Rexroth Indramat in America 0

Posted on 19, September 2012

in Category Blog, Indramat History


We’ve mentioned before that Rexroth-Bosch, the current owners of the company that used to be Indramat, began with a hammer foundry in 1795 in Elsavatal, Germany. The history of Rexroth in America didn’t begin until much later — almost two centuries later in 1967, when Rexroth Corporation set up as the importer of the German Rexroth products. At that time, Rexroth had just recently acquired Indramat and was still using the name.

Within a few years, Rexroth’s American branch had moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and in 1975 they began to produce some valves there. There is still a hydraulics outfit there.

It was in 1979, however, that Indramat’s brushless AC servo motors came on the scene, presaging the electric drives and controls in future Rexroth lines.

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In 1995, Indramat moved near Hoffman Estates, Illinois, where the Indramat division of Rexroth can still be found. That year, Rexroth hit $500 million in sales. The company moved the headquarters to Hoffman Estates in 2001, following the retirement of the first CEO of the U.S. branch. They unified U.S. field service and training there in 2003. Just a few years later, U.S. sales hit $1 billion.

It’s a story of success and a little bit of moving around, without many adventures; hard to imagine making a film of it. In case you were looking for excitement, let us offer you one little tidbit: Hollenhammer, the name of the hammer company that gave Rexroth its start so long ago, appears to mean “Hell hammer.”

No wonder they toned things down a little in later years.

Write down this number: (479) 274-8422. If things ever get too exciting with your Indramat drives, controls, or motors, you can always call that number and we will provide immediate help and support.

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