Bito-Lagertechnik Bittmann GmbH is celebrating 50 years of successful business in the handling & storage industry. Throughout its history the company has set the bar high for product development and production in terms of high quality, innovation and safety. The company’s product range includes shelving and racking, bins and containers, workshop and safety equipment for storage and order picking systems. By working in close cooperation with its customers, storage and handling specialist BITO can provide the optimum solution for almost any requirement and any industry, thus helping the customer to speed up its flow of goods, streamline its workflow and make its logistics processes more efficient.
Over the past 50 years, BITO has evolved into a single source supplier and a leading specialist in the industry. In part, this success is based on the superior quality of BITO products, which is monitored and maintained by regular in-house inspection as well as tests by independent quality control associations. However it is also due to the fact that the company can rely on highly motivated and qualified employees. This is why BITO attaches great importance to professional education and full support is given to employees seeking further professional training.
Long tradition of innovation
Innovation has always been the priority at BITO. Founded in 1845 by Leopold Bittmann, in the town of Oberstein in the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, the company first produced decorative items and fittings for the leather industry. Back then the company was known as Leopold Bittmann and was renowned as a manufacturer of jointless spheres, about which Leopold Bittmann said: “We take a round hole and put steel sheet around”. The spheres were used for decorative purposes on such things as high-quality wrought-iron stairway railing and fences.
Three generations later, the company shifted the focus of its production to storage and handling. It was 50 years ago that the company’s owner today, Fritz August Bittmann, took over the management and BITO started to produce the first steel bin in Oberstein/Weiherbach. The product range soon grew to include boltless and bolted shelving, small parts shelving and wire-mesh box pallets. In 1976, BITO manufactured its first live storage racking, which marked the company’s successful entry into the order picking sector. In the years that followed, BITO continued to extend their product portfolio adding boltless shelving (1980), pallet racking (1981), pallet live storage racking (1983), storage bins with pick openings (1989) and storage and handling bins (1990). In 1991, the company relocated their headquarters to Meisenheim.
In the same year, BITO launched the universal beam for shelving and racking. The multi-purpose container series “MB” which was further developed in 1994 – winning several awards – and has been convincing customers around the world. Since then BITO has launched the KLT series of small parts containers, the XL stacking container series – in Euro footprint as well as other bin series – while continuously developing their shelving and racking products. Today, the company is among the few single source suppliers in the storage and handling market.
Full service provider
BITO not only supplies individual storage and handling components, the company also designs and implements storage and order picking projects. The range includes complex and state-of-the-art storage facilities integrating several storage systems as well as automated storage and order picking facilities for bins and trays. All products relating to a project are supplied from a single source to the benefit of the customer who can rely on competent advice from the BITO experts. Moreover, the BITO team is pleased to assist customers in planning, developing and realising their storage and order picking projects.
Solutions that are particularly demanding or customer specific can be tested in BITO’s in-house research centre, equipped with state-of-the-art technical facilities. Last but not least, the storage and handling specialist BITO also takes charge of delivery, professional assembly and the correct start-up of the installation.
BITO’s comprehensive list of blue chip customers proves that BITO products and services live up to their customers’ high expectations. BITO’s reference list includes national and international brands such as EDEKA, VW, Audi, BMW, Opel, Porsche and Toyota, John Deere, Moeller Electric, Lancaster, L’Oreal, Sanacorp, Office Depot, C&A, DM Drogeriemarkt and many more.
The company’s first subsidiary was founded in Switzerland in 1984 and marked the beginning of BITO’s expansion in Europe. In the following years, further subsidiaries were set up in France, the Benelux countries, Great Britain, Spain and Denmark. In 2003, another subsidiary was established in Hungary as well as a distribution agency in Italy, followed by further branch offices in Eastern Europe.
Today, the BITO group includes 15 subsidiaries and several partnerships in Europe. In 2007, BITO set up a shelving and racking production plant and a distribution joint venture in India with their partner Nilkamal to supply the Indian and Middle East markets. In 2008, BITO founded a subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai.