HELBAKO Elektronik Heiligenhaus

Helbako from 1977 to today

Helbako in retrospect

Helbako's founders: Burmester and Zimmermann

It all started in a garage in 1977, under the name HELBA Elektronik Baugruppen GmbH & Co. KG., when Hans-Walter Zimmermann and Heino Burmester developed their first control unit for a central door locking system. Three years later, there were six employees and a few months after that the staff grew to 18. The company first relocated in 1980 and just two years later opened its own development centre. In the mid-1980s, the first SMD assembly machine replaced a number of home workstations; at the same time, HELBA's staff consisted of 62.

Helbako manufacturing 1980

In 1990, HELBA became Helbako and following that the company became ISO 9000 certified as well as took up residence in a 6000-m² new facility on Weilenburgstraße. At the turn of the millennium the development department was situated in its own centre. Helbako employed 150 people at the time and the figure kept growing. Helbako was creating jobs - physically as well. In an ambitious building project in 2003, a four-storey extension was added in record time, while the number of staff was increasing week by week.

Helbako opened its own office in Munich in 2009.

With the founding of a joint venture in 2012 the company entered the Asia-Pacific market. For the new company “SHHX Helbako Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd.” in Shanghai, Helbako acquired the renowned automobile supplier NBHX as a new shareholder. At the same time the head office in Heiligenhaus was extended, the development team expanded and a new production line was put into operation.

Meanwhile, Helbako's staff had increased to 240 and annual revenues reached approximately 53 million euros (2011), with the curve rising. The company is certified in accordance with ISO / TS 16949:2009 and despite all the alterations has retained its family character. The sons of the founders, who now run the company, support continuous change, dynamic development and the search for new horizons. For us, these are all part of our tradition.