elobau history
1972 -  elobau Elektrobauelemente GmbH & Co. KG is established and develops the first magnetic switch on a dry reed contact basis for hay distribution equipment.
1977 – elobau increases production by building its own tools with plastic molding machines and within the same year introduces the world’s first proximity safety switch
1980 – a plunger switch with dry reed contact technology originally developed for gear boxes gives life to a new product segment: vehicle components
1989 – The existing product line was increased by the addition of the Intrinsically Safe (explosion proof) (Ex) switches
1990 – elobau’ s first FNR played a significant breakthrough part in its increasing presence  within the Vehicle industry, thus enabling elobau to extend its share of the market while being a landmark in the development of the joystick program.
1995 – The addition of Hygienic Sensors to the Machine safety line provided a higher quality standard product for the Food Industry
1996 - The first non-contacting joystick and new suction pipe is introduced and elobau once more proves the reliability of the reed technology
1998 – In order to keep up with the industry demand, elobau increases its Machine safety sensor portfolio by adding the 2-N/O contact system.
2002 - Machine safety innovation: the first safety bus system of the new product line, elosafe, improves the conventional safety technology.
2004 – The first mercury-free tilt switch is now on the market
2005 – The launching of the Machine safety “design” sensor introduced a change from pure functionality to aesthetics design
2006 – N4, a new tilt switch combines high technical standard with a new sleek design
2008 - elobau adds a second production plant and new office facilities bringing more capacity to Leutkirch
2014 – elobau redefines safety products, introducing eloProtect m and eloProtect e, magnetic and RFID safety sensors with a new dimension of proven reliability and performance.
1972 – 1992                Mr. Fritz Hetzer is the founder and sole company Executive Director
1992 – 2003                Fritz Hetzer manages the company along with son Michael Hetzer
2003 -  present            Michael Hetzer is the sole Executive Director
As an expanding, globally active, medium-sized family business with more than 600 employees, we develop and manufacture sensor technology and operator interface controls for the industrial machine and off-highway vehicle sectors. Our high-quality products are characterized by a high vertical range of manufacture and are manufactured in a carbon-neutral manner in Germany. With our innovative, non-contact sensor products, we support our customers worldwide in manufacturing industrial machines and vehicles that set standards in terms of performance, operator comfort, safety and quality.
Facts and Figures about elobau
  • Global headquarters in Leutkirch in Allgäu (Southern Germany)
  • North American headquarters in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Founded 1972
  • 3 production plants
  • 10 sales subsidiaries
  • Executive management: Michael Hetzer, Dietmar Weik, Dr. Thilo Ittner
  • Approx. 670 employees worldwide
  • Represented in 31 countries
  • 77 million euros in sales (2013)
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