HOERBIGER 125 years

2012: Breakthrough for the Wellhead Compression business in Latin America

With Wellhead Compression (WHC) units, mobile compressor stations, HOERBIGER is breaking new ground in 2008. WHC units enable customers from the oil and gas industry to economically produce residual volumes in oil and gas fields. The remaining oil and gas can no longer be extracted efficiently and cost-effectively using conventional methods. With a WHC unit from HOERBIGER, such almost dried up sources continue to bubble.

In 2012, the new business model experienced a breakthrough: A customer leased nearly 200 WHC units. Today, HOERBIGER operates a fleet of around 400 units for its customers worldwide and offers sophisticated services. Thus, for example, telemetry processes and the use of cloud technology are part of the service portfolio. The service network of HOERBIGER guarantees customers the proximity and availability they need for the reliable operation of their plants.

CTI Symposium USA

CTI USA goes digital: HOERBIGER presents TorqueLINE Twin Cone

Visitors will experience our products virtually this year: HOERBIGER will unveil its shift elements for hybrid and electric drives at the online trade show from October 13 to 14. One of the latest innovations: The TorqueLINE Twin Cone. The system replaces traditional multi-disk clutches and is up to 90 percent more efficient than standard clutch systems.

Event: CTI Symposium USA
Date: October 13th – 14th, 2020
Digital Event

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HOERBIGER 125 years

1992: On the way to the Group

On her death in 1989, Martina Hörbiger left the Executive Board of the HOERBIGER Group of Companies, still appointed by her and the Board of Trustees of the HOERBIGER Foundation, the challenge of continuing the corporate activities in her spirit and reorganizing the corporate structure.

From 1992, the Group will be reorganized step by step. The business activities previously organized in a large number of individual companies and regions are now assigned to the three newly formed Strategic Business Units Compression Technology, Automation Technology and Drive Technology.

In 1997, HOERBIGER Holding AG in the Swiss canton of Zug becomes the holding company of the Group. From this date on, the management of the Group is incumbent on the Board of Directors of HOERBIGER Holding AG and the Executive Board.

Today, the HOERBIGER Group is the sum of the Strategic Business Units Compression Technology, Drive Technology and the Business Units Rotary Solutions, Safety, Engine and Automotive Hydraulics. The Group supports the operating divisions and business units through efficient corporate functions.

HOERBIGER 125 years

1983: HOERBIGER begins with the production of piezo valves

Initially ten chips a day roll off the production line. Since then, pneumatic piezo valves from HOERBIGER have stood for extreme reaction speed and precise control.

Piezo valves from HOERBIGER have even proven themselves in space. In a gas analysis device, which was used in the Rosetta mission to explore the comet Tschuri, 28 HOERBIGER MegaMic silicon valves are installed using microsystems technology. They control the gas flows in the analysis unit. Each of them weighs less than 2 grams including housing. In addition to their miniature design, it is their insensitivity to extreme temperatures and their very low energy consumption that make HOERBIGER valves suitable for use in space.

HOERBIGER now produces around 800,000 piezo chips annually.

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HOERBIGER 125 years

1971: Entry into the international valve service business: Foundation of HOERBIGER Nederland B.V. in Heerlen, Netherlands

The founding of HOERBIGER Nederland B.V. in Heerlen, Netherlands, marked HOERBIGER’s entry into the international service business for compressor valves. In rapid succession, HOERBIGER expanded its valve service network. In the late 1970s, service locations were founded in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, England, the USA and Canada. In the 1980s, Singapore, and Australia followed. By the beginning of 1985, 16 service branches were already carrying the company’s reputation out into the world. Others followed. In 1986, HOERBIGER do Brasil opened a service center in Salvador, Brazil, in LATAM.

Today, our customers benefit from our unique application know-how and the wealth of knowledge and experience gained from 125 years of valve construction. HOERBIGER currently has over 70 service locations in 43 countries. More than 1,000 employees at HOERBIGER ensure first-class service – worldwide and around the clock.

HOERBIGER 125 years

1970: First subsidiary in Asia

In October 1969, 29-year-old Horst Müller left his home in Austria with his Japanese wife and two daughters. His destination was Japan, land of the rising sun. He took with him one million Austrian schillings, an excellent knowledge of compressor valves gained through an intensive one-year training course in Vienna, and a healthy dose of optimism.

