PETKUS was the world’s first manufacturer of mechanical seed sorting equipment. PETKUS today has grown to be one of the market leading suppliers of a comprehensive range of seed and grain handling and processing technologies as well as feed plants.The company’s core competence now lies in the technological development of complete turn-key systems, based on a full suite of world class process technologies and equipment, storage, conveying and control systems. A global network of PETKUS offices and associated partners provides constructive and confidential co-operation that delivers tangible results through agronomic technological consulting and local access to world-wide know-how.

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Röberstrasse 8 , Wutha-Farnroda , D-99848 Germany

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Agriculture - Crop Cultivation
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Globally (various continents)
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One of the most important projects for the future of the global population is the supply of seeds and grain. As far back as 1852, Christian Friedrich Röber began developing seed processing technology in Wutha, Thuringia. The name PETKUS was adopted in 1862, when Röber constructed the first seed cleaning machine for Ferdinand von Lochow III of Petkus manor in Brandenburg, for the especially resilient rye that grew there.

Subsequently, Röber and his sons submitted countless patents worldwide, many of which represent the key technologies of PETKUS to this day. Then the dynamic growth started. To name but one example: In 1894, sales to Russia began, with hundreds of thousands of machines delivered to the regions of the current CIS states over the following decades.

PETKUS technologies proved so inimitable that the company survived even through dark times and political chaos – from the expropriation following the Second World War to the privatization following the reunification of Germany. Countless customers around the world significantly increased their yields using these technologies.

In 1994, Mark Scholze and Luca Celeghini decided to carry on the tradition of the international company's prosperous formative decades. With great success, they have continued producing robust machines that are known for their excellent sorting results at a fair price. Where success in the past hung upon individual machines, the philosophy today is to design and build complete technology concepts and turnkey plants: From receiving the grain, to pre-cleaning, drying, fine cleaning and sorting, to treating, packaging and storage – every step is an integral part of the overall concept. To further this product diversity, the existing PETKUS knowledge base was significantly expanded. Mark Scholze and Luca Celeghini have since focussed specifically on innovation, making it the company's core activity. In 2011, they founded the ROEBER Institute, an Innovation Center where an interdisciplinary team of engineers researches and develops new technologies for the benefit of customers of their 'Made in Germany' products.

A modern Communication Center helps transform these new developments into training courses by means of systematic knowledge management, while the PETKUS Academy develops international talent.
Regional Engineering Centers make it possible to optimally address the wishes of customers throughout the world with a complex range of services. Everything – from planning, construction and commissioning of the systems, to training the customer's personnel and the all-important after-sales service – is provided locally from a single source.

With inspiration, excellent engineering and the passion of more than 300 international employees, the company has been continually growing at 30% per year over the last ten years! That makes PETKUS a long-standing world leader for modern processing of Strong Seed and Healthy Grain.