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The Application of BOWE Engineering

The drycleaning industry first saw the introduction of new solvents in Germany. Over time a need developed to improve the equipment that was used for drycleaning. BOWE has been meeting this need ever since.

  • 1945 Firm Böhler and Weber founded by Max Böhler and Ferdinand Weber to produce metal furniture and conveyors
  • 1950 Böhler & Weber start production of filters for dry cleaning machines
  • 1952 Böhler & Weber present their first dry cleaning machine at the Textile Care Exhibition in Paris
  • 1954 Ironing equipment for dry cleaning shops added to the Böhler & Weber product line.
  • 1954 Sermac Ltd of Richmond, Surrey appointed UK distributor for BOWE dry cleaning machines.
  • 1960 Solvent-activated carbon-recovery systems added to the product line
  • 1961 Steam automation and textile finishing machines added
  • 1962 5,000th Böhler & Weber dry cleaning machine delivered
  • 1966 10,0000th dry cleaning machine leaves the factory.
    • Dry cleaning machines for fluorocarbon developed.
  • 1967 Industrial dry cleaning machine and fur and leather degreasing developed.
    • Start of development and production of a solvent-continue-plant for textile finishing of woven and knitted endless fabrics.
  • 1968 New generation of dry cleaning systems and solvent textile finishing machines introduced.
  • 1970 BOWE acquire Sermac Ltd and renames Permac UK Industries
  • 1971 Stephen Pick joins Permac UK Industries
  • 1971 First delivery of machines for carpet yarn milling operation.
  • 1972 20,000th drycleaning machine delivered.
  • 1973 Production of textile dry cleaning cleaning machines working under vacuum begun.
  • 1974 Production branch environmental technique established.
    • Special new dry cleaning processes (Intensol) for industrial textiles developed.
    • Second generation of continue-textile finishing system for treatment of circular knit goods introduced.
  • 1975 20 kg capacity vakumat-machine introduced.
    • New generation of CFC dry cleaning machines go into production.
  • 1978 Fourth generation of dry cleaning machines with closed drying cycle introduced at the sixth IWC at Frankfurt.
    • First BÖWE P402 Duosol for dry cleaning and washing presented at the Entex in Paris.
  • 1982 New dry cleaning machines with integrated refrigeration technique and heat recycling introduced at "Laundry & Cleaning '82" in Birmingham
  • 1986 Purchase of the PASSAT-Group (Laundry Technology), consisting of the companies PASSAT/Heilbronn,VOSS/Sarstedt, POENSGEN u. SULZMANN/Steinheim, as well as FRISTA/Friedrich Stahl Marbach.
  • 1989 Fifth generation of BÖWE machines introduced featuring reduction of solvent emission (perchloroethylene - perc).
  • 1992 The new "P5 .100," an easy-to-operate version of the 50 kg fifth generation dry cleaning machine introduced by BÖWE-PASSAT at ENTEX '92 in Paris.
  • 1993 Transferon acquired.
    • New BÖWE-PASSAT subsidiary established close to Paris.
    • Frimair acquired and merged with BÖWE-PASSAT Inc.
  • 1994 BÖWE-PASSAT hydrocarbon dry cleaning machine "K540", the slimline dry cleaning machines P240/P300 and P300 /P350 introduced at TexCare in Frankfurt.
  • 1995 Company celebrates 50th Anniversary.
  • 2000 First introduction of Direct Connect and EBS® (Electronic Balancing System)
  • 2002 Presentation of P12-15 dry cleaning machine with Power Drying System (PDS)
  • 2003 Introduction of the 6th Generation dry cleaning machines
  • 2004 Availabliity of the M12/M15/M18 Multisolvent® dry cleaning machines for Hydrocarbon, Greenearth®, Rynex ®, SolvonK4 etc
  • 2005 Introduction of the P12/P15/P18 dry cleaning machine for Perc
  • 2006 BOWE Company celebrates 60th Anniversary
  • 2006 Presentation of the StarLine PX and KX dry cleaning machines for Perc and Hydrocarbon
  • 2006 Introduction of Superdry PDS+ for PremiumLine dry cleaning machine
  • 2007 Launch of the InduLine Industrial Multisolvent Dry Cleaning Machine
  • 2008 Formation of Service Machinery Limited to represent BOWE in the UK
  • 2010 Launch of LaundryLine range of industrial washer extractors and tumble dryers
  • 2010 Launch of IroningLine range of professional ironing equipment
  • 2011 BOWE PremiumLine Multisolvent dry cleaning machines approved by Kreusler for Solvon K4
  • 2012 BOWE CometLine range of affordable 6th Generation dry cleaning machines launched at CleanEx Ascot
  • 2013 First BOWE CometLine machine installed in Godalming, Surrey
  • 2013 BOWE CometLine machine installed in SML HQ demo suite in Fleet, Hampshire

 

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