Our History

1958

Gustav Bruns († 1993) founded BRUNS KG in Apen. In the beginning, BRUNS KG manufactured agricultural machinery. However, it soon directed its attention to other industrial sectors.


1962

BRUNS KG developed industrial conveying equipment.

 

The "Hubmatik" division (vehicle conversion) was founded at the start of the 1970s.

 

Manfred Feldhoff († 2002) shaped and managed the "Hubmatik" division.


1970

The first AMF-Bruns wheelchair safety systems – at that time with bayonet mounts. The first static tests take place.


1973

saw the opening of the second plant in Friesoythe.


1975

AMF-Bruns invents the world’s first 4-point retractor wheelchair restraint system. First dynamic crash tests in cooperation with TU Berlin show the high degree of safety compared to other systems.


1977

Crash tests with Volkswagen. The AMF-Bruns “Protektor” securement system passes initial tests involving 20G and becomes the standard in Germany.


1981

AMF-Bruns 4-point “Protektor”  wheelchair & occupant restraint system is incorporated as a standard in the first DIN 75078.


1993

CAD was introduced to optimise production processes for designs.


1998

AMF-Bruns constructs the first "Kraftknoten" system (wheelchair with integrated lap belt). Tests with the BAST (German Highway Research Institute) are extremely successful and clearly demonstrate a marked rise in safety during accidents.


2005

saw the introduction of a uniform ERP system and establishment of the subsidiary AMF-BRUNS UK Ltd. in England.


2006

AMF-Bruns takes over Smartfloor B.V. in the Netherlands.

 

Expansion of the main plant in Apen, construction of a vehicle conversion workshop.


2007

AMF-Bruns develops and patents “FutureSafe”, the first flexible head and backrest with integrated safety belt for vehicles.


2008

Construction of an in-house calibrated pull test facility with 6 cylinders.


2011

As a result of the continuous improvement process “lean manufacturing” was introduced for the production of lifts and vehicles in one line.


2012

New construction and enlargement of the "Hubmatik" division offices.

 

AMF-Bruns is now managed in the third generation. The son of company founder, Erich Bruns († 2014), joined the company in 1959, and grandsons Jürgen and Gerit joined in 1992 and 1995.

 

In August 2012 Gustav Bruns GmbH & Co. KG changed its name to AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG – the name that most of our customers, suppliers, employees and business associates are familiar with.


2015

Establishment of an additional line for the “caddy class” vehicle category.

In addition to the usual production of vehicles with rear cut floors, up to eighteen further vehicles can be built per week on both lines.