Exactly ten years ago an extraordinary round-theworld off-road event was launched in Bremen. On 8 March 2008 the first teams set off from HANSA-FLEX company HQ in six strikingly decorated Toyota Landcruisers on their initial unforgettable adventure.


Over the coming years the HANSA-FLEX XWORLD was to complete three major journeys covering a total of 58 countries on four continents. Overall a distance of more than 160,000 km was to be covered in a varied range of challenging stages.


The first XWORLD in 2008/2009 led through Europe and Asia. During the journey to the easternmost point of the tour – Chabarovsk in Russia – the countries which were crossed included Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia. One of the most moving moments was a visit to the village of Suak Nie in the province of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.


Here HANSA-FLEX continues to the present day to support local people affected by the tsunami disaster. The highest point of the drive was reached in Tibet at 5,390 m. XWORLD South America in 2011/2012 saw the participants on the road in six VW Amaroks. They travelled through eight countries and, among other destinations, they visited the world’s southernmost point which is accessible by road (Tierra del Fuego at the end of Routa 3), and had to endure temperatures ranging from -12 °C in the mountains of Bolivia and +43 °C in Surinam.


However, two years later things were to get even 10 °C hotter. The top temperature at XWORLD Africa 2014/2015 was reached during the very first stage in Sudan. Overall the intercultural adventure journey took the participants with their six VW Amaroks

Chairmanship of an ISO standardisation committee

At the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Axel Tammen, Head of Technology & Quality Assurance at HANSA-FLEX AG, has been elected chairman of the committee on hydraulic hose lines. In the course of the election the graduate engineer was appointed to his highly responsible post by a unanimous vote.


As chairman of the ISO subcommittee on “ISO/TC45/SC01 Rubber and plastics hoses and hose assemblies”, Axel Tammen will over the coming six years be responsible for the committee’s strategic business plan, its operations and the working groups assigned to him. In this capacity he will, among other tasks, take the chair at meetings of the committee and mediate between different national interests in order to establish a working consensus for every individual standardisation project.


The primary objective of the committee consists of adapting the standards relating to hydraulic hose lines to technical market developments. These developments are characterised on the one hand by higher performance capacities and longer product life cycles, and on the other by increased safety requirements. As a result the committee’s current programme covers 36 ISO standards, including norms which describe the requirements relating to the impulse testing or storage life of hose lines.


Axel Tammen is extremely well qualified for his new ISO role. He already has more than 20 years’ experience in global, European and German standardisation organisations and – as a project manager or working group leader – has brought a number of DIN, EN and ISO standards projects to a successful conclusion. His election to the chairmanship of this committee, which is made up of high-calibre international experts, is both personal recognition for his long-standing contribution to the work of standardisation, and an honour for the entire HANSA-FLEX corporate group.

The rapid hydraulic service is expanding

Its vehicles are well-equipped, accessible around the clock and can be on site at a minute’s notice. The mobile hydraulic workshops of the HANSA-FLEX Rapid Hydraulic Service provide fast support for mobile and stationary hydraulic systems, and prevent both machine breakdowns and costly downtime. In line with its worldwide growth HANSA-FLEX is continuously expanding the fleet of these strikingly designed service vans in many locations.


For example, HANSA-FLEX Italy alone now has four new service vehicles in operation. In addition the HANSA-FLEX country organisations in Switzerland and the Czech Republic have invested in two new vehicles each. Austria has three, the UK and Brazil each have one hydraulic workshop on wheels offering a fast allround hose service.

Hydraulik on Tour

This spring HANSA-FLEX is once more participating in a number of trade shows with a varied range of focal points. At our trade fair stand and in our hydraulics Eventmobile you can look forward to personal discussions as well as to innovative products and services. The HANSA-FLEX trade show team will be welcoming you at the following trade fairs:


The Tube - pipe and pipe-processing fair in Düsseldorf

From 16 to 20 April we are looking forward to meet you at
the Tube 2018 in Düsseldorf. Out fair team will welcome you

in Hall 7A on Booth D19 at the world's most important fair for

tube and pipe processing machinery, manufacturing and 

trading as well as accessories.


