Highs and lows through history and politics: the tradition-steeped SCHIESS GmbH has seen it all. Today, the Aschersleben-based company is proud of their customised machines and products, paving the way to ‘Industrie 4.0’, a new industrial age tailored to modern, sustainable times. The SCHIESS GmbH enterprise originally stems from two companies – the Schiess AG, founded in 1866 by Ernst Schiess in Duesseldorf, and the machine construction company Aschersleben (Saxony-Anhalt), founded in 1857 by Heinrich Billeter and Wilhelm Klunz. By merging the two, today’s SCHIESS GmbH came into existence in 1991. The best known SCHIESS product is their ‘VertiMaster XXL’ machine; a heavy-weight multitasker, with a maximum turning diametre of 22,000 millimetres.