The Eckerle Group - from a small craft business to the high-performing industrial enterprise.
The success concept of company's founder Gerhard Eckerle was based on three pillars:
quality, reliability and innovative ideas
Since founding the company in 1968 in Bühl (area Baden,Germany), he constantly expanded his range of products and services.
The move in 1972 to the new, larger production facilities in Ottersweier and the foundation of the first Hungarian plant in 1991 were the results of these efforts. Furthermore these way the independently operated metal coating plant in Forst (near Bruchsal, Germany) in 1989. In 1990 followed the take over the acquisition of Müller GmbH Widerstandsschweißtechnik (welding resistance technology). In 1994, the core competencies of the Eckerle Group were extended by the automation division; in 1995 the Eckerle Bt. Hungary became the general importer for Bosch Rexroth Montagetechnik (assembly technology), Hungary. Other sole agencies for VisiControl, electronic imaging, Schmidt Technology, press systems and Winkhaus Automation followed in 1997 and 2004.
In 1996, the Eckerle Group received the certification according to DIN ISO 9002.In 1999, the certification as per DIN ISO 9001 followed. In 2000, the new plastics technology division was added. A year later, the metal coating plant was moved to Untergrombach to a larger production facility with a state-of-the-art coating plant; a new location was founded in Mexico. Also, after 1999/2000, the Eckerle Group received the Bosch supplier award 2001/2002 for the second time. In 2002, all sites were certified as per ISOTS 16949; later followed the certification as per ISO 14000. Since July 2003, the production has been taking place at the location in Romania. Since January 2005, Eckerle Romania is the sole agency for Bosch Rexroth Montagetechnik and for Schmidt Technology in North Romania. In January 2011 followed the acquisition of global module activities of Schunk group with sites in Bóly in Hungary and Olbernhau in Germany. In 2011, the business operations were extended to Asia, with the founding of a plant in Zhuhai, China.
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