Group history

1864 Johann Heinrich Carl Eickhoff establishes the company in Bochum, starting out with a small foundry that initially supplies wheels for mining trolleys.
1871 His sons, Carl and Robert, take over the company, founding Gebr. Eickhoff.
1902 Eickhoff presents the world’s first headwheel at an industrial fair in Düsseldorf.
1914 Eickhoff builds the first bar cutting machine in Continental Europe.
1929 Eickhoff includes conveyors in its product range.
1950 Eickhoff launches the first hydraulic cutting machine.
1954 Introduction of Eickhoff’s first longwall shearer loader.
1969 Eickhoff succeeds in constructing the first part-face heading machine.
1973 Implementation of the most efficient excavators world-wide, the EDW-600-L, in the US.
1976 Launch of the first longwall shearer loader with electrical winches and cutting engines on the supporting arms..
1978 Construction of remote control shearer loaders.
1984 First high voltage shearer loader, the EDW-380-L, built for South Africa.
1986 Foundation of a subsidiary for the construction and distribution of part-face heading machines (AC-E).
1990 Implementation of high performance shearer loaders with decentrally arranged microprocessors on board.
1991 Development and introduction of new gearbox ranges.
1992
  • Construction of longwall shearer loaders with three-phase current winches.
  • Development of sensor-controlled shearer loaders.
  • New activities in the conveyor market.
1994 Launch of shearer loader series "Eickhoff SL" consisting of the models Eickhoff SL 300 and Eickhoff SL 500.
1997 Development and launch of low-noise planetary gearboxes for wind energy power stations up to 1500 kW.
1998
  • Successful implementation of Eickhoff SLS 500 for selective winning of potash.
  • Merger of subsidiary for the construction and distribution of part-face heading machines (AC-E) with Gebr. Eickhoff Maschinenfabrik und Eisengießerei mbH. Foundation of Eickhoff Maschinenfabrik GmbH.
1999 New roadheads have hydraulichammers.
2001
  • 2x285 KW - cutting drums power for SL500 shearers.
  • Release of gearboxes for wind energy power stations - the basic kind of production.
  • Development and launch of low-noise planetary gearboxes for wind energy power stations up to 3500 KW.
2002
  • The new structural group "The Eickhoff-group" has appeared.
  • The test bed for gearboxes of wind energy power stations with capacity from 5 MW is entered into operation.