In 1950 Bernhard Jürgenhake (Sr) founded a company in
Lippstadt that dealt with sorting tasks for the company
which is now called Hella KG.
Over the years these tasks were extended to the areas of
sheet metal forming and cable assembly.
In 1980 Dr. Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Jürgenhake (Jr) joined the
company and made a significant contribution to the sector
of cable assembly.
In addition to production the company carried out
development work on equipment for cable production.
The completion of the first automated machine for the
production of cables that was developed in-house was a
first major breakthrough for the young company.
This machine that cut cables to length and strips and
fitted connectors to cables excelled itself not only by
reaching a speed that was twice that of those that were
already generally available on the market then but also
by offering considerably more efficiency, for example. in
the production of branched line sections.
The development of high-performance crimping presses
and crimping tools as well as of a system to control the
cable production process was started in 1988. These
products are independently distributed and marketed
and are also used in cable production. The construction
of cutting and bending dies for sheet metal forming
was stopped in 1989 to provide the tool capacity that
was required for these products. At the end of 1990 the
decision was made to discontinue sheet metal processing
completely and to focus the entire technological and
economic capacity of the company on the production
and processing of cables.
The premises on Erwitter Straße were sold in 1991. In autumn
1992 the decision was made to build a completely
new administration and production site, which was ready
for occupation on January 1st, 1994. The new building
benefitted from a strict separation of the high bay warehouse
In 1995 an integrated PPS system with the ability to exchange
data between customers and suppliers according
to all the relevant VDA standards was introduced.
In 1996 the high bay warehouse was extended and a
fully automatic tray warehouse was set up. The tray
warehouse and the pallet warehouse are permanently
controlled by modern graphicallyoriented software. Also
in 1996, a clean room was set up for the production of
cable harnesses for electronic applications that must be
free of dust, grease and, above all, silicon.
In 1997 the subsidiary Jürgenhake Magyarorszag KFT
was founded in Szekszard in Hungary. Production in
rented premises started on October 1st, 1998.
The subsidiary in Szekszard moved into newly-built premises
in 1999. The production in Szekszard focuses mainly
on manual workstations as well as dual belt assembly
systems for the wiring of headlights. The computerized
storage system there conforms with the one in Lippstadt.
However, it is only operated manually and not on an
Great efforts were made at the location in Lippstadt to
extend its function as a development supplier. The capacity
for the development of products was increased and
the exchange of CAD data was implemented. In addition
to cable groups the manufacture of plastic parts, sheet
metal components and bulb sockets up to production
standard was introduced. The restructuring of production
into teams in order to introduce teamwork was introduced
in parallel. The Purchasing and Sales departments,
AV/AS and the QM department were also turned into
groups working on a team basis by the end of 1999.
In 2000 and 2001 the company achieved a substantial
increase in turnover, and the workforce of the subsidiary
in Szekszard reached its peak of 185 employees at the
beginning of 2001. Injection-moulded plastic parts which
are included into wire harnesses have been produced in
Szekszard since the end of 2000.
Despite the positive trend at the Hungarian subsidiary, it
was not possible to ignore the fact that it was becoming
increasingly difficult to operate at full production capacity
at the headquarters in Lippstadt due to fierce competition
in the industrial sector for cable harnesses. For that
reason Lippstadt was converted into a service, engineering
and logistics centre in 2002. Thanks to two new projects
with customers Goodrich and Behr-Hella, who both
operate in the high-tech-field, it was possible to prevent
a complete shutdown of production in Lippstadt.
Due to the further expansion of the EU into Eastern Europe,
the cost levels in Hungary are reaching the Western
European standard due to further expansions in Eastern
Europe. A third company was set up in Timisoara in
Romania in order to keep the company competitive. This
company was called “Jürgenhake Romania SRL”.
It started operations on January 1st, 2003. Costintensive
products, especially for the automobile industry, were
Unfortunately, our proprietor and CEO, Dr. Ing. Bernhard
Jürgenhake (Jr), passed away unexpectedly on March
7th, 2006. According to his last will and testament, his
children Katrin Jürgenhake and Christoph Jürgenhake
became the new proprietors of the company. Mr. Andre
Russ took over the function of CEO.
In April 2009 production in Romania had to be terminated
due to a severe slump in turnover. Today our focus
is on production in Hungary and Germany.
In 2012 the entrance and social areas and the outdoor
facilities of the company at the location in Lippstadt
were modernized. In addition, the production lines at the
location in Hungary were extended and the aerospace
business continuously expanded.