Company

A passion for innovation

Stäubli is a mechatronics solutions provider with three dedicated activities: Connectors, Robotics and Textile, serving customers who want to increase their productivity in many industrial sectors. With a global workforce of over 4,500, the company generates annual turnover of 1.1 billion Swiss francs. Originally founded in 1892 as a small workshop in Horgen/Zurich, today Stäubli is an international group headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland, delivering innovative solutions to all industrial sectors around the world.

Our activities

An international group serving all industrial sectors

Graphic of the Stäubli activities: Fluid Connectors, Electrical Connectors, Robotics and Textile in English
Our history

Quality is Stäubli's mission and driving force since 1892

Since 1892 the Stäubli Group has expanded both technologically and geographically. As early as 1909 Stäubli has set up its first manufacturing site in France, followed by further expansions to European countries, the Americas, Japan, China and Korea. Starting off as a technological pioneer and reliable partner in the weaving industry, Stäubli expanded its expertise to connection solutions. At first with quick couplings for pneumatics and hydraulics, later on for electrical power and data. With the acquisition of Unimation - a renowned pioneer in industrial robotics - Stäubli continued its dynamic path into one of the most advanced and innovative industrial sectors. On the basis of this comprehensive technological heritage and expertise we partner with our customers worldwide to provide the most efficient solution for their application.

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1892
Founders of the company Schelling & Stäubli

in Horgen / Zurich, Switzerland.

Photography of the Stäubli production facility in Horgen 1896.
1896
Stäubli Horgen

Move to a new production facility on the site where Stäubli AG in Horgen is located today.

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1900
Mechanical engineering

Development of dobbies for the weaving industry.

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1909
Expansion to France

Founding 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.

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1922
30 years of experience

Construction of the first dobby with cam operating lifting knives.

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1937
Ahead of competition

First two-cylinder paper card dobby for the production of bordered fabric; first mini Jacquard for name and label weaving.

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1946
Weaving innovation

First negative dobby operating in correct sequence of picks.

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1955
First positive dobby

with positive movement without backlash.
 

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1956
Connectors

Diversification into hydraulics and pneumatics with the production of quick couplings.

1966 Stäubli quick-action couplings 1966
1966
Safety push button

Worldwide introduction of the Stäubli quick-release coupling with safety push button.

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1969
Bayreuth

Acquisition of the dobby factory Erich Trumpelt, founded in 1954 in Bayreuth, Germany; name change to Stäubli & Trumpelt.

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1972
Multi-connection

Development of multi-coupling systems.

1982 Introduction of Stäubli quick safety couplings for hydraulics
1982
Non spill coupling

Introduction of Stäubli non spill coupling for hydraulic circuits; 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.

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1983
Jacquard weaving

Acquisition of Jacquard machine production from Verdol SA in Lyon, France, founded 1883; establishment of the company Stäubli – Verdol SARL in Chassieu / Lyon, France.
 

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1987
Electronic Jacquard controller

Launch of the first electronically controlled Jacquard machine, CX 860.

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1989
Robotics

Collaboration with Unimation Inc. / USA. Acquisition in 1989. Production of PUMA articulated arm robots in Telford / UK.
 

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1994
Weaving preparation

Acquisition of Zellweger Weaving Systems and its production site in Sargans, Switzerland.

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1997
China

Establishment of an assembly plant in Hangzhou, China.

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1998
Carpet weaving

Acquisition of German carpet weaving machinery manufacturer Schönherr, founded in 1852.

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2002
Electrical connectors

Acquisition of Multi-Contact, manufacturer of electrical connection systems founded in 1962 in Basel, Switzerland.

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2003
Technical fabrics

Launch of UNIVAL technology.

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2004
SCARA 4-axis robots

Acquisition of Bosch Rexroth's robot interests.

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2007
Electronic controllers & drives

Stäubli acquires stake in Italian engineering company Deimo S.p.a.

Photography of the Multi-Contact building in Essen, Germany.
2009
Photovoltaics

Inauguration of new R&D and production facilities for photovoltaics in Essen, Germany; establishment of Connectors Division business unit in Russia.

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2010
Expansion in the USA

Enlargement of plant in Duncan, South Carolina, USA.

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2011
Electrical Connectors USA

Multi-Contact USA moves to Windsor, California.

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2012
New offices in India

Inauguration of new building in Mumbai and expansion of market presence in India.

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2013
China

Inauguration of new extended site in Hangzhou, China.

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2014
Sock knitting

D4S closing toe technology for fully automated sock manufacturing driven by Deimo controllers.

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2015
Electrical Connectors

Foundation of new division "Electrical Connectors". Opening of a sales office for Connectors and Robotics in Bangalore. Rebranding of corporate brands Schönherr and Deimo as Stäubli.

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2016
Turkey

Stäubli Istanbul moves to a new building. Opening of a branch in Thailand.

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2017
Rebranding

and renaming the Multi-Contact subsidiary as Stäubli Electrical Connectors. Opening of an office in Vietnam.