Our company makes history and has done so for 150 years
Bizerba's success story begins 150 years ago in Balingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg. To this day the founding family Kraut, now already in its fifth generation, has a close relationship to Balingen and Bizerba. During its lifetime, Bizerba has become a global operating, in many areas leading technology company, blending established traditions and values with continual innovations and fresh thinking.
The fitter, Andreas Bizer, born on the 2nd September 1839, enters the Bizer Brothers weighing scales workshop in Balingen and receives his first commission to build a weighbridge for the town. Before finishing it the following year, he meets his future wife who lives in the town. The tare weighing part of the weighbridge can be seen today at the „Museum für Waage und Gewicht“ (Museum for Weights and Scales) located in the Zollernschloss (Zollern Castle) in Balingen.
Andreas Bizer - now a mechanic - becomes a citizen of Balingen. On the 7th November he registers his own small company as „A. Bizer, Manufacturer of Weighbridges, Table Top Scales and Beam Balances“. On the 19th November 1868 Andreas Bizer marries Elisabetha Wagner from Balingen.
With the introduction of the metric system for weights and measures, a weights and measures inspectorate is established in Balingen with Andreas Bizer as inspector. In 1881 the Bizers‘ first child is born, a daughter called Anna, who will marry Wilhelm Kraut in 1906, later Professor Kraut.
Born the son of a plumber on the 9th of May in Enzweihingen, Wilhelm‘s artistic and technical talents are noticed at an early age. At the age of 15 he completes his final exams as an apprentice and is allowed to attend courses in drawing, modelling, geometry, arithmetic and calculation, before starting as an assistant draughtsman in Vaihingen. In 1893 he embarks upon an apprenticeship as an electrician specialising in light current, and in 1898 takes over technical responsibility for constructing the nearby Nürtingen power station. Wilhelm moves to Balingen to repair and improve the town‘s power station and meets his future wife, a daughter of Andreas Bizer.
Andreas Bizer sells his weighing scales business to his son-in-law for 25,474 Goldmark. The company employs eight people and starts building mainly table top weighing scales and steelyard balances, most of which are sold in Switzerland.
Wilhelm Kraut Junior, later an Honorary Senator of Tübingen University, becomes manager of the company at the age of 17 when his father falls seriously ill. A distinguished graduate of Calw Commercial College with plenty of talent and youthful enthusiasm, he has the right qualifications for the job.
Together with his master craftsmen Hauser and Schlaich, Wilhelm Kraut develops the world‘s first pendulum quadrant weighing scales. The design, one of great historical importance, is patented in 1925 and becomes indispensable to the trade and quickly replaces the time-consuming method of balancing goods against standard weights.
Ahead of their time: an idea becomes reality for Bizerba engineers when they design and build their first electronic weighing scales in the 60s.