history

2015

fraba_shanghei_office

China office in Shanghai opened.

2014

The business system of "Mass Customization" is launched.

2013

High precision magnetic absolute and incremental offered by POSITAL.

The new computerized database product generator offers more than 125000 encoder articles.

The subsidiary INTACTON is discontinued.

2011

fraba_heerlen_aachen

In 2011 our product development cell, CENTITECH, moved to Aachen and our Holding office opened in Heerlen.

Meanwhile, our strong growth rate continuous and our workforce grew to 120 people.

2010

We were able to get back to a growth rate of about 28%. FRABA now employes about 100 people.

2009

fraba_singapore

In July 2009 the first Asian subsidiary has been opened up in Singapore. However due to the economic crisis our business decreased by 25%.

2007

fraba_centitech

With the creation of the manufacturing plant in Poland, the computerization of manufacturing processes, the new internet-based EDP system, and the foundation of CENTITECH as the first R&D company, the FRABA Group has been able to successfully implement fundamental and future-oriented structural changes.

The Group had circa 90 employees in 2007 and was able to achieve an average growth of 12% despite all the internal endeavors.

POSITAL launches a new line of magnetic multiturn encoders based on a Wiegand Wire Energy Harvesting Technolgy.

2005

intactor_products

Since 2000 FRABA has grown by more than 50% while the workforce has increased to 75 people. The newly established INTACTON GmbH has developed novel contact-free length and velocity sensors and moved into the MST.factory Dortmund.

2000

fraba_new_jersey

The FRABA workforce has increased to 60 people. In August 2000 the first foreign subsidiary has been opened up in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

1998

FRABA has completed its turnaround and grows profitably. It employs 50 people of which 30 % are highly trained technical specialists or hold master degrees in electronics, physics, mechanical engineering, or business.

1994

The first Optical Safety Edges (OSE) are launched.

1993

leesers

Dr. Achim and Christian Leeser and Axel Wiemann take over the company. By now the workforce had decreased to 110 people. With a new management team the new owners completely restructure the company into a group of three independent companies combined by a common Mission and Guiding Principles.

1978

After several bad decisions and missed chances, one nephew sells his shares to his cousin. FRABA employs about 200 people now.

1973

fraba_brush_encoder

FRABA introduces one of the first optical absolute rotary encoders.

1970

FRABA sells its medical systems division to the Braun, Melsungen company.

1968

Mr. Baumgartner retires at the age of eighty, two nephews take over. FRABA employs 400 people now.

1963

FRABA starts selling "brush" absolute rotary encoders.

1960

FRABA diversifies with the first mobile dialysis system into medical systems.

1945

FRABA continues with pioneering work in electric and electronic systems and becomes a strong participant in the German "Wirtschaftswunder".

1939

Being a pioneer in electric control systems, Mr. Baumgartner was able to grow to employ 90 highly trained specialists, producing relays for all of Europe.

1918

old_fraba_logo

Mr. Franz Baumgartner founded FRABA based on a patent for a "Petri Switch".