After the invention of the combustion engine at the end of the 19th century, the global demand for crude oil increased dramatically. At the same time, commercial exploitation of the deposits in Germany’s largest oil producing region began in Wietze near Celle. Here, the young entrepreneur Ferdinand Koller established drilling operations in the autumn of 1912. This marked the birth of the Koller company.
Koller quickly realised that a continuous supply of parts was essential for uninterrupted drilling operations. In 1921 he acquired a fitter’s shop in Celle and began focusing on the needs of the drilling industry. It was this fitter’s shop that finally became Koller Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH.
After the 2nd World War, the founder’s son began placing increasing emphasis on mechanical engineering. The drilling business was abandoned in 1959. However, the experience and the know how gathered over many years were retained. Even today, Koller Workover and Drilling provide workover services to European customers.
The machine factory produced components for oil and gas companies based in and around Celle and general mechanical engineering was also offered. By the mid-sixties, the cramped premises in Celle‘s old town could no longer keep up with the order volume. And by the end of the decade, the company had moved into newly built production facilities, which are still the headquarters of KOLLER Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH today. Since then, the company has expanded continuously. In order to cope with the fluctuating demand within the oil industry, new business fields are entered. This includes the construction of machines for the road construction industry. These products are sold successfully under their own brand name.
Since 2008, Koller has been a member of the MB Holding Company LLC in Oman. The transformation from a regional engineering company to a global provider of high-quality technology for the oil and gas industry began with the takeover by this globally active group. This transformation process has still not been completed today. Together with our partners and customers more than 240 employees at the headquarters in Celle ensure that the success story of Koller Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH continues even after more than 100 years.