Horst Müller’s arrival in Asia was one small step for a man, but a giant leap for HOERBIGER in Asia.

In February 1970, HOERBIGER Nippon Kabushiki Kaisha (HNKK) was registered as a new HOERBIGER company. At that time it was rare for foreign companies to set up a subsidiary without local shareholders. HNKK was the first HOERBIGER company to be founded in Asia.

Today, after 50 years, HOERBIGER has four production plants in China, two in India, and 25 service locations in the Asia & Pacific region. More than 1,800 employees in 11 countries ensure that the group is always close to its customers.

HOERBIGER 125 years

1963: Foundation of HOERBIGER Corporation of America (HCA)

In 1961 Hubert Wagner joined HOERBIGER in Vienna. He was inspired by the idea of establishing the HOERBIGER brand in the United States. One year later, Martina Hörbiger gave him 25,000 US dollars and the order to establish HOERBIGER in the USA.

The HOERBIGER Corporation of America (HCA) was founded in 1963 in Roslyn, New York State. By the end of 1965, HCA’s sales rose by 300 percent.

To further grow this new business, Wagner soon realized that he had to set up local production in the USA to improve delivery times for American customers. In 1967, production began in Woodside, Queens, New York City.

1979, HCA moved to Florida to concentrate production at a central location.

Since then, HOERBIGER has continued its U.S. growth through strong, long-time customer relationships, and a series of industry advancements, including the introduction of the CP valve in 2011, and the ongoing deployment of new production automation technologies.

HOERBIGER 125 years

Entry into the synchronizer business

In 1957, HOERBIGER expanded its product portfolio and began series production of clutch plates in Schongau, Germany. In 1964 the production of clutch plates was transferred to Penzberg, Germany.

In 1984, HOERBIGER began series production of synchronizer rings for passenger car manual transmissions. In the 1990s, HOERBIGER revolutionized the manufacture of synchronizer products: For the first time, HOERBIGER succeeded in producing synchronizer rings for passenger car manual transmissions in a single operation – solely by forming sheet steel. Today, HOERBIGER is the leading supplier of synchronizer systems worldwide: Nearly 1,500 employees in Schongau, Peiting, Penzberg, Oberstenfeld and Changzhou contribute to the success of the Strategic Business Unit Drive Technology.

HOERBIGER 125 years

1950: HOERBIGER starts its successful path in Germany

70 years ago, the company HOERBIGER & CO moved into part of the “aircraft hangar” in Altenstadt and began producing compressor valves with a small team.

The step onto German soil was a success: In April 1952 HOERBIGER had 40 employees in Altenstadt. Three years later the number of employees had already increased to 110.

In 1956, the company finally moved – in the meantime under the new name HOERBIGER & CO KG – to its own new building “Im Forchet” in Schongau, the current location of HOERBIGER Kompressortechnik GmbH.

HOERBIGER conquers the German market

The company continued to grow in the following years. New locations and business areas were added and the number of employees grew.

Today, we have 13 HOERBIGER locations in Germany with around 2,000 employees. In addition to the Drive Technology and Compression Technology Strategic Business Units, the Rotary Solutions and Safety Divisions also maintain larger plants in Germany.

HOERBIGER 2019/20 Yearbook

Read the new HOERBIGER Yearbook as an e-book.

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HOERBIGER 125 years:

Reconstruction Martina Hörbiger

On 15 February 1945, the main plant in Simmering is almost completely destroyed by an air raid. The end of the war is tantamount to the loss of all patents and participations in foreign companies. The work of 20 years lies in ruins. A little later Alfred Hörbiger dies. His wife Martina Hörbiger starts the reconstruction with her husband's closest colleagues.

HOERBIGER 125 years

1931: Start of in-house production

Against the background of rapid technical developments, Alfred Hörbiger’s decision to manufacture valves in-house is of particular importance. A large order for flushing pump valves for ship diesel engines is the starting point. Despite the devastating general economic situation that had triggered the global economic crisis, production can be started in 1931 on the new company premises in Vienna Simmering.

1895: An Innovation in valves by Hanns Hörbiger.

