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STICHWEH bucket wheel no. 1000 goes to the start

With the stately number “1,000”, the company from Lower Saxony records a new record for the demand-oriented extraction of sand and gravel and thus for the stone and earth industry.
On November 28, 2022, the thousandth STICHWEH bucket wheel went to North Rhine-Westphalia and will be used there by the gravel pit operator Heinrich Schmitz GmbH for washing and dewatering raw materials and building materials that are important for the region.


STICHWEH wants to make its contribution to the sustainable development of society.

For this reason, the STICHWEH BIG FIVE have been developed as part of the STICHWEH sustainability campaign “Kiss the future”, which show the attitude but also the developments on which our commitment to sustainability is based:

1. machine responsibility
2. manufacturing responsibility
3. ecological responsibility
4. social responsibility
5. employee responsibility

2019 – 2020
Anniversary year: 100 Years of STICHWEH

In 2019, under the motto of ‘Heavy Birthday’, Stichweh celebrated 100 years of the company’s existence. What started, soon after the end of the First World War, as a metal working business specialising in the repair of agricultural machinery, among other things, grew consistently over the subsequent decades and developed into what is now an internationally successful provider of extraction and refinement systems for sand and gravel. The anniversary year also stands as a sign for clear future ambitions and, thus, the expansion of the business in the area of state-of-the-art plant technology and preparation systems for the pit and quarry industry.

Expansion of the STICHWEH infrastructure

Continuous modernisation process – purchase of new production systems, expansion of internal structures and processes.

Investment in Sustainability

Construction of a photovoltaic plant with 67 kWp


Development of the enterprise SMT STICHWEH to an internationally expanding enterprise with branches across the world.


Consolidation and formation of SMT STICHWEH

The SMT STICHWEH company developed further to become an internationally-expanding business with worldwide.


75 years after foundation STICHWEH hadsupplied more than 1000 scrapers, 600 bucket wheels and 100 sand and gravel preparation plants to numerous European and  non-European countries.


A special milestone was the year 1990. The construction and drafting of workshop drawings was completely switched over to high-quality and extremely efficient CAD computers.

1960 – 1980

STICHWEH products enjoy also in other European countries and abroad a good reputation. The proportion of export is rising continuously. Machines are exported to Austria, France, Yugoslavia, Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands, USA and other countries.
The largest scraper KS 1000 with a bucket contents of 10 mᵌ was supplied 1978 to Denmark.

Economic miracle

Up to 40 scrapers are sold in this year and the number of sold bucket wheels rises from year to year. The company is growing. Construction of the today’s Halle V and the administration building on the factory premises.

The first bucket wheel is constructed

In order to solve the drainage problem when extracting gravel and sand, STICHWEH develops bucket wheels. The steadily growing demand and the new development of larger bucket wheels, especially for suction dredgers, cause the expansion of the whole STICHWEH portfolio.

First appearance at the fair BAUMA in Munich

A craftsman workshop has grown to become an effective machine works. In the following years the halls II, III and IV are constructed.

New start

From old stock father and son are building a plant for the production of machines for sand and gravel plants. The hall I is extended and the first modern machine tools are purchased.


Fritz Stichweh founds on 1. May in Thüste a company for the production and repair of machinery for the agriculture and the surrounding industry. Production of pulverizing mills, washing and sorting installations and transport systems for lime, coal, stones and sand. The first scrapers for the gravel extraction and processing machines are supplied to the area Wolfsburg to construct the Volkswagenwerk. Fritz and 5 years later his younger brother Walter join the company of their parents.
Using most simple means, repairs are carried out for the agriculture and the surrounding industry in order to provide most basic needs for the population.