The Hoffmann Group has stepped into its centenary year. In 2018, Hoffmann SE and its subsidiaries achieved record sales topping €1 billion for the first time. The company's workforce has reached a record level of over 3,000 people and the business continues to grow organically.
"The fact that our business is doing so well today is primarily due to our highly committed staff," asserts Nicola Bleicher, great-granddaughter of the company’s founder and a shareholder in Hoffmann SE.
Ulrich Oefele, Director, Hoffmann India said, “Today is a landmark day for all of us. Not many companies have been able to create and maintain a hundred year legacy with people at the centre of it. As we look at the years ahead for Hoffmann, no doubt they will be marked by precision, perfection and innovative products and solutions; but it will always be our teams and our leadership that keep the flame going.”
Hoffmann set up base in India in 2016 with an office in Pune, headquartered in Kharadi. Over a period of time, they have set up sales representatives in the top tier 1 and 2 cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Aurangabad.
“India is a key focus market for the Hoffmann Group. Since the time we have been here, we have steadily built a team and created an ecosystem of partners and customers that we are proud of. This stems from Hoffmann’s belief of being a people centric company. Each one of us is proud to be associated with Hoffmann”, opined Ulrich.
"We are still putting into practice the values by which the company first gained its success, now formulated by the slogan 'Pioneering, Precise, Personal'," expressed Siegfried Neher, executive board member and director of technology and transformation, Hoffmann SE. "That approach incorporates a strong sense of quality awareness, as well as adherence to the three key criteria of keeping things simple, focused and useful, a firm commitment to continuous improvement, and long-term planning. Our system of values is the compass which guides us and keeps us on course."
The third generation of Hoffmann then merged the company with the Gödde, Oltrogge and Perschmann family businesses to form the Hoffmann Group – today the number one in Europe for quality tools. Now headed by the fourth generation, the Hoffmann Group with its partners has 69 subsidiaries in more than 50 countries all around the world.
A key legacy of Franz Hoffmann is the commitment to getting 'ever better'. It is the driving force behind the innovative strength of the company. "We are investing massively in the future in order to drive innovation. At present our focus is on the development of digital products and services. Also, we are undertaking the largest project in the company's history, with LogisticCity,” Bleicher added. LogisticCity is currently under construction on a 21.5-hectare site in Nuremberg, and will become the company's global distribution centre. Some 900 people in total will be employed at the new facility in Nuremberg. "We are sure that we are well set for the next hundred years," Verena Heinrich concluded.
The foundations of Hoffmann SE were laid by Josef Hoffmann on March 11, 1919 in Munich. His son Franz joined the business in 1932. It was he who, in 1936, created the Hoffmann catalogue, which today is issued in 18 languages and is also available in the form of an online e-shop.