Blastrac's company history already spans over a hundred years. In 1906 the American Foundry Corporation was established in the United States. This forerunner of Blastrac created a name for itself with the Wheelabrator machine, a static large machine with a number of wheels that threw the abrasive at the surfaces to be processed, this being an alternative to the compressed air type of blasting that was in use at the time. This process gave a significant production increase for the industry, especially in foundry applications.
1906: American Foundry Corporation established
1932: Success for Wheelabrator
In 1978 the first portable blasting machine was invented. The American Foundry Corporation marketed its own line of portable shot blasting machines under the brand name Blastrac. The company rapidly became market leader. In the 1980's Blastrac started its own production of surface preparation and maintenance equipment in Europe.
1978: Blastrac launched as brand name
1980: Production moves to Europe
In 2004 the Blastrac organisation was centralised in Nieuwegein in the Netherlands. Nieuwegein is also the head office of Blastrac Europe. All elementary corporate processes, such as finance, logistics, R&D, acquisition, sales, marketing and production are therefore centralised under one roof. This gives Blastrac the advantage of short organisational lines, better communication and greater flexibility.
In 2005 Blastrac is established as a separate company, with sales offices in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. In 2006 Blastrac opened a production, sales and logistics branch in Poland.
2004: European head office moved to the Netherlands
2005: Blastrac expanded with sales & service centres throughout Europe
2006: Blastrac opened its own production centre in Poland
Since 2008, Blastrac has been expanding rapidly with even more sales & service centres throughout and outside of Europe. Even now Blastrac opens up branches around the world almost every year.
Currently, Blastrac is a multinational organisation that employs around 450 people worldwide. Furthermore, Blastrac has a global network of more than 70 dealers around the world. With its unequalled production line, the organisation has seen a massive geographical expansion in recent years. Various new markets to applications are catered for.