1940 – 1950
Watchmaker Hans Schmidbauer, born on 09 March 1908 in Switzerland (Weinfelden), founds the precision machine factory Elma – short for “Electric Machines”. In collaboration with two technicians, he invents and produces the first patented and later world-famous Elma product.
1950 – 1960
Elma becomes internationally known. An expansion of the company’s own factory premises becomes necessary. From the very beginning, Hans Schmidbauer has seen direct contact with customers and users as an important pillar of sales.
1960 – 1970
Elma uses its capacities, expands its product portfolio and continues to grow. The entry into ultrasonic cleaning opens up a new cleaning method and leaves no doubt about the success of the Elma.
1970 – 1980
The company founder Hans Schmidbauer hands over to the second generation – his son Manfred H. Schmidbauer.
1980 – 1990
Innovation is the focus and so Elma secures its technical lead with the development of new ultrasonic cleaning devices. This lays the foundation for entry into the field of large ultrasonic industrial cleaning systems.
With the construction of a new production hall in Mühlhausen, cleaning chemicals can now also be produced in-house.
1990 – 2000
Thanks to the innovative products, the Elma company continues to grow and a new production building is built in Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße.
2000 – 2010
Elma does not rest on its product portfolio in this decade either, but expands the portfolio to include steam cleaning.
2010 – 2020
Year of upheaval – due to the death of Manfred H. Schmidbauer, a new leadership is formed.
2020 – today
With the 3rd generation, Elma looks to the future, brings further new innovations to the market and celebrates its 75th anniversary.