Schmersal Group celebrates its 70 year Jubilee
Wuppertal, 9 February 2015. The owner managed Schmersal group, with its
headquarters in Wuppertal, Germany, celebrates its 70 year Jubilee this
year. The specialist for machine safety with 1,750 employees worldwide, had
a total turnover in 2014 of around € 210 million. In the Jubilee Year the
company is on course for growth. Schmersal will continue to expand its
presence in international markets and the leading position as a supplier of
technical safety solutions.
The foundation stone for the Schmersal Group was laid in August 1945 by the
brothers Kurt Andreas Schmersal, a textile merchant, and Ernst Schmersal, a
master mechanic. The company K.A. Schmersal first produced components for lifts
in Wuppertal. The demand for these products was large: The city of Wuppertal was
destroyed after the war to 66% and the lifts in many public buildings had to be
repaired or put back into operation. At the beginning of the 50s Schmersal
increasingly produced mechanical switching devices, above all end switches for
the flourishing construction industry.
Continuous development of innovations
Schmersal invested early in the development of new, innovative products: The first
Schmersal patent was published 60 years ago, on 3rd November 1955, and was a
switch for DC systems. Schmersal was one of the first companies to develop and
produce electronic proximity switches in the 70s. As milestones in the machinery
safety is considered to be the safety switches AZ 15 and AZ 16, which were
patented in 1981 and since then has been sold millions of times. Overall,
Schmersal has applied for patents for almost 300 of their inventions. Today the
company focuses its development efforts on electromechanical and electronic
safety switches, as well as on safety controllers. In autumn 2014 Schmersal
presented a new programmable, modular safety controller PSC1, which is multifunctional and can be optimally adapted to the respective application. Also in the
area of the cooperative work systems, where man and robots come together,
Schmersal had already delivered basic development work for the safe motion
monitoring at the end of the 90s, which are applied in many robot applications
worldwide today.
The trend toward globalization was recognized at an early stage
Schmersal recognized the trend toward globalization at an early stage and began
consequently with the internationalization of marketing, consulting, and production.
Already in 1974, the subsidiary company ACE Schmersal was founded in Brazil.
The first production site in China, the Schmersal Industrial Switchgear Co. Ltd. in
Shanghai, was called into being in 1999. In India, the company has had its own
production plant since 2013.
Since the 90s Schmersal has also increased its production sites in Germany by
takeovers, these include:
1998: Purchase of ELAN Schaltelemente GmbH & Co. KG in Wettenberg
2008: Acquisition of Safety Control GmbH in Mühldorf (Bavaria)
2013: Acquisition of Böhnke + Partner Steuerungssysteme GmbH in
Bergisch Gladbach (North-Rhine Westphalia)
Schmersal today has over a total of seven production sites in Europe, Asia and
South America, and is represented with subsidiaries and representative offices in
more than 60 countries worldwide.
Three family generations has dominated the company for seventy years
Three generations have dominated the company in its seventy years of existence.
In the first generation it was the brothers Kurt Andreas and Ernst Schmersal who
led the company then. In 1982 the founders retired from the management of the
company and transferred the management responsibility of the company to their
sons Stefan and Heinz Schmersal. In 2007 Philip Schmersal entered the
management of the Schmersal group as the third generation.
Fit for the future: Schmersal as a global systems supplier
The Schmersal Group develops and manufactures more than 25,000 different
switching devices today and with this range of products is one of the largest
suppliers worldwide. In the field of machine safety the Schmersal Group is one of
the international market and component leaders. And that with a sound economic
basis: Also, during the last year the turnover could be increased by approximately
7 percent. The number of global employees rose in 2014 to 1750. "With this
success alone we do not want to rest, we continue with our reorganisation strategy
that we decided on some years ago. It is our objective, to further expand our
market position as a system and solution provider," said Philip Schmersal,
Managing Director of the Schmersal group. "We want to offer our customers
integrated solutions. This also includes the Safety Consulting, the expert
consultancy to our customers, and the application engineering where the
implementation of safety solutions is the most important. We accompany our
customers from first contact through to commissioning".
Schmersal will therefore strengthen the Safety Consulting organisation in 2015: A
worldwide network of qualified safety engineers are going to assist the Schmersal
customers with risk assessments of machines and the selection of suitable
protection equipment among other things.
"In future, as a systems supplier we will be taking care of more globally active
customers and expanding our presence in international markets," says Philip
Schmersal. "We want to continue to grow as a company. Therefore we are
watching closely how the global market for safety systems is developing, and
expand where it makes strategic sense.”
Then – and now: Schmersal on trade fairs in the 60’s and on the SPS IPC Drives
in 2014.
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For inquiries, please contact:
Sylvia Blömker
PR Manager
Tel. 0202 6474-895
[email protected]
K.A. Schmersal GmbH & Co. KG
Möddinghofe 30
42279 Wuppertal
About the Schmersal Group
In the demanding field of machine safety the Schmersal Group is one of the
international market and component leaders. Based on more than 25,000 different
switching devices the corporate group offers system solutions for the safety of man
and machine.
The company was founded in 1945 and is represented by seven manufacturing
sites on three continents with its own companies and sales partners in more than
60 nations. The Schmersal Group employs around 1750 people worldwide and
generated a group turnover in 2014 of approximately € 210 million
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