The former family company Trepel, started out building scissor lifts for loading and unloading freight vehicles as well as ramps.
In the 1960’s when the wide-bodied aircraft market was expanding, Trepel developed its so-called „mobile lounges“. A truck chassis onto which a scissors lift with platform, comparable to a bus upper section, was mounted. For the first time passengers were collected at the aircraft and transported to the terminal with the “lounge”. During the transport to the terminal the scissors lift was lowered to ground level so that passengers could disembark easily. The first “lounges” were used in the new Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) airport to disembark the first DC-10.
In 1985 the Trepel family sold their concern to PHB Weserhütte.
Over time the loading and unloading equipment was developed further. The production was moved to Tauberbischofsheim. Today, together with the associate company MAFI, they produce loaders Model Champ 70 and Champ 350.
The sales department is in Wiesbaden.
Since 1996 Trepel are also producing aircraft tractors model Challenger.