The IFAT - waste disposal fair in Munich

From 14 to 18 May we’ll be getting together at IFAT 2018

in Munich. Our fair team looks forward to welcoming you

at Stand B4.421 in Hall B4 at the world’s leading trade

show for the water, waste water and waste management


Major 2018 VDBUM Seminar

From 20 to 23 February hundreds of decision-makers and experts from the construction industry met at the Sauerland Stern Hotel in Willingen for one of the most important seminar and networking events of the year. The theme of the 47th major VDBUM seminar, which featured a highly varied and practice-based programme of presentations, was: “People, the environment and machinery in the digital construction process”.


The International Hydraulics Academy (IHA) once more participated in the programme of the seminar with a workshop on diagnosing technical faults in construction machinery. HANSA-FLEX has been a member of the “Federation of the construction, environmental and mechanical engineering industry” since 1997, and once more took part in this popular industry gettogether with a sales team, the Eventmobile and a Rapid Hydraulic Service vehicle.

HANSA-FLEX near you

HANSA-FLEX Kocaeli (Türkei)
HANSA-FLEX Linz (Österreich)
HANSA-FLEX Bauska (Lettland)
HANSA-FLEX Hengelo (Niederlande)


In autumn, the expansion of branches in Germany and abroad has once again picked up speed. HANSA-FLEX opened a new branch in Kocaeli (Turkey) at the beginning of November. Strategically located on a main road that connects three large business parks, two colleagues are currently working for HANSA-FLEX. Only a year earlier, the second branch was opened near Istanbul, in Ümraniye. In addition, our location in Linz (Upper Austria) has increased. The branch has expanded by a hall. Hose line production and logistics were ramped up in mid-November and are now being steadily expanded with new products.

Finally, in the last week of November, a new branch opened in Hengelo in the Netherlands. Three employees look after the location in the middle of the largest industrial area of ​​Twente (Overijssel). In Bauska (Latvia), customers have been able to call on HANSA-FLEX's fast service since mid-December. Bauska, adjacent to Lithuania and close to Via Baltica/European Route 67, now has a service point with two employees.


Address Kocaeli:

HANSA-FLEX Hidrolik 

Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti.

Sultan Orhan Mah. 1180. Cad. No. 31

41400 Gebze-Kocaeli 

Türkei (Kocaeli)

Branch map Kocaeli


Address Linz:


Hydraulik GmbH

Dallingerstr. 19

4030 Linz 

Österreich (Oberösterreich)

Branch map Linz


Address Hengelo:

HANSA-FLEX Nederland B.V. 

Nederland B.V.

Topaasstraat 30

7554 TH Hengelo 

Niederlande (Overijssel)

Branch map Hengelo


Address Bauska:



Bauska MTA, Elektriķi, S/N

Codes pagasts, Bauskas novads

3901 Bauska 

Lettland (Bauskas novads)

Branch map Bauska

Check handover of the HANSA-FLEX Christmas campaign "Donations instead of gifts"

On the occasion of its 55th anniversary, HANSA-FLEX AG is donating 55,000 euros to three non-profit organizations that promote clean drinking water and environmentally sound wastewater solutions all over the world.


The donation checks were handed over on Tuesday, January 30th at the HANSA-FLEX headquarter in Bremen-Mahndorf. The first personal meeting of the three board members of HANSA-FLEX AG with the representatives of the aid organizations also marked the beginning of an ongoing exchange of information on the progress and concrete measures of the individual projects. Insights into the projects and situations on site were gained in interesting discussions and it became once more very clear how important the donations for the water projects are. 


