First HYDRO facility
HYDRO was founded in 1965 in the picturesque town of Biberach, in Germany’s Black Forest. Then, a little less than ten years later, a tinkerer with a knack for experimenting who went by the name of Joseph Holzer joined the company. This would prove to be a pivotal development, as his vision of spreading HYDRO throughout the world would eventually become a reality thanks to his unyielding drive and to an approach that has remained a cornerstone of the company to this day: An absolute and uncompromising focus on our customers.
But back to that initial year: Starting in 1965, a group of enthusiastic engineers with a passion for their craft would develop HYDRO’s very first axle and tripod-jacks. And their determination and creativity, combined with the excellent quality of their work, ensured that the young company would get the attention of the international aerospace industry soon afterwards.
Since then, we have specialized in developing solutions designed to address the technical challenges of our customers and partners, enabling us to grow continuously for more than half a century. In other words, we have gone from a hidden champion to an industry leader, if you will. And despite all this, and the fact that we continue to refine and develop our processes and services, we have always remained true to the essential values of our founder.
Two of the decisive factors that have made us into an industry leader today are our solid long-term planning and the continuous expansion of our product portfolio. One of the results of this is the fact that aerospace companies worldwide have come to trust and rely on our ground support equipment and airframe & engine tooling solutions. Nevertheless, we have remained an owner-managed company all throughout.
- Market timeline
- HYDRO history
First proof load test stand
New building at HYDRO headquarters in Biberach industrial park (Germany)
Ramp up of Airbus tooling production
Opening first branch USA
Expansion of the HYDRO headquarters in Biberach (Germany)
First engine positioner for Japan Airlines
Opening of first branch in China (Beijing)
Branch opening in UK
Service-center opening Norderstedt (Germany)
Strategic partner Rolls-Royce
Cooperation with Test-Fuchs
Branch opening in Toulouse (France)
Branch opening Dubai
Start of engine transportation stand production HYDRO USA
Expansion of the facility at HYDRO headquarters (Germany)
Opening of the new facility in UK
Worldwide stock service agreement
Branch opening Singapore
Opening of second branch in China (Tianjin)
Relocation of our Toulouse branch (France)
Service-center opening in Washington D.C. (USA)
Cooperation with Newbow Aerospace
Cooperation with JB Roche
Cooperation with Liftsafe Fall Protection