The original Hänchen headquarters in Ruit near Stuttgart. In our certified company we create sustainable and future-oriented drive solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hänchen joins the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer (German Engineering Association).
The existing office space is no longer sufficient. A new administrative building is built.
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.
The existing production facilities are no longer sufficient. A new production hall is built.
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.
Production in Oettingen starts with about 30 employees on 1,000 m².
Hänchen celebrates its 50-year company anniversary.
Foundation of Hänchen Hydraulik AG in Austria.
Foundation of Hänchen Hydraulik AG in Frauenfeld/Switzerland.
Hänchen starts to use CAD to create engineering drawings.
Foundation of Hänchen Hydraulik S.A.R.L. in France.
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.
Shortly after the German reunification, a sales office in Taura/eastern Germany is opened.
First ISO 9001 certification.
Introduction of the electronic catalogue (E-Kat) on CD-ROM.
Hänchen establishes its web presence at www.haenchen.de and introduces the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hartmut Hänchen is appointed the second managing director of Hänchen Hydraulik GmbH.
Drive systems Ratio-Drive® are added to the production range.
Hänchen Hydraulik GmbH becomes Herbert Hänchen GmbH & Co. KG.
Introduction of the new test cylinder series 320, with variably selectable pistons and modular system.
The electronic catalogue (E-Kat) is replaced by HäKo, the Hänchen configurator.
Foundation of the subsidiary Hänchen (Shanghai) Hydraulic equipment Co. Ltd.
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.
Expansion of the production range by adding machine elements with the 3 categories:
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®.
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
New products added to the palette of H-CFRP® elements:
Expansion of the product range with customised hydraulic test stands, made to customer specifications: from engineering to the final product.
Expansion of the existing production hall in Oettingen, Bavaria by a sawing centre and a storage tower that can store up to 200 tons of material.
Introduction of the Servoseal® sealing system for cover and piston where our H-CFRP® competence comes into play.
Herbert Hänchen GmbH & Co. KG becomes Herbert Hänchen GmbH.