Following the death of Ganz, in 1867 András Mechwart took over the management of the factory, who invented the hard-cast fluted steel mill cylinder and the roller mill, which revolutionized the world’s mill industry from Australia to North America. Under Mechwart’s leadership Ganz became one of the largest machine factories in Europe, where agricultural machines, complete mills, steam engines, railway wagons, ships, hydro-machinery and many other products were manufactured.

 

Mechwart recognized the significance of electricity in development, and set up an electric division. Excellent engineers worked for Ganz. Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the polyphase electric system, the alternating current motor and the radio, worked for Ganz at the beginning of his career.

 

 

   

 

History

 

The company’s predecessor was founded in 1844 by Abraham Ganz, a master foundry man of Swiss origin.

The key to the success of the Ganz companies was intuition based on enormous professional knowledge foreseeing future demand, initiative and enterprise. The founder’s invention, hard-casting, ensured a great competition advantage and enabled the manufacturing of railway wheels highly resistant to abrasion, which founded the company’s future.

 

 

Kálmán Kandó was the first person in the world to develop the phase-changing electric locomotive, which revolutionized railway traction, and György Jendrassik’s famous diesel engines enabled Ganz to supply 2,000 diesel locomotives and multiple-unit trains to numerous countries in the world from Argentina to China. The high rank of energy production machinery manufacturing and planning performed at Ganz is indicated by that the concept of the power plant built at the Niagara Falls was also elaborated by the engineers of Ganz. Numerous other technological priorities are also associated with the name of Hungarian engineers, such as the turbo generator or the propeller-type pumps developed on the basis of Viktor Kaplan’s water turbine with adjustable blades, which significantly increased the capacity of the pumps. During the company’s history of nearly 170 years the factories of Ganz were struck by war, economic and political crises, but the devotion, diligence and ingenuity of the managers, engineers and workers, their mentality of “we know it and we do it” and their high quality work guaranteed and still guarantees the company’s future.