Our History

The History of FAUN & Zoeller Kipper

ZOELLER-KIPPER was founded in 1947 as a partnership, and in 1959, the company became a limited liability company.

Through constant technical innovation, ZÖLLER-KIPPER GmbH has developed from a small family business into Europe’s mediumst producer of hydraulic lifting and tipping devices, or ‘lifter systems’.

Strategic alliances and branch plants in the Czech Republic and Poland, the Lifter Systems product range has been extended to include complete refuse collection vehicles. Now we can offer one-source solutions to our customers.

ZOELLER-KIPPER expertise has been recognised since 1970 by representation on the Standards Committee for Waste Containers and their interface with Lifter Systems. Their extensive model range includes more than 200 different systems, with the emptying range including container sizes from 25 litres to 10 cubic meters.

As a competent and reliable partner in the waste collection and disposal business, FAUN Zoeller naturally offer an international service network with more than 900 employees European-wide, providing service to our customers and supplying over 9000 bodies per year.

The foundation of our corporate group is laid. The WITTE Needle Factory starts up on a regional level with great success and by 1879 already produces and sells two million needles a day worldwide.


The production is expanded. The first stamping plant is set up, initially for belt pulleys, then for wagon parts and finally for the automotive industry.


The needle production is replaced by the manufacture of screwdrivers.


The expansion of KIRCHHOFF Automotive begins with the acquisition of M. Kutsch in Attendorn, Germany.


The waste disposal and environmental vehicle sector of FAUN taken over by the KIRCHHOFF Group. Today, FAUN has seven plants located in six countries.


Acquisition of the company REHA GROUP AUTOMOTIVE. A specialist in the modification of passenger cars to the individual requirements of people who are constricted in their mobility.


The KIRCHHOFF Group celebrates its 225th anniversary.


After the integration of the North American company Van-Rob the KIRCHHOFF Group now produces with 45 plants in 16 countries.


The leadership of the group through Dr. Jochen F. Kirchhoff and his sons Arndt G., Dr. Johannes F. and J. Wolfgang Kirchhoff guarantees its successful development in the sense of the 225 years old tradition


FAUN Zoeller History

In the UK in April 2011, FAUN Municipal Vehicles merged with Zoeller Waste Systems to create FAUN Zoeller (UK) Limited… the rest really is history.