Aged just 29, Bruno Bachhofer decided to set up his own business and together with the late Anton Locher, founded Hydro-Elektrik GmbH® as a specialist company in water technology systems. For thirty-eight years, he was CEO of the company based in Ravensburg-Obereschach, which grew to become the HydroGroup®. Even after handing over the reigns twelve years ago, he continued to enrich the company with his experience and ideas until shortly before his death.
Sadly, he will not be with us to experience the 50th anniversary of his beloved – and now globally active – “Hydro” in September this year.
His contagious, hearty laugh, humour and zest for life were an inspiration to all and have left a lasting mark on the company. Both a boss and a friend, Bruno Bachhofer was characterised by his willingness to roll up his sleeves and help out. As a tireless inventor who was always on the look-out for innovations or ways to solve problems, his regular product creations played a decisive role in advancing the company. One of his biggest successes – which was also distinguished with an innovation award – was the establishment of new production technology for the construction of large stainless-steel tanks directly on site for storing drinking water. This system revolutionised drinking water storage in the field of water supply. Several patents bore his name, too.
When asked about his creativity, he once said that he grew up in modest circumstances and was never bought any toys. But since he had always been interested in mechanics and the family had tools, he simply made his own.
The executive board and all employees join in mourning the death of their entrepreneurial and popular senior director.
Bruno, may you rest in peace – R.I.P.