Edition #64 | June 2021

Dear Readers,

for 60 years now, the Peter Berghaus GmbH has been in existence. What my father started with an an idea in a garage, is today an international traffic safety company.

It didn't stop at the mobile traffic lights. Increasing traffic, dilapidated roads and the claim: "No fatalities in road traffic" were our motivation to develop new product ideas and the service of traffic safety.

Today, and more than ever, our 930 employees are committed to safe roads - we make sure that intelligent, networked road safety solutions lead to fewer congestion, accidents and emissions on the roads.

I look back with pride on the life's work of my father and the joint success in the AVS Group. I would like to thank all employees, customers and partners for their many years of partnership and loyalty and wish us many more successful years. Arrive safely!

With my best wishes
Dieter Berghaus, Member of the Advisory Board

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Berghaus and AVS celebrate 60th birthday

We celebrate our 60th anniversary in June 2021. The company was founded in June 1961 by Peter Berghaus in Kürten near Cologne as a retailer of electrical goods. At the beginning of the 1960s, the trained electrician developed the first radio traffic light and thus created the nucleus for AVS, today with 930 employees one of the largest largest traffic safety companies in Europe.

We look forward to 60 years together for Berghaus and AVS.

  • Hendrik Hucke CEO AVS Group
  • Andreas Schwingeler COO NATIONAL AVS Group
  • Dirk Schönauer COO INTERNATIONAL AVS Group
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Pioneer in traffic safety

Peter Berghaus recognized very early on that as traffic volumes increase, so do the demands for safety on the roads. At a time when no one was thinking about traffic safety, Peter Berghaus could not let go of one vision: there should be no more injuries or even deaths on the roads. He works tirelessly. All he needs is a homemade radio module and the stepping mechanism of a washing machine. "Back then, my mother first had to wash by hand again," recalls Berghaus' son Dieter, now a member of the AVS Group's advisory board, of his father's entrepreneurial beginnings. "If one out of ten ideas succeeds, that's fine": Peter Berghaus continues to develop his company according to this credo. The company initially starts in the family garage in Oberblissenbach, 25 kilometers northeast of Cologne, but grows quickly. After the development of the radio traffic light, more and more products are added - from intersection control devices to signage and road markings to the first mobile safety barriers developed in-house. They all contribute to securing construction sites ever more professionally.

Manufacturer and service provider in one

At an early stage, Peter Berghaus no longer limited himself exclusively to the development of products. He expanded his business model to include service offerings and founded M+V GmbH in 1984, through which he rented out the products he had developed and manufactured himself. Over the years, the AVS subsidiaries emerge from this.

Dear Readers,

for 60 years now, the Peter Berghaus GmbH has been in existence. What my father started with an an idea in a garage, is today an international traffic safety company.

It didn't stop at the mobile traffic lights. Increasing traffic, dilapidated roads and the claim: "No fatalities in road traffic" were our motivation to develop new product ideas and the service of traffic safety.

Today, and more than ever, our 930 employees are committed to safe roads - we make sure that intelligent, networked road safety solutions lead to fewer congestion, accidents and emissions on the roads.

I look back with pride on the life's work of my father and the joint success in the AVS Group. I would like to thank all employees, customers and partners for their many years of partnership and loyalty and wish us many more successful years. Arrive safely!

With my best wishes
Dieter Berghaus, Member of the Advisory Board

The AVS Group today and tomorrow

What began 60 years ago with the first radio-controlled construction site traffic light is now a leading specialist provider of traffic safety services in Germany and Europe. The company is headquartered in Leverkusen and offers all essential services related to traffic safety projects. In recent years, the portfolio of services has been supplemented by in-house expertise in maintenance & control runs, marking work and digital solutions such as LED technology and digital congestion warning systems. "Digitalization has long since arrived in technical traffic safety - we ensure that intelligent, networked traffic safety solutions result in less congestion, accidents and emissions on the roads. We want roadworks not to be noticed at all by making traffic more predictable, stress-free, safe and environmentally friendly." This is how Hendrik Hucke, CEO of the AVS Group, describes the vision - according to which all employees act under the motto: "We bring safety to the road".

More informationen: Press (AVS Website), History (AVS Website)