History of ELEKTRISOLA

1948
Foundation of Elektrisola in Germany
Founder
Dr. Gerd Schildbach
1948

First building in Eckenhagen,
Germany
1949
Elektrisola was founded by Dr. Gerd Schildbach on July 1, 1948 in Eckenhagen, Germany. His father, Dr. Ing. Richard Schildbach, was already producing 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 internally developed process technology later became a major contributor to the rapid growth of the Elektrisola fine wire production worldwide.
1961
Italy: The first factory outside Germany
Elektrisola Atesina I, Molini di Tures, Italy
Rapid sales growth in new markets required construction of additional production capacity. Elektrisola Atesina was built in the Alps mountains in the German speaking part of northern Italy and started production in 1964.
1968
First factory in EFTA economic area
Elektrisola Feindraht AG, Escholzmatt, Switzerland
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.
1970
Wire drawing factory in Italy
Elektrisola Atesina II, Lutago, Italy
Rapid expansion of the Italian Atesina plant required construction of a second plant 15 km away from the original factory to have better access to workers close by. In 1973 this new factory opened its doors, specializing in bare wire production.
1976
First factory outside Europe
Elektrisola Inc., Boscawen, NH, U.S.A.
Elektrisola began exporting fine wire to the US market in the 1960’s. Due to the continued growth of this newest market the decision was made to build a new fine wire plant in the United States. In 1976 Elektrisola Inc. was opened in Boscawen, NH and continued to expand into the largest fine wire factory in North America.
1984
First sales company of Asia
Sales to Asia became a new challenge in the 1980’s. Therefore a trading company, Elektrisola Hong Kong Ltd., was founded in Hong Kong in 1984.
1993
First factory of Asia
Elektrisola (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Bentong, Malaysia
To support the fast growing Asian market with local production, Elektrisola (Malaysia) was built and began operations in 1993 near Bentong, Malaysia.
1993
Generation change in Management
Dr. Detlef, Dr. Gerd and Dr. Oliver Schildbach
Dr. Gerd Schildbach passes the management of the Elektrisola Group on to his sons, Dr. Detlef and Dr. Oliver Schildbach.
1994
Sales office in Japan
The Japanese fine wire market was one of the most important in the world. Sales and Technical support was required locally in Japan to represent the other Elektrisola plants worldwide. Therefore, Nippon Elektrisola was established in 1994 as a trading company to serve the Japanese market.
1995
Expansion in North America with a factory in Mexico
Elektrisola S.A. de C.V., Cuauhtémoc, Mexico
In the late 1980’s, industrial production in North America began moving south from the US into Mexico. In 1995, Elektrisola S.A. de C.V. began operation in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico, supplying fine wire to customers in the southwest US, Mexico and South America.
1997
Acquisition of ultrafine wire production from Huber & Suhner and from Polydraht, Switzerland
1999
Trading Company France
Following the death of the French Elektrisola sales agent in 1999, Elektrisola France was established as a trading company in a facility located northwest of Paris to distribute Elektrisola magnet wire products.
1999
Trading Company Korea
In 1999, Elektrisola Korea was established as a trading company to support the Korean market.
2002-2005
Taped, profiled and extruded litz wire production started in Elektrisola Eckenhagen, Germany
2005
First factory in China
Elektrisola Hangzhou, P.R. China
With new emerging markets rapidly growing in China, this Asian market became very important for the electronic industry. After exporting magnet wire to China since 1982, Elektrisola Hangzhou was established in 2005 to supply customers in China.
2005-2008
More Sales Offices in Asia
Continued growth in Asia required additional sales offices to support the local markets. 2005 est. Elektrisola Thailand, 2006 est. Elektrisola Indonesia, 2008 est. Elektrisola India
2006
Takeover of sales organisation in Italy
In 2006, Cofili S.r.l. was purchased by Elektrisola and a new sales office was established in Biassone.
2007
Start of Litz wire production in Elektrisola Malaysia
2008
Development of new conductor materials
High strength alloys including High Tension Copper Clad Aluminium conductors were introduced by Elektrisola Feindraht in Switzerland for use in magnet wire as well as Litz wire production.
2009
New hall for solar wires in Elektrisola Feindraht, Switzerland
Elektrisola Feindraht, Switzerland
2009
Major expansion of Elektrisola Hangzhou in China
Elektrisola Hangzhou, China
2009
Start of Litz wire production in Elektrisola Hangzhou, China
2009
Acquisition of Specialty Products Division of Rea Magnet Wire, including ribbon and ultrafine wire production
2010
Brazilian distributor Tecnofio established
2010
Dr. Gerd Schildbach, founder of Elektrisola, passed away on 29th of September
Dr. Gerd Schildbach
2011
Establishment of Elektrisola Medical Technologies (EMT) in USA
Production of medical grade Polyimide Tubing and specialty medical wires.
2014
Acquisition of MWS
MWS Wire Industries, USA
Speciality wire producer and distributor near Los Angeles, USA.
2014
Major expansion of Elektrisola Mexico to support local market for automotive products
Elektrisola S.A. de C.V. Cuauhtémoc, Mexico
2017
Major expansion of Elektrisola Hangzhou, China
Elektrisola Hangzhou, China
2019
Elektrisola Mexico started Litz wire operation
2020
MWS new facility completed in Oxnard, California
MWS Wire Indusries Oxnard, CA
2020
Major expansion of Litz wire production in Elektrisola Eckenhagen, Germany