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Schmersal Safety Control GmbH develops and produces opto-electronic safety products in Mühldorf am Inn in Bavaria, Germany. In November 2016, the company, whose business activities had previously been split across two buildings, is moving into a new home at "Am Industriepark 2a" in Mühldorf". Production and logistics will then be under one roof to allow delivery services for the customers to be improved.

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Headquarter Wuppertal/Germany

On 1 January 2016, the Schmersal Group founded an independent service division under the name of tec.nicum. The experts at tec.nicum advise machine manufacturers and operators on all questions of machine safety and occupational safety. They also plan and implement complex safety solutions all over the world.

2015

Michael Mandel
Michael Mandel

The Schmersal group celebrates its 70 year Jubilee in 2015. In the Jubilee Year the specialist for machine safety with 1,750 employees worldwide is on course for growth. Schmersal will continue to expand its presence in international markets and its leading position as a supplier of technical safety solutions.

In April, Michael Mandel is named managing director of K.A. Schmersal GmbH & Co. KG (Wuppertal/Wettenberg). He also retains responsibility for the Technical Division of the Schmersal Group.

At the beginning of 2015, Uwe Wiemer takes over the management of Schmersal Böhnke + Partner, a Schmersal Group subsidiary in Bergisch Gladbach which produces controllers and remote diagnostics systems for the lift industry.

In December, Schmersal Böhnke + Partner moves into its new production and administration building in Bergisch Gladbach after a construction phase of around one year. The company’s new headquarters are designed with growth in mind. They cover 1350 m² of office space, plus a production works with around 3400 m² of production and storage space.

2014

Böhnke + Partner GmbH

The Böhnke + Partner GmbH, a subsidiary of the Schmersal Group, is laying the foundations for a new administration and production building in Obereschbach, a district of Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.The new building covers the future demand for production space and provides room for long-term growth in employee numbers.

 

In China, too, the continued growth requires a completely new building in Qingpu / Shanghai, which the Schmersal Industrial Switchgear of the Shanghai Co. Ltd. (SISS) opens in August.

2013

Böhnke + Partner GmbH

The Schmersal Group has taken over the control systems Boehnke Partner GmbH in Bergisch Gladbach, thus expanding the business area of lift technology to the important area of industrial automation. The headquarters of Boehnke + Partner is being expanded into a competence centre for lift technology.
Inauguration of the sixth production facility of the Schmersal Group.

The new Schmersal Group production site in Ranjangaon near Pune in India starts operation in October. Schmersal India Private Limited employs some 60 employees producing safety switches and lift switchgear for the Indian market in the new factory covering nearly 4000 m².

After two years of planning and construction, the Schmersal Group takes into operation the new European central warehouse in Wuppertal. The logistics centre has an area of 3,600 m² of space for a narrow aisle pallet warehouse with 1,800 pallet spaces, an automatic small parts warehouse (ASPW) with 26,000 spaces also for generous picking and packing areas. 

2012

Schmersal India Private Limited

Laying of the foundation stone for the sixth production plant of the Schmersal Group. Schmersal India Pvd. Ltd., incorporated in 2007, will start producing safety switchgear and elevator components for the Indian market at Ranjangaon near Pune.

Start of the construction of the European logistics centre at Wuppertal.

2011

Schmersal Industrial Switchgear Co. Ltd.

The best business year ever in the company’s history. Approximately 1350 employees generate a turnover of 180 Mio. €.

Laying of the foundation stone for a new plant in Qingpu (Shanghai district), China. Schmersal Industrial Switchgear Co. Ltd. Meanwhile sets approximately 100 employees to work. A building complex with 9,500 m² production surface, a 4000 m² large warehouse and a five-storey administrative building with a floor surface of 1,700 m² is currently under construction.

2010

General manager

With Dipl. Wirt.-Ing. Philip Schmersal, the third generation of owners enters the operational management of the Schmersal Group since the company was incorporated 65 years ago. Previously, Philip Schmersal already held multiple positions in the group, amongst other things as manager of the elevator technology business segment.

2009

The Schmersal Group realigns its business with the “2015 technology and market strategic plan”. The core elements of the new strategy include a stronger industry focus, the development of the solution and system business and a more in-depth customer counselling, e.g. by Functional Safety Engineers.

2008

company kindergarten
Safety Control GmbH

In January 2008, a special new building opened its doors on the business premises at Wuppertal. The company kindergarden started off with 18 kids and a challenging pedagogical concept: the natural curiosity and inquisitiveness of the children will be used to learn and acquire knowledge in a playful manner. The children are initiated for instance in languages (English being the second language in the kindergarten) but in (natural) science and technology as well.

In October 2008, the Schmersal Group took over Safety Control GmbH and its subsidiary Safety Protec GmbH located in Mühldorf/Inn, thus extending its safety-related optoelectronics product spectrum with high-quality and practical series. Both companies, which are the Centre of Competence for Optoelectronics from the Schmersal Group, are now operational under the name of Schmersal Safety Control GmbH.
 

2007

tec.nicum

Inauguration of the tec.nicum training centre.
Expansion of the production plant in China, where already more than 100 staff members are employed.

2004

In 2004, Heinz Schmersal became the sole shareholder of K.A. Schmersal GmbH; steute was taken out of the Schmersal Group and continued within the company family.
The new orientation of the Schmersal Group: focus on three lines of business:

  • Lift technology
  • Automation technology
  • Safety technology

1999

Schmersal Industrial Switchgear Co.Ltd.

A manufacturing location in Shanghai/ China went into production, primarily supplying electrical control devices for lifts to East Asian markets.

1997

Elan Schaltelemente GmbH & Co. KG

Schmersal took over the Elan Schaltelemente GmbH & Co. KG in Wettenberg from the Schunk Group.

1994

steute Schaltgeräte GmbH

Schmersal took over steute Schaltgeräte GmbH in Löhne.

1982

Generation change: The cousins Stefan and Heinz Schmersal took over responsibility for the management of the enterprise. Safety in System: Protection for Man and Machine determined the thoughts and actions of the company - with success.

1974

ACE Schmersal Ltda.

The ACE Schmersal Ltda. was founded in Sao Paulo/ Brazil as a sales and manufacturing unit. ACE Schmersal today has about 200 employees producing safety control devices for the South American market.

1970's

As one of the first companies in this field, Schmersal began the development and manufacture of electronic proximity switches.

1960's

The trend to internationalisation was recognised early. Schmersal founded subsidiary companies in important markets abroad.

1950's

The product portfolio was continually widened. Many of the control devices were used in safety-relevant applications, e.g. in zones subject to explosion hazards.

1945

Immediately after the Second World War, the brothers Kurt Andreas and Ernst Schmersal founded a company which initially built components used in the production of lifts. In 1947 they began the production of mechanically-operated electrical control devices.