No future without a past

Milestones in Hänel's success


Hänel is one of the world's leading manufacturers of storage and organization systems, with distributors in over 60 countries.

2024 - Hänel autonomous transport system (AGV robot)

At LogiMAT 2024, Hänel presented a pioneering concept for intralogistics automation which impressively demonstrates the potential of autonomous transport systems (AGV robots) in combination with the Hänel Lean-Lift®.

2023 - Hänel LED-Matrix

Hänel presents the design study of the new Hänel LED matrix at LogiMAT 2023. The sophisticated advancement impresses with its user-friendliness and modern design.

2022 - Facelift MP 14 N interface

New ease of operation and typical Hänel high quality with a 12-inch touchscreen. The virtual alpha keyboard is displayed clearly on the touchscreen.


At the conclusion of the IFOY TEST DAYS 2021 held at the Dortmund Exhibition Center, the intralogistics appraisal organization presented the annual “Best in Intralogistics” award certificates for the current year. At the event in Dortmund, Germany, 17 enterprises, including Hänel Office and Industrial Storage Systems, were distinguished with these coveted awards.

2020 - F.A.Z. Innovation leaders

The F.A.Z. INSTITUTE has published a study in Germany which confirms that Hänel Office and Industrial Storage Systems is once again among the country’s innovation leaders in 2020.

2020 - Robotic handling technology for the Hänel Lean-Lift®

Hänel specialists collaborate with Baumann Automation to develop an innovative solution for robotic handling and storage processes.

2019 - Relocation of US Headquarters

Hänel Storage Systems moves to a new site in Warrendale, PA 15086, USA

2018 - Smart Picking and Pick-by-Voice

A world premiere at CeMAT 2018 in Hanover, Germany: Hänel launches the cost-effective Smart Picking concept and Pick-by-Voice control for Hänel storage systems.

2017 - Augmented Reality

In collaboration with one of its customers, Hänel installs two Hänel Lean-Lift® systems which are operated via wireless augmented reality technology.

2016 - MP 14 N

Hänel launches the new MP 14 N controller – a world premiere at CeMAT 2016.

2014 - Hänel Soft® – Reloaded!

Hänel Soft®-N The successful Hänel warehouse management software with new functions and design.

2014 - SAP SOAP

Hänel innovations at CeMAT 2014: Hänel Lean-Lift® in extra-wide design with a container width of up to 4,460 mm. Hänel controller as SAP terminals Direct implementation of the SAP/Hänel storage management template in SAP using HTTP and SOAP.

2012 - Move to a new building

Hänel moves to a new building in 2952 DA Alblasserdam.

2011 - EcoConcept

At CeMAT 2011 Hänel showcases several innovations and highlights as part of the new Hänel EcoConcept: Hänel EcoDrive®, Eco-Load® and EcoMode® are efficient systems integrated in the Hänel Lean-Lift® and Hänel Rotomat® to reduce energy consumption in the warehouse. Presentation of the Hänel Rotomat® in a high-speed version. Again at CeMAT Hänel introduces the award-winning Hänel VendiShelf system for safe and secure storage.

2009 - Celebration of Gerhard Hänel

Celebration of Gerhard Hänel's 100-year anniversary.

2008 – Expansion of the Wiesentheid Plant

The production floor area in Wiesentheid Plant 2 is expanded by 4,800 m2. This expansion more than doubles the production area available at the site.

2008 - DualDrive® design

Hänel, the inventor of the extractor with double container placement, perfects this system and develops the Hänel Lean-Lift® in DualDrive® design. Doubling of the production area at the Hänel plant in Wiesentheid, Bavaria. Hänel introduces an EcoDrive® version of the Lean-Lift® – a world first for producers of storage systems. CO2 reductions thanks to efficient energy recovery using a frequency converter with feedback unit.

2005 - 3-axis Multi-Space® storage system

In a world premiere at the CeMAT trade fair, Hänel unveils the patented 3-axis Multi-Space® storage system – the new definition of vertical lift technology.

2004 - Camera technology

Hänel is the first manufacturer in Germany to offer the option of fitting its vertical lift modules with digital camera technology.

2003 - New administration building

Hänel moves into its new administration building.

2001 - New Demo Center

Hänel opens a new Demo Center in Bad Friedrichshall.

1999 - 1,000 kg payload capacity

Lean-Lift® with 1,000 kg payload capacity per container.

97/98 - Expansion of manufacturing capability

Massive expansion of manufacturing capability with state-of-the-art production technology.

1996 - 500 kg payload capacity

Lean-Lift® with 500 kg payload capacity per container.

1994 - Invention of the profile wall

First Lean-Lift® with vertical technology and 250 kg payload capacity per container. Hänel sets the standard in vertical lift technology by inventing the Hänel profile wall.

1993 - ISO certificate DE

Hänel Germany is the first company in its sector (vertical lift technology) to be awarded the DIN EN ISO 9001 certificate. Two years later Hänel Altstätten is awarded the coveted DIN EN ISO 9001 certificate – the first company in its field (vertical lift technology) in Switzerland to achieve this distinction.

1992 - Hänel Rotomat® Autolift 1000

Hänel develops this automated system so that various kinds of bins can be loaded into Rotomat® industrial lifts quickly and efficiently.

1980s - Establishment of subsidiaries

The 1980s saw the development of a wide range of industrial storage carousels for the global market. New branches established – Hänel USA and Hänel France. Hänel Netherlands followed early in 1990.

1978 - Storage capacity of over 10 tons

Hänel designs and produces heavy-duty carousels with a storage capacity of over 10 tons. Unprecedented at the time!

1973 - Lightweight construction

As early as 1973, Hänel was looking into lightweight construction techniques and developed the first aluminum-based vertical carousels. This technical achievement has remained unmatched to this day.

1972 - Hänel Plant 3

In Altstätten SG, Switzerland, Hänel Plant 3 starts production.

1970s - Industrial vertical carousels

At the start of the 70s the first Hänel industrial vertical carousels are launched.

1968 - Hänel Plant 2

Hänel Plant 2 goes into operation in Wiesentheid/Bavaria. Hänel Precision Gears Bad Friedrichshall, Germany

1957 - Ferris wheel principle

Hänel is the first manufacturer in Europe to series-produce filing carousels based on the Ferris wheel principle.

1953 - Foundation

Gerhard Hänel founds 'Hänel Büro- und Lagersysteme' in Bad Friedrichshall, Germany.

1933 - Company foundation

In 1933 Gerhard Hänel founded his own business for making steel furniture in Lauter (Saxony), Germany.