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 400 employees develop, manufacture and distribute at two production sites screws and and fixing Systems.

  • Karl Hettich


    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


    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


    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


    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



    The HECO-TOPIX® is included in the range

  • HECO-France sarl


    Foundation of HECO-France sarl as distributor

  • Gründung der HECO-Akademie


    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


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

  • MULTI-MONTI®-TimberConnect


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



    Plant opens in Câmpia Turzii, Romania

  • HECO -Historie 2010


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

  • Logistikzentrums Schramberg-Sulgen


    Inauguration of the HECO logistic center, Schramberg-Sulgen

  • HECO Historie 2015


    Market launch of the new MDF-screw HECO-UFIX®. Start of cooperation with SFS timber work.

  • 2016

    Market launch of the new screwanchor MULTI-MONTI®-plus

  • 2017

    HECO-Schrauben celebrates its 50th anniversary

  • 2018