New products for mobility
When Commercial Director Karl Fichtel died early and unexpectedly in 1911, Ernst Sachs took over the sole management of the company that had grown to around 2,600 employees. Against the backdrop of the economic crisis, Sachs transformed the company into a corporation in 1923 before selling the ball bearing division in 1929 and focusing on the production of vehicle engines, clutches, and shocks and dampers. One of his last developments was a light two-stroke engine that was installed in almost all small motorized bicycles of leading manufacturers as of 1932. The inventor died in the same year and his son Willy took over the company.In 1945, after the turmoil of the war, 67 percent of the plant facilities in Schweinfurt were destroyed; in spite of this, production was restarted at the end of the year. New sales success was achieved at the beginning of the fifties with the legendary "Sachser," a 50 cc engine with a two-speed transmission for mopeds.