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Company history 

Seven eventful decades 

From start-up to global player: Endress+Hauser has experienced both rampant growth and turbulent times. However, sustainable success has been at its core throughout. 

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1953 The company L Hauser KG is founded in Lörrach, Germany, on 1 February 1953. It sells the Tektor and Telstor level meters made by the British company Fielden Electronics.

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1955 Georg H Endress files his first patent at the Swiss Federal Office for Intellectual Property.

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1956 Launch of Nivotester and Silometer. The devices are produced in a former joiner’s workshop in Lörrach.

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1957 The young company takes the name Endress+Hauser. Sales exceed 1 million deutsche marks.  

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1960 First sales centers open abroad, in the Netherlands and Switzerland; France and Belgium follow soon after.

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1960 Exhibition on wheels: a minibus takes the product portfolio to the customer.

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1961 The company, with 120 employees, moves to new premises in Maulburg, Germany.

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1968 The Group establishes a holding structure. Net sales exceed 13 million deutsche marks. Two years later the Group expands into the United States and into Japan.

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1974 The oil crisis impacts Endress+Hauser’s finances heavily. 74 of 710 employees are temporarily laid off. In 1975 Ludwig Hauser dies at the age of 80. The Endress family becomes sole shareholder.

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1976 Takeover of Wetzer (measurement registration) in Nesselwang. Endress+Hauser Flowtec (flow measurement engineering) is founded in Reinach. Acquisition of Conducta in Gerlingen (liquid analysis).

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1982 Information technology finds its way into Endress+Hauser early on – in the commercial field, but also in production and R&D. 

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1984 Advanced know-how: Endress+Hauser acquires early expertise in calibration.

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1989 Focus on Asia: after Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, sales centers in Thailand, China, Korea and India follow.

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1990 With 4,000 employees the company’s net sales cross the 500 million Swiss franc mark. With new subsidiaries in Canada and Spain the company now has a total of 20 sales centers.

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1995 Generation change: Klaus Endress – here with his brothers Urs, Hans-Peter and George (from left) – takes over the operative management of the group of companies from his father.

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1999 New production facilities in Aurangabad, India. Establishment of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions (automation solutions) in Reinach.

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2006 The Endress family shareholders draw up their own charter.

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2008 Company founder Dr Georg H Endress dies aged 84.

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2009 Bundled production know-how: in Suzhou, China, Endress+Hauser manufactures pressure, level, flow and temperature measuring devices.

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2012 A new production center opens in Itatiba, Brazil. Acquisition of the US company SpectraSensors (gas analysis).

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2013 With the acquisition of Analytik Jena, Germany, and Kaiser Optical Systems, USA, Endress+Hauser is further developing its offering in the field of analytics.

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2014 Matthias Altendorf takes over as CEO of the Group; Klaus Endress moves to the Supervisory Board as president. Endress+Hauser employs 12,000 people worldwide.

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2017 The company bolsters its portfolio with the acquisition of SensAction AG, a German manufacturer of innovative systems for measuring the concentration of liquids. 

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2018 Endress+Hauser Netilion is introduced, a cloud-based IIoT ecosystem for Industry 4.0 applications. 

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2019 The Endress+Hauser Water Challenge is launched: employees around the world run fundraising events to give people access to clean water. 

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2020 Endress+Hauser maintains the ability to deliver during the coronavirus pandemic and continues to effectively support customers even from afar.

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2022 Endress+Hauser launches a training initiative with five percent of all positions set aside for interns, apprentices, trainees and students: twice as many as before. 

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2022 Generation change on the Supervisory Board: Sandra Genge, a granddaughter of the company founder, replaces Hans-Peter Endress as the new family representative.