At its Witten plant, J.D. Neuhaus produces pneumatically and hydraulically-operated hoists and crane systems with 150 employees. Thanks to this globally unique specialisation, we are not only recognised experts in this field, but also the world market leader with customers in more than 90 countries around the globe.
Starting with the development and manufacture of our products, we place great value on ecological compatibility. Long service life and recyclability already make an important contribution towards relieving the environmental burden. Furthermore, our production has been adapted to minimise energy consumption, emissions, sewage and waste; it also uses environmentally-compatible production processes and materials. Resources are used sparingly and waste is recycled wherever possible. We have also made environmental protection a permanent feature of our employee training courses. Since 2009, we have been certified according to ISO 14001 by the TÜV Rheinland Technical Control Association for our comprehensive environmental management system.
Our quality management system covers all our processes, from planning and designs through to production and customer service. It is also certified by the TÜV Rheinland according to ISO 9001.
Still today, seven generations after its foundation, J.D. Neuhaus remains in family hands. On joining the company in 1986, the task for Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé was that of adapting the family-owned business to the changed conditions predominant in global markets as well as setting a new course. A truly formidable challenge. In view of the decline in the German mining industry, a significant restructuring process was necessary. The plan was invariably to “go global” with innovative products.
Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé therefore set up a worldwide sales system and founded subsidiaries in the USA, France, Great Britain, Singapore and China, to name but a few. The result speaks for itself: whereas the proportion of exports in 1980 was still below 5%, today it is above 80%.
Entering into new markets or market segments as well as continuous product optimisation was and is an important part of the company’s strategy.
Under the leadership of W. Neuhaus-Galladé, the entire JDN industry product line has been revised within the last ten years.
Based on Kaizen, a Japanese philosophy of life and work which follows the guiding principle of continuous improvement und step-by-step perfection, J.D. Neuhaus has for several years been striving towards the optimisation of workplaces and processes. We continuously invest in the training of our employees and strictly control our quality.
In this way, the course has been set for dynamic and future-oriented development.
The skills, motivation and commitment of our employees are first class and there is a wealth of potential for ideas and entrepreneurial imagination.
The Hoist Museum - probably the only one of its kind in the world - shows the history of the lever to the modern hoist. Furthermore it documents the over 265 year old tradition of the Neuhaus Company: to lift and lower, to pull and to move loads.
When Johann Diederich Neuhaus built his first wooden shaft winch in 1745, he presumably had no idea how decisive it would later become for the effortless movement of heavy loads.
This masterpiece, however, did allow him to be registered as a “fabricator” in the “Masters' roll of Sprockhoevel manufactories”.
Thus, the foundation stone for the J.D. Neuhaus company was laid.
We initially produced winches for the locks and the many horse-drawn barges on the Ruhr river.
Later, the winches were used for lifting railway carriages onto the tracks and for loading goods.
Use in coal mines in the German Ruhr area became increasingly significant and in around 1880, our winches were already capable of moving loads of up to 7,500 kg.
As the quality of the available materials improved, our products became increasingly compact and high-performance.
A historic innovation was made by us in 1952, with the construction of a hoist with a compressed-air driven vane motor.
For our principal customers, who were from the underground mining industry, this represented a decisive advance.
With the new J.D. Neuhaus air hoists, it was possible to work significantly more effectively, economically and safely.
This marked the start of our very own economic miracle.