About ATB

The history of ATB Austria Antriebstechnik AG dates back more than 90 years. Today, the Group ranks among the leading global suppliers of electric drive systems for industrial applications and home appliances.

The ATB Group product range extends from 25W to 25MW and includes standard solutions, customised solutions and design-to-order solutions including complete drive systems for a wide range of applications. 

The Company, which includes famous brands such as Schorch, Morley, Laurence Scott and Brook Crompton, currently has twelve manufacturing bases – in Spielberg, Welzheim, Moenchengladbach, Nordenham, Leeds, Norwich, Cradley Heath, Tarnow, Subotica and Bor – and employs more than 3,500 people.

With a shareholding of 100 %, WOLONG, the Chinese parent company, is the strategic investor and a strong partner of the ATB Group. The industrial and financial Group WOLONG HOLDING GROUP Co. Ltd. ranks as a top company in China, having received many government business awards, and is one of the leading electric motor manufacturers in the country. Wolong has many years of expertise and works in close cooperation with a number of well-known international companies.

ATB Company Structure (PDF)

ATB History 1919 - 2012

January 2014

Joint Venture with Wolong Electric for a co-ownership of ATB Wuhan (Motors) Co. Ltd.

November 2012

Formation of ATB Motors (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., China

October 2012

Company name change of ATB Motorentechnik GmbH, Nordenham and Schorch Elektrische Maschinen und Antriebe GmbH, to: ATB Nordenham GmbH, ATB Schorch GmbH

October 2011

Wolong Investment GmbH acquires 99% of the shares of ATB Austria Antriebstechnik AG 

March 2011

Disposal of ATB Technologies, Lustenau, Austria 

June 2010

Transfer of the shares in Schorch Elektrische Maschinen und Antriebe GmbH and Fabryka Silników Elektrycznych Tamel S.A. to ATB Austria Antriebstechnik AG

June 2010

Formation of ATB RUS OOO, Moscow

January 2010

Disposal of ATB Selni SAS, Nevers, France

July 2007

Acquisition of David McClure, UK. Integration into ATB Morley Ltd. 

May 2007

Acquisition of Laurence Scott & Electromotors Ltd. UK – ATB Laurence Scott Ltd., 2006 sales: approx. EUR 19 million 

From May 2006

Staged investment in Lindeteves-Jacoberg Ltd., Singapore; Brands: Schorch, Tamel, Brook Crompton, Western Electric 

December 2004

Acquisition of Sever Holding International a.d., Subotica; Privatisation – ATB Sever Holding International a.d., Subotica;

2004 sales: EUR 18 million, 2,270 employees

October 2004

Acquisition of Morley Electric Motors Ltd. from private shareholders - ATB Morley Ltd., Leeds

2003 sales: EUR 12 million, 115 employees

April 2004

Acquisition of Brandt Components SAS from Elco-Brandt-Group – ATB Selni SAS, Nevers;

2003 sales: EUR 35 million, 300 employees

February 2003

Acquisition of Thien Group from Rauber – ATB Thien Antriebstechnik GmbH, Rankweil;

2002 sales: EUR 10 million, 100 employees 

November 2002

Acquisition of Moeller Antriebstechnik GmbH from Moeller Group – ATB Motorentechnik GmbH, Nordenham;

2001/02 sales: EUR 20 million, 150 employees 

December 2001

M. Kovats / C. Schmidt join ATB Beteiligungs GmbH as a result of the take-over of ATB Spielberg & ATB Welzheim by GBI 


ATB Beteiligungs GmbH, Vienna, takes over ATB Antriebstechnik AG 


GBI GmbH, Vienna, takes over ATB Antriebstechnik AG


Company name change to Flender ATB-Loher Antriebstechnik AG, Welzheim


Flender AG increases its holding in ATB to 84%. ATB AG acquires the majority shareholding of AAT AG in Spielberg/Austria and Loher/Ruhstorf


12,000m² expansion of the Welzheim site and construction of a new 5,000m² manufacturing facility


A. Friedrich Flender AG, Bocholt, takes over the majority shareholding in ATB


ATB shares are listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchange


ATB GmbH is converted into a stock corporation


Formation of ATB, Antriebstechnik G. Bauknecht GmbH. Emerged from the Bauknecht GmbH insolvency. As well as being a production site, Welzheim is now also the location of the head office.


Third expansion of the assembly shops in Welzheim


Bauknecht acquires the majority shareholding of Himmelwerk AG, Tuebingen.

The Spielberg motor factory produces its millionth electric motor.

The company’s founder, Gottlob Bauknecht, dies and his sons Guenter and Gerhard Bauknecht carry on with the management of the company.


The newly constructed small-size motor factory, with a production area of 36,000 m², is commissioned in Spielberg, Austria


G. Bauknecht GmbH celebrates its 50th anniversary


Second expansion of the Welzheim plant – construction and occupation of a further manufacturing site


Construction of the assembly shop above the foundries at the Welzheim plant


Bauknecht introduces his first refridgerator, which is also manufactured in Welzheim. The manufacturing of cooling appliances is later relocated to Calw.


The business employs 1,000 people


Welzheim plant is acquired and manufacture of electric motors established


Gottlob Bauknecht builds a fully sealed electric motor which becomes the prototype for many generations of electric motors


Production of electric motors starts in Stuttgart


Gottlob Bauknecht sets up an electro-technical workshop

  • ATB Austria Antriebstechnik AG
  • Opernring 1 E 220
  • 1010 Vienna
  • Austria
  • Phone: +43 1 902 50 0
  • Fax: +43 1 902 50 110
  • E-mail: info@atb-motors.com
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