History of ZARGES

Timeline from the company´s foundation to today


Foundation: 1 September 1933 in Stuttgart, Germany
A new, small company opens its doors in Hermannstraße 20 in the city of Stuttgart: ZARGES Leichtmetallbau. Company founder Walther Zarges fulfils his dream of establishing a company that makes the day-to-day life easier for people through lightweight aluminium construction.


1938 – mass production of light-metal ladders
In 1938, ZARGES becomes the first company in Europe to mass produce light-alloy ladders. The young company already has almost 100 employees at this point in time.


1939 – Relocation to Weilheim
By late 1939, the factory in Stuttgart is bursting at its seams. The constantly increasing number of orders and requirements imposed by the Federal government make relocating to a new building inevitable for the company, which is merely 6 years old at this point – Upper Bavaria is chosen as the new location.


1948 – Servicing the "Raisin Bombers"
The Allies place their trust in the experience of ZARGES: the dismantled aircrafts are transported from the airfield in Erding to Weilheim for maintenance.


1951 – The 100th Patent – the ZARGES collapsible case
1951 marks the beginning of the mass production of aluminium collapsible cases. There are not too many trucks in the early '50s. Goods are transported by rail, but the railway has too few carriages for the goods required in the country. The solution: the ZARGES collapsible case. Not only does it help solve the problem of space, but it also is lighter than conventional packaging and, when empty, can be folded down to one sixth of its original volume. The dimensions of the ZARGES collapsible case are in part still a standard in the industry.


1954 – ZARGES – expeditions in ice and snow.
ZARGES supplies equipment for the first German-Austrian Himalayan expedition, providing cases as well as a few ladders. Many more people follow suit; globetrotters & extreme mountain climbers discover the advantages offered by ZARGES.


1958 – 25 years of ZARGES
In 1958, ZARGES has 700 employees and is the oldest manufacturer of lightweight constructions in Germany. This, along with the Federal Cross of Merit bestowed on Walther Zarges, is naturally celebrated in a fitting manner.


1960 – ZARGES delivers a Faraday cage to the Deutsches Museum
In the early '60s, ZARGES receives an enquiry from the Deutsches Museum. The museum wanted to exhibit what is known as a Faraday cage in order to demonstrate that electricity can be blocked by a continuous covering, leaving the covering's interior protected from the electrical field. ZARGES designed and constructed the 2.25 metre-high sphere, which is used until today to illustrate to entire generations how the en