More than 50 years ago, André Chapel began to develop a small business into a European group specialised in the development, manufacture and sale of hydraulic cylinders and components. The company has seven locations in France and Germany and a total of 260 employees. In 2016, the company generated a sales turnover of 45 million euros. In addition to CNC and robot manufacturing, the Chapel Group also offers colour schemes from a single source. Every year, 500,000 hydraulic cylinders are produced, of which about 50 per cent are attributable to custom-made products.
The special hydraulic cylinders are constructed mainly in Osterrönfeld in Schleswig-Holstein, one of the two German sites. The customers are mainly from agriculture, trailer and dumper/tipper construction as well as from the forklift industry. Applications for railways are also planned. Chapel supplies customers worldwide with mobile hydraulic systems for the original equipment. Sven Wichert, in charge of the design of Chapel's special cylinders, explains: "Our customers rely on high quality, which they do not find in many competitors from Eastern Europe and Asia. Decisive on top of this are availability and the ability to deliver. “