Based in Bad Hersfeld, the Schwalm family business was founded by Georg Schwalm in 1938 as a haulage company. Georg Schwalm built the business up step by step. What in the eyes of many as just ‘carting away crap’ would develop over the following decades into a sophisticated business. And when Willi Schwalm joined his father’s business in 1962 and took over the management reins in 1965, Schwalm already had a digger, two trucks and a suction tanker for clearing out cesspits. Under Willi Schwalm the company acquired numerous sewer-cleaning trucks and further suction vehicles.
Georg Schwalm – The early days
From Hauliers to Sewer Rehabilitation Specialists
Willi Schwalm – From the 1960s to the 1980s
First Sewer Camera in the Bad Hersfeld Region
In 1981, Willi Schwalm owned the first and only special camera for sewer inspections in the Bad Hersfeld region, using it to check the structural condition of sewer reaches from the inside. Registering many of his own patents, he developed two sewer repair robots with which it was possible to mill away obstacles inside the sewer by remote control. A trenchless procedure like this is much less expensive than having to open the sewers up. To this day, the company has continued to continually improve the robots and their development remains ongoing. Even now, Willi Schwalm is still on hand at the company and at trade shows to give advice and lend a hand. His specialist areas are cap liner packers and inspection packers.
Martin Schwalm – The family business today
Reorganisation into Schwalm Robotic and Schwalm Kanalsanierung
After training in industrial business management, Martin Schwalm became deputy manager in 1988 and, representing the third generation of the family to do so, took over the full management of the business in 1999. Over the years, the robotics side of the business has become increasingly important. In 2008, Martin Schwalm therefore spun off the robotics operation from Schwalm Kanalsanierung and founded Schwalm Robotic GmbH. The two companies – Schwalm Kanalsanierung and Schwalm Robotic – now employ 20 specialists, technicians and engineers. Schwalm maintains relationships with clients in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America.