In 1879, Robert Ferdinand Noske established his workshop in Altona near Hamburg to build ventilation and central heating systems. Right from the start he made a name for himself as an innovator. Already in his first years, the graduate engineer filed numerous patents and with it, secured the technical advantage over the competition as well as the trust of important and well-known customers. Already in 1880, only one year after establishing his company, Noske is awarded the contract to equip the troopship Mars of the Imperial Navy with a steam heating system. Thanks to lucrative orders, primarily from the shipbuilding industry, the company is growing quickly and steadily. In 1886, Robert Noske makes his brother Wilhelm Fedor Noske, also a graduate engineer, partner of his company. From then on, the company was called R. Noske Nachfolger.
In 1894, the company also equips the first merchant ships with steam heating systems. From then on, almost all German shipyards as well as the largest shipping companies of the German Empire Norddeutscher Lloyd and Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) are among Noske’s customers. The Imperator, back then the largest ship in the world (75,000 HP, length: 277 m, up to 4,700 passengers), is built in 1912. For this ship as well, a steam heating system by Noske is used as the heating system. When the Bremen went on its maiden voyage in 1928, Noske is also on board. All sanitary facilities of the luxury cruise liner were built by the two Hamburg entrepreneurs. The Bremen is awarded the “Blue Riband” for the fastest crossing of the North Atlantic on the Europe-America route one year later. During WWII, Noske equips the German Navy with ventilation and heating systems. These are used in both large ships as well as in submarines. Thanks to complying with the highest quality and safety standards, Noske continues to secure the trust of the German Navy. Starting in the 1960s, the German Navy begins to almost exclusively use Noske systems for the equipment of its submarines and some other ship categories - a lasting partnership until today.
In 1914, another entrepreneur, Anton Kaeser, establishes his locksmith’s shop. Right from the start, Kaeser specializes in the development and construction of central heating systems. As the only German manufacturer, he exhibits his first air conditioning units at the Exportmesse in Hannover in 1974. The early dealing with air conditioning systems grants Anton Kaeser Klimatechnik a large technical lead that continues until today.
In 1976, the sales figures of Noske have more than tripled compared to the previous five years (from DM 10.7 to DM 36 million), 25% of all production is exported during this time. However, various banks withdraw their loans as a consequence of the financial crisis, and with it, R. Noske Nachfolger is forced to declare bankruptcy. In the course of these events, the Hamburg shipping company Blohm+Voss AG takes over the company including all employees. Under the name Noske GmbH the company, with ThyssenKrupp Technologies as its parent company, continues its work. Two years later, Blohm+Voss AG also takes over Kaeser Klimatechnik GmbH and the associated management company Anton Kaeser GmbH & Co. Prior to this, Kaeser generated an annual revenue of DM 40 million. In 1979, Blohm+Voss merges the two companies and forms NOSKE-KAESER GmbH.
In 1979, the two leaders in technology merge and form one company, NOSKE-KAESER. As a result of merging the rich know-how of both companies, the Coolmaster is developed in the mid-1980s. The cooling system for food transport is so successful that it enters serial production in 1986 thanks to ever-increasing demand.
In the same year, NOSKE-KAESER is commissioned by the Lloyd shipyard in Bremerhaven to equip the Queen Elizabeth II, back then the second-largest passenger ship in the world, with a completely new engine room ventilation system. The system is the largest one NOSKE-KAESER has developed, built and installed until then.
In 1987, NOSKE-KAESER has equipped more than 1,000 naval vessels from over 40 countries with its products and systems.
Also in the 1990s, NOSKE-KAESER continues to focus on new developments and until today reports numerous patent applications. Amongst others, the cutting edge company develops the HyFEx® systems in 1998 - the worldwide unique fire-extinguishing systems used in a more developed form on the state-of-the-art F125 type frigates of the German Navy.
Two cruise liners of AIDA are equipped for the first time in 2001 with air conditioning systems and pipe systems by NOSKE-KAESER. In the same year, the experts for air conditioning technology start the development of a system for the Transrapid in Shanghai. The maximum speed of the high-speed train of 430 km/h as well as the climatic conditions of the Chinese metropolis present a unique challenge, mastered successfully in the end.
Since 2007, NOSKE-KAESER has been expanding on a global scale, establishing first locations in France, India and China. In 2015, NOSKE-KAESER Marine Australia is founded. Also numerous exclusive partnerships are established in many countries of the world, most recently in 2016 in Canada.
Since 2010, NOSKE-KAESER are also active in the offshore area. It is one of the few companies worldwide offering air conditioning and refrigeration technology as well as fire protection systems for offshore transformer platforms and wind turbines from a single source.
NOSKE-KAESER, in its long history, has experienced and survived international financial and political crises. The company was also not spared from the shipping crisis that started in 2008 and is still ongoing. However, reflecting on its own strengths and with comprehensive restructuring, the traditional company today is back on course for success.