PRECISION TURNED PARTS AT HERBRIG & CO.

60 YEARS OF EXPERTISE – WHO WE ARE

The turning shop Herbrig & Co. GmbH stands for more than 60 years of precision mechanics in the best Saxon tradition. As a medium-sized family business from Müglitztal, we belong to a historically grown economic location known far beyond its borders for its precision industry. The name Herbrig stands for high quality standards in precision turned parts. 180 employees and over 170 CNC long-turning, CNC short-turning and rotary indexing machines ensure that well over 150 million CNC turned parts find their way to our customers every year.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPANY


Foundation of Herbrig GmbH & Co. KG Company
On 1 September 1956, Egon Herbrig founded Herbrig & Co. GmbH as a fine mechanics craft business in Bärenstein. Exactly two years later, on 1 September 1958, the company was transformed into the “PGH Feinmechanik” production cooperative. This was due to state economic measures in East Germany.


In 1972, the company became VEB Elektronische Erzeugnisse Bärenstein.
On 1 September 1972, the company was finally nationalised. The state-owned company was now called VEB Elektronische Erzeugnisse Bärenstein.


A photo from 1985 shows how the company was organised at the time.
On 1 May 1985, the company became the “Elektronische Erzeugnisse Bärenstein” division of VEB PENTACON Dresden in the Carl Zeiss Jena combine as part of a reorganisation.

In 1990, the company became Herbrig & Co. GmbH and returned to private ownership.

After the collapse of East Germany in November 1989, the Herbrig family was able to take the company back into private ownership together with their business partners. On 1 September 1990, they founded the present company Herbrig & Co. GmbH Bärenstein. In a short time, the company became one of the leaders in precision turned parts in Saxony.

In 2009, Christoph Herbrig takes over as managing partner.

In the 2009 financial year, Christoph Herbrig took over the company as managing partner from Egon Herbrig.

2010: Expansion of Production Capacities - Herbrig GmbH & Co. KG.

At the start of the 2010 financial year, a comprehensive expansion of production capacity for our customers’ precision turned parts began. More than 90 CNC short-turning, CNC long-turning and rotary indexing machines were now available.

Herbrig GmbH & Co. KG invests in environmental protection, including photovoltaic systems and LED light strips.

Approximately €400,000 was invested in environmental protection this year: A 160 kWp photovoltaic system was installed, which covers up to 25% of the energy needs in suitable weather conditions. Other measures included renewing the compressed air compressors, installing LED light strips and acquiring electric vehicles.


The company's largest investment to date: the construction of a new hydromat hall.

The largest investment in the company’s history (approximately €16.8m) was made in a new building of 2,000 square metres and expanding the production capacity to more than 130 production machines. Now the turning shop was capable of producing up to 130 million precision turned parts annually.
Time-lapse video of the new production hall construction


2019: Establishment of HK Präzisionsteile GmbH.

Our sister company HK Präzisionsteile GmbH was founded. This expanded our capacity for the production of precision turned parts up to 400 mm and milled parts up to 500 x 500 x 500 mm. The following year, HK Präzisionsteile GmbH took over the turning operations of Telegärtner Gerätebau GmbH. More than 250 highly qualified employees now manufactured custom turned and milled parts on more than 180 turning, multi-spindle and rotary indexing machines, from quantities of 1 to 10,000,000.


2020: A new logistics hall increases the storage capacity of Herbrig GmbH & Co. KG.

In the 2020 financial year, a logistics hall of approximately 600 square metres was constructed, providing space for more than 400 pallets. Additionally, another production hall with 600 square metres was built. By expanding our machine park with the first five Tornos Nano 4 turning lathes, we strengthened our profile for producing the smallest CNC turned parts. We were able to extensively modernise our training workshop. Visit our website www.werde-zerspaner.de for a virtual tour.

2021: With over 140 lathes and 170 employees, an annual production of 1.2 million turned parts is possible.

Our machine park grew by another 10 turning and rotary indexing machines to 145 turning and rotary indexing machines. By this point, more than 175 highly qualified employees were involved in manufacturing more than 120,000,000 precision turned parts according to your specifications every day.

Our machine park

Our machine park

We continued to invest! Our machine park grew by another 10 turning lathes to 170+ turning and rotary indexing machines. Capacities increased to more than 150 million turned parts, which our 180+ highly qualified employees manufacture according to your specifications.

WHY MANUFACTURE WITH HERBRIG

The name Herbrig stands for 60 years of expertise and experience in precision mechanics – We grow with you. In the last 10 years, we have almost tripled our machine park, thereby increasing the output of precision turned parts to the same extent.
We reduce your purchasing effort: High capacities for medium to complex precision turned parts in small and large series in almost all materials. Connection to your EDI system, consignment warehouses, KanBan and much more possible. Packaging and labelling according to your specifications.
We reduce your quality control effort: An essential part of our success is our high level of quality awareness: Top trained specialists, a modern machine park and the latest manufacturing technologies ensure that we are considered a first-choice supplier by almost all our customers.
As a traditionally owner-managed family business, we stand for stability: The generational succession has been successfully implemented in all company areas for years. We have a top rating (CreFo score 115, as of 2018), an equity ratio of more than 60% (as of 2018), and are thus independent of banks.
Herbrig means sustainability – We face the challenges of our time and continually invest in environmental protection, e.g. by installing a photovoltaic system, expanding alternative drives, heat recovery on various machines, LED light strips and much more.

MÜGLITZTAL LOCATION

Just a few kilometres away from the watchmaking town of Glashütte, Herbrig & Co. GmbH today represents the best tradition of Saxon precision mechanics.

The Müglitztal economic area refers to a valley landscape along the Erzgebirge stream Müglitz, whose centre is the internationally known watchmaking town of Glashütte/Saxony. Müglitztal is located in the district of Sächsische Schweiz – Osterzgebirge and extends from the upper Erzgebirge (Geising) to the mouth of the Elbe (Heidenau).

Similar to regions such as the “chemical triangle” of Leuna-Wolfen-Bitterfeld or the concentration of furniture manufacturers in the Paderborn area, companies from the precision industry concentrate in Müglitztal. It is noticeable that the people of the regions are the deciding factor for the establishment of companies from similar industries. Significant capital in the region thus comes from the “precision knowledge” of skilled workers.

History

After the onset of mining around 1490 and the surface extraction of ores, Saxony and also Müglitztal gained relative prosperity. However, the region became impoverished due to the rapid depletion of ore deposits, the Thirty Years’ War and the Seven Years’ War, and the outbreak of the plague. The brief recovery through the reopening of hitherto unprofitable mines due to advances in mechanisation, propulsion and mining technology was short-lived. In 1843, the Royal Saxon state government decided to promote the settlement of industrial sectors in the impoverished region. Thus, the watchmaker Ferdinand Adolf Lange founded a watch company in 1845. Julius Assmann followed in 1850 and Moritz Grossmann in 1854 with the founding of their own watch manufactories.

Watchmaker
A characteristic of these manufactories was decentralised production in home-based workshops, so that the entire family was involved in precision mechanics. The growing children thus learned precision knowledge at home, which was passed down from generation to generation within families. The “German School of Watchmaking,” founded in 1878 in Glashütte, took over the professional training and its graduates contributed significantly to the upswing in the region. The technical equipment for the watch industry was developed in close cooperation with regional suppliers. Over time, the resulting high-precision products with a unique proof of quality, the “Glashütte i. Sa.” seal of approval, conquered international markets.