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The history of GROB

Over 95 years of success: The history of GROB-WERKE is closely linked to the prominent personalities of the Grob family and their companions and continues to be shaped by them today. Take a look at the long transformation from a small machine tool factory to the market leader in machine building.

  • Opening of production hall 14B in Mindelheim
  • Total production area at the main plant: 199,000 m²
  • Foundation stone laid for the new GROB production plant in India
  • Branch established in Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Mindelheim plant expanded by an assembly hall of 16,000 m2

Foundation stone laid for the second GROB production plant in Dalian (China)

  • Opening of the Italian production plant for e-mobility in Pianezza
  • Opening of the Technical Application Center for E-mobility (TAE) at the Chinese production plant in Dalian
  • Opening of the battery and fuel cell application laboratory in Mindelheim
  • First virtual GROB in-house exhibition due to the COVID 19-pandemic
  • Branches established in Senlis (France), Haiphong (Vietnam) and Yokohama (Japan)
  • Ground breaking ceremony for the new production plant of GROB Italy S.r.l. in Pianezza (Italy)
  • Plant in Dalian (China) expanded by 6.700 m² of production area
  • Expansion of the Bluffton (USA) facility which includes a new sales office and full service cafeteria
  • Branches established in SH Hengelo (Netherlands) and Steinhausen (Switzerland)
  • DMG meccanica integrated into the GROB Group and transformed into the fifth production plant, GROB Italy S.r.l. in Turin (Italy)

Purchase of DMG meccanica in Turin (Italy), the Italian machine and plant constructor for electric motors

  • Company taken over by Christian Grob, stepson of Burkhart Grob, as Supervisory Board Chairman
  • Mindelheim plant expanded by a new headquarters and 30,000 m² of production area
  • GROB-WERKE celebrates its ninetieth anniversary
  • São Paulo (Brazil) plant celebrates its sixtieth anniversary
  • Revenue passed the billion mark for the first time in 2014/15
  • New Technology and Applications Center (TAZ) constructed at the Mindelheim plant
  • New Technology and Applications Center (TAZ) constructed at the branch in Shanghai (China)
  • Branches established in Buttigliera Alta (Italy) and Poznań (Poland)
  • Plant in Bluffton (USA) expanded by 9,000 m²
  • Dalian (China) plant expanded to a total area of 27,000 m²
  • Plant in Mindelheim expanded by a 15,600 m² automation hall and a 5,200 m² training center
  • British branch relocated from Wellesbourne to Birmingham
  • Mindelheim plant expanded by 14,000 m² of logistics space and 3,700 m² of office space
  • New Technology and Applications Center (TAZ) constructed in Bluffton (USA)
  • The GROB Group prepared for a production output of one billion euro
  • Branch established in Györ (Hungary)
  • Opening of the plant in Dalian (China)
  • Mindelheim plant expanded by 10,000 m² of assembly area
  • Bluffton (USA) plant expanded by 9,000 m² of assembly area
  • Indian branch relocated from Chennai to Hyderabad
  • Mindelheim branch expanded by 10,000 m² of usable floor space
  • Laying of the foundation stone for the fourth production plant, GROB Machine Tools (Dalian) Co. Ltd in Dalian (China)
  • Mexican branch relocated from Saltillo to Querétaro
  • Branch established in Chennai (India)
  • Mindelheim plant expanded to 95,000 m² of usable floor space
  • GROB-WERKE celebrated its eightieth anniversary
  • 50th anniversary of the plant in São Paulo (Brazil)

GROB branches established in Shanghai (China) and Seoul (South Korea)

  • Branch established in Peking (China)
  • São Paulo (Brazil) plant expanded by 10,000 m² of usable floor space

Burkhart Grob awarded the Ring of Honor by the City of Mindelheim


GROB branch founded in Saltillo (Mexico)


Bluffton plant (USA) expanded to 23,000 m² and Mindelheim plant to 80,000 m² of usable floor space


Production capacity of the Bluffton plant (USA) doubled


Burkhart Grob became Doctor of International Business Management at the University of Findlay in Ohio


The Bluffton branch (USA) expanded to become the third production plant, GROB Systems, Inc., with its own production facility


Branch established in Wellesbourne (Great Britain)


Burkhart Grob was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Augsburg University


Burkhart Grob received the Order of Merit from the Free State of Bavaria


Burkhart Grob was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon


First branch founded in Bluffton (USA)


Plant in São Paulo (Brazil) expanded

  • Company's headquarters relocated to Mindelheim and Munich plant closed
  • Mindelheim production capacity expanded

Second German plant established in Mindelheim


Plant in São Paulo (Brazil) expanded its production capacity


First foreign plant, B. GROB do Brazil S.A., established in São Paulo (Brazil)


Company taken over by Dr. Burkhart Grob, son of the founder Ernst Grob


Reconstruction of the Munich plant


Plant largely destroyed during the bomb attacks on Munich


Company founded in Munich by Ernst Grob

Discover our technical highlights

From the first thread milling machine to the ultra-modern production line.