History of Elektrisola

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1948

Foundation of Elektrisola in Germany

 

Elektrisola was founded on 1 July 1948 in Eckenhagen, Germany, by Dr. Gerd Schildbach. His father, Dr. Ing. Richard Schildbach, already had been in the wire industry. He produced fine resistance wires and held the world record in drawing the finest wire (0.008 mm) in 1938. Based on this wire drawing knowledge, Dr. Gerd Schildbach started to design and build his own fine wire enameling machines. This own developed process technology later became a major contributor for the rapid growth of the Elektrisola fine wire production worldwide.

 

 

 Founder Dr. Gerd Schildbach 1948        First Building in Eckenhagen, Germany, 1949

 

1961

Italy: The first factory outside Germany

 

Expanding to new markets resulted in establishing Elektrisola Atesina, located in the Alp mountains in the German-speaking part of Northern Italy, starting production in 1964.

Elektrisola Atesina I, Molini di Tures, Italy

1968

First factory in EFTA economic area

 

Between 1957 and 1960, Europe had been divided into 2 different blocks, EWG (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg and The Netherlands), which became EU in 1993, and EFTA (Austria, Denmark, Great Britain, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland), with duties levied for trading between those blocks. In order to serve customers in the EFTA zone, Elektrisola Feindraht, Switzerland, was founded in 1968.

Elektrisola Feindraht AG, Escholzmatt, Switzerland

1973

Wire drawing factory in Italy

 

For expansion of the Italian production a second plant 15 km away from the first one started production in 1973 to have better access to workers close by. This company is specialized in wire drawing.

 

Elektrisola Atesina II, Lutago, Italy

1976

First factory outside Europe

 

In the 1960ties, Elektrisola had exported fine wires successfully to the U.S.A. With business growing, a plant in Boscawen, New Hampshire, was opened in 1976, which became soon the biggest fine wire factory in North America

 

Elektrisola Inc., Boscawen, NH, U.S.A.

1984

First sales company of Asia

 

Sales to Asia became a new challenge in the 1980ties. Therefore a trading company, Elektrisola Hong Kong Ltd., was founded in Hong Kong in 1984.

 

1993

First factory of Asia

 

To support the fast growing Asian market with local production, Elektrisola (Malaysia) started operation in 1993 near Bentong, Malaysia

 

Elektrisola (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Bentong, Malaysia

1993

Generation change in Management

 

Dr. Gerd Schildbach passes the management of the Elektrisola Group on to his sons, Dr. Detlef and Dr. Oliver Schildbach

 

Dr. Detlef, Dr. Gerd and Dr. Oliver Schildbach

1994

Sales office in Japan

 

With Japanese customers in Asia being major consumers of magnet wire, service at their headquarters in Japan was needed besides selling in Japan. Therefore Nippon Elektrisola was founded as a trading company in 1994 to serve the Japanese market and support Japanese based customers worldwide.

 

1995

Expansion in North America with a factory in Mexico

 

Within North America in the late 1980ties industrial production started to move to the south of the U.S.A. and to Mexico. To supply these customers Elektrisola S.A. started operation in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico, in 1995.

 

Elektrisola S.A. de C.V., Cuauhtémoc, Mexico

1999

Trading Company France

 

After the decease of the Elektrisola agent in France, Elektrisola France took over the business of the agent northwest of Paris in 1999 as distributor and agent to sell mainly magnet wire.

 

1999

Trading Company Korea

 

In 1999 Elektrisola Korea was established as a trading company to support the Korean market customers

 

2005

First factory in China

 

Within emerging markets, China became very important for the electronic industry. After importing enamelled wires to China since 1982, Elektrisola Hangzhou was set up in 2005 to supply customers in China.

 

Elektrisola Hangzhou, P.R. China

2005-

2008

More Sales Offices in Asia

 

For improving the service in Asia, the Thailand Representative Office was founded in 2005, Elektrisola Indonesia in 2006 and Elektrisola India in 2008.