated the 10th anniversary of HTS in Germany.
To strengthen our production in Germany we purchased another new CNC milling center.
Tradeshows we attended CeMAT, Hannover and HUSUMwindenergy, Husum.
New distribution partners in Sweden, France and Brasil.
Throughout 2009 we made it our priority to improve our already impeccable quality standards. A new quality management system according to ISO9001:2008 was introduced and all systems were aligned for a new ERP as well as CRM software.
We expanded our warehouse in order to reduce delivery times.
During the global economic crisis we created many various special solutions for our customers.
We also announced new distributors in Korea, Israel and the Netherlands.
We took over the distributorship for Gruniverpal Tranchero Cranes and Mold Handling Equipment which are very compact built with high lifting capacities in the working area compared with other cranes.
Tradeshows we attend: HUSUMwindenergy, Husum and K, Duesseldorf.
We will continue to grow and extend our distribution network in Europe and world wide.
HTS direkt AG was established as an independent office in Switzerland.
Introducing the ECO-Skate BIG series with load capacities up to 220 tonnes.
More customers use the WKA-System to be faster in tower mounting and feeding the grid.
Tradeshows: CeMAT, Hannover
New distributors in the Czech Republik and Slovenia.
HTS installs new engineering and ERP software and invests in the expansion of production area and storage facilities.
We welcome new collegues in our staff.
Special solutions are delivered to customers: a DUO-Skate with modular capacities for moving different machines or ROTO-Skates equipped with a pressure block for syncronized lifting for maintenance applications.
The WKA-Box is very popular and becomes a standard for the users of the WKA-Systems.
Tradeshows: HUSUMwindenergy, Husum
Introducing the ECO-SKATE eMotion 40. Moves load capacities independently without any pushing or pulling devices.
The state of the art electric engines and radio remote control unit are handled easily to minimise mistakes by the user.
Tradeshows: CeMAT, Hannover and WindEnergy Hamburg
HTS Direct LLC is founded as the new distribution partner in the United States of America. We expand our distribution network to Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA to further provide our customers expectations and offer the same distribution services.
Tradeshows: BAUMA, Munich, CeMAT, Hannover and AMB, Stuttgart