ZEPPELIN GmbH: Tradition is our obligation

The name and roots of the Zeppelin group go back to the pioneering airship constructor Ferdinand Count Zeppelin. In the 1950, after the end of the airship era, the Zeppelin Foundation, which was es­­­tab­­lished by Count Zeppelin and is now administrated by the city of Frie­d­richshafen, founded the Metallwerk Fried­­richshafen GmbH, the present ZEPPELIN GmbH. The group’s headquarters are located in Garching near Munich, while the re­­g­­istered office is in Friedrichshafen. The company is operating in 200 locations worldwide and employs about 6,000 people.
The Zeppelin Group is split into two main divisions: Trading and In­­dus­try. The Tra­­ding division’s activities are focused on sales, service and rental of Cater­pillar construction ma­­chines and en­­gines as well as MaK marine engines, Terex min­­ing equipment and Hyster lift trucks. Zeppelin is exclusive distribution part­­ner of Caterpillar Inc., Peoria (IL, USA) in Ger­­many, Austria and many countries in Central and Eastern Eu­­ro­­pe and Cen­tral Asia, and is Europe’s lar­gest sales, service and rental organization in the construction machine in­­dustry. The Zeppelin Industry division is a glob­­ally leading provider of cus­­tomized systems for conveying, storing, blen­­d­­ing, dosing and weighing high-qua­­lity bulk solids, spe­cial­­izing in the plas­­tics, rubber, tire and food in­­dustries.



  1. Address

    Graf-Zeppelin-Platz 1
    D-85748 Garching
    Telefon +49 (0) 89 32000-0
    Telefax +49 (0) 89 32000-482

  2. Year of foundation

  3. Employees

  4. Managing Director

    Peter Gerstmann

    Alexander Bautzmann
    Michael Heidemann
    Jürgen-Philipp Knepper

  5. Business activity

    Trading: sales, service and rental
    of construction machines,
    engines and lift trucks
    Industry: production of integrated systems for processing high-quality bulk solids