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.

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An international group serving all industrial sectors

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.

  • 1892

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

  • 1900

    Development of dobbies for the weaving industry.

  • 1909

    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.

  • 1922

    Construction of the first dobby with cam operating lifting knives.

  • 1937

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

  • 1946

    First negative dobby operating in correct sequence of picks.

  • 1955

    First positive dobby with positive movement without backlash.

  • 1956

    Diversification into hydraulics and pneumatics with the production of rapid action couplings.

  • 1966

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

  • 1969

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

  • 1972

    Development of multi-coupling systems.

  • 1982

    Introduction 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.

  • 1983

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

  • 1987

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

  • 1989

    Acquisition of Unimation Inc. from Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; production of PUMA articulated arm robots in Telford, Great Britain.

  • 1994

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

  • 1997

    Establishment of an assembly plant in Hangzhou, China.

  • 1998

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

  • 2002

    Majority stake in electrical connectors company Multi-Contact.

  • 2003

    Launch of UNIVAL technology.

  • 2004

    Acquisition of Bosch Rexroth’s robot interests.

  • 2007

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

  • 2009

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

  • 2010

    Expansion of plant in Duncan, South Carolina, USA.

  • 2011

    Multi-Contact USA moves to Windsor, California.

  • 2012

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

  • 2013

    Inauguration of new extended site in Hangzhou, China.

  • 2014

    Acquisition of D4S patent for sock knitting (DEIMO/Stäubli Carate), for fully automated sock manufacturing.

  • 2015

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

  • 2016

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

  • 2017

    Rebranding and renaming the Multi-Contact subsidiary as Stäubli Electrical Connectors.

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