Harting Marks 75 Years

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Sept. 1, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding day of family-owned HARTING Technology Group, a global supplier of industrial connection technology for data, signal and power with 14 production facilities and 44 sales offices worldwide. The company’s U.S. headquarters are in Elgin, Ill.

Founded in Germany by Wilhelm and Marie Harting as Wilhelm Harting Mechanische Werkstätten in 1945, a few months after World War II ended, HARTING got its start as a manufacturer of everyday household appliances such as waffle irons and irons. Today, in addition to products for transportation, the company manufactures checkout zones for retail, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series production, charging equipment for electric vehicles, and hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering and robotics. HARTING employs 5,300 and generated sales of 750 million euros in 2018-19.

Wilhelm Harting and his wife Marie Harting “laid the foundation stone for the success of the company.” In this hall (right) in Minden, a few months after the end of the war, the company was launched under the name Wilhelm Harting Mechanische Werkstätten.

“For 75 years, HARTING has been driving technological change and providing decisive impetus for the future,” the company said in announcement. “The vision formulated in 1996 by the owner family—“We want to shape the future with technologies for people”—remains the guiding star of our entrepreneurial activities. The company has evolved into a worldwide leading supplier of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of data, signal and power, a global player fielding innovative products and solutions focusing on Industry 4.0 and digitization. HARTING has successfully opened up new markets with its technologies in the core business of connectivity, such as e-mobility and resource-saving power generation.”

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