Bicycles, motorcycles and sewing machines are the starting point for an over 90-year history of success.

Gebhard Balluff
1921

Gebhard Balluff founded his mechanical repair shop for bicycles, motorcycles and sewing machines in Neuhausen which then developed into a business for precision, turned and milled parts.

Eduard Hermle
1940

Gebhard Balluff turned the business management over to his son-in-law Eduard Hermle.

Factory for precision mechanical products
1947

Balluff becomes a factory for precision mechanical products and produces, among other items. DIN L 85 turnbuckles as well as spring winders.

Balluff spaetzle press
1952

Balluff brings the Spaetzle press into its production line.

Balluff produces rocker arms, stub axles and shift levers
1954/55

Balluff produces rocker arms, stub axles, shift levers and engine parts for the automotive industry.

Production of the BNS cam switch
1956

Development and entry into the sensor field: production of the BNS cam switch.

BES inductive proximity switches
1968

Beginning of production for BES inductive proximity switches: The first non-contact sensor is a great advance in control technology for mechanical engineering and makes Balluff one of the world market leaders.

First international subsidiary: Balluff Austria
1971

Creation of the first international subsidiary, Balluff Austria in Vienna – the first step towards expansion of the international distribution network.

New factory built in Neuhausen
1976

New factory built in Neuhausen on the Filder: Modern, spacious buildings created for development, production and management.

BOS optoelectronic sensors
1978

Beginning of production for BOS optoelectronic sensors: Balluff sensors can now detect objects even at greater distances and made of materials other than metal.

Rolf Hermle
1978

Rolf Hermle is named CEO as the family-owned company transitions into its 3rd generation.
Under his leadership the international footprint and product portfolio are systematically expanded.

1980

Creation of the subsidiary Nihon Balluff Japan as the first branch in Asia for local production and sales.

1981/83

Creation of presences in North America and Brazil for better on-site customer support and strategic marketing.

1983

Beginning of production for BIS industrial RFID systems: The identification systems are a combination of data carrier, read/write head and processor unit.

1984

Beginning of production for BTL linear position sensor: The first non-contact and wear-free measuring of linear motion from Balluff. The starting point for today\'s comprehensive distance measuring portfolio.

1986

Beginning of production for BMF magnetic-field sensors: Expansion of expertise in the field of magnetic field-sensing systems.

1987

Beginning of production for Trans-sonar displacement sensors: A further development of the BTL Micropulse displacement sensor.

1989

Creation of Balluff Electronika KFT in Hungary. The global production network grows.

1996

The 75th Anniversary of Balluff

2000

Balluff opens a new logistics center and a modernized manufacturing facility in Neuhausen.
Beginning of production for BES Super Shorties: Expansion of expertise in the field of mini-sensor systems.

2004

Beginning of production for BIL/BIP magneto-inductive displacement sensors and BML magnetically encoded displacement and angle-measurement systems: Expansion of the displacement measuring portfolio with high-precision measuring principles.

2006

Vertical expansion of the product portfolio with IO-Link industrial networking and connectivity: Balluff further develops into a systems and solutions provider. Accessories develops into a division with robust sales.

2007

With the new production facility in China, Balluff further expands its market position in Asia focusing on China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. The facility in China now has 150 employees.

2010

Generational change: Rolf Hermle hands the business management over to his children Katrin Stegmaier-Hermle and Florian Hermle and to technical business manager Michael Unger.

2012

Beginning of production for BNI SmartLights: Balluff expands its expertise into intelligent tower lights for machine status and process monitoring.

2014

Integration of Balluff STM into the Balluff Group. Expansion of expertise in the field of specialized optosensors and miniaturized optical sensor systems.

2015

Our own sales organization in Australia and New Zealand. With its comprehensive portfolio, Balluff has developed into a pacesetter for Industry 4.0.

2016

Creation of new subsidiaries in Turkey, Korea and Thailand.