Over 100 years of excellence

Today
Piller has approaching 1000 employees worldwide. With a global presence and international sales and service partners in more than 50 countries, Piller continues to lead in UPS technology and maintains its position as a world leader. As a world-renowned specialist and partner providing mission-critical power solutions whatever the application. Piller UPS clients include banking and other financial institutions, telecommunications networks, broadcasters, healthcare facilities, airports and air traffic control, computer data centres, various production facilities and many other companies and organisations that require a totally reliable high capacity power source. Piller converters and related products are widespread in both military and civil applications providing ground power systems to airports worldwide and shore-to-ship and on-board power systems for both submarine and surface vessels.

To maintain its leadership in the field of UPS solutions incites Piller not only to do justice to this demand but to continually develop innovative technological advances. In this respect, Piller will continue to work closely with clients, universities and research institutes.

2020
Piller develops its latest non-diesel UB-V Platform with single-entity from 1MW up to 3.24MW. An all-new control platform allows maintenance and monitoring in the Remote Mode.

2019
Piller marks the centenary of operations in Osterode am Harz at a celebration attended by the company’s employees, their families and much of the town’s population. Managing Directors from Piller subsidiaries around the world begin the anniversary with a 100km charity cycle ride that raised over €100k.

2018
Active Power XT MMS adds a new modular system with extended run time. The technology is based on a highly fault-tolerant IGBT architecture and delivers up to 98% efficiency.

2019 - Managing Directors from Piller subsidiaries after the charity cycle ride

2020 - UB-V Platform with single-entity from 1MW up to 3.24MW

2017
Piller develops the world’s largest commercially available kinetic energy storage system POWERBRIDGE PB60+ with 60MJ (60MWs). The unit can deliver power above 3MW and provide 1MW of electrical power for over 60 seconds.

2016
With the Critical Power Module (CPM) Piller succeeds in combining a completely new kinetic energy storage with cutting edge cooling technology in a highly efficient UPS. This new category of UPS is oriented to the specific needs of the modern enterprise data centre.
In November 2016 the group acquired the business and assets of Texas-based Active Power, a producer of kinetic energy storage devices, and merged the business into its Piller division.
First Active Power’s XT UPS deployed.

2015
The first liquid-cooled flywheel storage system is developed. Features such as a redundant pumping system, a redundant temperature-controlled ventilation system, a better total efficiency compared to air cooling and an easy system integration allow a higher capacity at a low-temperature level within the POWERBRIDGE.

2014
Piller Group GmbH opens a new subsidiary in New Delhi, India.

2013
Piller revolutionises the UPS market with further innovation of their rotary UPS DeRUPS™ application, a powerful and multifunctionalUPS solution. Piller Group GmbH open sales and service offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

2012
Piller sets new standards in the UPS sector. The new Piller UNIBLOCK™ UBT+ and UBTD+ range provide real efficiencies at 97%.

2017 - POWERBRIDGE PB60

2011
Piller develops and installs the world’s largest kinetic energy storage with 21 MWs.

2009
Subsidiary companies Piller Power Singapore Pte. Ltd. was founded.

2008
Piller installs the largest single Diesel UPS system in the world with 3000 kVA.

2008
Piller develops its third generation of APOTRANS static transfer switch. Since its conception in 1997 more than 2500 of these systems has been installed globally.

2007
Piller revolutionises the UPS market with further innovation of their rotary UPS systems and achieves worldwide the best capacity/footprint ratio (kVA/m2).

2006
Piller develops and installs its first IP Bus UPS System.
First Renewable Energy Project.
First CleanSource PowerHouse UPS deployed.

2001 - Osterode - Administration and Engineering

Piller POWERBRIDGE™

2008 - Piller APOTRANS

2005
Piller is acquired from the RWE Group by Langley Holdings plc, a British privately owned multi-disciplined global engineering group engaged in the supply of capital equipment to a wide range of industry. 
Piller manufactures the first static UPS system under its new AP Premium brand.

2004
Subsidiary companies Piller Italia S.r.l. in Milan and Piller Iberica S.L.U. in Madrid are founded.

2001
Piller builds a modern Test & Assembly facility on a 4.4 hectares site for Diesel UPS in Bilshausen close to the Osterode factory to meet clients' growing needs for proven UPS solutions.

A manufacturing facility in Austin, TX opened.

