Mueller-Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG, based in the small town of Salzkotten, Germany, develops, produces and sells electronic solutions for agricultural machinery. The main focus is on combine harvesters, field sprayers, drill machines, beet harvesters and ISOBUS-equipment for tractors. This product range is supplemented by various products for the industrial sector. The highly-qualified personnel and the extremely innovative and prize-winning products of Mueller and its customers are linked also with the proximity of the company to the German IT Center in Paderborn.

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Franz-Kleine-Str. 18 , Salzkotten , 33154 Germany

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Agriculture Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

laid the foundation for a successful family-run company, which is now known as a pioneer and leading innovator in the field of agricultural electronics. The development of an on-board information device for Claas in 1984, which was produced until 2009 and sold more than 29,000 times, was one of the first milestones in the company’s history.

1977 to 1999 – The beginnings

The Müller-Elektronik (ME) success story began in 1977, as Heinrich Müller registered the business for the “industrial manufacture and marketing of area measurement devices”. As of 1984, it grew rapidly into a medium-sized company. The trade fair for agricultural technology AGRITECHNICA, which was held for the first time in 1985, was an excellent opportunity for the young company to present itself to the public.

In 1987, the company changed its name: from then on, it was called Müller-Elektronik GmbH. At the same time, the engineering firm Buschmeier was founded by Rudolf Buschmeier. These two companies were to form the basis for future development. In the spring of 1989, the move was made to the current headquarters, Franz-Kleine-Str. 18 in Salzkotten, Germany. Since the fall of 1989, the company also takes on trainees.

Milestones and awards:

  • 1987: UNI-Control with chipcard – Goldmedaille AGRITECHNICA
  • 1989: Computer aided farming with GPS – Goldmedaille AGRITECHNICA
1977 to 1999 – The beginnings1991 to 2000 – On course for growth

The facilities rapidly became too small for the meanwhile more than 50 employees, and therefore the building was expanded in 1993. In the same year, a merger took place between the company Müller-Elektronik GmbH and the engineering firm Buschmeier. From then on, company activities were conducted jointly as Müller-Elektronik GmbH & Co.

A further milestone was the DIN/ISO 9001 certification in 1995, which describes quality-focused mindset and work, and documents this to the outside world. Since then, inspections and audits take place on a regular basis.

In terms of technological progress, ME has always been able to perform exceptionally well. It is not for nothing that the company is considered a trailblazer and pace-setter in the field of agricultural technology. ME’s efforts towards the standardisation of the Landwirtschaftlichen BUS-System (LBS) [Agricultural BUS system], the forerunner of today’s ISOBUS, were honoured in 1999 as Rudolf Buschmeier was awarded the Max-Eyth commemorative coin.

Milestones and awards:

  • 1993: UNI-Pilot LBS-Terminal – Goldmedaille AGRITECHNICA
  • 1995: CEBIS electronic system for combines
  • 1997: LBS – Control and LBS implement controller
1991 to 2000 – On course for growth

The facilities rapidly became too small for the meanwhile more than 50 employees, and therefore the building was expanded in 1993. In the same year, a merger took place between the company Müller-Elektronik GmbH and the engineering firm Buschmeier. From then on, company activities were conducted jointly as Müller-Elektronik GmbH & Co.

A further milestone was the DIN/ISO 9001 certification in 1995, which describes quality-focused mindset and work, and documents this to the outside world. Since then, inspections and audits take place on a regular basis.

In terms of technological progress, ME has always been able to perform exceptionally well. It is not for nothing that the company is considered a trailblazer and pace-setter in the field of agricultural technology. ME’s efforts towards the standardisation of the Landwirtschaftlichen BUS-System (LBS) [Agricultural BUS system], the forerunner of today’s ISOBUS, were honoured in 1999 as Rudolf Buschmeier was awarded the Max-Eyth commemorative coin.

Milestones and awards:

  • 1993: UNI-Pilot LBS-Terminal – Goldmedaille AGRITECHNICA
  • 1995: CEBIS electronic system for combines
  • 1997: LBS – Control and LBS implement controller
2001 to 2010 – We become international

With the founding of the subsidiary ME-France in 2007, Müller-Elektronik kept up with growing interest in the rest of Europe. ME-France acts both as a sales branch and as a development office, and can rapidly react to the regional requirements.

The year 2009 was marked by a change at the top level: after more than 30 years, founder Heinrich Müller withdrew from company management and handed over the business to his son Christian Müller. Since July 1st, 2009, he runs the company together with Rudolf Buschmeier.

The demand for ME products is also high on the other side of the pond, so ME founded subsidiaries in both South and North America in 2010.

Milestones and awards:

  • 2001: ISOBUS protagonist: BASIC TERMINAL for ISO-11783
  • 2003: BASIC-Terminal TOP, AMATRON+, TRACK-Leader
  • 2003: CROP-Meter – Silver medal AGRITECHNICA
  • 2004: Precision Farming with BASIC-TERMINAL TOP
  • 2005: ECO-Reflex for Vineyard/Orchard Sprayer
  • 2007: Parallel guidance system/SECTION-Control/Track Guide
  • 2007: FIELD-Nav – Silver medal AGRITECHNICA
  • 2008: ISO XML/Autosteering system
  • 2009: Internet Portal FarmPilot
  • 2010: Oscar for medium-sized businesses
2011 to 2017 – The second generation

In June 2011, the final generational change took place: Rudolf Buschmeier handed over his part of the business management, leadership of the development department, to Carsten Jochheim, the son-in-law of founder Heinrich Müller. He now runs the company together with Christian Müller.

The number of employees continued to rise. To make space for growth, a new building was erected in 2013, which offered 6,000 m² more space for production and storage areas as well as the development department. The new premises were occupied at the end of 2013. As a result, the office, production and testing area at the Salzkotten location grew to almost 15,000 m².

Since 2017 – A big step forward

The year 2017 brought several changes and new potentials. Since July 1st, 2017, Müller-Elektronik belongs to the Trimble corporation, a global market leader for GPS technologies. The merger aims to make use of synergy effects. Müller-Elektronik focusses more strongly on individual ISOBUS solutions for OEM customers, with the goal of further globalisation of the company.

In September 2017, Krauss Electronic Support GmbH moved to Salzkotten where it merged with the PRSMD department, which has meanwhile successfully began its work.

Today, ME has 240 employees at the Salzkotten location and 370 employees across the Group, of which approx. 30% work in the areas of research and development.