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AMF-Bruns: "Industrial Solutions – Made in Apen"

Your strong partner for over 65 years

When Gustav Bruns founded his mechanical engineering company in 1958, he had no idea that the later AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG would develop into a global player over three generations. Today, about 350 people are employed at the Apen site. Worldwide, the group of companies adds another 100 employees. AMF-Bruns is internationally recognized both as a specialist in conveyor systems and in vehicle conversions for people with limited mobility. Our modern and efficient production is organized “just in time” and covers an area of 20,000 square meters.

The family-owned company AMF-Bruns is led by the managing directors Jürgen Bruns, Gerit Bruns and Jan Woltermann. In 2022, AMF-Bruns generated sales of 100 million Euros at the Apen site. A success that could be increased again in the current year: For 2023, sales of 110 million Euros are expected. The company is financed independently and entirely by the Bruns family. Join us on an exciting journey through time and learn more about our company history!


A reason to celebrate – AMF-Bruns turns 65! In the same year, we provided our employees more comfort by decisively expanding the employee parking lot.
Stellplätze für Lagerfahrzeuge bei AMF Bruns


  • New parking lot for 642 new parking spaces for warehouse vehicles
  • 6 truck parking spaces for delivery
  • 16 receiving parking spaces for delivered vehicles
AMF Bruns Lagerhalle in Rumänien


In Romania, we established our production facility for steel construction and welded assemblies.


  • Installation of e-charging stations for employees and visitors
  • Start of business activity research + development, with an acceleration facility in the field of mobility
  • Expansion of the Wood business unit to include the After Sales section
  • Acquisition of a new laser system
  • Establishment of the AMF-Bruns Foundation


  • AMF-Bruns strengthens its presence in Latin America with local partner
  • Renewed certification as a family-friendly employer
  • Recertification as a demography-proof social partnership company


  • AMF-Bruns installs factory-owned photovoltaic system
  • Opening of another global AMF-Bruns site in Voronezh, Russia
  • New corporate representative office in Ukraine
  • Purchase of new electric forklifts and electric pallet trucks


Strategy adjustment under the motto “Industrial Solutions – Made in Apen”.

  • Increase in the purchase of production-intensive accessories and associated expansion of core competencies in production
  • Expansion of engineering capacities
  • Continuous standardization and automation in the technical office
  • Optimization of the order handling process
  • Strengthening of operational project execution


  • New development department and development of the new TSF “Next Level!”
  • Reaudit work and family
  • Start of sensor technology project
  • Certification CrefoZert
  • New office in Poland


Introduction of a certified energy management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001 as well as a company health management system.


Far-reaching optimization measures have been completed:

  • Restructuring and refurbishment of the shaft department (2012).
  • Centralization of the machining department (2013)
  • Acquisition of a new laser cutting system and a tandem edge bench (2012)
  • Centralization of body-in-white and final assembly through hall extension construction
  • Commissioning of a new painting and pickling line


Jan Woltermann, who has already held various responsible positions at AMF-Bruns since 2002, is appointed as the third managing director. In the same year, the development of the product configurator in the area of plant engineering attracts a lot of attention.


Successful change of name: “Gustav Bruns Maschinenbau und Förderanlagen GmbH & Co. KG” has become “AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG”.


Always up to date – the 3D software “Solid Works” is introduced in the design department.


New ways into the future: In close cooperation with Porsche Consulting, AMF-Bruns successfully introduces lean management.


50 years of AMF-Bruns! Together with more than 600 customers, suppliers, employees and their families we celebrate our anniversary – with two events at once.


The ERP system “ProAlpha” is introduced in both business units to accelerate and optimize processes.


Gerit Bruns, managing partner and responsible for the Hubmatik division, joins the company at the age of 31.


After several years of sales activities abroad, Jürgen Bruns joins the company at the age of 31. He is managing partner and responsible for the plant engineering division.


The first drawing boards become obsolete with the introduction of EDP and 2D software in plant engineering design.


Expansion and investment in new machinery: Capacities are more than doubled at the Apen and Friesoythe sites.


On course for growth: Thanks to the sustained high volume of work in plant engineering, a branch plant is opened in nearby Friesoythe.


Hubmatik (vehicle conversion) is added as a second division. The production of lift and person support systems for people with limited mobility has started.


With the successful start of the production of conveyor systems, the production of agricultural machinery is replaced.


At the age of 23, Erich Bruns joins the company. He is actively involved in the company’s management until his death († 2014).


Gustav Bruns († 1993) founds the present AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG as Bruns KG. The business purpose is the manufacture of agricultural machinery.