The Company

1945: Foundation of the company Max Böhler and Ferdinand Weber

A company with tradition
Max Böhler and Ferdinand Weber founded in 1945, after the end of World War II, the company BÖWE, which initially was named Böhler and Weber.

Born out of necessity
When the Messerschmitt AG closed, Böhler and Weber were also concerned. In a cowshed in the district Pfersee of  Augsburg they produced at first out of army goods various everyday items which were urgently needed after the war. As well as allegedly cooking pots out of steel helmets [see picture].

The realization of an idea
As a supplier for various cleaning companies the idea arose of developing and building there own cleaning machines. 1950 presented Böhler and Weber the first chemical cleaning machine for textiles.

A story of success
A story of success began and until today BÖWE delivers high quality machines to the customers which benefit from more than 65 years experience. Innovative ideas and continously development made BÖWE famous all around the world.

Takeover by Ziermann Holding GmbH
In 2010 the company was taken over by Ziermann Holding GmbH and moved from Augsburg to the Black Forest. Until today BÖWE produces high quality PERC and MultiSolvent dry cleaning machines to customers from all around the world.

The Men behind BÖWE


Max Böhler


Ferdinand Weber

Firm owner + MD since 2010

Frank Ziermann


Here is a small list of customers which also use BÖWE machines: