About ZELL Group

The company history of the ZELL Group


The ZELL Group increases its capital. Ingo Zell and Ernst von Freyberg now manage the company together as shareholders and managing directors. ZELL begins work on the construction of Europe’s largest and most modern precision blasting plant, located in Rottenacker.

ZELL system technology presents the world’s first holding system based on a wood-plastic composite (WPC) at the parts2clean 2018 trade fair. Baskets and clips will also contribute to meeting high environmental standards in the future.


»ZELL System technology« launches the new GRID transport system. This is the first automatable steel transport system that is also suitable for cleaning, transporting and hardening individually fitted parts. The system was developed in-house and can withstand temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees.


In 2015, »ZELL Surface technology« starts with the development of rotary blasting machines. By 2017, eight of these machines are in operation. The new development results in 42% lower consumption of abrasives and 24% lower energy consumption together with increased quality and repeatability. Smaller parts can be processed with great precision thanks to the lower manufacturing tolerances of the new systems. 

»ZELL System technology« launches the first flexible transport system made of 100% plastic. It is also 100% compatible with the well-known system.


Founded in 2006, ZELL Metalltechnik GmbH focuses on the development and production of component carrier systems. This is the birth of the »ZELL System technology« business unit.


In September 2000, Josef Zell dies unexpectedly from a heart attack at the age of 48. As a result, Ingo Zell takes over the company at the age of 28 and manages it as a sole proprietor with his wife Claudia. In 2005, the company is renamed ZELL Oberflächentechnik GmbH & Co. KG.


Zell grows and builds its first own machine in 1996. Josef Zell develops and builds rotary systems based on the injector principle, drum systems and various special systems. A decisive factor for the continuous growth and success of the company is that all these production lines are developed and manufactured in-house.


Josef Zell founds ZELL Oberflächentechnik in 1991, in the German town of Volkersheim, Swabia. Working with two employees and two rotary blasting machines developed and build by himself, he dares to take the step into independence. The first customers come from the automotive supplier industry for the deburring and cleaning of steel parts.