For Thomas Armerding, CEO of HANSA-FLEX AG, the focus is above all on the long-term perspective of the engagement. "As a global family business, we have a responsibility for the well-being of local people and want to support sustainable improvements. In addition, through continuous reporting, we will raise awareness of the work of aid agencies and encourage as many people as possible to support the work of the organizations through their own donations. "



With this in mind, we will continue to report on the progress of the projects on our website, on Facebook and in the customer and employee newspaper Hydraulikpresse. Further information about the supported projects and the responsible aid organizations can be found in a clear and concise summary at www.hansa-flex.com/christmas

In the picture (from left to right): Thomas Armerding (Chief Executive Officer HANSA-FLEX AG), Johannes Tomczak (Viva con Agua), Mareike Demel (Ingenieure ohne Grenzen), Stefan Reuter (BORDA), Uwe Buschmann (Member of the Board HANSA-FLEX AG), Christian-Hans Bültemeier (Member of the Board HANSA-FLEX AG)

International expansion

The HANSA-FLEX Group is growing constantly and establishing additional branches, so that it can be even closer to customers all around the world.


In the last few months alone the opening of branches in four new locations has been celebrated. HANSA-FLEX is now on the ground in Sao Bernardo do Campo and in Campinas, both in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, together with Horsham in the UK and Bauska in Latvia.


This increases the overall number of HANSA-FLEX branches around the world to 416. As before you will find the search function for locations worldwide, with routing to all branches, on the ‘Home’ page of www.hansa-flex.com.

Expansion in South-east Asia

The international expansion strategy of the HANSA-FLEX Group continues to focus on South-east Asia. With the establishment of sales organisations in Myanmar and South Korea, two new countries have been simultaneously added to the company's base in this high-growth region. In both countries the market launch is being implemented with carefully selected local partners.


Merlin Naisar, Sales Officer for the ASEAN region, is delighted by the recently signed contracts and the successful equipping of the new branches with products, tools and machinery. He particularly wishes to send his thanks to the HANSA-FLEX home base: “The trouble-free start of our operations in Myanmar and South Korea was made possible by the tremendous support we received from the two central stores and our colleagues in Austria. It was the ideal way of convincing our new partners of the cooperation, solidarity and efficiency within the HANSA-FLEX Group.”


Planning for further expansion in Asia in the year 2018 is already well under way, with the focus of activities on Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

New Country Manager for Estonia

38-year old mechanical engineer Priit Gradov has been appointed Country Manager of HANSA-FLEX Estonia. He has extensive experience in management and sales with international companies.


As a sales manager for oils and lubricants he has acquired comprehensive knowledge of the market and the industry in many important customer segments. “I'm looking forward to this new challenge within Europe's leading hydraulics supplier and will contribute to the full my extensive experience and contacts in the maritime industry, forestry, mining, manufacturing, transport and agriculture”, stated Priit Gradov on the occasion of his first visit to company HQ in Bremen.




We all welcome Priit Gradov to HANSA-FLEX and wish him the best possible start in his new post!

New country organisation in Ireland

HANSA-FLEX is expanding to Ireland and will soon be opening an overseas company based in Dublin. As Country Manager, Irishman Paul Murphy will be responsible for establishing and building up HANSA-FLEX Ireland. Before joining HANSA-FLEX the hydraulics expert built up an extensive network thanks to his management positions in sales and production at companies such as SMC Pneumatics, Gardner Denver and Parker Hannifin. Most recently he was Country Manager for Ireland at Parker in Dublin.


Paul Murphy is highly familiar with the hydraulics market in his country, and believes it offers excellent opportunities for HANSA-FLEX. “Customers in Ireland are very demanding when it comes to quality. They only trust best-in-class companies such as HANSA-FLEX to meet these requirements. I'm sure that with our strong customer focus we will not only meet these expectations, but will even exceed them”.


We wish Paul Murphy all the best for the launch of HANSA-FLEX Ireland!

New kit for 30 clubs

For many years now HANSA-FLEX has been donating high-quality sports kit to children’s and youth teams from all around the world. This year, too, 30 teams have been the delighted winners in our draw and have already participated in their initial matches wearing their new kit.


We wish all 30 teams continued sporting enjoy- ment and success, and hope that the kit we have donated will make a contribution to a positive team spirit.


Our sponsorship of junior clubs will of course continue next year. You will find all the relevant information on how to apply in the 1/2018 issue of “Hydraulikpresse”. 

