Germany – Working with different hot runner suppliers used to make technical coordination difficult for a German lock manufacturer. Now, a plug-and-play system by a Bensheim, Germany-based moulding specialist is claimed to have standardised their injection moulding set-up.
Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst develops and produces mechanical and electronic locking systems, passive entry systems, car access authorisation systems, door handle systems as well as power tailgate systems. With a market share in lock sets of over 20%, Huf is claimed to be one of the leading suppliers in this segment worldwide.
Huf Tools employs more than 300 designers
The company was founded in 1908 in Velbert, Germany, to produce, buy and sell locks and small iron and brass fittings. Huf first supplied car keys to Mercedes-Benz (today Daimler AG) in 1920. The company is still privately owned and employs around 7,000 people at sites in 14 countries across the globe. Over 300 designers work in offices in Germany, the US and China. Huf was the first company to develop components for the Passive Entry and Keyless Go vehicle access and driver authorisation systems. Huf Tools is a wholly owned subsidiary that emerged from the former equipment manufacturing segment of its parent, Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst. Since 1999, the company has been developing and producing high-quality injection moulds as well as automated assembly systems for the products made by the Huf Group, but also for customers from both the automotive and non-automotive industries.
Huf Tools’ toolmaking segment concentrates on making moulding components, cavities and electrodes. Casting frames and non-moulding components are usually bought in from international suppliers. In Velbert, Huf Tools produces complex injection-moulded parts for multi-component, overmoulding and internal gas-pressure applications.
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