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The SCHURTER History

The Swiss family business SCHURTER was founded in 1933

The SCHURTER History

The SCHURTER company was founded in 1933 by Heinrich Schurter as a limited partnership and transformed into a stock corporation in 1949. In 1990 the establishment of SCHURTER Holding AG, still existing today, took place with headquarters in Lucerne (Switzerland).

SCHURTER is managed by third-generation family members: Thomas Schurter is Chairman of the Board of Directors of SCHURTER Holding AG.

In January 2015 Hans-Rudolf Schurter handed over the operative management of the SCHURTER Group to Ralph Müller. Thus, for the first time in the more than 80 years of company history, the operative management of SCHURTER was transferred outside the family.

To secure its position as a leading innovator and producer of electronic components the SCHURTER Group has expanded significantly through acquisitions in recent years.

05/05/2020 - Changes to the Board of Directors

Hans-Rudolf Schurter, Chairman of the Board of the long-established Lucerne-based family owned company SCHURTER, hands over the sceptre to his younger brother Thomas Schurter on 1 May 2020.

After almost 35 years success in leading positions including CEO of the family business, Hans-Rudolf Schurter is retiring. The reason for this is not due to a lack of enthusiasm for his duties, but to the company's Articles of Association. According to these statutes, the term of office of a family member on the Board of Directors of SCHURTER Holding AG ends at the Annual General Meeting following the completion of his 70th year of age.

De. Thomas Schurter: new Chairman of the Board of Directors of SCHURTER Holding AG

01/01/2020 - AKI ELECTRONIC becomes SCHURTER Electronics spol. s r.o.

As part of the further integration into the SCHURTER Group, AKI ELECTRONIC spol. s r.o. changes its name to SCHURTER Electronics spol. s r.o. as of January 1, 2020. The company address, company entry, VAT identification number and bank account number remain unchanged.

AKI ELECTRONIC was acquired by the SCHURTER Group in 2017. Since that time, AKI ELECTRONIC solutions have been managed by Input Systems.

21/12/2018 - 5 years of Solutions

The Solutions business unit began operations 5 years ago. And it grew quickly. This is reason enough to look back on the early beginnings.

The idea of providing overall solutions isn't just 5 years old. For proof one needs only to leaf through the pages of SCHURTER's history. Back in the days when Strategy 18 was devised, it was clear that SCHURTER AG would transform from purely a component supplier to a system supplier as well.

01/01/2017 - SCHURTER acquires Burisch and aki electronic

As of 1st January 2017, SCHURTER Holding AG acquires the Austrian Burisch Elektronikteile GmbH and the Czech aki electronic, a manufacturer of keyboards, touch panels and HMI systems.

This will enable SCHURTER to increase its production capacity, enlarge its know-how and a geographical expansion to Eastern Europe. With this integration the SCHURTER Group has enhanced its know-how and improved prospects in the markets of Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

06/04/2016 - SCHURTER opens Subsidiary in Poland

SCHURTER has expanded its presence in Europe by creating a new subsidiary in Poland, SCHURTER Electronics Sp. z o.o.

SCHURTER has expanded its presence in Europe by creating a new subsidiary SCHURTER Electronics Sp. z o.o. in Poland, based in Warsaw. SCHURTER plans to strengthen its local presence with the newly opened Polish Sales Agency. They will offer a local design-in centre to support the design in the electronics industry of Poland.

24/12/2014 - Change in Management: New CEO for the SCHURTER Group

Hans-Rudolf Schurter (65) has successfully served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SCHURTER Group, Lucerne, for almost 30 years, and on January 1, 2015, he is transferring his responsibilities to Ralph Müller (45). With this, for the first time in the more than 80 years of company history, operative management of this manufacturer of electronic components is being placed in the hands of someone outside the family.

Müller has been with SCHURTER for ten years. He began his professional career with an apprenticeship as a mechanic, studying then at the Technical College of Zurich to earn a degree in mechanical engineering, thereafter post-graduate studies leading to a degree in business administration and finally an executive MBA. In 2014 he completed in-depth management education at the renowned Stanford University in California. From 1990 to 2003 he worked in various functions where he gained extensive experience in general management and in managing the production of electronic components. In 2004 he joined the SCHURTER family as Head of Production. Five years ago he took over executive management as CEO of our founding company SCHURTER AG in Lucerne. Commenting on assuming the role as overall head of this Group, with a total of 18 Group companies in 16 countries (and of them 10 being production operations, including in Switzerland), Müller says, "I am thankful and proud that this trust has been placed in me, and I look forward to taking on the challenges we will face in the future. Our management principles – based on role models, trust, responsibility, change and connections – will help me to drive the company ahead even further following the values of the founding family".

