• 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


    A signif­icant year. HTS Hydraulische Trans­port­systeme GmbH was founded.

  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    Tradeshows: K, Düsseldorf

  • 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


    Tradeshows: LogiMAT, Stuttgart and HUSUMwind, Husum

  • 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


    Certificate DIN ISO 9001:2015.

  • 2018


    Trade shows: CeMAT, Hannover