Based in Baden-Baden, Germany, BIRCO has been a family enterprise for 3 generations.
BIRCO was founded in 1927 as a coal and building materials supplier. As early as the 1950s, the first concrete drainage channels were produced for agricultural use. This triggered the idea of producing drainage channels for traffic areas. In 1965 BIRCO was the first German producer of a concrete channel covered with a mesh grating. The beginning of BIRCO’s specializing in solid and environment-friendly channel systems for surface drainage was thus marked. Today BIRCO is amongst the leading suppliers of channel systems in Europe. The products are marketed through the company's sales agencies in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. In numerous other countries they are sold through partners and licensees. Frank Wagner, grandson of founder of the company, took over 100% of the company shares. Christian Merkel, managing director since many years, became co-partner in the business. In February 2018, the now 4th generation joined the management team with Markus Huppertz. He previously held senior management positions in the company for several years.
The BIRCO channel systems for surface drainage and discharge of aggressive liquids are made of concrete, steel, and PE, and cover a wide range of uses – from areas frequented by heavy-duty vehicles to roof terraces. In addition, BIRCO offers an infiltration system which allows the infiltration of stormwater with the use of only little space. Various cover versions are available for all systems. They include slotted cast gratings, cast mesh gratings, mesh gratings with various mesh widths, slotted and perforated gratings, as well as design-gratings such as the „Wave" and „Ellipse" cast gratings.