A company with a history

Journey through time to understand the development of BvL

Long years of tradition and experience - core characteristics of BvL

Explore the evolution of BvL Maschinenfabrik. What has changed since the machine factory was founded in 1860?
This section will give you the answer to this question.

  1. The founding of BvL

    The founding of BvL

    1860

    Gerhard van Lengerich establishes the company as a blacksmith's and cartwright's workshop

  2. The 2nd generation takes over the operation

    The 2nd generation takes over the operation

    1883

    Bernhard van Lengerich starts managing the business bearing his name.

  3. View of the van Lengerich plow factory

    View of the van Lengerich plow factory

    1900

    Location in the town center of Emsbüren at the turn of the century.

  4. New location

    New location

    1937

    The company moves to its current location. 

  5. The 3rd generation continues the business

    The 3rd generation continues the business

    1939

    Theodor, Wilhelm and Heinrich van Lengerich (from left) take over management from their father.

  6. Expansion of the production halls

    Expansion of the production halls

    1962

    The available space for the production of the plows is expanded to nearly twice the previous capacity.

  7. The torch is passed on to the 4th generation

    The torch is passed on to the 4th generation

    1966

    Waltraud Sievering, née van Lengerich (not shown here), Otto van Lengerich and Dipl. Ing. Wilhelm van Lengerich (from left) take over the parental company.

  8. The 5th generation joins the company

    The 5th generation joins the company

    1989

    Representing the 5th generation, Bernhard Sievering joins the family business. At the same time, the company ventures out into a new business by founding BvL Oberflächentechnik (industrial parts cleaning).

  9. The path is cleared for the 5th generation

    The path is cleared for the 5th generation

    2003

    Bernard van Lengerich teams up with his cousin to take over the management of the BvL Group.

  10. 150th anniversary of BvL Maschinenfabrik

    150th anniversary of BvL Maschinenfabrik

    2010

    On the occasion of the company's 150th anniversary, BvL hosts a celebration party and looks back on its history. The course for future growth has been set.

  11. Expansion of production capacities

    Expansion of production capacities

    2013

    Extensive expansion and overhaul of the production facilities at the Emsbüren location by building a new logistics and assembly hall.