History

Milestones on the path to the Know-how Factory.

1980 Zimmer GmbH Technische Werkstätten, Rheinau The family-owned and operated company is founded in Rheinau-Freistett. Product developments in automation and handling technology soon helped the company make its breakthrough. Zimmer GmbH quickly established itself in the field of developing and manufacturing highly complex components and system solutions for prestigious OEM customers. What was once a garage operation rapidly becomes a high-tech company. It is now one of the leading manufacturers in its sector. Its standardized solutions for mechanical and plant engineering are valued worldwide as high-quality products. Planning, designing, producing, and assembling mechanical components: Zimmer GmbH Technische Werkstätten makes a name for itself as a skilled provider of technical services. The company has now been regarded as an important system supplier for more than ten years. Its customers are prestigious companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector and the automotive industry. 1999 Sommer-automatic GmbH, Ettlingen One of the leading suppliers of pneumatic and electric handling components and systems in the world is incorporated. Sommer-automatic is an industry specialist with a clear focus and a comprehensive product range in the field of handling technology. Close cooperation with Zimmer GmbH Technische Werkstätten begins at the same time. This cooperation results in exemplary innovations for process automation in the areas of product management and research and development. 2004 Zimmer GmbH Dämpfungssysteme, Rheinau Company founded. Today it is one of the leading development partners in the furniture industry and is an unrivaled system partner for damping systems and innovative self-closing mechanisms, known as "soft close systems", which have now also found their way into other industries, such as the automotive sector. The company's customers include all of the major fitting and furniture manufacturers. The company is now recognized as a development pioneer and plant engineering company and is in demand all over the world. 2007 BENZ GmbH Werkzeugsysteme, Haslach/Kinzigtal Incorporation of this specialist in unit technology and powered tool systems. The company develops and produces pioneering wood and metal-processing tool systems for lathes and machining centers and, in 2009, forms a joint venture with the Homag Group. In the future, Benz will primarily be focusing on the wood and metal sector as a technological leader with their innovative tool systems and units. 2007 Zimmer GmbH Kunststofftechnik, Rheinau Company founded. The company manufactures series production components in metal, plastic, and elastomers (metal injection molding, plastic injection molding, elastomer technology, and innovative MIM technology). The company combines many years of experience, high flexibility, and a wide breadth of production. Comprehensive expertise in areas ranging from materials development, in-house moldmaking, and product development through to in-house post-processing has helped Zimmer Kunststofftechnik secure a very special market position. 2008 New production facilities are acquired in Rheinau (10,500 m2). 2011 A further 3,800 m2 of production and office space is built to expand the capacity offered by Zimmer GmbH. 2013 Zimmer Group GmbH, Rheinau The company decides on an enhanced strategic focus. Two successful individual companies are first of all combined to form a GmbH (the equivalent of a limited liability corporation). Zimmer GmbH Technische Werkstätten and Sommer-automatic GmbH merge to form Zimmer GmbH. The independent companies Zimmer GmbH Kunststofftechnik and Zimmer GmbH Dämpfungssysteme as well as Benz GmbH are to join with Zimmer GmbH to form the Zimmer Group. From now on, all products for the fields of handling technology, linear technology, and industrial and soft close damping technology will be developed under one roof and with even more efficiency than before. The shared goal: everything from a single source for the global market.
From now on, the Zimmer Group considers itself to be a Know-how Factory.

1980
Zimmer GmbH Technische Werkstätten, Rheinau
The family-owned and operated company is founded in Rheinau-Freistett. 
Product developments in automation and handling technology soon helped the company make its breakthrough. Zimmer GmbH quickly established itself in the field of developing and manufacturing highly complex components and system solutions for prestigious OEM customers. What was once a garage operation rapidly becomes a high-tech company. It is now one of the leading manufacturers in its sector. Its standardized solutions for mechanical and plant engineering are valued worldwide as high-quality products. Planning, designing, producing, and assembling mechanical components: Zimmer GmbH Technische Werkstätten makes a name for itself as a skilled provider of technical services. The company has now been regarded as an important system supplier for more than ten years. Its customers are prestigious companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector and the automotive industry.

1999
Sommer-automatic GmbH, Ettlingen
One of the leading suppliers of pneumatic and electric handling components and systems in the world is incorporated. Sommer-automatic is an industry specialist with a clear focus and a comprehensive product range in the field of handling technology. Close cooperation with Zimmer GmbH Technische Werkstätten begins at the same time. This cooperation results in exemplary innovations for process automation in the areas of product management and research and development.

2004
Zimmer GmbH Dämpfungssysteme, Rheinau
Company founded. 
Today it is one of the leading development partners in the furniture industry and is an unrivaled system partner for damping systems and innovative self-closing mechanisms, known as "soft close systems", which have now also found their way into other industries, such as the automotive sector. The company's customers include all of the major fitting and furniture manufacturers. The company is now recognized as a development pioneer and plant engineering company and is in demand all over the world.

2007
Zimmer GmbH Kunststofftechnik, Rheinau
Company founded. 
The company manufactures series production components in metal, plastic, and elastomers (metal injection molding, plastic injection molding, elastomer technology, and innovative MIM technology). The company combines many years of experience, high flexibility, and a wide breadth of production. Comprehensive expertise in areas ranging from materials development, in-house moldmaking, and product development through to in-house post-processing has helped Zimmer Kunststofftechnik secure a very special market position.

2008
New production facilities are acquired in Rheinau (10,500 m2). 2011 A further 3,800 m2 of production and office space is built to expand the capacity offered by Zimmer GmbH.

2013
Zimmer Group GmbH, Rheinau
The company decides on an enhanced strategic focus. 
Two successful individual companies are first of all combined to form a GmbH (the equivalent of a limited liability corporation). Zimmer GmbH Technische Werkstätten and Sommer-automatic GmbH merge to form Zimmer GmbH. The independent companies Zimmer GmbH Kunststofftechnik and Zimmer GmbH Daempfungssysteme as well as Benz GmbH are to join with Zimmer GmbH to form the Zimmer Group. From now on, all products for the fields of handling technology, linear technology, and industrial and soft close damping technology will be developed under one roof and with even more efficiency than before. The shared goal: everything from a single source for the global market. From now on, the Zimmer Group considers itself to be a Know-how Factory