Werner Buehne set up Abus Kransysteme in 1963 and built it into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hoists and standard overhead cranes and hoist, producing approximately 6,000 cranes a year and 14,000 hoists. Buehne’s success, based on a profound work ethic, effectively revolutionised the whole European market.

Now managed by 51 year old Lothar Buehne, Abus continues to be a company that is distinctly shy of publicity or involvement in industry associations and activities. Although the Buehne family chooses to follow their own path, the route has certainly proved successful for Abus.