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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.

2022
  • Branch established in Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Mindelheim plant expanded by an assembly hall of 16,000 m2
2021

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

2020
  • 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
2019
  • 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
2018
  • 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)
2017

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

2016
  • 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
2015
  • 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)
2014
  • 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
2013
  • 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)
2012
  • 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
2011
  • Branch established in Moscow (Russia)
  • Indian branch relocated from Chennai to Hyderabad
  • Mindelheim branch expanded by 10,000 m² of usable floor space
2010
  • 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
2009
  • Branch established in Chennai (India)
  • Mindelheim plant expanded to 95,000 m² of usable floor space
2006
  • GROB-WERKE celebrated its eightieth anniversary
  • 50th anniversary of the plant in São Paulo (Brazil)
2005

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

2003
  • Branch established in Peking (China)
  • São Paulo (Brazil) plant expanded by 10,000 m² of usable floor space
2001

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

2000

GROB branch founded in Saltillo (Mexico)

1999

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

1995

Production capacity of the Bluffton plant (USA) doubled

1993

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

1991

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

1990

Branch established in Wellesbourne (Great Britain)

1988

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

1986

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

1984

Burkhart Grob was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon

1983

First branch founded in Bluffton (USA)

1981

Plant in São Paulo (Brazil) expanded

1976
  • Company's headquarters relocated to Mindelheim and Munich plant closed
  • Mindelheim production capacity expanded
1968

Second German plant established in Mindelheim

1961

Plant in São Paulo (Brazil) expanded its production capacity

1956

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

1952

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

1945

Reconstruction of the Munich plant

1944

Plant largely destroyed during the bomb attacks on Munich

1926

Company founded in Munich by Ernst Grob

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