Sauer Sundstrand has a rich history of innovation and growth in the hydraulic industry. Founded in 1946 as Sundstrand Machine Tools, it quickly adapted hydraulic technology for its tool production, eventually venturing into aviation hydraulics. This innovation led to the formation of Sundstrand Corporation in 1959, diversifying its product range to include aerospace and industrial hydraulic products. In the 1960s, Sundstrand’s Hydraulics division made significant advancements in hydrostatic transmission technology, particularly for off-highway equipment, marking a pivotal moment in its history. The company also expanded its reach globally by founding a German business component in 1967, further establishing itself as a key player in the hydraulic industry.
The merger with Sauer Getriebe and later the acquisition by Danfoss in 2000 marked a new era for the company, resulting in the formation of Sauer-Danfoss. This merger combined the strengths of both companies to create a full-line supplier of mobile hydraulics, effectively meeting the increasing demand for single-source suppliers. Sauer-Danfoss, now known for its wide array of hydraulic components and systems, has become a go-to provider for many industries, offering hydrostatic transmissions, hydraulic pumps and motors, and sophisticated electronic controls. The merger not only expanded the company’s product portfolio but also its global footprint, making it a significant entity in the mobile hydraulics market.