Schaffner History

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History of Schaffner

Our story from the beginning until today

2014

Aquisition of American manufacturer Trenco of specialty transformers. The integration of Trenco strengthens the strategic position of Schaffner’s Power Magnetics division.

2011

Acquisition of dry-type transformer operations of American manufacturer MTC Transformers.

Ownership changed from MTC Transformers Company Inc. to Schaffner Group and the company name switched to Schaffner MTC LLC.

2009

Acquisition of the operation of Betec-Engineering, specialists in the development and distribution of Bluewave™ active harmonic filters.

2008

Opening of new production centre in Hungary.

2007

Sale of test systems business completed by management buy-out of Cable & ElectroEmulation business.

Production capacity doubled at the engineering and production center in Shanghai, China.

2006

Sale of the power electronics business line of the test systems division to US-based Intepro America, LLC., Santa Ana, California.

Management buy-out of the EMC test business line of the test systems division.

Acquisition of the German firm Jacke Transformatoren GmbH, a leading manufacturer of Power Quality products such as power magnetics, reactors and transformers.

2004

Production capacity tripled at the engineering and production center in Shanghai, China.

Opening of representative office in Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.

2002

Acquisition of the German WEE Electrotest Group, active in the development and production of test equipment for cable and function tests for the automotive, aerospace and telecommunications industries.

Opening of an engineering and production center in Shanghai, China.

2001

Acquisition of the Finnish firm ElectroFERRUM OY, which specializes in the development, production and distribution of EMC components, primarily for the telecommunications and industrial electronics markets.

2000

Sale of Schaffner Altrac AG to the German firm Fortec Elektronic AG and opening of a direct distribution channel in Switzerland for Schaffner EMC components from the parent company in Luterbach.

The Schaffner Group achieves record sales of CHF 185 million for fiscal 1999/2000.

1999

Takeover of cooperation partner MEB Messelektronik Berlin GmbH, Berlin.

Doubling of production area in the Thailand plant.

Establishment of an assembly facility in Hungary.

Schaffner sales top CHF 150 million for first time.

1998

IPO and listing of the Schaffner Holding AG registered share (SAHN) on the SWX Swiss Exchange.

Takeover of British company Chase EMC Ltd., Capel, specializing in test equipment and services in the field of radiated electromagnetic interference.

Acquisition of Irish firm PowerTest Electronics Ltd., Dublin, which develops and manufactures automated test equipment for simulating electricity and power supplies.

Schaffner takes over worldwide distribution of EMC measuring equipment produced by German company MEB Messelektronik Berlin GmbH, Berlin.

Establishment of a sales company in Singapore.

1996

Management buy-out with the aid of financial investors.

1995

Opening of representative office in Beijing, China.

1994

Centralization of European distribution activities at Euro Logistics Center in Alsace.
Establishment of sales and distribution companies in Sweden (Sollentuna) and Japan (Tokyo).
Schaffner Group sales top CHF 100 million for first time.

1992

Concentration of medium-to-large-series production of components at the subsidiary in Thailand.

Opening of representative office in Milan, Italy.

1992

Concentration of medium-to-large-series production of components at the subsidiary in Thailand.

Opening of representative office in Milan, Italy.

1991

Takeover of Intepro Systems Ltd., an Irish manufacturer of automated test systems.

1989

Opening of a production facility in Thailand.

1987

Takeover of Altrac AG, Dietikon, an electronic components sales and distribution company.

1984

Founding of Schaffner UK, Wokingham.

Schaffner Group sales top CHF 50 million for first time.

1981

Schaffner USA set up in Springfield NJ.

Sale of Schaffner to Electrowatt AG, Zurich.

1978

Establishment of a subsidiary in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Schaffner Group sales top CHF 10 million for first time.

1975

Establishment of first subsidiary: Schaffner France, in Paris.

1971

Expansion of product range to include first EMC test equipment.

1970

Launching of first EMC power line filter.

1962

Company founded by Hans Schaffner, a pioneer in electromagnetic compatibility.

First products were heat dissipaters, electronic relays and flow metering devices for filling stations.