Passionate about customer care since 1962

Bremen businessman Joachim Armerding founded the HANSA-FLEX company 60 years ago in the garage of his house near Bremen. His business concept was timely, his motto as simple as it was ingenious: Fulfil the wishes of your customers more rapidly, more flexibly and more fully than all your competitors and never forget the human side and enjoyment of your work. HANSA-FLEX has grown with this passion, which is as evident today as it was back then.

60 years of passion for problem-solving

From day one, HANSA-FLEX has been an out-and-out customer-focused company with a great passion for finding the best solution to every conceivable hydraulics challenge. We have achieved a lot in 60 years.

The early years 1962-1989

At the beginning of the 1960s, replacement hydraulic components were difficult to find in Germany. Joachim Armerding saw the potential and started assembling hydraulic hose lines at home on the green workbench in his garage. He delivered the hose lines personally to his customers. In 1969, his friend Günter Buschmann joined the fledgling firm. This laid the foundations for today’s family company. In 1986, the founders’ sons joined the company. By the end of 1988, HANSA-FLEX had grown from a small garage operation into a company operating across Germany with a total of 21 subsidiaries.

Strong growth and internationalisation 1989-2009 

German reunification and the fall of the Iron Curtain signal two decades of rapid growth for HANSA-FLEX. The first foreign subsidiary is founded in 1989 in Elst, Netherlands, and is followed by numerous subsidiaries in other European countries. In 1995, Thomas Armerding and Uwe Buschmann take over the management of the company. Soon after that, the company’s first subsidiary outside Europe is founded in Iskenderun, Turkey. Subsidiaries in North and South America, and Africa follow in 1999 and 2001 respectively. At the end of 2009, the company’s Asian head office is established in Shanghai, China, for fulfilling the demands of the market in Asia. In May 2008, there are a total of 338 HANSA-FLEX locations in 35 countries, including 182 in Germany.

In the age of digitalisation – from 2009 to today

With the advance of global digitalisation, HANSA-FLEX increases its investment in the company’s digital infrastructure and associated services. The HANSA-FLEX app, online shop and customer portal My.HANSA-FLEX provide real added value. New international subsidiaries are established in countries such as Australia, United Kingdom and India. In 2019, the global organisation and digitalisation project PHOENIX starts. In 2020, HANSA-FLEX AG is working for more than 150,000 active customers across the world.

HANSA-FLEX through the ages

The HANSA-FLEX story began 60 years ago in a small garage in Achim near Bremen. The first hose lines were assembled by Joachim Armerding himself on a green workbench (which is still at the company headquarters in Bremen). Here are the major milestones from 60 years. A complete chronicle can be found on our history page.

HANSA-FLEX ist einer der weltweit führenden Systemanbieter für Hydraulik


We work with great passion every day for our customers.


We offer an all-round service for hydraulics in every subsidiary – fast, personal and dependable.

Service Vehicles 

The mobile workshops of the Rapid Hydraulic Service are available around the clock for 365 days a year.


Our national subsidiaries on all continents work closely with our headquarters in Bremen. 

Passion takes many forms

Well-trained, ready to help, team spirited and professional – that’s how you find the employees of HANSA-FLEX in their work environment. In our series “People at HANSA-FLEX”, they show something of their lives outside work.

Mountaineer Ramunas Sabaliauskas

All over the world, HANSA-FLEX employees are engaged in inspiring hobbies. Whether thrills or relaxation, fitness or a sense of community - there are many reasons for their great passions.


Ramunas Sabaliauskas has been working for HANSA-FLEX as a workshop employee at the Klaipeda branch in Lithuania since 1997.  He has been climbing the mountains of this world in his spare time for much longer, since 1980. It is not unusual for him to fly the HANSA-FLEX flag up there.


In this interview, the 50-year-old tells us how he prepares to climb a 7,000-metre peak, what fascinates him about this hobby and which other peaks he would like to climb.



Historical Motorbikes

For service technician Carlo Nopp, historic motorbikes are a way of life.


Beekeeper out of passion

Johann Thoma is also fondly called the Honey Hans.


Ironman World Championship

An extreme athlete with a passion: Gustavo Santos.


Folk dance tournaments

Fenja Tienken has been volunteering in the Driftsethe Rural Youth for more than seven years.


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