History

Quality since 1911

1911

May 11: Maschinenfabrik Herkules is founded by Franz Thoma and Alfred Schütte

1939

World War II: Herkules is part of the war economy

1944

December 16: Like the whole city of Siegen, Herkules is almost completely destroyed in an air raid

1945

February 28: Hans Thoma succeeds his father and becomes CEO

1948

Maschinenfabrik Herkules is rebuilt by Hans and August Thoma

1960

The first lathe of the type HWD 850 is built

1963

Opening of a state-of-the-art production hall

1965

The 1,000th machine after the company's restart is delivered to the customer Hoesch Werke Schwerte, Hohenlimburg, Germany

1967

Delivery of the first roll grinder WSA 600 with automatic sequence control

1975

The largest roll lathe HDK 1500 is constructed for the roll foundry Gontermann-Peipers

1977

The first CNC roll lathe WD 400 CNC is delivered to the French customer Vallourec

1978

December 16: Christoph Thoma is elected as CEO in the shareholders' meeting

1983

Herkules Far East Representative Office (HFE) is founded, today named Herkules Asia Pacific (HAP)

1983

WS 1100, the largest CNC-controlled roll grinder until 2010, is delivered to Gontermann-Peipers

1985

Herkules USA (HUSA) is founded in Memphis, TN, USA

1987

HCC (Herkules Controls Corp) is founded in Memphis, TN, USA

1988

The first CNC-controlled HCC roll grinder is delivered to USS Posco Industries, CA, USA
The first HCC Herkules roll shop computer system is launched

1991

After German reunification, Herkules acquires Maschinenfabrik Meuselwitz as a second prodution site in Germany

1994

Foundation of Herkules Moscow East (HME)

1999

HCC merges with KPM to form HCC/KPM in Ford City, PA, USA

2000

Herkules Latin America (HLA) is founded in Vitória, Brazil

2001

Herkules Shanghai Rep. Office (HRC) is founded in China
The Monolith™ machine bed technology for roll grinders is implemented

2003

All US-American offices move to Ford City, PA

2004

January 26: HerkulesGroup acquires the companies WaldrichSiegen (Burbach) and Coburg, Germany

2005

Founding of GMT German Machine Tools for service and spare parts in Shanghai, China

2007

Herkules Representative Office India (HRI) and Deutsche Maschinen India (DMI) are founded in Kolkata, India as service and spare parts providers

2010

The largest CNC-controlled roll grinder, UWS 1100/260 CNC, is built for China First Heavy Industries

2011

100th anniversary
The production company Jiaxing GMT German Machine Tools Co., Ltd is founded in Jiaxing, China
HerkulesGroup acquires Union Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH Chemnitz, a manufacturer of boring mills

2012

RSGetriebe, manufacturer of special gearing solutions, is integrated into the HerkulesGroup

2014

SBA mechatronics, an Austrian modernization specialist, becomes part of the HerkulesGroup

 

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