Technology People

History of Technology People

In touch with our Swabian roots, open to the world and at home on all continents

Our roots go back to the 1970s, when we began developing and producing highly efficient machine tools. We launched the Tetra-Mill onto the market In 1989. This was our first four-spindle machining center, and enabled our customers to make quantum leaps in productivity. Our sales have increased tenfold since 1995, and we continue to invest in the growth of the SW Group: we acquired the former bartsch GmbH, a specialist in the development and implementation of automated manufacturing systems, in 2015 and have integrated it into our company as the new SW Automation GmbH division

We now offer complete production solutions from a single source. The plant in Suzhou, in China, started operations in 2016, and the employees at our company headquarters in Waldmössingen in the Black Forest moved into a new administrative building in 2017. We founded a Mexican subsidiary a few months ago, and are currently building another plant in the US.

Our traditional home / Waldmössingen

In addition to the assembly of highly productive machine tools, SW also concentrates its research and development activities in its own technology center here.

The headquarters of SW are in Waldmössingen in Germany’s Black Forest. This is where we develop the machines that we produce in this plant, as well as in Michigan, USA, and Suzhou, China. SW Automation in Tettnang on Lake Constance provides automation solutions for complete production lines, with everything from robots to information flow solutions.

We have more than twenty branch offices and distribution partners in Europe, Asia and North and South America. The know-how and services of our Technology People are always available in your immediate neighborhood. 

The whole is more than the sum of its individual parts

We think in terms of complete systems and processes.

Learning, applying knowledge, gathering experience and learning new things: Technology People are never content to rest on their laurels and never forget that the state of the art never stops changing.

Our aim is to always be at the front of the pack. We are passionate about ensuring that our customers are successful – only then can we be successful as well. 

Facts at a glance

Two-thirds of our customers are Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to the automotive industry, with an emphasis on powertrain applications. The spectrum of manufactured components ranges from steering knuckles, impellers and transmission covers to cylinder heads. In other industries, our users manufacture components for mechanical engineering, as well as contact-sensitive light-metal surfaces.

With sales of around 300 million euro, SW is also a strong partner for major projects and turnkey production lines from a single source. 

More than 700 Technology People are currently working to ensure the successful future of SW.