Grown out of a family home in Munich, Germany, Bauer Compressors Inc. has experienced a whirlwind of a journey to end up with a US base and over 75 years of experience in manufacturing reliable and durable arrays of high-pressure compressors.
Bauer’s vast experience in the compressor market, coupled with its commitment to produce valuable innovations, has resulted in great development and today the company prides itself in being fully specialised in the markets of high-pressure breathing air products, GSA/military breathing air products, industrial air and gas products, plastics technology, natural gas, and inert gas compression.
The company began its North American journey back in 1976, when it opened its first facility outside of Germany in Norfolk, Virginia, which has since grown from hosting just two employees to over 250 and now stands Bauer’s headquarters.
“The Bauer Norfolk, Virginia, facility is the largest systems packaging facility outside of Germany, followed by packaging facilities in China, India, UK, Australia and France,” Tony Bayat, President of Bauer Compressors told gasworld in an exclusive interview.
“We did a major expansion of the US facility back in 2014 and our operations in China and India are also growing.”
Today, Bauer stands as a 100% vertically integrated enterprise that controls every aspect of the design manufacturing process, both of which have greatly contributed to its respectable reputation.
Although the company is continuing to grow both its number of facilities and employees, all of the company’s high-pressure compressor bareheads are still manufactured in Germany, but now at its new state of the art facility in Geretsried, which is 35 km south of the original Munich plant. Once manufactured, the compressors are then packaged into complete solutions in various Bauer facilities around the world.
Talking about the company’s high-pressure offering, Bayat, said, “In the high-pressure segment (2500-7000 psig) we produce compressors from 5hp all the way to 350hp. We build a lot of speciality systems for various breathing air applications which require ultra-purified air. Therefore, we have a lot of in-house expertise of not only compression but purification and verification (gas analysis) as well.”
“In the industrial sector, we provide complete solutions for compressed natural gas, biogas, nitrogen production and compression and various high-pressure air systems used in various industries. In the rare gas category, we provide complete recovery and compression systems for helium as well as argon.”
Although its traditional high-pressure offering continues to be at the forefront of the company, Bayat told gasworld that the company is also seeing huge demand for data related systems.
Bayat commented, “We are currently focusing heavily on digital transformation. Our state- of-the-art Bauer ConnectTM remote telemetry and control app with Al predictive algorithm allows customers to remotely operate and monitor their Bauer products from any internet- connected mobile device.”
“Besides providing our customers with push notifications related to important operating parameters we are offering an array of standard and customised historical reporting related to our customers’ performance criteria.”
“Through Al, the system automatically monitors and analyses important trends and generates feedback on corrective actions. We see this as a continuation of what has made Bauer successful for over 75 years, i.e. our focus on developing state-of-the-art high-pressure solutions for our customers which are geared to their specific performance needs and which are designed to add exceptional value to their operations above and beyond just compression.”