Some figures:
  • established in 1925
  • 100 % made in Germany
  • more than 200 employees
  • sales EUR 20 million
  • 80 % vertical integration
  • 10 % of staff are trainees
  • ISO 9001:2008 certified
  • direct export ratio 40 %
  • 10 % are construction and R&D

History

Everything started in 1925 with repairing motors: Especially precise and long-living cylinders and crankshafts were needed. The solution was to hone the surface - a method we're still using today. With success!
 
Our passion for reliable, robust products is the reason why we decided to concentrate on hydraulic cylinders as our main competence in 1952. Hydraulic drives are extremely reliable, extremely durable and, while being very compact, offer a high power density.
 
With more than 200 highly motivated employees, we have been developing, testing and manufacturing innovative solutions for our customers - in our own research and production departments in Germany. We are at home where durability, reliability and availability matter. The best proof of this is our cylinders that have been running without failure for up to 40 years.
 
Hänchen's success story is still running smoothly. The reason for this is that our customers can be sure that we always use solutions tailored exactly to their requirements. This mutual trust is based on our know-how that has been growing for three generations, and which makes us a worldwide authority for drive solutions.
Headquarter in Ruit / Stuttgart

The original Hänchen headquarters in Ruit near Stuttgart. In our certified company we create sustainable and future-oriented drive solutions.

Concept

As an independent family business enjoying a healthy and continuous growth, we provide our customers on the global market with high-quality custom-made products and services. We understand our customers and are, through our reliable and flexible solutions, a responsible competent partner. Values such as honesty, trust, and loyalty are the basis for our relationship with employees, customers, and suppliers. We have deep roots in our region, and share the responsibility for our social environment.



Hänchen is THE specialist for hydraulic cylinders and drive systems Employees, customers, and suppliers are all part of THE Hänchen family.

Timeline

1925: Founded in Penzig/Silesia

Herbert Hänchen founds a specialized company for modern motor repair. By the end of the war, he has about 100 employees working on vehicle engines. From the very beginning, honing and fine machining of metal surfaces were crucial parts of the process.

Herbert Hänchen
1945: Moving to Naumburg/Saale

As a result of the war, the company moves to Naumburg/Saale, where Hänchen starts anew. 40 employees repair motors and build missing parts such as cylinders and crankshafts.

1950: Moving to Ostfildern Ruit

The company is relocated to Ruit near Stuttgart to escape nationalization by the GDR. Hänchen starts anew, this time in a barn. Soon, the first orders come in – repairing cylinders and crankshafts, producing high-precision parts for cars, and contract work such as cylinder honing.

Arms of the city Ostfildern
1952: Start of the production of hydraulic cylinders

The "hydraulics" sector gains more and more importance, and thus a future-orientated decision to build hydraulic cylinders is made. This product is characterized by its particularly high quality standard.

1957: Hannover Industriemesse

Rationalizing efforts lead to the development of new fields of application, the hydraulics market is expanding, and Hänchen is growing along with it. The production program "Hydraulic Cylinders" is presented for the first time at the Hannover Industriemesse (Hanover Industrial Fair), where it is met with great interest.

Hannover Messe
1957: Joining the VDMA

Hänchen joins the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer (German Engineering Association).

1960: A new administrative building

The existing office space is no longer sufficient. A new administrative building is built.

Hänchen administrative building
1964: The Servocop® cylinder is created

The sealing system Servocop® is added to the palette of hydraulic cylinders. Servocop® is a special sealing system consisting of a lip seal and a teflon-based compact seal.

1968: A new production hall

The existing production facilities are no longer sufficient. A new production hall is built.

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1969: Generation change

Herbert Hänchen, the founder of the company, passes away at the age of 69. His son Siegfried Hänchen becomes the new managing director, with his sister Ingrid and his brothers Wolfgang and Hartmut as limited partners.

1972: The branch plant in Oettingen/Bavaria is opened

Production in Oettingen starts with about 30 employees on

1,000 m².

he branch plant in Oettingen/Bavaria is opened
1975: 50 years of Hänchen

Hänchen celebrates its 50-year company anniversary.

50 years of Hänchen
1981: A subsidiary in Austria is founded

Foundation of Hänchen Hydraulik AG in Austria.

1985: A subsidiary in Switzerland is founded

Foundation of Hänchen Hydraulik AG in Frauenfeld/Switzerland.

