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SUCCESS AND
TRADITION

Our company has been growing for more than 70 years. This growth also ensures the success of our customers and the highest level of product quality.

Swoboda yesterday,
today, and tomorrow

Swoboda – our dynamically growing family business – has been around since 1947. Since that time, we have been developing solutions that set standards in all areas and improve the lives of people around the world. The company as it exists now was created by the merger of the Swoboda Group and the Hartmann Group. We operate globally under the name Swoboda. Our ability to combine our various areas of expertise not only enables us to demonstrate what is technically and technologically possible today; it also allows us to look toward the future with a great sense of responsibility and optimism.

The most important milestones in our history.

1936

Establishment of the company Hartmann by Eduard Hartmann

1945

Establishment of electrical engineering activities: First microswitch with a magnetic snap action closing system

1947

Establishment of the company Swoboda by Max Swoboda in Wiggensbach (Allgäu region)

1961

Entry into the automotive supply sector (cable and wire assembly)

1966

Manufacture of first products for the automotive industry

1994

Market entry into Eastern Europe, establishment of facility in Jihlava (CZ)

1997

Market entry into NAFTA: Establishment of facility in Grand Rapids (Michigan, USA)

2000

Change of ownership: Hartmann family sells its shares to the current owners

2004

Founding of Swoboda-Stamping, s.r.o. in Jilhava, Czech Republic

2004

Establishment of production facility Sibiu in Romania

2007

Change of ownership: Swoboda family sells its shares to the current owners

2011

Market entry into China; Kunshan location established

2011
2012

Acquisition of NewTec Innovation SRL in Timişoara, Romania (now Swoboda Timişoara S.R.L.)

2013

The Hartmann-exact Group and the Swoboda Group become fully fledged sister companies

2013

Establishment of Hartmann-exact. Inc. Auburn Hills (Michigan, USA)

2014

Acquisition of the tool manufacturing company Rainer Mattausch GmbH in Zirndorf; recipient of Bavarian Quality Award

Revenue in excess of €300 million; more than 2,000 employees

2014
2015

Establishment of facility in San Juan del Río (Querétaro, Mexico)

2015
2016

Establishment of tool manufacturing center in Fürth

Hartmann

Establishment of the company Hartmann by Eduard Hartmann

Hartmann

Establishment of electrical engineering activities: First microswitch with a magnetic snap action closing system

Swoboda

Establishment of the company Swoboda by Max Swoboda in Wiggensbach (Allgäu region)

Swoboda

Entry into the automotive supply sector (cable and wire assembly)

Hartmann

Manufacture of first products for the automotive industry

Swoboda

Market entry into Eastern Europe, establishment of facility in Jihlava (CZ)

Swoboda

Market entry into NAFTA: Establishment of facility in Grand Rapids (Michigan, USA)

Hartmann

Change of ownership: Hartmann family sells its shares to the current owners

Hartmann

Establishment of production facility Sibiu in Romania

Swoboda

Founding of Swoboda-Stamping, s.r.o. in Jilhava, Czech Republic

Swoboda

Change of ownership: Swoboda family sells its shares to the current owners

Gemeinsam

Market entry into China; Kunshan location established

Swoboda

Acquisition of NewTec Innovation SRL in Timişoara, Romania (now Swoboda Timişoara S.R.L.)

Hartmann

Establishment of Hartmann-exact. Inc. Auburn Hills (Michigan, USA)

Gemeinsam

The Hartmann-exact Group and the Swoboda Group become fully fledged sister companies

Swoboda

Acquisition of the tool manufacturing company Rainer Mattausch GmbH in Zirndorf; recipient of Bavarian Quality Award

Gemeinsam

Revenue in excess of €300 million; more than 2,000 employees

Gemeinsam

Establishment of facility in San Juan del Río (Querétaro, Mexico)

Swoboda

Establishment of tool manufacturing center in Fürth

2018

Merger of Swoboda and Hartmann

Revenue in excess of €450 million; more than 4,200 employees

Establishment of the Morat Swoboda Motion joint venture

Acquisition of ISZ GmbH and PST GmbH

Award: Bavaria’s Best 50

    Merger of Swoboda and Hartmann

    Revenue in excess of €450 million; more than 4,200 employees

    Establishment of the Morat Swoboda Motion joint venture

    Acquisition of ISZ GmbH and PST GmbH

    Award: Bavaria’s Best 50

      Award-winning
      planner for success

      Our corporate values include curiosity and courage – but these are more than just values, as they have also always enabled us to face the future with a positive attitude. At the same time, of course, we remain deeply committed to all the other traditional values we have defined for ourselves as an independent family-owned company. In the end, progress is a combination of a visionary mindset and carefully considered action – and it is precisely for this philosophy and approach that we have received numerous awards over the years.

      We are
      at home around the world