Our history

  • 1947

    On the 30th August 1947 Heizmotoren GmbH, later to be renamed motan gmbh is founded in Überlingen on the Lake of Constance, South Germany. Manufacturing for the company is located in Isny in the Allgäu.

  • 1967

    Ralf Schneider buys the company. With a clearly defined corporate vision and a flair for identifying new markets he lays a solid foundation for the future success of motan.

  • 1970

    The company relocates its headquarters including Research & Development and Sales from Überlingen to Isny in the Allgäu, South Germany.

  • 1972

    Having identified potential for growth within the plastics industry, motan begins to manufacture ancillary equipment for this market under license. These products are then developed further under motan’s own direction.

  • 1977

    The MD driers are the first key products to be developed for drying technology at motan.

  • 1979

    Walter Kramer a successful engineer and entrepreneur becomes Managing Director at motan. He develops raw materials handling for plastics processing as the core business for motan.

  • 1979

    The UNICOLOR dosing & mixing unit for powders, pellets and liquid additives is patented. The UNICOLOR is unique in the industry and some units are still in operation today.

  • 1982

    The first fully centralized PLC controlled system for drying, conveying, dosing & mixing, is installed.

  • 1984 - 1987

    To take advantage of the world‘s growing plastics markets and to better meet the needs of the customer, motan establishes subsidiary companies in France (1984), Great Britain (1986) and the USA (1987).

  • 1985 - 1986

    motan develops innovative system solutions for the demanding requirements of Optical Disc as well as PET preform production.

  • 1989

    motan‘s unique ATN automatic throughput monitoring system is patented. Material throughput is constantly monitored and the required temperature varied as necessary to ensure the correct drying temperature.

  • 1991

    As the motan organisation grows internationally, motan holding gmbh is established at Konstanz to provide the structure for efficiently managed growth towards leadership in the global market.

  • 1993

    Service to the Far East market is established on a sound footing for growth, with the opening of a regional center in Singapore and the appointments of licensees in India and Japan.

  • 1994

    The ETA-process® heat recovery system is patented, responding to the demand for increasingly energy-efficient operations in industry.

  • 1999 - 2002

    The organisation continues to grow with further sales and service companies opened in Italy (1999) as well as Beijing (1999) and Shanghai (2002) in China.

  • 2003

    After 25 years of service Walter Kramer retires from the company. Ulrich Eberhardt becomes Group Managing Director.

  • 2004

    CONTROLnet, a new control platform is introduced. Now all motan controls can communicate with each other via Ethernet. The modular design of the system allows for simple expansion of an installation.

  • 2006

    Sandra Füllsack, the daughter of Ralf Schneider joins as Group Managing Director and together with Ulrich Eberhardt is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Group.

  • 2006

    With the acquisition of the colortronic group motan enters the plastics compounding industry. Now motan has expertise that covers the complete process chain for raw materials handling within the plastics industry.

  • 2009

    All new products are now developed under the motan brand and are distributed through the motan-colortronic regional centers. The first product of this new generation, combining the best of both technologies is the MINICOLOR screw & disc dosing unit.

  • 2011

    Thanks to the rapidly growing economy in South-East Asia, the motan group is taking advantage of the opportunity to be closer to our customers in Thailand. motan Thailand Co., Ltd. is being established from the previous Singaporean branch in Thailand.

  • 2013

    Market launch of the new range of material loaders for granules: METRO G. New features and new technology for the standard units as a modular building block system combines the best of colortronic and motan and provides individual solutions.

  • 2014

    Latin America is experiencing huge growth in the plastics processing industry. Brazil is the main driving force behind this growth and the largest market. Here we look after our customers with the help of our strong sales and service team of the newly founded motan-colortronic do brasil.

  • 2014

    What happens when the tried-and-tested, reliable mechanics of our colortronic Colorblend are combined with modern motan controls? A new dosing and mixing unit is created: the MINIBLEND V. Its excellent recipe accuracy and unique dosing stability truly makes it shine.

  • 2016

    For the first time in the company’s history, motan holding gmbh is awarding the motan innovation award “mia” during the K’show 2016! This biannual prize is awarded to the best ideas and innovations for material handling in plastics manufacturing and processing

  • 2016

    Renovation and expansion of the Tech Centre in Friedrichsdorf. Now even more customer specific and project relevant process applications can be professionally tested and realised.

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