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History

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Highest quality and workmanship for more than 100 years, are a trademark of our company. A company that has steadily grown - by a well-developed inventive genius and innovations that are in line with market requirements.

1903

Albert Hirth, father of the known aviators Hellmuth and Wolf Hirth, and a Swabian “Leonardo Da Vinci“ founded the general partnership Fortuna Werke. Shortly after, the merchant Emil Lillienfein joins the company as a partner.

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1906

Nearly at the same time of the invention of the Hirth-Minimeter - a sensor lever meassuring device for precision measurement - Fortuna’s first precision grinding spindle is launched. Moreover, Fortuna further develops its skiving machine.

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1913

The general partnership Fortuna Werke Albert Hirth is changed into a limited liability company (GmbH). Employees from production, engineering and administration divisions are in leading and responsible positions.

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1921

The production of the cold sawing machine is outsorced and transferred to a small factory in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. This factory is founded as a corporation.

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1925

Europe’s first cylindrical grinding machine is being presented and launched.

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1928

Fusion of the Gmbh and AG to Fortuna Werke AG. Both product programs of grinding and skiving machines as well as the grinding spindles are further developed.

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1945

After the company’s destruction by air raids, rebuilding begins and work is resumed once again. Both product programs for grinding and skiving machines as well as for grinding spindles are being improved and extended.

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1953

A completely new leather skiving and splitting machine is being presented at the Pirmasens fair and introduced to its international visitors.

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1965

Inauguration of the new Fortuna subsidiary plant in Weil der Stadt. Assemblies for skiving and splitting machines are transferred to here.

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1967

More than 50.000 skiving machines and over 250 leather splitting machines have left the plant.

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1972

More than 150.000 grinding splindles have left the plant. The splitting machine NAF 470 and the round grinding machines of the F-series are ready to be launched.

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1985

Development of a new generation of HSC milling spindles.

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1991

The first computer-controlled skiving machine CS4, worldwide, for the shoe and leather industries is introduced at the IMS in Pirmasens.

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1994

The production division for grinding machines closes.

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1996

New reorganization and firmation of the divisions leather and spindles:
Spindles --> Fortuna-Werke Maschinenfabrik GmbH
Leather --> Fortuna Spezialmaschinen GmbH

Two innovations are ready to be launched: the computer-controlled skiving machine CS3 as well as the HSC spindle M 120 AO 36/15.

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1997

Both companies are being certified according to ISO 9001.

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1998

Development of a new computer-controlled skiving machine CSP for the paper and packaging industry as well as a computer-controlled skiving machine CS6 for the shoe and leather goods industries.

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2000

Development of new HF milling spindles with exchangeable plug-in spindles.

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2001

A world novelty is being introduced at the IMS in Pirmasens: the network compatible skiving machine CSN1.

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2002

The SPA750 with 750 mm splitting width complements the splitting machine program.

Fortuna Spezialmaschinen GmbH has found a new, strategic partner with PMF. The new 100% partner is active in similar market segments with its diversified product program, ideally complementing Fortuna‘s program. Subsequently, strategic growth perspectives are arising for both companies.

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2005

Fortuna takes the first step into the construction of complete lines in the segment of beverage packaging in cooperation with their partner IPBM (Geneva)

New formation of the company structure. Foundation of the Ullmer Holding GmbH and the Ullmer Real Estate Managemet GmbH. The Holding possess from now on all share to 100% of the Fortuna Spezialmaschinen GmbH, PMF GmbH and the real estate management company.

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