2013 was the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Busch pump company in Germany. Since its initial founding in 1963, the company has grown to 2300 employees in 39 countries. To celebrate this anniversary, company founder Dr. Karl Busch embarked on a world tour of Busch companies across the globe. On 14 October 2013 the roadshow came to the Busch Australia office in Broadmeadows in Melbourne to celebrate with employees and customers.
The celebration began in Busch’s large workshop where customers were able to stroll among the various pump products on display before the formalities began. The significance of the event was demonstrated by a number of local VIPs in attendance including Andrew Elsbury, the state upper house member for the Western Region as well as the Mayor of Hume City, Geoff Porter and the CEO of Hume City, Domenic Isola. These guests reflected on the contribution that the company had made to local industry and employment.
Kaya Busch, the son of Dr Karl Busch, then spoke about the history of the company, detailing his father’s background as an inventor leading up the founding of the business in Schopfheim in 1963, through to the establishment of their first overseas branch in the UK in 1971 and the continued growth thereafter.
The company remains in family hands, and Kaya Busch explained the importance of the strong business management skills of his mother Ayhan Busch in the early days and how his parents, along with sister Ayla and brother Sami remain the owners today.
Kaya reflected on some of the values that have led to Busch’s success, including a willingness to employ local people to run their overseas branches and the long term relationships they build, as well as their focus on financial stability.
Busch Australia Managing Director Kurt Porflit then reflected on the company’s local history. The Australasian operation started in 1985 and there are now five branches; Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland, NZ with 37 staff. Busch products suit and have been sold into various markets in Australia including food, medical, woodworking, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastic, sewage, environmental, automotive, oil & gas, mining and print.
The speeches were then followed by lunch for all the guests.
Today Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems is one of the largest manufacturers of vacuum pumps, blowers and compressors in the world. ■