From milling contractor to world market leader

Innovative milestones

The perfectly engineered cold milling machines of today need mere minutes to load a 30-tonne truck with granulated asphalt material. It has been a long journey to get there, however, and WIRTGEN has been a key driver in enabling these advances to be made. In 1971, WIRTGEN built the fi rst of a total of 100 hot milling machines for the contracting fl eet it owned at that time. The technological leap from hot milling to cold milling was sparked, in 1979, by the use of carbide-tipped point-attack cutting tools that were commonly used in the mining industry.

From the very first cornerstone – developing the cold milling technology for road construction – to date, WIRTGEN has paved the road to success of this technology with numerous innovative milestones. Today, the WIRTGEN name is synonymous worldwide with high-performance cold milling technology.

Market-leading and cutting-edge products for the Road and Mineral Technologies business sectors are constructed at the WIRTGEN brand headquarters in Windhagen, Rhineland-Palatinate. With its innovative, high-performance and cost-efficient products and technologies for cold milling, soil stabilization, hot and cold recycling, concrete paving and surface mining, WIRTGEN leads the world market in road construction and repair, as well as in mining natural rock and pay minerals.