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The foundry HEIDENREICH & HARBECK GmbH – in short HUHAG – is located in Mölln and specializes on the development and manufacture of ready-to-mount cast components. Its clients include manufacturers from a variety of industries, such as machine engineering, agricultural engineering, wind power plant construction, construction machinery, rail cars and drive engineering.

A long-established company with a turbulent history

HEIDENREICH & HARBECK GmbH dates back to 1868. At that time, the company was founded in the Karolinenviertel in Hamburg under the name of HEIDENREICH & HARBECK. The focus of production remained on lathes and engine lathes until the end of the First World War.

In 1927, the company from Hamburg acquired an abandoned foundry in Mölln, Schleswig-Holstein, that had evolved from the foundry Burmester (found. 1859). Over the following decades, the foundry experienced a great economic boost and developed into one of the largest industrial enterprises in the city of Mölln.

HEIDENREICH & HARBECK's factory in Hamburg had to greatly realign its production during the Second World War and then focused on the manufacture of artillery and guns. Later, in the 1950's, the company had not only made its name as a trend-setting enterprise for lathes in Europe, but - together with ZEISS Jena - also received the offer to produce the mirror for the observatory in Hamburg in 1951. However, in 1972 the entire company had to be sold to GILDEMEISTER AG from Bielefeld. In hindsight, this was a lucky stroke for the foundry in Mölln, because it was at the end of the 1970's that it was converted into a GmbH (Ltd.). From that moment on, it was possible for the company to function as an independent subsidiary of GILDEMEISTER. That same year, the Japanese company MAKINO acquired the factory in Hamburg and the factory is still run under the name MAKINO GmbH today.

The foundry in Mölln remained unaffected by all these developments. At the end of the 1980's it was entirely remodeled with the goal in mind to manufacture - for the first time in European history - cast parts up to 8 tonnes per piece. In 1993, HEIDENREICH & HARBECK was bought up by GILDEMEISTER's manager Ernst du Maire. In 2002 followed the transformation into an AG (incorporated company) which brought about the abbreviation HUHAG (HEIDENREICH & HARBECK AG). In the summer of 2012 the company came to face to face with bankruptcy and filed for insolvency. This development, however, led another company, LEIKO CAPITAL GmbH, to invest into the foundry for the long haul. Today, HEIDENREICH & HARBECK acts again as a GmbH and employs more than 200 people.

Production portfolio

  • Cast components up to 16 tonnes per piece
  • Gearbox casing
  • Machine beds for milling machines
  • Hubs for heavy-duty robots
  • Cast iron trays