ERO-Gerätebau GmbH is Germany’s largest manufacturer of equipment and machinery for outdoor vineyard operations. More than 100 employees work in almost 7,000 square metres of production and office buildings. Our product range includes attachments for mounting on a tractor, such as trimmers, shoot binders, defoliators and post pounders, and also self-propelled grape harvesters. The company invests systematically in research and development. Of the ten members of our design department, five are qualified mechanical engineers who work with modern 3-D CAD systems. Our latest development project is a grape harvester with integral decanter. This presses the grapes during harvesting and, thus, represents a further decisive step in rationalizing wine production.
In production six qualified industrial foremen together with industrial mechanics, mostly trained in our works, ensure consistently high standards of manufacture. All sub-assemblies are manufactured by ERO. When we buy in specialised parts, we pay close attention to high standards of quality and choose our suppliers with great care.
ERO products are built to a high standard of quality. However, should repairs be necessary over the course of time, our well-qualified and committed staff ensure a high level of customer satisfaction.
So as to be able to meet the increasing need for highly qualified staff, both now and in the future, ERO-Gerätebau GmbH is actively involved in training:. We engage at least three apprentice industrial mechanics every year. In addition, industrial clerks, technical draughtsmen and draughtswomen, electronics technicians for our plant, and stores and logistics personnel are trained on the premises.
Heinz Erbach, a farmer, starts production of modern stall and stable fittings.
The ERO Leaf Cutter - the first machine for use in vine cultivation – is added to the product range. This was invented by Herbert Roth, the founder’s brother-in-law, while he was in Vienna training to become a winegrower. This was the first leaf trimmer on the market which used the principle of free cutting by rotating knives.
The company moves into a new, modern building.
Application for a patent on the ERO Shoot Binder, also invented by Herbert Roth.
The individual enterprise is converted into a GmbH, and the building occupied only five years earlier is extended by adding a second production shop. The ERO Shoot Binder, now patented, is introduced to the market. This was the first mechanical shoot binder worldwide.
Presentation of the prototype ERO grape harvester.
The first two ERO grape harvesters are sold.
Extension of the production area by adding a third building, and the addition of a new office for the, now eight, employees in the design department.
The prototype of a tractor-drawn ERO grape harvester is unveiled.
Delivery of the first tractor-drawn ERO grape harvester.
ERO-Gerätebau GmbH is the first company to present a grape harvester with built-in de-stemmer. The company extends its production area to almost 6,000 square metres.
The ERO Grapeliner, the latest model of ERO grape harvester, is launched on the market.
ERO and Westfalia Separator begin development of a grape harvester with integral decanter. With this machine, the grapes can be pressed during harvesting.
ERO-Gerätebau GmbH takes over the business of Binger Seilzug GmbH. Together ERO-Gerätebau GmbH and Binger Seilzug GmbH & Co. KG have more than 100 employees and a turnover of more than 16 million €.
ERO-Gerätebau GmbH is awarded the Intervitis Innovation Prize in Silver for the Quick Steer steering system.
Extension of the production area to about 7,000 square metres.
ERO-Gerätebau GmbH is numbered among the “Top 100” most innovative medium-size German companies. The award was presented on 26th. June by Lothar Späth, former Premier of Baden-Württemberg.