Our History

Timeless Machines and Accessories

Starting with just one machine 100 years ago, Blastrac now has a portfolio full of machines for the preparation and maintenance of floors and other surfaces.

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

 

Image of old Blastrac shot- blaster and dust collector

 

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

 

Image of old blastrac surface preparation equipment

 

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. 

 

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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.