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Our History

125 Years MHWirth – Our History

Entrepreneurial Spirit and Technical Innovations Right from the Beginning

In 1895, drilling pioneer Anton Raky founded the Internationale Bohrgesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft“ (IBG), which soon had its headquarters in Erkelenz, Germany. Being at the heart of the oil business right from the beginning, he laid the foundation of today’s MHWirth.

In 1904, we built our first mud pump, and since then, more than 1500 mud pumps in different designs have followed. Our legacy of drawworks dates back to the 1950s, and also our history to deliver Pyramid™ masts and substructures for land rigs. In the following decades we added piston diaphragm pumps to our portfolio serving the mining industry as well as pile top drill rigs with Reversed Circulation Drilling (RCD) technology for the construction of foundation structures. That technology also laid the foundation for our later involvement in subsea mining. At that time, the Germany-based company was well-known in the industry under the name of “Wirth”.

In the early 1970’s, supporting the oil industry in Norway, Bjarne Skeie pioneered the drilling industry in Kristiansand. He constructed his first crane in 1968 before he established Maritime Hydraulics.

Joining Forces for Success

In the 1980s Maritime Hydraulics and Wirth started collaborating in oilfield projects. During that time, we also built our first top drives, of which we have delivered 370 ex of until today. In addition to our drawworks portfolio, we launched the award-winning RamRig™ in 1996, a highly efficient compensating system for semi-submersible and drillship operations.

The beginning of a new era for our company started in 2014, when the new brand “MHWirth” was established, reflecting the two strong brands MH (from previous Maritime Hydraulics) and Wirth.

Technology and Service Paving the Way to the Future

Cutting-edge technology has always been high on the MHWirth agenda. These days, we have a strong focus on automation and digitalization to help our customers to improve their efficiency, cost and safety. Last year, we put our ultra-modern Operational Support Center in operation, maximizing the efficiency gain of our DEAL™ and Smart Modules™.

Our first-class drilling solutions are installed on more than 500 installations both onshore and offshore globally. Additionally, we enjoy a first-class reputation as a supplier for infrastructure projects and to the mining industry worldwide and we are involved in the extraction of diamonds and methane hydrate from the seabed.

Today, MHWirth has a global span covering five continents with offices in 12 countries. Our 1,450 dedicated professionals consistently strive to enhance customer satisfaction and form meaningful collaborations by creating a personalized experience – not only for today, but also for the next 125 years.