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Company History in Brazil

Who we are

From local tank manufacturer to international engineering company

Everyone knows the story of Count Zeppelin's airships, which bear his name. The historic flights as well as the Hindenburg tragedy that will always remain in people's memory.


Since 2004 the Zeppelin Group incorporated several German companies, expanding its business areas.

Recently, in order to unify the companies of the group and make the global corporate presence more evident, all company names have been changed to Zeppelin. The Brazilian subsidiary changed its business name to:

  • Zeppelin Systems Latin America Equip. Ind. Ltda.

ZEPPELIN stands for ideas, achievement, and progress.  


In January 1998, the company was acquired by the German industrial group Zeppelin, whose experience in the area of handling and assembling bulk materials goes back more than 50 years, changing its name to JMB Zeppelin.


Zeppelin GmbH is the direct successor to the airship construction company founded in 1908 by Count Zeppelin. After the airship era, the group developed into the present-day modern industrial company with diversified products and market segments.


In 1976 Johannes Möller do Brasil was founded (JMB)

Originally named as Johannes Möller do Brasil (JMB), the company was founded in 1976.


As a subsidiary of Johannes Möller Hamburg, Germany, the company served the Brazilian market supplying bulk handling, pneumatic conveying and silos for pellets and dry powders for the chemical, petrochemical and mineral industries, including components, projects, and systems.

Our Plant

Vista área Planta da Zeppelin Systems LA

Zeppelin as synonym of quality

High-quality standards have always been Zeppelin’s trademark. Today the program includes pneumatic conveying systems, elutriators, material’s classification, blending, heating, cooling, storage, feeding and extraction of bulk materials as well as dust removal (dedusting) equipment.

Projects are made according to customers’ specific needs, new plants are designed or existing ones modernized. Complete plants are delivered including automation, individual systems as well as components for bulk materials handling.

From a local tank manufacturer to an international engineering company 

Everyone knows the story about Graf Zeppelin's airships that bore his name. The historic flights, but also the Hindenburg tragedy will always remain in people's memories.

Change as an opportunity

The history of the large aviation company is closely linked to the history of Zeppelin Systems GmbH, because the downfall of one resulted in the rise of the other.

In 1947 the Allied military administration ordered the dismantling and foreclosure of the aviation group. With no production facilities, the end of the Zeppelin organisation seemed inevitable. However, giving up was not an option for the proud Zeppelin employees. The company focused on the wealth of know-how that had been acquired in the production of airships. Great masterpieces had been achieved, particularly in aluminium processing technology. Therefore, Metallwerke Friedrichshafen GmbH was founded and a new start was made with the production of lightweight structures and large containers for the chemical industry.

Growth opportunities explored

Success did not take long. Zeppelin silos very quickly achieved an excellent reputation in the market. Over the years, the portfolio was extended to include other key components for the bulk material industry. The company gradually developed into a specialist for the storage, conveying, mixing, metering and weighing of high-quality bulk materials.

Subsidiaries were founded in Belgium, Italy, India, Singapore, the USA, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, England and China. The company's business areas were substantially expanded at the dawn of the new millennium through strategic alliances and acquisitions.

Polymer industrial Plants, Plastics & Rubber Processing Plants, Food Technology, Liquids Processing and Mixing Technology are handled by the industry sectors, in which we “feel at home.” Zeppelin is now the world's leading plant engineering company for the handling of high-quality bulk materials.




PON Sweden & Denmark (including Greenland) and Baltic Marine Contractors (BMC)


Strategic Business Unit Construction Equipment Nordics


Operative areas are divided in six strategic business units (SBUs)

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of Zeppelin Rental GmbH & Co. KG and Zeppelin Streif Baulogistik GmbH to form Zeppelin Rental GmbH and Merging of Zeppelin Streif Baulogistik Österreich GmbH with Zeppelin Rental Österreich GmbH & Co. KG.



Baustellen-Verkehrs-Technik GmbH



New Strategic Business Unit Z Lab

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Blohm + Voss GmbH Inspection Service (BIS) and bulk of HOCHTIEF subsidiary Streif Baulogistik.


  • Zeppelin Streif Baulogistik GmbH;

  • Klickrent GmbH.



Zeppelin takes in all Cat territories the sales and service of mining machinery from Caterpillar Global Mining LLC.



Zeppelin Power Systems Russia LLC



The acquisition of the KOKEISL metering technology enabled Zeppelin to further increase its expertise in metering technology.

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GSL Gerätevermietung, Service, Logisitik GmbH


Restructuring of operative areas into five Strategic Business Units (SBU)

  • EU construction machinery;

  • CIS construction machinery;

  • Rent;

  • Power Systems;

  • Plant Engineering.



Berndt Verkehrstechnik GmbH


The foundation of Zeppelin Systems Shanghai. Developing the Chinese market required the establishment of a joint venture with a Chinese partner in order to combine Zeppelin's know-how with the market requirements in China.

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FAT Filtertechnik

Concentration of the Engines Business

Zeppelin Power Systems GmbH & Co. KG

Acquisition of the bulk material technology division of Chronos Richardson and the establishment of Zeppelin Systems in England.

