History of ELEKTRISOLA

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

First building in Eckenhagen,
Germany
1949
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.
1961
Italy: The first factory outside Germany
Elektrisola Atesina I, Molini di Tures, Italy
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.
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
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.
1976
First factory outside Europe
Elektrisola Inc., Boscawen, NH, U.S.A.
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.
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
Elektrisola (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Bentong, Malaysia
To support the fast growing Asian market with local production, Elektrisola (Malaysia) started operation 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
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
Elektrisola S.A. de C.V., Cuauhtémoc, 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.
1997
Acquisition of ultrafine wire production from Huber & Suhner and from Polydraht, Switzerland
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.
2002-2005
Start of taped, profiled and extruded litz wire in Elektrisola Eckenhagen, Germany
2005
First factory in China
Elektrisola Hangzhou, P.R. 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.
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.
2006
Takeover of sales organisation in Italy
From Cofili S.r.l. and establishment of new office of Elektrisola in Biassone.
2007
Start of litzwire production in Elektrisola Malaysia
2008
Development of new conductor materials
for high strength, including High Tension Copper Clad Aluminium in Elektrisola Feindraht, Switzerland for use in enamelled wires and litz wires.
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 litzwire production in Elektrisola Hangzhou, China
2009
Takeover of rea fine and speciality wire
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
for Polyimide Tubing and specialty medical wires.
2014
Acquisition of MWS
MWS Wire Industries, USA
a speciality wire producer and distributor near Los Angeles, USA.
2014
Major expansion of Elektrisola Mexico to support local market for automotive
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