History

Quality, innovation and tradition

Extensive competence in the area of mobile medical technology, manufacturing of public authority and special vehicles, global market presence and innovative quality production – that is BINZ Ambulance und Umwelttechnik GmbH. With this experience and know-how, we offer our customers comprehensive customised solutions. If requested, we can produce any vehicle made-to-measure right through to the smallest detail.

“Many of these customised solutions that BINZ developed in the past have become industry standards.”

Today, we have around 16,000 square metres of space available to us at Ilmenau. It is our home; the place at which we are dedicated to producing the finest specialist, safety and live-preserving vehicle solutions on a daily basis.

Our cornerstones and motivation

2015

Acquisition of the BINZ Ambulance and Environmental Technology GmbH by AHG and SHG.

Joint Venture with Brilliance Auto Investment (Dalian) & Co. Ltd, China

2013

Introduction of the innovative RESCUBE concept at the RETTmobil. The groundbreaking development of the setup of a trunk in TopCompositeDesign technology, which put the operation of the rescue services in the spotlight.

2012

Acquisition of the BINZ Ambulance and Environmental Technology GmbH through the RMA-Automotive Group, based in Thailand with Investments topping 10 Million Euros.

2004

Presentation of a GFK-Sandwich-Trunk – Without exception for basic vehicles above 3.8 Tons.

2003

New generation, futuristically style E-class ambulance with GFK setup, type BINZ ambulance 2003 – The first ambulance auto body of German production with a complete structure of glass fiber reinforced plastic material – Keyword: Integrated Frame Technology.

2000

Presentation of a GFK (glass fiber reinforced plastic material)-Sandwich-Trunk setup (self-developed) for basic vehicles with single-wheel back axis and an allowed complete weight of 3.5 Tons as well as an Aluminum-Trunk setup for basic vehicles with dual-wheel back axis and an allowed complete weight of 4.6 Tons (on Mercedes-Benz-Sprinter)

1999

Introduction of the DIN EN 1789.

1996

Presentation of a completely new product: the trunk ambulance on basis of a Mercedes-Benz-Sprinter.

Relocation of the construction of ambulances to Ilmenauu as well as the beginning of manufacturing in the areas of mobile hospitals, fire trucks and special vehicles for authorities in the areas of safety and crisis management.

Mid 1990s

Drastic restructuring as a consequence of changing market condition.

From 1991

Establishment of the BINZ Ambulance and Environmental Technology GmbH Ilmenau and takeover of the work of the “mobile technology” section of the  Laboratory Technology GmbH Ilmenau. Relocation of the manufacturing of time-intensive and wage-intensive products, like emergency physician vehicles and the VW T4-KTW to Ilmenau.

From 1990

Cooperative display stand at the spring fair in Leipzig. Development of the first MZF – “multi-use vehicle” with the Research and Development for Rescue Services Cooperation mbH (Forplan) based in Bonn on the basis of a Mercedes-Benz 310.

From 1989

Cooperation with the “VEB Laboratory Technology Ilmenau” based in Thuringia – successful for many decades the manufacturer of the DDR-ambulance of the type Barkas B 1000 SMH2 and SMH 3 (SMH = quick medical help).

1989

Introduction of the BINZ-Optima-Interior outfit at the IAA in September: rounding of all still present corners and edges, seats and other protruding parts integrated in cavities and walls, medical equipment such as breathing aids and tools for infusions are fitted into the ceiling of the vehicle, floors with anti-slip and heavy duty covering.

1987

Establishment of the charitable “Binz foundation” for the promotion of suitable measures for the development of emergency medical aid and rescue services like the institution of new professorships for emergency medical services at universities.

1985

Premier for the IAA in September 1985: Mercedes-Benz 230E/250D as an ambulance with the setup of the BINZ Ambulance 2001 long.

Until 1984

Export into over 100 countries: single models and in large volumes – to small businesses as well as help organizations operating nationwide, agencies, governments, sheikdoms and kingdoms. Sporadically even development of special vehicles for the police, such as the crime scene forensic vehicles.

1982

Norming of another use vehicle: The emergency physician vehicle.

1979

Binz Ambulance 2000 G, GK, GS and XXL San – on the Daimler-Benz SU and the G-model (primarily for export).

1977

Introduction of the “Binz Ambulance 2000”, the naming for the setup of the new Mercedes-Benz Automobile Line W-123.

1974

Founding of the VEB MLW laboratory technology Ilmenau (VEB = people-owned corporation, MLW = Medical, laboratory and vehicle technology).

70s

The production of emergency vehicles and ambulances became more and more important, with over 21 thousand deaths through car accidents in the year 1970 (2013: less than 3,300). The “REANIMOBIL”, with a specific product line, the “CLINICAR” for doctors in the countryside and the “CARDIOMOBIL” for internistic emergencies now belong to the BINZ product assortment.

1970

Norm ambulance based on the Mercedes Benz L 206/ L 207.

1968

Successful models Mercedes-Benz 200, 220, 230, 240 and 250 (“Dash 8”).

1967

Norming of medical emergency vehicles in ambulance and Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU).

1965

First BINZ ambulance (BINZ Europ 1100 long) based on the Mercedes-Benz 200D and 230 with an elongated carriage.

First accident rescue and emergency physician ambulance based on the Mercedes Benz L 319 D+B/ L 405 – L408.

1955

BINZ ambulance with a chassis completely made of steel based on the Mercedes-Benz 180, 180D and 190 – a world premier.

Beginning of the 1950s

Production of small series of taxis on the basis on Mercedes-Benz.

1949

Relocation of parts of the production to a new industrial area on the western outskirts of Lorch.

1945

New beginning with the repair of vehicles in running condition.

From 1939

Ambulances for military purposes in the areas of pull and push transport and sanitary-sleds.

1936

Founding of the Lorcher Chassis Company Binz & Co., situated in the former halls of the Vehicle Company Conrad Hörger. The young company starts to build special use vehicles, ambulances and some bus-chassis, next to repairs and the chassis work already being done.

1860

Founding of a small vehicle building company with attached forge by Conrad Hörger: production of horse carriages and some ambulances.