Heritage A history with a future

Deep roots

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.

Organic growth

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.

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  • HYDRO history

1965

First HYDRO facility

1966

First tripod-jack

1968

First proof load test stand

1977

New building at HYDRO headquarters in Biberach industrial park (Germany)

1986

Ramp up of Airbus tooling production

1987

Airbus licensee

1990

Boeing licensee

1991

Opening first branch USA

1992

Expansion of the HYDRO headquarters in Biberach (Germany)

1993

First engine positioner for Japan Airlines

2000

Opening of first branch in China (Beijing)

2002

Branch opening in UK

2003

Service-center opening Norderstedt (Germany)

2004

Antonov Partner

2005

Sukhoi Partner

2006

Goodrich licensee

2007

Strategic partner Rolls-Royce

2008

Cooperation with Test-Fuchs

2008

Branch opening in Toulouse (France)

2009

Branch opening Dubai

2010

Start of engine transportation stand production HYDRO USA

2009

Expansion of the facility at HYDRO headquarters (Germany)

2013

Opening of the new facility in UK

2013

Worldwide stock service agreement

2014

Branch opening Singapore

2015

Opening of second branch in China (Tianjin)

2015

Relocation of our Toulouse branch (France)

2015

Service-center opening in Washington D.C. (USA)

2015

Cooperation with Newbow Aerospace

2018

Cooperation with JB Roche

2018

Cooperation with Liftsafe Fall Protection