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1845

In this year, Leopold Bittmann and his wife found the company “Leop. Bittmann” in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. The company produces metal ornaments and decorative elements for the leather industry.

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Using Morse code, Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message from Washington to Baltimore.

1959

Fritz August Bittmann joins the company, and the company enters the storage technology field. The first steel bin is produced in March.

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The three millionth VW Beetle rolls off the production line.

1962

BITO begins to produce plastic containers using an injection moulding process. Plastic gradually starts to replace wood and steel as a construction material.

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The first Beatles single, “Love Me Do”, is released in the United Kingdom.

1976

BITO begins to revolutionise intralogistics with the production of the first ever carton live storage system and its first steps into the world of picking technology.

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The first push-button telephone appears on the market.

1980

BITO introduces the first boltless shelving system to the market. The system is also notable for being a two-storey structure.

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Reinhold Messner scales Mount Everest without using breathing gear.

1981

BITO develops a pallet racking system with a high carrying capacity.

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The first personal computer is unveiled by the American firm IBM.

1988

Production switches to polypropylene with the new SK series. The SK also gets an attractive exterior look in powder blue and coral green.

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The German high-speed ICE train sets a new record, travelling between Fulda and Würzburg at a speed of 406 km/h.

1990

BITO constructs a new container, the RK type, designed to match standard shelf widths.

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Germany becomes the football world champion for a third time at the World Cup in Italy.

1991

BITO continues to grow. The move to Meisenheim comes soon afterwards.

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Helmut Kohl is re-elected as the first Chancellor of a reunited Germany.

1994

The new space-saving MB container is developed. This model is stackable when empty.

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Michael Schumacher becomes the first German Formula 1 world champion.

1998

The KTL handling bin is introduced, instantly convincing the market.

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The Bundestag in Germany votes to introduce the Euro.

1999

The company decides to incorporate mobile racking products into its range. The first system went on sale as early as 1999.

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Total solar eclipse above Central Europe.

2000

In June 2000, plastic-based production facilities moved to Lauterecken.

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The German government and the German energy industry agree to end the country's use of nuclear power.

2001

BITO is the first company in its industry to launch an online webshop.

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In 2001, Dennis Tito achieves international fame as the first ever space tourist.

2006

BITO signs a joint venture agreement with the Indian family company Nilkamal Plastics.

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The final of the 2006 football World Cup, the 18th edition of the most prestigious national football tournament, is held in Germany for the second time - the first being in 1974.

2008

BITO opens its new Hall 7 in 2008.

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Barack Obama becomes the first African-American President of the United States.

2011

The SL heavy-duty bin, with a maximum load of up to 500 kg, is developed and instantly wins the Red Dot Award.

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NASA launches its last crewed space mission on the Space Shuttle.

2015

The Meisenheim plant is expanded to a total production area of 6,400 m².

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A comprehensive national minimum wage is introduced in Germany, set at EUR 8.50 per hour.