MWM History

Future needs Tradition.

MWM can look back on a tradition more than 140 years old, always guided by a mindset of innovation. By founding the “Mechanische Werkstätte” in Mannheim in 1871, the automotive pioneer Carl Benz ushered in the era of natural gas engines. The enthusiasm and innovative drive of engineers from more than a dozen decades have continued to yield new developments and contributed to MWM's becoming what it is today, one of the leading and most renowned brands in the field of gas engines and gensets. MWM thus continued to improve the output rating, efficiency and reliability of its systems, distributed from Mannheim throughout the globe today.

Carl Benz, Firmengründer von MWM

Carl Benz, founder of the company

With the establishment of the "Mechanische Werkstätte Mannheim" (Mechanical Workshop Mannheim) under the name Carl Benz and August Ritter, famous engine and automobile inventor Carl Benz laid the foundation.

  • 1871
    Carl Benz, the inventor of the automobile, founds the "mechanical workshops" in Mannheim
  • 1880
    Production of the first stationary gas engine at MWM
  • 1886
    Patent no. 37435 is issued for the Patent Motor Car
  • 1899
    Transformation into Benz & Cie., Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik AG
  • 1910
    Start of the manufacture diesel engines
  • 1953
    Start of the manufacture of air-cooled small diesel engine
  • 2005
    DEUTZ Power Systems enters the market as system provider
  • 2007
    The private equity house 3i takes over DEUTZ Power Systems
  • 2008
    Return to the historic name MWM
  • 2009
    Introduction of upgrades for all genset seriews with more power and efficiency
  • 2011
    MWM is becoming part of Caterpillar Inc., USA
  • 2013
    MWM becomes Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH. The established MWM brand is being continued.

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Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH
Carl-Benz-Strasse 1
68167 Mannheim
T +49 6 21/3 84-0
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