The recent history of the city was strongly influenced by Ferdinand of Zeppelin. The earl, born in Konstanz, based the production of his famous rigid airships in Friedrichshafen, and founded the first air shipping company of the world there. The success of the zeppelin made the city the hub of regular world airship traffic.
Another important person in Friedrichshafen's history was the engineer Claude Dornier. In 1910 he started work in the Ferdinand von Zeppelin factories in Friedrichshafen, and 4 years later he founded the Dornier factories in the town. Due to the Treaty of Versailles however, he had to move to European neighbour countries. Dornier aircraft were built in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and even in Japan. Dornier became known the world over and earned a great reputation. He built various revolutionary aircraft such as the famous flying boat Do-Wal and the German bomber Do-17.
The current EADS Astrium GmbH company has evolved from the former Dornier GmbH.
In 1912 the company of Wilhelm Maybach Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau moved to Friedrichshafen. The leadership of the enterprise was incumbent on the oldest son of Wilhem Maybach, Karl Maybach (1879-1960). In 1918 the company was renamed Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH. Up until 1940, about 2300 Maybach luxury automobiles were constructed here in Friedrichshafen.
The most important employers here are still those industrial enterprises whose roots go back into the time of the building of airships. Amongst others, these would be:
- ZF Friedrichshafen AG
- MTU Friedrichshafen AG
- Zeppelin GmbH
- EADS Astrium
Since the end of the 1990s, airships are again being built in Friedrichshafen. The ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik produces the semi-rigid hybrid airships of the type Zeppelin NT.
The Graf-Zeppelin-Haus in Friedrichshafen was already host of an earlier EUSAR, and is a very popular venue for such occasions. Besides, it is sited directly on the shore of Lake Constance. There are many sites of historical interest in the locality, particularly concerning the honorary citizen Dr. e.h. Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin.
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