The search is on for the oldest BITZER reciprocating or screw compressor still in operation.

BITZER has launched a competition to find the oldest compressors still in operation. The competition is open until March 15, 2021.

Ever since the company was established over 85 years ago, BITZER has been a pioneer in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry in terms of quality and durability.

Participants who find the oldest compressors can win great prizes in both categories of compressor technologies: Every prize includes a webinar of the winner’s choice from the SCHAUFLER Academy, a wireless Jabra headset and a BITZER office package.

Customers who have authentic BITZER reciprocating or screw compressors in operation should send the following photos and information to

A picture of the compressor, its name plate and the compressor installed in the system;

Information about the model and location of the system;

The name of the operator of the system;

Contact details.

BITZER began making its mark on the industry in as early as the 1930s by manufacturing thermostatic expansion valves out of steel and achieving international success with reciprocating compressors.

In the 1940s, BITZER began paving the way for its success as a compressor manufacturer with its open two-cylinder reciprocating compressors and set additional milestones in the 1950s with hermetic and semi-hermetic compressors.

In the early 1980s, BITZER then became the first manufacturer to market open and semi-hermetic screw compressors for commercial refrigeration and air conditioning applications which were being manufactured in serial production.

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