History

1947
Founding of Hydrel AG by Karl Bertsch, pastry maker in Romanshorn, l. Truninger, engineer, Solothurn, Dr. Fritz Egger, lawyer and councilor (1st Chairman) in a decommissioned textile factory directly next to the lake.

1947
The first activity of the machine factory is the conversion of planing and measuring machines from mechanical to hydraulic-electric drives.

1949 – 76
Manufacturing and distribution of the HYDREL needle bushes.

1952
Takeover of the exclusive distribution of INA needle bearings for Switzerland.

1956
Set-up of the fineblanking department (subcontracting of fine-grained parts) with hydraulic presses, which were manufactured in our own machine factory.

1960
Production and distribution of HYDREL needle flat cages made of metal.

1962
Beginning the production of HYDREL fineblanking presses in larger series and worldwide marketing in the USA, Asia, but also Europe.

1964
Design and distribution of HYDREL linear guides and EGIS guide rails.

1970
Start of own production of linear guides in Romanshorn.

1979
INA-Schaeffler KG holds 50% of the share capital of Hydrel AG.

1991
Commissioning of plant 2 in the industrial area Hof in Romanshorn for the production of linear guides and fineblanking parts.

1997
The acquisition of Heinrich Schmid Maschinen- und Werkzeugbau AG in Rapperswil / Switzerland incl. fine-cutting Operation.

1999
Sales of the press construction division.

2000
Hydrel becomes a 100% subsidiary of INA-Schaeffler KG, D-Herzogenaurach.

2002
Certification of environmental management according to ISO 14001 and EMAS Regulation.

2003
Certification QMS according to ISO / TS 16949.

2016
Change of name in Schaeffler Schweiz GmbH.

2017
Takeover of the fineblanking by the Güntensperger Group.

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