Quality, innovation and tradition
Comprehensive expertise in mobile medical technology, in government and special vehicle construction, global market presence and innovative quality production that has grown over decades with equally long industry experience – that is BINZ Automotive GmbH. With this experience and our know-how, we offer our customers comprehensive customization options. Upon request, we customize each vehicle down to the smallest detail. Many of the solutions developed by BINZ for this purpose in the past are already part of today’s industry standard. Today, safety and life-saving products are realized in Ilmenau on an area of around 16,000 square meters day after day. Experience, technological know-how and foresight are the basis and spirit of the company, which can look back on a long history.
Cornerstones of our company history
Takeover of the MAN Bus Modification Center in Plauen, Saxony.
- Ernst Abbe Prize for Innovative Entrepreneurship for the Management of BINZ
- Nomination for the Innovation Award of the State of Thuringia for the new disinfection system and receipt of the Audience Award by the State of Thuringia
- In-house exhibition with the Minister of Economics of the State of Thuringia, Wolfgang Tiefensee
- Presentation of the revolutionary disinfection system with UV-C light by means of LED, patent application
- Occupation of the new plant 4
- Number of employees rises to 200
- Presentation of the new electronically supported patient storage system for field use
Occupation of the halls of the new Plant 3
Construction of a completely new interior production facility with state-of-the-art CNC machinery in the new Plant 2
Establishment of the southern sales office in Baden-Württemberg, greater Stuttgart area
Takeover of BINZ Ambulance- und Umwelttechnik GmbH by the current shareholders
Presentation of the innovative RESCUBE concept at the RETTmobil. The groundbreaking development of a box body in TopCompositeDesign technology, which focuses on the activities of the rescue service.
Presentation of a GRP sandwich box – without exception for base vehicles above the 3.8 ton limit.
Futuristically styled E-Class ambulance of the new generation with GRP body, type BINZ Ambulance 2003 – the first ambulance vehicle body from German production with complete body made of glass-fiber reinforced plastic – keyword: Integrated Frame Technology
The 1,500th special vehicle leaves the Ilmenau plant
Presentation of a GRP (glass-fiber-reinforced plastic) sandwich box body (in-house development) for base vehicles with single-tire rear axle and 3.5-ton gross vehicle weight rating, as well as an aluminum box body for base vehicles with dual-tire rear axle and 4.6-ton gross vehicle weight rating (based on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter)
Introduction of DIN EN 1789
Presentation of a completely new product: the box-type RTV based on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Relocation of ambulance production to Ilmenau and start of production in the field of mobile hospitals, fire-fighting vehicles and special vehicles for authorities in the security and disaster control sector
Foundation of BINZ Ambulance- und Umwelttechnik GmbH Ilmenau and takeover of the activities of Labortechnik GmbH Ilmenau, “Mobile Technology” division. Relocation of the production of time-consuming and labor-intensive products, such as emergency medical service vehicles and VW T4-Ambulances to Ilmenau
Joint exhibition stand at the Leipzig Spring Fair. Development of the first “MZF” – “multi-purpose vehicle” together with the Bonn-based Forschungs- und Planungsgesellschaft für das Rettungswesen mbH (Forplan) based on a Mercedes-Benz 310
Cooperation with the Thuringia-based “VEB Labortechnik Ilmenau” – successful for many decades as producer of the GDR rescue vehicles of the types Barkas B 1000 SMH 2 and SMH 3 (SMH = Schnelle Medizinische Hilfe)
Presentation of the BINZ Optima interior at the IAA in September: rounding off of all corners and edges that had existed until then, seats and other protruding parts integrated into recesses and wall profiles, medical equipment such as ventilation and infusion instruments fitted into the ceiling console, floors fitted with non-slip and hard-wearing coverings.
Establishment of the non-profit “Binz Foundation” to promote appropriate measures for the further development of emergency medicine and rescue services, such as the establishment of new chairs associated with emergency medicine at universities
Premiere at the IAA in September 1985: Mercedes-Benz 230 E / 250 D as KTW with body BINZ Ambulance 2001 long
Exports to over 100 countries: individually and in large quantities – to micro-entrepreneurs as well as to supra-regional aid organizations, authorities, governments, sheikdoms and royal houses. Sporadic expansion of special vehicles for the police, e.g. crime scene forensics vehicles
Standardization of another type of emergency vehicle: the emergency ambulance (NEF)
Binz Ambulance 2000 G, GK, GS and XXL San – on the Daimler-Benz off-road vehicle, the G-model (primarily for export)
Presentation of the “Binz Ambulance 2000”, the body designation for the new Mercedes-Benz passenger car series W-123
Foundation of VEB MLW Labortechnik Ilmenau (VEB=Volkseigener Betrieb, MLW=Medizin-, Labor- und Wägetechnik)
With over 21 thousand traffic fatalities in 1970 (2013: less than 3,300), RTW production became increasingly important. The BINZ product range now includes the “REANIMOBIL” with a specific range of products, the “CLINICAR” rural ambulance and the CARDIOMOBIL for internal medicine emergencies.
Standard rescue car on Mercedes Benz L 206 / L 207
Successful model Mercedes-Benz 200, 220, 230, 240 and 250 (“dash 8”)
Standardization of ambulances into patient transport vehicles (KTW) and rescue vehicles (RTW)
- First BINZ ambulance (BINZ Europ 1100 long) on Mercedes-Benz 200 D and 230 with extended chassis
- First accident and emergency ambulance on Mercedes-Benz L 319 D + B / L 405-L408
BINZ ambulance with all-steel body on Mercedes-Benz 180, 180 D and 190 – a world first at that time
Construction of small series of cabs on the basis of Mercedes-Benz
Relocation of parts of the production to a – on the western outskirts of Lorch – newly designated industrial area.
New start with repair work of vehicles in running condition
Medical vehicles for military use in the form of pullable and pushable transport vehicles and medical sleds
Foundation of Lorcher Karosseriefabrik Binz & Co by Michael BINZ. In addition to repair and bodywork, the young company began to build special vehicles and also ambulances and individual bus bodies.