• 1970–1998

    1970–1998

    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.

  • 1998 

    1998 

    A signi­fi­cant year. HTS Hydrau­li­sche Trans­port­sys­te­me GmbH was founded.

  • 1999 

    1999 

    We incre­a­sed the load of our moving skates to 24 tonnes.

    We deve­lo­ped three dif­fe­rent models of toe jacks with capa­ci­ties of up to 10 tonnes.

  • 2000 

    2000 

    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.

  • 2001 

    2001 

    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.

  • 2002 

    2002 

    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.

  • 2003 

    2003 

    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

  • 2005 

    2005 

    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.

  • 2006 

    2006 

    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.

  • 2007 

    2007 

    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.

  • 2008 

    2008 

    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.

  • 2009 

    2009 

    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.

  • 2010 

    2010 

    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.

  • 2011 

    2011 

    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.

  • 2012 

    2012 

    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

  • 2013 

    2013 

    Tra­de­shows : K, Düsseldorf

  • 2014 

    2014 

    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

  • 2015 

    2015 

    Tra­de­shows : Logi­MAT, Stutt­gart and HUSUM­wind, Husum

  • 2016 

    2016 

    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

  • 2017 

    2017 

    Cer­ti­fi­ca­te DIN ISO 9001:2015.

  • 2018 

    2018 

    Tra­de shows : CeMAT, Hannover