Türk+Hillinger Heating element supplier celebrates 50th anniversary

Editor: Eric Culp

Their devices target a wide range of applications.

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The company’s products are featured in many types of tools and devices.
The company’s products are featured in many types of tools and devices.
(Source: Türk+Hillinger GmbH)

Whether used in plastic hot runner systems, a switch-point heating application for railways or in dishwashers, industrial dryers, medical dialysis or inhalation devices, electrical heating elements produced by Türk+Hillinger can be found in a wide variety of applications. The company, headquartered in Tuttlingen, Germany, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

In April 1963, businessman Adolf Türk and engineer Erich Hillinger merged their companies to form the firm. Türk passed away in the mid 1960s, and Hillinger has been at the helm ever since.

From the start, the product portfolio was very versatile, the supplier noted. It included heating elements for use in home appliances. Over the years, the portfolio expanded to include other sectors of the industry.

Numerous innovations and patent applications followed, which included the first electric high-performance cartridge heater for industrial use, the company said, explaining that it made Türk+Hillinger a pioneer in Europe. The company produces millions of these heating elements today.

In the 1970s, the company began to move towards the production of electrical switch-point heaters, products still in use in both the European and American railway networks.

Growth has resulted in expansion, with numerous new buildings have been added at the Tuttlingen headquarters and also in the adjacent town of Möhringen. In 1974, the company searched for a suitable partner in the Japanese market and selected Japanese heating element manufacturer Kawai, which is based in Nagoya. After the German reunification in 1992, Türk+Hillinger established its first subsidiary in the former East German city of Limbach-Oberfrohna, and it then added subsidiaries in Hungary and the US.

In addition, Türk+Hillinger noted that most car manufacturers use its cartridge heaters to lower emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

For the past 10 years, CEO Michael Mann, the son-in-law of founder Erich Hillinger, has run the company and oversaw the most successful year in its history in 2012 when group turnover reached more than €52 million.

Türk+Hillinger said it is well-prepared for the future thanks to numerous innovations and a modern production facility and continues to gain market share at home.

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