Tradition and Innovation

From foundry to global company

ZOLLERN was founded in 1708 by Prince Meinrad II of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, which makes it the oldest family-owned company in the state of Baden-Württemberg (Germany).   

Today the company is owned by the eleventh generation of the Hohenzollern family which founded it more than 300 years ago.

The original plant has advanced to become a state-of-the-art metal processing group with strong roots and expertise. 

1708 Foundation of the Fürstliche Hohenzollernsche Hüttenwerke by Prince Meinrad II of Hohenzollern in Laucherthal (where today's group is headquartered)
1890 Bronze foundry goes into production
1935 Beginning of plain bearing production
1950 Beginning of precision casting production
1971 Beginning of rods and bars production
1972 Beginning of gearbox production
1976 Herbertingen plant begins production
1978 Beginning of special profile production
1984 First automation technology projects
1989 Dr. Adolf Merckle joins the group as an additional shareholding partner. The group now operates under the name Fürstlich Hohenzollernsche Werke Laucherthal GmbH & Co.
1991 Construction and start-up of investment casting plant in Portugal
1996 Takeover of BHW Braunschweiger Hüttenwerk GmbH, with its three plants in Germany and Brazil (plain bearings)
1997 Construction and start-up of the Chinese works in Tianjin under the name ZOLLERN Speed Reducer Company Ltd. (gearboxes)
1999 Takeover of Friedrich Blickle & Co. GmbH (cutting metalworking)
Takeover of Dorstener Maschinenfabrik AG (gearboxes)
2003 Takeover of ZOLLERN Tlc. in Les Mureaux near Paris (plain bearings)
2003 Takeover of GMH Gleitlagerfabrik und Metallgießerei GmbH (plain bearings)
2004 Following the group's globalisation strategy, all the companies now operate under the ZOLLERN brand name.
2006 Takeover of Thyssen-Krupp Aluminiumfeinguss Soest GmbH & Co. KG (aluminium investment casting)
2007 Zollern invests more than 100 million euros in new processes and technologies to increase its competitiveness.
2008 Zollern breaks through the sales barrier of 500 million euros.
2014 ZOLLERN opens a subsidiary in India
2015 ZOLLERN extends the Drive technology business unit with the rotary table manufacturer 'Rückle'
ZOLLERN acquires 100% of Treibacher Auermet d.o.o. in Ravne, Slovenia
The Founder

In 1708, Prince Meinrad II. (1689 – 1715) built an iron smelting works in Laucher-
thal. Now the ZOLLERN group is headquartered there. 

It employs more than 3,000 people at seven company sites around the world.

Today, Prince Karl Friedrich von Hohenzollern, represents the tenth generation of the von Hohenzollern family that owns the company. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board.