1836 Foundation

Arnold Volkenborn I. founded the company in 1836 in Langengerg (Rhineland). In the beginning, he mainly produced machines for the adjacent industry (fabrics, lace and yarns), e.g. bobbin lace machines.
Agricultural machines such as straw binding machines, threshing machines, etc. later completed the product range.

Arnold Volkenborn I.

1875 takeover by Arnold Volkenborn II

Approx. in 1875 his son Arnold Volkenborn II. took over the business and concentrated on agricultural machines.

Arnold Volkenborn II.

1915 takeover by Waldemar Volkenborn

1915 takeover by the elder son Waldemar.

1918 Hermann Volkenborn joined the management

In 1918 after the First World War, the younger son Hermann also joined the management.


First circular saws on the market

In 1934, the first circular saws came on the market – initially for agricultural use – at that time in wood design with v-belt and also diesel motor drive.

1945 change-over to metal construction

In 1945, the circular building site saw production changed to metal construction.

At that time, the stationary threshing machine production was ceased as the mobile threshing machines occurred.

1948 retirement of Waldemar Volkenborn

1948 Waldemar Volkenborn left the company.

1950 takeover by Kurt Volkenborn

1In 1950, Kurt Volkenborn, son of Hermann Volkenborn, and thus in the 4th generation, joined the company.

Under the influence of the postwar period, he concentrated on the building sector and developed a new generation of circular building site saws, equipped with electric motors. After consultation with the Accident Prevention and Insurance Association for the building sector he had the “accident-proof” saws patented.


1952 Patented refractability

In 1952, Kurt Volkenborn also developed new stone cutting saws for the refractory industry and had them patented as well.

1961 Modification and extension of the company building

In 1961, modification and extension of the company building at the Langenberg site.

1970 Enhancements

Over the years, the circular building site saws as well as the stone cutting saws were subject to many enhancements.

The custom-made stone cutting saws manufactured in small series become more and more special machines.

The circular building site saws are the main focus in the AVOLA production.

1972 Hot-dip galvanized machine frame

In 1972, change to a hot-dip galvanized machine frame

1981 Motor with brake

In 1981, the motor was equipped with a brake. Other details are subject to permanent development and amelioration to keep up with the latest state of the art.

1983 Barbara Volkenborn

1983 Barbara Volkenborn joined the company

Barbara Volkenborn-Gehrmann

1993 Hattingen/Ruhr

1993 Construction of the new factory and relocation to Hattingen/Ruhr.

1997 Takeover by Barbara Volkenborn-Gehrmann

In 1997, Barbara Volkenborn-Gehrmann takes over management in the 5th generation.

1999 First carpenter’s machine GAMA

1999 development and production of the first carpenter’s machine GAMA.

2006 170 years AVOLA

In 2006, AVOLA celebrates its 170th anniversary

2007 Euro- Test award for safety hood

In 2007, AVOLA was awarded the EURO-TEST AWARD for the safety hood SSH for the circular building site saw for outstanding achievements in safety at work and health protection by the Accident Prevention and Insurance Association for the building sector.

2011 175 years AVOLA

AVOLA celebrates its 175th anniversary