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Milestones in the history of the Stäubli Group

1892 Founding of the company Schelling & Stäubli in Horgen/Zurich, Switzerland.







1900 Development of dobbies for the weaving industry.
1909Founding of manufacturing plant in Faverges, France; death of co-founder Rudolph Schelling; name change to Stäubli Bros; first dobby with positive drive of the pattern card cylinder. 
1922 Construction of the first dobby with cam operating lifting knives.
1937First two-cylinder paper card dobby for the production of bordered fabric; first mini Jacquard for name and label weaving.
1946First negative dobby operating in correct sequence of picks.
1955First positive dobby with positive movement without backlash.
1956Diversification into hydraulics and pneumatics with the production of rapid action couplings.
1966Worldwide introduction of the Stäubli quick-release coupling with safety push button.
1969Acquisition of the dobby factory Erich Trumpelt, founded in 1954 in Bayreuth, Germany; name change to Stäubli & Trumpelt.
1972Development of multi-coupling systems.
1982Introduction of Stäubli safety quick-release coupling for compressed air; diversification into automation and robotics; collaboration with Unimation Inc. in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, renowned manufacturer of articulated arm robots; development and manufacturing of SCARA robots.
1983Acquisition of Jacquard machine production from Verdol SA in Lyon, France, founded 1883; establishment of the company Stäubli - Verdol SARL in Chassieu/Lyon, France.
1987Launch of the first electronically controlled Jacquard machine, CX 860.
1989Acquisition of Unimation Inc. from Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; production of PUMA articulated arm robots in Telford, Great Britain.
1994Acquisition of Zellweger Weaving Systems and its production site in Sargans, Switzerland.
1997 Establishment of an assembly plant in Hangzhou, China.
1998Acquisition of carpet weaving machinery manufacturer Schönherr, founded in 1852.
2002Majority stake in electrical connectors company Multi-Contact.
2003Launch of UNIVAL technology.
2004Acquisition of Bosch Rexroth’s robot interests.
2007Stäubli acquires stake in Italian engineering company Deimo S.p.a.
2009Inauguration of new R&D and production facilities for photovoltaics in Essen, Germany; establishment of Connectors Division business unit in Russia.
2010Expansion of plant in Duncan, South Carolina, USA.
2011Multi-Contact USA moves to Windsor, California.
2012Inauguration of new building in Mumbai and expansion of market presence in India.
2013Inauguration of new extended site in Hangzhou, China.