HOERBIGER at a Glance

  • Successful since 1895
  • Foundation as the majority shareholder
  • 1.173 billion euros in sales in 2017
  • Over 7,300 employees worldwide
  • 140 locations in over 50 countries

The HOERBIGER Group headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, is a global leader in the fields of compression technology, drive technology, and hydraulic systems. In 2016, its 6,800 employees achieved sales of 1.067 billion euros. The HOERBIGER brand is synonymous with performance-defining components in compressors, industrial engines and turbines, automobile transmissions, and multifaceted mechanical engineering applications. Innovations in attractive technological market niches are the basis for components, systems and services that offer unique selling propositions and long-term benefits for the customer. We set standards.


With his development of what at the time was a highly innovative steel plate valve, in 1895 Hanns Hörbiger laid the foundation for the present Group. This development furthered the evolution of blast furnace technology and prepared the way for pressure chemistry.

Hanns Hörbiger's second eldest son Alfred started the in-house production of valves in Vienna-Simmering in 1931. In the years after the end of the Second World War, his wife Martina Hörbiger managed to strengthen the company's international relationships, creating the basis for today's Group and its global operations with 140 locations in more than 50 countries.

People and Values

For more than a century, the pioneering spirit of Hanns Hörbiger, the entrepreneurial courage of Alfred and Martina Hörbiger, proximity to its customers, and fairness toward business partners and employees have shaped HOERBIGER.

Our corporate values – Pioneering Spirit, Courage, Fairness and Closeness – are the direct result of our heritage. The combination of our values is unique. Pioneering Spirit and Courage shape the HOERBIGER culture of innovation – Fairness and Closeness define our conduct toward suppliers and customers as well as among each other. Our employees who embody our values are the hallmark of HOERBIGER's success. They give the HOERBIGER Group an unmistakable profile

HOERBIGER Foundation

The HOERBIGER Foundation in Zug, Switzerland, provides the Group with a sound basis marked by long-term orientation, sustainability, stability, and continuity. The HOERBIGER Foundation protects the Group's entrepreneurial heritage and ensures stability and self-reliance as well as future-oriented corporate development geared toward profitable growth.

Business Model

Performance-defining components are the technological foundation for HOERBIGER's products, systems and services. Through their unique selling propositions, we provide a lasting contribution to the added value of our customers. It is from our high corporate ambition associated with this performance commitment that we derive the vision of the HOERBIGER Group:

We set standards

Positioning and Markets

The HOERBIGER Group worldwide consists of the Strategic Business Units Compression Technology and Drive Technology and the Hydraulic Systems Business Division.

The HOERBIGER brand is synonymous with performance-defining components in compressors, industrial engines and turbines, automobile transmissions, and multifaceted mechanical engineering applications.

HOERBIGER Facts and Figures

HOERBIGER Group 2017 2016 2015 2014
Sales in billion euros 1.173 1.067 1.115 1.088,2
Employees as of 12/31 (including temporary employees) 7,300 6,800 6,858 7,004

Products – Services – Core Competencies

Strategic Business Unit Compression Technology

Key components for reciprocating compressors

  • Valves
  • Rings and packings
  • Control and monitoring systems

Key components for rotary compressors

  • Valves
  • Controls

Key components for air brake, refrigeration and air-conditioning compressors

  • Reed valves
  • Cylinder head units

Key components for industrial gas engines

  • Ignition systems
  • Controls and instruments
  • Engine management systems
  • Gas metering valves and actuators

Safety products

  • Solutions for dust, oil mist, and gas explosion protection
  • Consulting, engineering and testing services for custom explosion protection concepts
  • Solutions for electrostatic spark discharge prevention
  • Relief and check valves
  • Electrohydraulic safety valve actuators
  • Piezo-pneumatic pressure regulators and positioners

Services for compressors,turbines, and industrial gas engines

  • Spare parts
  • Repair
  • Upgrade and revamp
  • System operation

Core Competencies

  • Fluid technology
  • Mechanics
  • Thermo and gas dynamics
  • Metallurgy
  • Polymer technology
  • Piezotechnology
  • Control engineering
  • Electronics
  • Software

Strategic Business Unit Drive Technology

  • Synchronizer systems for manual and dual-clutch transmissions
  • Pneumatic gearshift support systems
  • Design and testing of synchronizer systems

Core Competencies

  • Tribology
  • Pneumatics
  • Design and testing expertise
  • Metal forming technology
  • Machining technology

Hydraulic Systems Business Division

  • Compact Motion Technology for mechanical and plant engineering
  • Hydraulic comfort systems for passenger cars

Core Competencies

  • Hydraulics
  • Electronics
  • Sensor systems
  • Software
  • Control engineering