About esco

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Motion control of today and tomorrow

Expertise in transmissions and electrical and mechanical drives is the basis for our success


Expertise in transmissions and electrical and mechanical drives is the basis for our success – with over 50 years experience in these areas. They remain at the core of our strategy to continue a leading enterprise in driving technology.

The foundations of the enterprise's success were laid in the Belgium capital of Brussels. In the late 40s, Eugen Schmidt, the founder of the enterprise, started with power shift transmissions and hydrodynamic torque converters. As a result of strong post war demand, the business activities quickly exceeded the national borders. Germany, in particular, developed into a very important market and in 1957 an autonomous esco company was founded in Cologne. Due to the dynamic growth, esco established in 1974 its base in Troisdorf, located between the densely populated areas Rhine-Main and Rhine-Ruhr, favorably situated relative to transport facilities, close to the Cologne-Bonn airport and directly at the Autobahn A 59 on an ideal 10,000 m² site. Pure trading was primary interest at the beginning.

However, soon esco became a distributor-engineering enterprise. As the links between manufacturer and user developed, esco provided innovative and economic driving solutions in response to the diversification of the requirements. Combinations of tried-and-tested technologies from leading manufactures together with our own engineering know-how are the basis for our optimal solutions.