With his innovative valve for compressors Hanns Hörbiger laid the foundation for the present Group. The HOERBIGER steel plate valve overcame all the disadvantages of valve designs that were common at the end of the 19th century. It was a unique selling proposition.

The HOERBIGER steel plate valve, however, not only enabled the advancement of blast furnace technology, but also paved the way for the invention of modern pressure chemistry. This made it one of the key technologies for the industrial development at the beginning of the 20th century.

HOERBIGER 125 years

In 2020, HOERBIGER can look back on 125 years of successful company history.

We look forward to at least 125 more years with our business partners – and to working together to find the best answers to the challenges ahead.

Join HOERBIGER here on our website to celebrate our big anniversary. We will be posting important milestones in the company’s history – from our earliest beginnings to today’s Group with its activities around the world.

HOERBIGER supplies key components for ventilators

"Our valves are key components for ventilators," says Managing Director Philipp Baldermann of HOERBIGER Flow Control. The piezo valves developed and manufactured by HOERBIGER are unique worldwide: they are used when extreme speed with the highest precision is required for pneumatic controls and standard technologies are no longer sufficient – such as in the field of medical ventilation.

In the last weeks and months, HOERBIGER has seen a global increase in demand for components of medical ventilators. We are working day and night to deliver these critical components. In that way, HOERBIGER helps ease the supply of medical ventilators in Europe and across the world.

HOERBIGER 125 years

1995: Market entry in China

HOERBIGER Shanghai Co., Ltd (HOESHA) was officially registered on January 23, 1995 as the group's first legal entity in China. Shortly thereafter, the company acquired a plot of land in Shanghai Caohejing High Tech Park in order to establish a production facility there. The ground-breaking ceremony for the first building took place on July 28, 1995. The company celebrated its official opening on April 15, 1997.

HOESHA has grown enormously and very quickly. The expansion required a considerable extension of the facilities and an increase in the workforce. In 2001 and 2006, the second and third buildings were constructed in Caohejing High Tech Park to meet the needs of industry in the region and throughout China.

In 2009, a new production site, HOERBIGER Valve Co., Ltd (HOEVA), started operations in Changzhou, about 185 kilometers from Shanghai.

On January 15, 2016, the Strategic Business Unit Drive Technology (Changzhou) Co., Ltd. established a production site in Changzhou, thus opening another chapter in the history of HOERBIGER in China.

Today, more than 300 employees work for HOERBIGER in China in the fields of Compression Technology, Drive Technology and Safety.

HOERBIGER 125 years

2006 - 2010: Realignment of the Group portfolio

The HOERBIGER Group has used the years 2006 to 2010 to consistently align its portfolio to strategic and future-oriented business fields.

At the end of 2006, HOERBIGER acquired GETRAG Synchron Technik GmbH in Oberstenfeld, Germany. The product portfolio of today's HOERBIGER SynchronTechnik GmbH includes hub systems, sliding sleeves as well as engagement bodies and engagement rings for manual and dual-clutch transmissions.

In October 2008, HOERBIGER withdrew from the Industrial Pneumatics business. The Group sold the Division to the US American Parker Hannifin Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio.

Through an acquisition, HOERBIGER became the world market leader in digital ignition systems for gas-powered industrial engines: On January 1, 2009, HOERBIGER acquired Altronic, Inc. (Girard, Ohio, USA).

In January 2010, HOERBIGER established a production site for synchronizer components in passenger car transmissions in Changzhou. With this plant foundation, the Strategic Business Unit Drive Technology positioned itself as a local producer in China. Within ten years, the plant developed into the top-selling plant in the HOERBIGER Group and achieved record sales in September 2020.

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HOERBIGER Elektronik GmbH

New vehicle electronics enhance comfort and improve protection. Cameras, for example, can replace exterior rearview mirrors and help solve blind spot issues, the cause of a large number of accidents during turning – which often carry serious consequences.

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HOERBIGER acquires majority of RAGSOL GmbH

Zug, Switzerland – effective January 31, 2020, the HOERBIGER Group has acquired the majority stake of the Austrian oil and gas solutions provider RAGSOL GmbH, previously belonging to RAG Austria AG. RAGSOL provides comprehensive solutions and unique products for mature oil and gas fields with the goal of producing oil and gas more efficiently, at lower cost, and environmentally friendly.

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