Corporate history of C.H. Schäfer Getriebe GmbH, its road from loom to precision gears.

In 1873, the company was established in the Saxon village of Ohorn. In its first years, the company was a manufacturer of textile machines and, in particular, of mechanical looms. Initially, this machinery was entirely built from wood and used in the surrounding companies of the ribbon industry. At this time, there were 3 to 5 workers entrusted with the manufacturing process. The photograph taken in 1896 shows the founder of the company, Carl Heinrich Schäfer (mid front), and his son, Max Schäfer (front left).



After Carl Heinrich Schäfer died at an early age in May 1906, his son Max Schäfer, a technical genius, became the next owner of the company. Already in his early years he realised that a loom with a geared drive could only be achieved through using gearwheels. In those days, however, mechanical engineering was still not fully developed in the city of Chemnitz, which is why the machinery required to produce gearwheels was only available as special solution thus being highly expensive.

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In the upper slideshow you can read about our company’s interesting history that began already in 1873.


Oh, by the way:

The German currency “Mark” was introduced in 1873, but should last for only 129 years.

Schäfer group

C.H. Schäfer Getriebe GmbH         
HRB Dresden 120
Ust.-IdNr. DE140410403
Getriebe-Schäfer GmbH          
HRB Dresden 8457
Ust.-IdNr. DE163277953
Schäfer-Components GmbH         
HRB Dresden 18059
Ust.-IdNr. DE812890445


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