In the heart of the German furniture industry

Hettich's history is defined by outstanding engineering achievements and bold enterprising decisions. Developing a purpose-built machine, the so-called bending machine, Karl Hettich in 1888 mechanised the production of components for Black Forest cuckoo clocks. When August Hettich developed a production line for piano hinges in 1928, he was treading in new technical terrain, setting the course for the group's present activities in the furniture industry.

Taking a tremendous gamble in 1930, Paul, August and Franz Hettich set up a new company in Herford. The move to East Westphalia-Lippe took the Swabian brothers to the heart of the German furniture industry. With time, the products changed and today we manufacture high quality, innovative and reliable technology for furniture.

The company is wholly owned by the Hettich family, and with Dr. Andreas Hettich taking over at the helm in 2007, the company's management entered its fourth generation.

Hettich timeline

  • 1888

    Karl Hettich develops an efficient method for producing a component for cuckoo clocks

  • 1930

    Paul, Franz and August Hettich set up a branch factory in Herford. It produces piano hinges on fully automatic machines developed by the company itself

  • 1966

    Kirchlengern become company headquarters with 8,000 m² of production floor space

  • 1976

    Products are exported to over 80 countries across the globe. The first companies abroad are founded in Switzerland, Sweden, France and the USA. Quadro becomes established as a new drawer runner using the ball-bearing principle

  • 1980

    By the company's 50th anniversary, the Hettich family has grown to 1,600 members of staff

  • 1991

    Hettich International is introduced as the umbrella brand. The first folding steel side profile is developed for drawers: ProfiTech

  • 1995

    Re-organisation into a holding structure with independent companies. InnoTech is developed as the first double-walled drawer system with innovative interior organisers

  • 1999

    The Kitchen Concept 2010 is born as a model for the future. Launch of the ComfortLine drawer system

  • 2000

    Turnover exceeds 1 billion deutschmarks

  • 2001

    New research and development centre in Kirchlengern. Silent System marks the development of an innovative soft-close mechanism for drawers

  • 2004

    Cornerstone laid for cutting-edge logistics centre at Kirchlengern

  • 2005

    Company's 75th anniversary. The Hettich Group is once again entirely family-owned

  • 2007

    Innovative Hettinject connecting technology for lightweight boards is tested under near-practical conditions at the Lightweight Construction Centre

  • 2009

    Hettich Forum opens. This is where all facets of the Hettich brand can be experienced first-hand

  • 2010

    Due for completion by March 2011, an energy-efficient production facility is being constructed at the company's Kirchlengern/Bünde site that aims to set the benchmark in industrial production

  • 2011

    The new ArciTech double-walled drawer system was presented at the “Interzum” fair

  • 2013

    The Hettich Group celebrates its 125th anniversary