2001 - Bilshausen - Piller Test & Assembly

2001 - Diesel UPS under test at Bilshausen

2000
Piller meets the challenges of the new millennium. Business with internet service providers and financial institutions expand and there is more demand for Piller UPS solutions. New products are ready to go into production and investment in stabilisation/load equalisation for both industrial and EDP (electronic data processing) applications are made. In October 2000 the Osterode production capacity increases further with the erection of Hall 5. Piller is now well established as a global leader in its field.

1993
Anton Piller KG changed its name to Piller GmbH and is acquired by the Lahmeyer AG, and now becomes part of the RWE Group.

1999
Piller develops and installs the first water-cooled UPS system, globally recognised as an outstanding innovation in UPS technology.

1997
Piller sets the cornerstone for the static transfer switch and the APOTRANS series is launched.

1996
Piller develops and installs the world’s largest kinetic energy store POWERBRIDGE as a battery replacement in high capacity UPS systems.

1996
Piller now focuses primarily on power supply activities and the industrial fan division, now considered non-core, is sold to an independent company who today still brand them under the Piller Industrial Fans name.

Piller Inc.

2000 - Piller Diesel UPS

2000 - Piller AWACS

1992
Magnetic Bearings Technologies was founded and changed the name to Active Power four years later. Active Power has been part of Piller since its acquisition in 2016. 
First Static UPS with IGBT technology.

1991
Piller develops and installs the first Diesel UPS system with long ride-through times.

1990
US subsidiary company, Piller Inc, is founded and offers the entire Piller product range including service.

1990
Piller develops and installs the first electrically regulated step-down transformer.

1990
Piller develops and installs the first water-cooled static converters DC to 60Hz and 400Hz.

1989
A modern administration block is built at the Osterode facility with a large reception area, meeting rooms and training school.

1988
Three further subsidiary companies are founded in Australia with its’ headquarters based in Sydney.
Piller develops the first fully digitally controlled static UPS system worldwide.

approx. 1975 - Osterode Administration Building

Piller SILENTBLOCK

Piller UNIBLOCK™

1986
Piller expands its world market position and subsidiary company Piller France is founded situated in Nanterre.

1986
Piller installs its first ground power supply systems for AWACS aircraft.

1985
Piller develops the second generation of low noise fans for submarines.

1983
Hans-Anton Piller, the grandson of Anton Piller, becomes the third generation of Piller to join the company – he is responsible for the technology section.

1982
Piller develops the first rotary hybrid UPS system named UNIBLOCK.

Up to 1980
Piller’s product range continues to expand and now includes aircraft ground power supply systems, frequency converters, UPS units, emergency power supply systems and full-service backup on all products.

1976
Piller UK, Piller's first European subsidiary company is founded located in Cirencester, England, where it still operates from today.

1951 - APO Brochure

1983 - Hans Piller

1975
Piller develops the first brushless charging generators for submarines.

1972
Piller develops the first 60Hz and 400Hz frequency converters and DC drives for submarines.

1970
Piller develops the first rotary UPS system.

1967
The Osterode’s manufacturing facility expands further and Hall 7 is built.

1962
To manufacture systems for air-raid shelters Piller rents a branch factory in Duderstadt, near Hannover, which closed some 30 years later.

1960
Piller develops the first aircraft ground power supply system and frequency converter.

1958
Between 1958 and 1972, in the interests of the company and its employees, Piller builds 100 company apartments in Osterode not far from the factory site. Today it is still referred to as the “Piller estate” although it was privatized in 1995.

1940's - Piller APO Brochure

1940‘s - Piller Moringen

1954
In 1954, Hans Piller, the son of founder Anton Piller, takes over the management of the company resulting in further development to its structure and production range.

1940
In 1940 Piller changes its name to Anton Piller AG a limited company with 100% ownership by the Piller family. This legality makes it possible to attract investors, create new capital and extend production facilities further.

1939-1945
A second factory is built in Moringen Germany, 100km to the south of Hannover . Both factories expanded their production up to 1945.

1920's-1930's
The Piller industrial fans and other products are now well known outside of Germany and Piller survives the economical crises (inflation 1923 and worldwide economic crisis from 1929).

1919
Owing to its favourable geographical location, Piller relocates to Osterode am Harz, near Hannover, to a 9.6 hectares site. On 1st August 1919 and initially with only 18 employees, Piller continues to increase its production of electrically-driven fans.

1909
With his patent for the construction of a fan and his extensive knowledge of the market, the engineer Anton Piller was able to found his own factory in Hamburg.

1909 - Anton Piller

Approx. 1900. - Until the acquisition by Anton Piller, the premises was used as a finishing school.