From a polishing workshop to the world champion of double belt presses

Milestones in the history of HELD

Technology Park 2 opens featuring the world's largest high-temperature and high-pressure double belt press


State-of-the-art technology: advanced Heather 4 plant installed; sale of Heather 3

Innovation Award AVK (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) for organic sheets made out of recycled carbon fibers   download certificate


New double belt press (Heather 3) commissioned at Technology Park 1


Till Held and Richard Fisel take on the management of HELD as a third-generation, family-owned company.


Sale of the HELD double belt press (Heather 1)


Technology Park 1 is built in Trossingen-Schura near Stuttgart, Germany. Two high-performance isobaric double belt presses – Heather 1 and Heather 2 – become available to hire for development activities or production.


Market launch of the first isobaric double belt press including air-based pressure cushions. HELD previously designed a new process enabling the continuous production of materials. A request by a customer prompted this development. They wanted edge strips by the roll for tabletops. The idea is to minimise waste. Since that time HELD has been the global leader for innovation and technology relating to isobaric double belt presses. 


A crisis in the clock-making industry necessitates change. HELD responds by developing new assembly machinery. This allows complete cabinets to be produced for the kitchen furniture industry. Well-known HELD customers include Alno and Miele.


Construction of a hydraulic press for manufacturing clock cases from sawdust. Leading clock factories in the region purchase this solution. For HELD it was the first step towards building machinery, while at the same time paving the way for numerous other inventions.


Adolf Held establishes a polishing workshop for clock cases in Trossingen-Schura (about one hour's drive south of Stuttgart), laying the foundations for today's company.

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