IBM Klub/ TSV Dagersheim
RK Varazdin
SC Langenhagen
DateinameStolberger Turngemeinde U18
SV Braunsbedra
SV Demitz-Thumitz
SV Demitz-Thumitz
Turn- und Sportverein Steinenbronn

HANSA-FLEX India has a new Managing Director

New Zealander Alistair Wiggins will soon be taking charge of the future HANSA-FLEX overseas company in India as its Managing Director. A mechanical engineer, Mr Wiggins has worked for 25 successful years in the hydraulics industry. In the UK his posts included those of Managing Director of Pirtek and Director of the British Franchise Association.



Alistair Wiggins looks forward to his new responsibilities within the HANSA-FLEX family company: “I'm really happy to become part of the HANSA-FLEX team and look forward to establishing and developing our base on the Indian market.” Following a comprehensive analysis of the Indian market Business Development Manager Frank Schmidt and the new Managing Director will decide on the concrete form and location of the new overseas company.


We all welcome Alistair Wiggins to HANSA-FLEX and wish him the best possible start in India.

I spy with my little eye…

Pictures containing hidden objects are highly popular with young and old, and especially in the world of hydraulics there's lots to discover. We have therefore asked the artist Peter Knorr to create an exclusive hidden object picture for HANSA-FLEX, and you’ll find it enclosed as a poster with this issue.


Hidden in the picture are lots of little details which will surprise you again and again the more often you look at them. We hope you'll have fun exploring the colourful world of HANSA-FLEX!


About the artist:

  • The artist Peter Knorr is one of Germany's most prestigious authors of books featuring hidden object games. He has published a range of these books together with Doro Göbel. Their latest book “Die Flussfahrt” (A trip on the river) is published by Beltz & Gelberg Verlag and is available from bookshops.

2017 Christmas initiative "Donations instead of gifts": The votes have been counted

Last year HANSA-FLEX decided on a very special Christmas initiative! On the occasion of the company's 55th anniversary HANSA-FLEX is donating €55,000 to three carefully selected aid projects. Under the slogan “Donations instead of gifts” business associates, staff and friends were able to vote on the distribution of the amount to be donated on our Initiative page until 31 December. The donation will be distributed as follows:


Of the approximately 3,000 votes received, the largest number went to the organisation and project of Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V. (€30,000), followed by Viva con Agua e.V. (€15,000), while the third largest donation (€10,000) will go to BORDA e.V.


We congratulate all three organisations, and look forward to working with them. 


Here's an outline of the projects once more.


Under this project the aid organisation Ingenieure ohne Grenzen will use the donation to provide the more than 100 pupils of a school in a rural area of Guinea with access to clean drinking water. The rainwater cisterns which are being planned will increase hygiene conditions and improve health levels in the area. In addition local workers will receive technical training, enabling them to pass on their skills to others.


The project planned by Viva con Agua de St. Pauli e.V. is aimed at effective improvement of the WASH situation (WASH stands for water, sanitation and hygiene) in the rural Chitwan region of Nepal to the south of the capital city Kathmandu, and will improve living conditions for more than 39,000 people. The €15,000 donation from HANSA-FLEX will help to provide schools in the project region with drinking water and sanitary facilities, together with instruction on hygiene for the schoolchildren. 


With the aid of HANSA-FLEX, BORDA e.V. (Bremer Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Überseeforschung und Entwicklung) will be providing aid activities in the town of Leh (northern India). The town lies at an altitude of 3,500 m and is one of the world's highest locations under continuous occupation. There is a lack of sustainable sewage treatment facilities, which represents a threat to the health of local people and causes environmental pollution. In addition, a noticeable rise in the number of tourists has placed an additional strain on the fragile ecosystem of this isolated region. Faecal sludge management (FSM) will provide a solution to these problems. In addition, BORDA supports the local authorities and the private sector in faecal sludge management operations.


There will soon be reports on the progress of the projects which are involved here as well as in this year's issues of HYDRAULIC PRESS and on the HANSA-FLEX Facebook page. Further information about the initiative and the projects is available at http://hansa-flex.com/christmas


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