Company History

A proud member of the biobased economy since 1921.

Company History

Innovative tradition

Our company was founded by Wilhelm Vogelbusch in 1921.

His reputation had preceded him when German-born Wilhelm Vogelbusch set himself up in Vienna as a technical consultant. Very soon his customers included the major fermentation industry players in Europe and the United States.

An exceptionally gifted engineer, he rapidly made a name for himself by inventing improved evaporation, distillation and aeration equipment. He set new standards for yeast and alcohol production technology, and his many inventions won him a place in the history of chemical engineering and the textbooks read by generations of students.

Wilhelm Vogelbusch’s business philosophy centred on finding solutions to his clients’ problems. By remaining true to his legacy of customer focus and commitment to innovation, his company went on to become a leading supplier to the global bioprocess sector.

Efficient & effective

Then, as now, attention was focused on efficiency, energy conservation and product purity. Starting with the development of equipment and technical facilities, attention later centered on the optimization of process cycles. Profound knowledge of raw material specifications, process management and fabrication of the end-product finally led to the development of our own processes which are now deployed worldwide.

Integrating well in today's biobased industry landscape, the business Wilhelm Vogelbusch founded is stronger than ever. It has kept to its innovative traditions, and its ability to translate cutting edge technology into solid commercial gains is undiminished.

Wilhelm Vogelbusch, Founder

"At the suggestion of a shareholder in Vereinigte Mautner Markhof'sche Presshefefabriken, Mr. Karl Harmer, and of Mr. Georg Mautner Markhof sen., I set myself up in Vienna as a technical consultant for apparatus engineering, ethyl alcohol and compressed yeast."

The early years

Focused on improving process equipment, the Inclining Pipe Evaporator is developed by Wilhelm Vogelbusch in the 1920ies. The new system is widely used in the production of sulphuric acid, acid mordants, spinning bath solutions and the like, testifying to the superiority of this special type of evaporator. (1931)

Patented designs

Innovative tray designs for distillation and rectification columns improve the separation performance in alcohol production, and further drive the success of the company. (1954)

Aeration systems

Optimizing fermentation processes and the associated aeration systems is another field motivating the inventive mind of Wilhelm Vogelbusch.  He develops different aeration systems for a range of applications, some of which are still in use today. (1956)

New ownership
1955

Now feeling his age, Wilhelm Vogelbusch approaches Vereinigte Alkohol- und Hefefabriken Mautner Markhof - the largest fermentation group in Austria - to take over his company.

1973

Schoeller Bleckmann, later VEW, the supplier of equipment for numerous Vogelbusch plants, acquires the majority of the company shares from Mautner Markhof.

1979

Wilhelm Vogelbusch, who has continued to serve the company as a consultant on a case-by-case basis, dies at the age of 92.

Spreading out
1983

The company is taken over by the plant construction subsidiary of the Austrian state-owned VOEST Alpine group, which gives Vogelbusch access to a worldwide network of liason offices and representations.

1989

The size of the US fuel alcohol market prompts Vogelbusch to establish a subsidiary in Houston, Texas.

1990

A subsidary is set up in Hong Kong to give Vogelbusch a gateway to the Republic of China.

Private and independent
1996

In Vogelbusch' 75th anniversary year the company is returned to private ownership by a management buyout.

2009

The two divisions, Biocommodities and Biopharma are demerged into separate companies, which are wholly owned by Vogelbusch GmbH.

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Wilhelm Vogelbusch, Founder

"At the suggestion of a shareholder in Vereinigte Mautner Markhof'sche Presshefefabriken, Mr. Karl Harmer, and of Mr. Georg Mautner Markhof sen., I set myself up in Vienna as a technical consultant for apparatus engineering, ethyl alcohol and compressed yeast."

Evaporation plant in 1931
The early years

Focused on improving process equipment, the Inclining Pipe Evaporator is developed by Wilhelm Vogelbusch in the 1920ies. The new system is widely used in the production of sulphuric acid, acid mordants, spinning bath solutions and the like, testifying to the superiority of this special type of evaporator. (1931)

Distillation coloum in Brazil 1956
Patented designs

Innovative tray designs for distillation and rectification columns improve the separation performance in alcohol production, and further drive the success of the company. (1954)

Aeration system in the 1950ies
Aeration systems

Optimizing fermentation processes and the associated aeration systems is another field motivating the inventive mind of Wilhelm Vogelbusch.  He develops different aeration systems for a range of applications, some of which are still in use today. (1956)

New ownership
1955

Now feeling his age, Wilhelm Vogelbusch approaches Vereinigte Alkohol- und Hefefabriken Mautner Markhof - the largest fermentation group in Austria - to take over his company.

1973

Schoeller Bleckmann, later VEW, the supplier of equipment for numerous Vogelbusch plants, acquires the majority of the company shares from Mautner Markhof.

1979

Wilhelm Vogelbusch, who has continued to serve the company as a consultant on a case-by-case basis, dies at the age of 92.

Spreading out
1983

The company is taken over by the plant construction subsidiary of the Austrian state-owned VOEST Alpine group, which gives Vogelbusch access to a worldwide network of liason offices and representations.

1989

The size of the US fuel alcohol market prompts Vogelbusch to establish a subsidiary in Houston, Texas.

1990

A subsidary is set up in Hong Kong to give Vogelbusch a gateway to the Republic of China.

Private and independent
1996

In Vogelbusch' 75th anniversary year the company is returned to private ownership by a management buyout.

2009

The two divisions, Biocommodities and Biopharma are demerged into separate companies, which are wholly owned by Vogelbusch GmbH.