points to the future
Since its foundation by Bernd Krebs in 1989, toolcraft has followed a dedicated strategy of growth by innovation, excellency and highest product quality. With 417 employees altogether, today, our parent plant in Georgensgmünd and our mould making facilities in Spalt operate on a total floor space of 187,723 sq ft.
Founded by Bernd Krebs
Bernd Krebs founded toolcraft in a garage in Schwabach with just one milling machine in 1989. His aim was to start a company where it is a pleasure to work.
Opening of own company building 6,780 sq ft
After hiring its first employees and purchasing further milling machines, the company moved into its first own building.
Foundation of unicam
Bernd Krebs discovered the potential of the software market at an early stage, promting him to found the software company unicam in 1992.
Foundation of YPTI in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Personal relationships with Indonesia led to the foundation of the manufacturing company YPTI. Since then, toolcraft and YPTI have been working together closely by sharing experiences on the European and Asian market.
Relocation to new company building 21,500 sq ft
toolcraft's milled and turned parts were in high demand from the very beginning. This meant that 10 years after being founded, the company needed to relocate to a larger building.
Acquisition of Spalter Feinwerktechnik 28,503 sq ft
In 2005, toolcraft expanded its portfolio to include injection moulding and mould making. After acquiring Spalter Feinwerktechnik (formerly Trix), the company gained six additional employees. Since then, it has continuously extended its operations in this field.
Expansion of production floor space by 23,896 sq ft
The construction of the second production hall in Georgensgmünd enabled toolcraft to further expand its range of machines and gain new customers.
Addition of additive manufacturing
The first metal laser melting machine laid the foundations for another success story at toolcraft. 3D metal printing is now a recognised production technology and toolcraft has been continuously expanding its range of machinery and the materials it processes in this field ever since.
Floor space enlarged by 33,121 sq ft
The third production hall had to be built in Georgensgmünd in 2012.
Automated tool design in Spalt
The new centre enables tools to be made on a cutting-edge automated system in which the flow of parts can be centrally managed. This means parts can be produced around the clock if necessary, with high throughput and fast delivery times.
Installation of a system for non-destructive testing
A system for non-destructive testing using fluorescent penetrant was installed in 2013. The system complies with NADCAP requirements.
Establishment of robotics division
Many years of experience in machining and the long-term partnership with the software company unicam led to toolcraft establishing its in-house robotics division in 2015. The division manufactures universally applicable robotic solutions, including hardware and software.
Foundation of Toolcraft Wohlrab Ltd. in Singapore
toolcraft and Wohlrab founded their joint venture, Toolcraft Wohlrab Ltd., in 2016. The joint injection moulding centre is situated on the ground floor and occupies an area of 2,583 sq ft.
Expansion of production floor space by 48,879 sq ft
2017 Construction work begin on the fourth hall and the development of a metal laser melting centre in Georgensgmünd. The work has not only enabled the field of additive manufacturing to be expanded through the addtion of further machines, but has also provided the robotic division with enough space in one of the new halls.
Foundation of the new division AMbitious
Under the brand AMbitious toolcraft will distribute and train the NX software with its modules along the AM process chain under the name of Siemens Smart Expert AM from spring 2020. Individual consulting and a holistic training concept of all relevant topics around 3D printing are also part of the portfolio.
Completion of the new building with additive manufacturing, employee restaurant and office space
After the employee restaurant on the 1st floor was opened in autumn 2018, the new offices on the 2nd floor were also ready to move into at the beginning of 2020.
Change of legal form to toolcraft AG
After 31 years toolcraft changes its legal form into a public limited company. MBFZ toolcraft GmbH becomes toolcraft AG. The Executive Board is made up of the existing management team: Karlheinz Nüßlein, Christoph Hauck and Marc Volkhardt. Bernd Krebs becomes Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Expansion of production floor space by 17,222 sq ft
The new building for the plastic injection moulding hall starts with the groundbreaking ceremony.