Keller – Successful in Russia for 100 years

In 1912 Keller supplied the first fully automatic brick factory to Russia. By the standards of the time it was an ultramodern factory that included the first fully automatic brick handling machine in Russia and a dryer with an automatic finger car.

Only two years earlier, the dedicated inventor and founder of Keller, Carl ­Keller, together with his son Joseph, had developed the fully automatic brick handling machine „Hörstel“ – a combination of cutter, pallet conveyor and elevator that constituted a breakthrough in the mechanization of the brick industry. Even then, the commercially literate Carl Keller recognized the importance of worldwide markets for his company. He attended many trade fairs and travelled throughout the world to promote his products and to discover new markets. In 1912, the first fully automatic brick handling machine in Russia was inaugurated in Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. Since the 6th century, this Volga river town had already been an important centre for the distribution of goods between Europe and the states bordering the Caspian Sea. Oil production in Baku at the end of the 19th century also helped the Astrakhan region to restore its economic standing. The demand for brick products grew in line with the region‘s revival. The brick factory installed by Keller was far ahead of its time.

Innovation and tradition have always been essential secrets of success that made Keller one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of machinery and plants for the heavy clay industry. The technology of those times has proved successful to this day. Many developments and inventions that are now state-of-the-art in the industry originated in the design department of Keller in Ibbenbüren-Laggenbeck.

To date, Keller is one of the most important and reliable partners for the heavy clay ceramics industry in Russia. The ultramodern brick factories in Novosibirsk, Kirovo-Tschepezk, Terbuny and Pavlovsky Posad or the innovative brick filling plant in Kaluga – there is a long list of satisfied customers in Russia. Competent partners are directly on site at our subsidiary Keller Vostok in ­Moscow to support the Russian customers in the best possible way and look after their plants and machinery.


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