1985: Change of company name
Herbert Hänchen KG is now Hänchen Hydraulik GmbH.
1986: CAD for engineering drawings is used for the first time

Hänchen starts to use CAD to create engineering drawings.

1987: A subsidiary in France is founded

Foundation of Hänchen Hydraulik S.A.R.L. in France.

1988: Dual studies system is introduced

Start of the "dualer Studiengang" (dual studies system) for MBA/BBA in collaboration with the Berufsakademie (BA) Stuttgart. Since 2009 Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW).
The study courses Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (Industrial Engineering and Management) and Maschinenbau (Mechanical Engineering) are added over time.

DHBW
1990: Sales office

Shortly after the German reunification, a sales office in Taura/eastern Germany is opened.

1996: Certification

First ISO 9001 certification.

TÜV Certification
1996: Introduction of the electronic catalogue

Introduction of the electronic catalogue (E-Kat) on CD-ROM.

E-Kat - electronic catalogue
1998: Website and e-mail

Hänchen establishes its web presence at www.haenchen.de and introduces the e-mail address info@haenchen.de.

2000: Hartmut Hänchen becomes managing director

Hartmut Hänchen is appointed the second managing director of Hänchen Hydraulik GmbH.

2001: Business segment Ratio-Drive®

Drive systems Ratio-Drive® are added to the production range.

2004: A new name

Hänchen Hydraulik GmbH becomes Herbert Hänchen GmbH & Co.KG.

2007: New test cylinder series 320

Introduction of the new test cylinder series 320, with variably selectable pistons and modular system.

2013: New configurator - HäKo replaces E-Kat

The electronic catalogue (E-Kat) is replaced by HäKo, the Hänchen configurator.

HÄKO - New configurator
2013: A subsidiary in China is founded

Foundation of the subsidiary Hänchen (Shanghai) Hydraulic equipment Co. Ltd.

2014: The third generation

The company is given over to its third generation. Tanja, Stefan and Matthias Hänchen continue their family's lifetime achievement with the same pioneering spirits and the same passion for first-class quality.

2015: Business segment Machine Elements

Expansion of the production range by adding machine elements with the 3 categories:

  1. rods, shafts, axles
  2. guiding elements and sealing systems
  3. mounting elements
2015: Market launch of H-CFRP

At the Hannover Messe 2015, Hänchen introduces the new construction material H-CFRP for the first time. It is a high load capacity composite of CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) and other components, refined to form the construction material H-CFRP.

2015: Innovation award for hydraulic cylinders made of carbon

Hänchen is awarded the first place of the Innovationspreis 2015 of the Esslingen district.
The major part of this innovational solution is the development of the new construction material H-CFRP:
+ round components, high load capacity in three dimensions
+ high-tensile CFRP/metal bond
+ hard, leak-tight and wear-resistant surface

Winner of the Innovationspreis Landkreis Esslingen 2015
2016: H-CFRP rods and tubes

New products added to the palette of H-CFRP elements:

  1. carbon rods as force transmission rods
  2. carbon tubes as conduits and
  3. fittings, fastening elements for carbon conduits

Data & Facts

  • industrial branch: machine tools, special machine tools, Hydraulics
  • established in: 1925
  • turnover: 20 million EUR
  • number of staff: more than 200

  • training: 10 % of staff are trainees
  • R&D: 10 % of staff are in construction and R&D
  • vertical range of manufacturing: 80 % and 100 % manufacturing in Germany
  • export ratio: Direct export ratio 40 %

 

  • subsidiary plant: Herbert Hänchen GmbH & Co. KG, Oettingen/Bavaria
  • sales force: 6 sales representatives in Germany
  • branch offices: Authorised branch offices in another 23 countries

Sectors

  • general machine tools, special machine tools
  • plastic injection-moulding machines, plastic blow-moulding machines
  • transfer lines, welding machines, banknote printing machines
  • drilling rigs, shipbuilding, steel construction for hydraulic engineering, sluice gates
  • test plants for car and aircraft manufacturers
  • simulators, special vehicles, robots
  • presses, high-voltage circuit breakers

 

Companies

3 subsidiaries:

  • Hänchen Hydraulik AG, Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Haenchen Hydraulique S.A.R.L., Strasbourg-Schiltigheim, France
  • Haenchen (Shanghai) Hydraulic equipment Co., Ltd, Shanghai, China

 

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