From regional start-up to international technology partner

Milestones in our success story:

1908 Fritz Honsel founds "Fritz-Honsel-Gravieranstalt und Formenmacherei" in Werdohl. It produces moulds for casting aluminium and cutlery in aluminium.
1911 The first series fabrication of aluminium parts in permanent mould casting ramps up.
1917 The plant in Meschede is built.
1919 The plant in Meschede is expanded by a sheet metal mill and a permanent mould foundry.
1925 With a major order for Opel’s "Laubfrosch" the foundation stone is laid for Honsel’s success story in the automotive industry. Engine components are manufactured in aluminium.
1929 With the building of the die casting shop, the technology portfolio is extended by a new manufacturing method.
1933 Honsel die-casts magnesium for the first time. In the first production series engine and transmission parts are cast.
1941 Series production of cylinder heads and housings for aircraft engines ramps up.
1958 The first extrusion plant is built in Meschede.
1970s Honsel’s engineers develop a die-cast housing for bus transmissions from ZF. The first Daimler truck transmission housing is produced in permanent mould casting during the same decade.
1973 The extrusion plant is opened in Soest near Meschede.
1980s For Volvo, the company produces 4-, 5- and 6-cylinder engine blocks.
1982 Honsel acquires the company Mönig in Nuttlar. This family business is specialized in tool and die making. With the purchase, Honsel expands its technology portfolio by a core module and becomes much less dependent on its suppliers.
1989 Honsel goes onto the stock market.
1995 With heat treatment of die cast parts, Honsel opens up new possibilities for the carmakers. The first heat-treated die-cast component is an integral carrier for Daimler.
1995 Honsel continues to build up its capacities in Europe with the purchase of the die casting plant in Nuremberg and the laying of the foundation stone for the building of Fonderie Lorraine S.A.S.
1999 The financial investor Carlyle Group buys the Honsel Group and begins building up Honsel International Technologies (HIT).
2001 The production of V6 engine blocks for Daimler begins.
2003 Together with Daimler, Honsel develops the magnesium housing for the new 7-speed automatic transmission. Without significantly more weight than the 5-speed automatic transmission used up to then, the E- and S-classes get two additional gears.
2004 Honsel International Technologies is taken over by Ripplewood Holdings Japan International (RHJI).
2005 Honsel delivers the Short I6 engine blocks and cylinder heads to Volvo almost ready to install. The production systems built up especially for them are a paramount example of increased manufacturing depth in the casting business.
2007 The acquisition of Tafime is a clear signal that Honsel is pursuing its international direction rigorously. The sites in Spain, and especially in Mexico, strengthen its position as a global and dependable partner to its customers.
2009 Honsel proves its innovative power yet again and successfully develops its own technology to manufacture engine blocks with coated cylinder linings.
2011 Closing after insolvency accomplished: Martinrea International purchased the assets of the plants Meschede, Soest and Nuttlar through its new subsidiary Martinrea Honsel Germany GmbH. The plants in Spain, Mexico and Brazil are also aquired by other subsidiaries of Martinrea International.