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    History

    FFG brings together renowned brands from the German machine tool industry such as VDF Boehringer, Hessapp, Hüller Hille, Honsberg, Modul, and Witzig & Frank.

    1798 Foundation of “Gebrüder Honsberg für den Handel mit Werkzeugen aller Art. Initially a producer of saw blades, Honsberg came to be one of the most prolific innovators in the areas of special machines, machining centers and flexible manufacturing systems.
    1844 Foundation of Boehringer in Göppingen, Germany. The company has a long-standing tradition of innovation in its rich history, including the first VDF-standard lathe in 1928, and the development and production of the Unimog in 1946.
    1865 Foundation of Witzig & Frank Maschinenbaugesellschaft mbH in Leonberg, Germany (then known as Kaspar Martin’s "Mechanische Werkstätte"). Since 1954, the company has developed several patented multi-station machining centers.
    1898 The hobbing process was invented in Chemnitz. The FFG site in Chemnitz with its Modul brand has a direct link to the first origins of hobbing technology. Today, the Modul experts offer complete gear manufacturing solutions.
    1923 Foundation of Vorrichtungsbau Hüller in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The automotive and truck industries profited regularly from the innovations created at Hüller. Manufacturing systems, such as transfer lines and agile systems, were influenced significantly by developments made in Ludwigsburg.
    1946 Foundation of Hessische Apparatebau GmbHHessapp – in Wiesbaden, Germany. With the development of the first vertical lathe in 1954, Hessapp established its reputation as a pioneer in the field of vertical turning. In the early 1990s, Hessapp was one of the first companies to apply motorized spindles in lathes. Groundbreaking single and double-spindle machines were developed for production of parts of all sizes and in different volumes.
    1947 Foundation of Maschinenfabrik Diedesheim, later Hüller Hille GmbH, in Mosbach-Diedesheim, Germany The company that used to repair machine tools and manufacture of spare car parts grew into a renowned machine factory. Today, Hüller Hille is known as top supplier of high-performance machining centers.
    1989 Foundation of Georg Fischer FMS Drehtechnik AG in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Succeeding the machine tool business of Georg Fischer +GF+ founded in 1802, important technical milestones have continuously been set. These include development of the world’s first hydraulic copy lathe in 1938, the first NC lathe in 1968, and the first double-spindle CNC lathe in 1998.