News | July 2021
Orona defies the pandemic
According to the company, Orona improved its market position in 2020 despite the pandemic and achieved turnover of 799 million euros. The cooperative revealed this at its virtual annual general meeting.
Hengstler GmbH is celebrating its anniversary: 175 years ago, the company was established in Aldingen (south Germany) as a clock industry supplier.
Today, it is one of the leading suppliers of industrial counter and control components. The product range also includes safety relays for lifts.
The company had its origins in 1846 with the production of gongs for wall and grandfather clocks. The customers above all included clock factories from the Black Forest. The company already had an international orientation in its first decades: the gong wire often came from Sweden; the gongs themselves were exported as far as Japan.
In the course of the twentieth century, Hengstler continuously expanded its product range. In 1983 the company took over the relay manufacturer E. Haller GmbH, which had developed the first guided safety relays in the 1970s.
These relays were also used in lifts: they ensured that the doors only opened once the car had reached its final position. They even facilitate comfort switching in larger lifts: here the doors open within a precisely defined zone before reaching the end position.