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A Balluff century

We are proud of what we have achieved during our long history. We are excited about everything that is yet to come. As an automation specialist, we have launched numerous innovations, nevertheless, we are not standing still. We want to actively shape the future of digitalization and the Industrial Internet of Things. With our global team. And with you.

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Bicycles, motorcycles and sewing machines are the starting point for a more than 100-year success story

  • 1921

    1921

    Gebhard Balluff founds his mechanical repair workshop for bicycles, motorcycles and sewing machines in Neuhausen, which develops into a company for precision, turned, and milled parts.

  • 1940

    1940

    Gebhard Balluff turned the business management over to his son-in-law Eduard Hermle.

  • 1956

    1956

    Development and entry into the sensor field: production of the BNS cam switch

  • 1968

    1968

    Beginning of production for BES inductive proximity switches: The first non-contact sensor is a great advance in control technology for mechanical engineering and makes Balluff one of the world market leaders.

  • 1976

    1976

    New factory built in Neuhausen on the Filder: Modern, spacious buildings created for development, production and management.

  • 1978

    1978

    Klaus and Rolf Hermle take over the management of the company in 1978 and run the family business together until Klaus Hermle’s accidental death (1987).

  • 1983

    1983

    Beginning of production for BIS industrial RFID systems: The identification systems are a combination of data carrier, read/write head and processor unit.

  • 1996

    1996

    Balluff’s 75th anniversary. The company grows internationally – with subsidiaries in Switzerland, Italy and the Czech Republic as well as offices in Singapore and China.

  • 2000

    2000

    Balluff opens a new logistics center and a modernized manufacturing facility in Neuhausen. Beginning of production for inductive mini-sensors BES: Expansion of expertise in the field of miniaturization.

  • 2006

    2006

    Vertical expansion of the product portfolio with IO-Link industrial networking and connectivity: Balluff further develops into a systems and solutions provider. Accessories develops into a division with robust sales.

  • 2007

    2007

    With the new production facility in China, Balluff further expands its market position in Asia focusing on China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

  • 2010

    2010

    Generational change: Rolf Hermle hands the business management over to his children Katrin Stegmaier-Hermle and Florian Hermle and to technical business manager Michael Unger.

  • 2017

    2017

    Balluff further expands its digitalization know-how with two acquisitions: The Stuttgart-based software company iss innovative software services GmbH (iss) and the machine vision pioneer Matrix Vision GmbH (MV) in Oppenweiler near Backnang become part of the Balluff group.

  • 2020

    2020

    Frank Nonnenmann succeeds Michael Unger as Managing Director Supply Chain and Business Development, who is retiring.

  • 2021

    2021

    Balluff celebrates its 100th anniversary.

  • 1921

    1921

    Gebhard Balluff founds his mechanical repair workshop for bicycles, motorcycles and sewing machines in Neuhausen, which develops into a company for precision, turned, and milled parts.

  • 1940

    1940

    Gebhard Balluff turned the business management over to his son-in-law Eduard Hermle.

  • 1956

    1956

    Development and entry into the sensor field: production of the BNS cam switch

  • 1968

    1968

    Beginning of production for BES inductive proximity switches: The first non-contact sensor is a great advance in control technology for mechanical engineering and makes Balluff one of the world market leaders.

  • 1976

    1976

    New factory built in Neuhausen on the Filder: Modern, spacious buildings created for development, production and management.

  • 1978

    1978

    Klaus and Rolf Hermle take over the management of the company in 1978 and run the family business together until Klaus Hermle’s accidental death (1987).

  • 1983

    1983

    Beginning of production for BIS industrial RFID systems: The identification systems are a combination of data carrier, read/write head and processor unit.

  • 1996

    1996

    Balluff’s 75th anniversary. The company grows internationally – with subsidiaries in Switzerland, Italy and the Czech Republic as well as offices in Singapore and China.

  • 2000

    2000

    Balluff opens a new logistics center and a modernized manufacturing facility in Neuhausen. Beginning of production for inductive mini-sensors BES: Expansion of expertise in the field of miniaturization.

  • 2006

    2006

    Vertical expansion of the product portfolio with IO-Link industrial networking and connectivity: Balluff further develops into a systems and solutions provider. Accessories develops into a division with robust sales.

  • 2007

    2007

    With the new production facility in China, Balluff further expands its market position in Asia focusing on China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

  • 2010

    2010

    Generational change: Rolf Hermle hands the business management over to his children Katrin Stegmaier-Hermle and Florian Hermle and to technical business manager Michael Unger.

  • 2017

    2017

    Balluff further expands its digitalization know-how with two acquisitions: The Stuttgart-based software company iss innovative software services GmbH (iss) and the machine vision pioneer Matrix Vision GmbH (MV) in Oppenweiler near Backnang become part of the Balluff group.

  • 2020

    2020

    Frank Nonnenmann succeeds Michael Unger as Managing Director Supply Chain and Business Development, who is retiring.

  • 2021

    2021

    Balluff celebrates its 100th anniversary.

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