The HANSA-FLEX Chronicle
The HANSA-FLEX story began more than 55 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 can still be found in the company headquarters in Bremen today). Nobody had any idea at the time that this small company would one day develop into a globally active company. But with a lot of passion, ambition and the understanding of quality that applied then and now, the business idea quickly became a success. Soon a larger workshop was needed and the first employees were hired.
What happend next? Learn it here...
Joachim Armerding founds the company "Joachim Armerding Industriebedarf" and thus lays the foundation stone for the later HANSA-FLEX AG. The company is based in Mr Armerding's garage in Achim near Bremen. The first hose lines were assembled here on his legendary "green workbench", which can still be seen today in the company headquarters.
The increasing demand for hydraulic hoses and the urging of his customers led Joachim Armerding to set up his first workshop in a former plumber's workshop in Bremen. The first employee is hired in the same year.
In the mid-1960s, annual sales exceeded the DM 100,000 mark for the first time. In Osnabrück, the second branch is opened in an old joinery. Friend and companion Günter Buschmann leads this branch and joins the company as a partner.
In the 1970 business year, annual sales exceeded DM 1,000,000 for the first time. Further branches are opened in the coming years.
In Bremen-Mahndorf wird der Neubau der ersten Zentrale eingeweiht. Im selben Jahr öffnet in Elze die dritte Niederlassung ihre Türen.
Mit der Gründung der vierten Niederlassung in Duisburg ist der Firmenname „Joachim Armerding Industriebedarf“ nicht mehr zeitgemäß. Das Unternehmen wird in „HANSA-FLEX“ umbenannt.
Das erste gruppenweite Firmenlogo wird eingeführt und bis 1989 verwendet. Es zeigt einen angedeuteten Schlauch samt Standardarmatur. Bereits damals wurde als Hausfarbe das HANSA-FLEX-Rot verwendet.
With more than 25 employees, HANSA-FLEX achieves annual sales of over DM 10,000,000 for the first time.
In Höxter, HANSA-FLEX Metal Hoses GmbH is the first business unit to be founded outside of standard hydraulic applications. From now on, HANSA-FLEX manufactures metal hose lines, which are used in particular in the food and chemical industries.
HANSA-FLEX enters the digital age. In the beginning of 1980 eight branches are connected to the headquarter via EDV systems.
The company continues to grow. In the mid 1984 HANSA-FLEX employes more than 100 people and runs 15 branches.
With Thomas Armerding and Uwe Buschmann, the sons of the company founders join the company and get to know the business processes from scratch. A forward-looking step that secures continuation as a family-run business.
HANSA-FLEX is growing and growing. On a bigger area in the same city the new headquarter is build. In addition, there is a new, manually managed central warehouse. In the same year the new corporate logo is introduced. In the meantime there are 26 HANSA-FLEX branches.
HANSA-FLEX becomes international: In the Dutch Elst the new branch is opened on March 1st.
The BJU / ASU awards Joachim Armerding the title of Entrepreneur of the Year 1990. In the same year, the first branch office in the new federal states is opened in Schwerin.
The automatic small parts warehouse (AKL) with 3 lanes starts operations in Bremen. From now on, the warehousing of these articles will be automatic. In the same year, a second administration building is being built in Bremen.
Thomas Armerding and Uwe Buschmann are named Managing Directors. Thus, the second generation enters into leading positions at HANSA-FLEX. At the end of 1995 HANSA-FLEX operates 51 branches worldwide.
The turnover of the HANSA-FLEX Group exceeds DM 100,000,000 for the first time. In May 1996, the company receives DIN EN ISO 9001 certification. The number of branches worldwide has grown to 65.
In Iskenderun, Turkey, HANSA-FLEX opens its first branch outside Europe. In total, the company operates 86 branches in twelve countries. Of which 65 in Germany.
HANSA-FLEX employs more than 1,000 people for the first time. At the end of January 1998, there are 90 branches worldwide.
In Schönebeck gründet HANSA-FLEX das Rohrbiegezentrum. Fortan fertigt und biegt HANSA-FLEX Rohrleitungen für sämtliche Anwendungsbereiche. Die Niederlassungsanzahl ist auf 111 angestiegen.
Stetiger Wachstumskurs. Mit der Eröffnung von HANSA-FLEX USA in Billings/Montana und HANSA-FLEX Brasilien in Blumenau ist das Unternehmen erstmals auf dem amerikanischen Kontinent vertreten. Insgesamt gibt es 120 Niederlassungen weltweit.
The first foreign branch in Africa is opened in Port Elisabeth (South Africa). In the same month the cylinder repair center in Königshofen and the sealing technology division in Eisenberg commencing their operations.
HANSA-FLEX is expanding its offering with mobile service. In the middle of the year, the FLEXXPRESS mobile hydraulic emergency service will be founded with 26 vehicles, all of which will be deployed throughout Germany.
HANSA-FLEX opens the in-house training center to promote the education and training of its own employees. Right next to it, the Hydraulic Components business unit in Dresden-Weixdorf opens its doors. The company now has 167 branches worldwide.
Willmann Steuerungstechnik GmbH, a specialist in aggregate and hydraulic steel construction, is taken over by HANSA-FLEX. In the same month, HANSA-FLEX founds the special fittings division in Dresden-Weixdorf.
Company founder Joachim Armerding leaves the company as managing director but stays available in an advisory capacity.
HANSA-FLEX enters the chinese market and opens its first branch in Shanghai. HANSA-FLEX operates worldwide 182 branches in 26 countries. The Rapid Hydraulic Service grew to more than 50 vehicles.
HANSA-FLEX creates a new standard in the spare part industrie. At the VDBUM seminar the X-CODE is introduced by Thomas Armerding. The alpha-numeric code comprises all important product information of hydraulic hose lines. An absolute novelty in the marekt.
In one step HANSA-FLEX takes over 100 percent of K + S Hydraulik GmbH in Neulußheim. This means that HANSA-FLEX is now also represented by a specialist in aggregate construction in southern Germany.
HANSA-FLEX opens the world's 250th branch in Wächtersbach (Hesse). In the same year, the first subsidiary in Canada opens its doors. HANSA-FLEX is now represented in 28 countries with its own branches.
An innovation that matters: in just two years, over 1,000,000 X-Codes have been sold. In the same year, the 100th Rapid Hydraulic Service vehicle is put into service.
The world's 300th branch opens in Selsingen, Lower Saxony. Likewise, the Bremen headquarters will be expanded by more than 1,000 square meters. Among other things, the application technology department has its place in the newly created rooms.