Chronos Richardson had traditionally good access to the Asian markets in the area of carbon black processing and metering technology. Through the purchase of the corresponding business unit in England, Zeppelin was able to expand its Asian business in this field and build up a base in England at the same time.

The acquisition of FAT Filtertechnik enabled the company to build up its own filter technology product range and develop special filter applications in process technology.

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A aquisição da FAT Filtertechnik  pela Z



  • Reimelt Henschel GmbH

  • BAD Baustellen- Absicherung Dietrich GmbH & Co. kg

India's rapid growth was the reason to fortify the existing subsidiary through the acquisition of Alpha Engineering and increase engineering capacity. This acquisition lays the foundation for future growth opportunities in India.

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Zeppelin Systems Gulf

The strong growth in Arab countries required a greater presence and project management in this growth region. The foundation of Zeppelin Systems Gulf also created a production base for silos as well as a regional base for the other business fields.



A incorporação da MHT Ludwigsburg permit
Aparte da indústria de plásticos, que é


MHT Ludwigsburg e Fördertechnik Freital

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar dealer in Armenia

The incorporation of MHT Ludwigsburg allowed Zeppelin to make its way into the PVC and composite materials processing market.

Beside the plastic industry, which is a classical market for Zeppelin, we were able to make a step into the plant engineering for minerals and fine chemicals with the takeover of FTF Fördertechnik Freital. At the same time this means a regional strengthening towards Eastern Europe.



Motan Material Handling GmbH


Zeppelin International AG


Zeppelin becomes a Caterpillar dealer in the Belarus.

As part of the strategic expansion of its plant engineering activities, Zeppelin consequently entered the processing industry markets. Expertise in rubber processing and plastic compounding was incorporated into Zeppelin through the acquisition of Motan Materials Handling GmbH.

Zeppelin entrou no mercado da indústria



Sales of MaK marine engines


  • Polymer Alliance with Japan Steel Works and Haver & Boecker;

  • MaK Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburgo.

Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar dealer in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

A partnership with JSW for extruders and H&B for packaging technology was established under the name of Polymer Alliance to complete the value-added chain for the design and construction of polymer systems. As a sole supplier, Polymer Alliance thus enabled the delivery of complete systems for "downstream of the reactor" from a single source.

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Vermietaktivitäten der MVS AG


MSV Zeppelin GmbH & Co. KG

With the growth in China, particularly in the area of polymer production, it became necessary to transfer the business from a representative office into the company's own business, especially for the awarding of local contracts. Zeppelin China Beijing was founded.

Foi fundada a Zeppelin China


Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar dealer in Southwest Russia


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Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar dealer in Northwest Russia

Subsidiaries were established in the markets relevant for the petrochemical industry (Belgium, Italy, India, Singapore, the USA) due to Zeppelin's increased involvement in international plant engineering. This enabled the company to provide project management in close proximity to its customers. The site in Belgium for the construction of silos was built right by the water, not only to provide improved access to the petrochemical industry in Belgium and Holland but also above all to allow direct shipment by water.


Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar dealer in Ukraine


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Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar dealer in Austria

Pneumatic conveying as a core expertise in bulk material plant engineering became an integral part of Zeppelin's know-how through the acquisition of AVT Anlagen- und Vertriebstechnik GmbH. This enabled the company to make its first inroads into international plant engineering.


Name change to Zeppelin GmbH and restructuring of the group in industry and commerce.


Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar dealer in Czech Republic


Johannes Möller, JMB foi adquirida em 19

The growth of the petrochemical industry in Brazil led to increased demand for local supplies for silo and conveying technology. Based on the partnership with Johannes Möller, JMB was generated by a takeover in 1987, which is today Zeppelin Systems Latin America Equipamentos Industriais Ltda with sales, engineering and fabrication of components in São Paulo.



Metallwerk Friedrichshafen GmbH  (today Zeppelin GmbH)

Following the complete destruction of Zeppelin's production facilities during the Second World War, the company Metallwerke Friedrichshafen GmbH, which later changed its name to Zeppelin Metallwerke, was established in 1950 and in 1995 became ZEPPELIN GmbH as it is known today. It introduced a completely new direction to its business activities – initially successful in the area of container and component construction.

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nineteen ninety


AVT Plant and Process Engineering.


Subsidiaries in Belgium, Italy, India, Singapore, USA, Brazil, China, Saudi Arabia and Great Britain.



Zeppelin becomes Caterpillar dealer in Germany

Zeppelin succeeded in securing an exclusive agreement for the rights to sell and service Caterpillar construction machinery in West Germany. A new business field was established, setting a milestone in the company's history.



Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH e Fundation Zeppelin 

Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin founded Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH in Friedrichshafen (1838–1917). He was able to found the company as the result of a spectacular fundraising campaign following a storm in which his fourth airship was completely destroyed. At six million Reichsmarks, the donation towards the airship was the largest voluntary fundraising campaign in the German empire and was not only used as start-up capital for Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH but also enabled Graf Zeppelin to set up a foundation. To this day, the Zeppelin Stiftung (foundation) is also involved in ZEPPELIN GmbH through Luftschiff Zeppelin GmbH.

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