16/05/2014 - Acquisition Danielson Europe B.V.

SCHURTER Holding AG has acquired Danielson Europe B.V. from Hydratec N.V., Amersfoort (The Netherlands).

Through the acquisition of Danielson Europe B.V., the SCHURTER Group is strengthening its position in the growing market for input systems. Danielson has facilities in Hardenberg (Netherlands), Amersfoort (Netherlands) and Aylesbury (U.K.). With 150 employees, the company develops and manufactures input systems with resistive and capacitive technologies as well as membrane keyboards for industrial applications. With this acquisition, SCHURTER is gaining entry into the markets for input systems in Benelux, Scandinavia, Great Britain and France. The expansion allows even better support for customers thanks to direct contacts with the company and an expanded network of expert partners. In addition, with this acquisition the Division Input Systems is adding its technology portfolio.

09/07/2012 - SCHURTER integrates with Ticomel his longtime partner

SCHURTER expands its vertical integration and integrated with Ticomel SA a proven specialist for EMC and EMS

SCHURTER is strengthening its production expertise in the field of filter production and also expands the vertical range of manufacture to the possibility to offer electronic manufacturing services. The Ticomel Group, which also offers a production site in Romania as a subcontractor very attractive manufacturing opportunities.

10/01/2006 - SCHURTER accepts with Otto Heil a competitor in Germany

Otto Heil, a producer of device connectors is included in the SCHURTER Group

To strengthen its position as a provider of device connectors SCHURTER takes over the company Otto Heil in Oberursel, Germany, which specializes in the development and production of IEC connectors.

31/08/2000 - SCHURTER assumes Meierhofer AG

SCHURTER accepts the Meier Hofer AG in Mellingen, a well-organized small business that manufactures input systems for the Swiss market.

21/11/1999 - SCHURTER starts a Joint Venture with Chi Lick in China

SCHURTER expands into the Chinese Marked in a Joint Venture with Chi Lick by cooperation in Production and sales

Chi Lick is a well known manufacturer of elecrto material in China and has also interest to cooperate with a western company. SCHURTER sees a huge potential in the Joint venture to reach long term plans in Asia.

30/09/1998 - SCHURTER opened a new office in Baroda, India

SCHURTER Electronics India Pvt. Ltd. was opened in India for expansion of activities in India.

SCHURTER opened a production and sales subsidiary in India. In order to serve local needs in the the already highly developed power market.

31/12/1997 - SCHURTER extends its presence in Asia by the Acquisition of SCHURTER Singapore

The SCHURTER Group expands in Asia through the acquisition of SCHURTER Singapore, which is itself the product of a Japan business.

The SCHURTER Group strengthens in Asia presence with the acquisition of SURTER Pte. Ltd. Singapore. SCHURTER Singapore assumes the function of a regional organization company.

01/01/1996 - SCHURTER AG acquires Weber Protection AG

SCHURTER AG acquires Weber Protection AG in Emmenbrücke in order to expand the product range in the area of device protection.

SCHURTER is strengthening its position as a competent supplier of products to secure power supply and acquires the Weber Protection AG and its respective sales organizations. This acquisition supports a product expansion to circuit breakers and at the same time an extension of its sales channels abroad.

01/07/1981 - SCHURTER opened a new branch in USA

The sales activities in the US are reinforced by the establishment of a subsidiary in USA. Thus, the expansion strategy on the North American continent will be intensified.

01/01/1981 - SCHURTER Nordic is opened for expansion in Northern Europe

SCHURTER opened its own subsidiary SCHURTER Nordic AB in Stockholm.

SCHURTER opens its own sales office to better serve the customers in the Scandinavian countries Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

06/08/1970 - Establishing Schurter GmbH in Endingen

To strengthen sales activities, the first subsidiary was opened in Germany.



11/12/1944 - Founding of an Employees Commission

Heinrich SCHURTER founds a Employees Commission.

December 1953, Heinrich Schurter founded the employee commission with the participation of the workforce to be considered for major issues of corporate governance.

03/04/1944 - Production of Fuseholders

SCHURTER starts the production of Fuseholders suitable for the 5x20 Glass Fuselinks.

12/12/1942 - Founding of Personal Care Foundation

Heinrich Schurter founds the SCHURTER personal Care Foundation.

01/06/1938 - SCHURTER starts to produce Glass Tube Fuses.

Heinrich Schurter extends the range of manufactured electromechanical components with 5 x 20 mm glass tube fuses.

15/11/1933 - Foundation of the company H. SCHURTER & Cie

November the 15. 1933, Brave Heinrich Schurter founds the SCHURTER Cie. company as a limited ship for manufacturing of electromechanical components.

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