Our success story:
From a one-man operation
to world market leader

1984

Rolf Schwartz, Head of Design at Otto Junker GmbH’s branch factory in Gevelsberg, goes into business for himself when that site closed. Establishing schwartz GmbH, he embarks on the manufacture and design of heat treatment systems for steel, aluminum and nonferrous metals.

1984 Schwartz Logo

1995

For the first time, press-hardened steel parts heat-treated with schwartz GmbH’s equipment are integrated into a vehicle.

1998

The company’s headquarters is moved to Simmerath. A two-storey office building with adjoining production shop is erected on the Rollesbroich industrial estate.

Firmensitz in Simmerath

2002

Alexander Wilden joins the company as commercial director.

2003

Volkswagen AG awards its first contracts to schwartz GmbH.

2009

The management resolves to enlarge the office and production buildings as the company reaches its capacity limits time and again due to growing order volumes.

Erweiterung Firmengebäude

2011

In order to speed up delivery to a growing customer base in the Asia-Pacific region, a subsidiary entity trading as schwartz Heat Treatment Systems Asia is founded in Kunshan near Shanghai, PR China. The production of heat treatment systems to German standards is launched here. Moreover the site has a service team providing on-site customer support.

Firmenniederlassung Kunshan

2011

Alexander Wilden becomes the sole Managing Director of schwartz GmbH.

2012

schwartz, Inc. Is founded as a service operation in Oswego near Chicago (Illinois)/USA. From here, service personnel can  reach customers in American markets in minimum time. For the first time, schwartz GmbH’s staff complement exceeds 100 people.

Oswego USA

2013

Over 80 % of all press-hardened steel components used in cars worldwide are heated in schwartz heat treatment equipment.

2014

schwartz celebrates its 30th business anniversary.

2015

For its innovation in the field of heat treatment equipment for press hardening, schwartz GmbH receives the AC² Innovation Award of the Aachen region. The newly developed system is capable of producing different closely defined temperature zones in one blank.

AC²-Innovationspreis

The office building, already enlarged, can no longer accommodate the growing number of employees. Several departments are therefore relocated to a new office complex erected close to the main building.

Neues Bürogebäude

schwartz GmbH ranks among the 500 fastest-growing companies in Germany according to a survey conducted by FOCUS news magazine in co-operation with the Statista statistics portal.

2016

schwartz GmbH is officially acknowledged by the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) as the global market leader in the field of heat treatment systems for press hardening applications.

schwartz acquires Hütte GmbH in Düren/Germany.

Hütte GmbH Düren

Further extension of production capacities at the headquarters site in Simmerath.

2017

Alexander Wilden becomes sole shareholder of the schwartz group.

Relocation of Hütte GmbH from Düren to Aachen.

Hütte GmbH von Düren nach Aachen

 

Opening of a new service location of schwartz HTS at Chongqing/PR China.

Guangzhou

 

Opening of another service location of schwartz HTS at Guangzhou/PR China.

Guangzhou

 

schwartz, Inc. moves from Oswego to Naperville (Illinois). In addition to a larger office space, the new location also has its own warehouse for spare parts.

2018

schwartz Heat Treatment Systems Asia opens another service center in Beijing/PR China.

2019

CONEX AB, a Swedish manufacturer of press dies for sheet metal forming, with head office in Luleå, Sweden and another site in Kalix, Sweden, is now part of the schwartz group.

schwartz’s position as global market leader in heat treatment systems for press-hardening applications is again confirmed by the independent World Market Leader Index.

schwartz GmbH expanded its product range with a new business segment in the field of heating systems for the NF metal industry.