HECO - Historie

HistorySpecial HECO moments

For Heco, it all began 1888 in the bedroom of the inventor, Karl Hettich, in Schramberg, Germany. Here he invented a bending machine for making pendulum escapements, which were much sought after by the Schramberg clock industry. However, as a number of Hettich's relatives were clockmakers who would certainly have been extremely interested in this money-making device, he decided there and then to install the bending machine in the privacy of his bedroom. And it was there, between the bed and the wardrobe, that he began production. Following his untimely death, Karl Hettich's sons continued to build up what was by now a flourishing business. In 1936, the Hettich company also began manufacturing screws.
In 1967, Ludwig Hettich, - a grandson of the company founder - hived off screw production from Franz Hettich KG and founded a new company: Ludwig Hettich & Co Schraubenfabrik: and so HECO came into being. Following the death of Ludwig Hettich in 1975, his eldest son, Stefan Hettich, became the fourth generation to take over management of the business. Committed to further developing the HECO brand, Stefan Hettich optimised the production processes and the logistics of the company.
In 2006 Guido Hettich joined the HECO team as additional Managing Director in the Company.
Headed by Stefan and Guido Hettich 290 employees develop, manufacture and distribute at two production sites screws and and fixing Systems.

  • Karl Hettich

    1888

    Karl Hettich, an inventor with a good head for business, sets up his own business as a supplier to the clock industry

  • Schraubenproduktion in Schramberg

    1936

    Start of the screw production in Schramberg

  • 1967

    The operational area of screws is taken over by Ludwig Hettich in Schramberg as an independent company.

  • Umzug nach Schramber-Sulgen

    1971

    The company moves into a newly-built production and administrative building in Schramberg-Sulgen

  • 1978

    Presentation of the HECO-FIX® chipboard screwEstablishment of the brand HECO® (= Hettich & Co)

  • Universalschraube HECO-FIX-plus

    1990

    HECO presents the HECO-FIX-plus® universal screw

  • 1995

    HECO revolutionises the screw market with its patented MULTI MONTI® screw anchor which is awarded the InnovationPrize by the state of Baden-Württemberg two years later

  • HECO-TOPIX®

    2000

    The HECO-TOPIX® is included in the range

  • HECO-France sarl

    2004

    Foundation of HECO-France sarl as distributor

  • Gründung der HECO-Akademie

    2006

    The HECO team is joined by Guido Hettich as another Managing Director of the company.The new HECO-TOPIX-Therm® dominates the fixing market. Establishment of the HECO Academy – Centre for product trainings

  • HECO-TOPIX®-CombiConnect

    2007

    HECO-Schrauben supplements its range to include the HECO-TOPIX-CombiConnect® professional wood screw

  • MULTI-MONTI®-TimberConnect

    2008

    The innovative MULTI-MONTI®-TimberConnect baseplateanchor goes into production

  • S.C. HECO SCHRAUBEN S.R.L.

    2009

    Plant opens in Câmpia Turzii, Romania

  • HECO -Historie 2010

    2010

    Market launch of new international innovation: HECO-UNIX – the full-thread screw with contraction effect

  • Logistikzentrums Schramberg-Sulgen

    2014

    Inauguration of the HECO logistic center, Schramberg-Sulgen

  • HECO Historie 2015

    2015

    Market launch of the new MDF-screw HECO-UFIX®