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100 let firmy Hoffmann –
kvalitní nářadí od roku 1919

V roce 2019 slaví firma Hoffmann 100leté výročí svého založení. Vhodná chvíle podívat se vpřed i ohlédnout se dozadu: Hodně z toho, co dnes činí z Hoffmann Group vedoucího systémového partnera pro kvalitní nářadí, vychází z historie. Tento silný fundament je základem jak již dosažených úspěchů, tak i budoucího směřování firmy.

Výhled

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Plnou silou vpřed

Za posledních 100 let se rodinná firma Hoffmann znovu a znovu objevovala: Společnost se přizpůsobovala měnícím se tržním podmínkám, předjímala nový vývoj a zaváděla inovativní produkty a služby. Jako systémový partner pro průmysl se Hoffmann Group neustále vyvíjí – a zůstává navzdory všem změnám zásadová. Od roku 1919 pomáhá zvyšovat produktivitu svých zákazníků po celém světě.

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Tak se Hoffmann Group připravuje na budoucnost

V souladu s hlavní zásadou "stále lepší", která byla prosazována především Franzem Hoffmannem, se Hoffmann Group neustále snaží nabídnout svým zákazníkům ještě efektivnější produkty a služby. Proto se firma zaměřuje také na možnosti digitalizace – jako prodejce, výrobce i jako  poradce. Optimalizované procesy například zkracují dodací lhůty. Inteligentní správa nástrojů podporuje zákazníky ve výrobě. Kromě toho se Hoffmann Group zabývá nejnovějšími technologiemi, jako je aditivní výroba a s ní související požadavky pro další zpracování tištěných konstrukčních dílů.

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Nedigitální i digitální zákaznická podpora

Osobní podpora všech zákazníků hraje pro Hoffmann Group i nadále důležitou roli, ať už v nedigitální či digitální formě: To zahrnuje jak rozšiřování internetového online obchodu, tak i silnou osobní přítomnost u zákazníků, na místě a rovněž na veletrzích. Jméno Hoffmann znamená vynikající servis a kompetentní odborné poradenství.

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Quality driven since 1919


Výroční motto „Quality driven since 1919“ to přesně vyjadřuje – všudypřítomná idea kvality je základem úspěchu a již 100 let zažité firemní kultury. To sahá od sestavování sortimentu produktů přes osobní poradenství zákazníkům až po jedinečnou disponibilitu zboží, certifikovanou TÜV. Hoffmann Group zachovává své nároky na kvalitu i do budoucna a v měnícím se tržním prostředí je dále je rozvíjí, aby zůstala preferovaným partnerem na straně svých zákazníků.

Les meilleurs collaborateurs

Hoffmann est une entreprise familiale traditionnelle : elle adopte une approche à long terme, y compris en ce qui concerne ses relations de travail. L'identité et la culture de la société offrent à tous les employés un sentiment de stabilité qui s'est révélé une source constante de réconfort, même en période de difficultés économiques. Les employés du groupe Hoffmann se caractérisent par leur esprit de pionnier, leurs normes de conduite élevées en matière de relations avec leurs collègues et leurs clients et leur performance au travail assidue.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Nothing more clearly explains the Hoffmann world today than our 100-year history. It has been marked by the personal commitment of the founding family, economic challenges, innovative developments, and the values of a true family business.

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1919-1932: Beginnings in difficult times

In 1919, just a few months after the Weimar Republic is declared in Germany, Josef Hoffmann opens his sales agency selling "technical articles and metalwares" in Munich. He observes the market, and continually adapts his product range in order to help the business through the difficult period by regularly introducing new offers. Hoffmann's policy is not to offer the widest range on the market, but rather to sell specialist equipment – the best available on the market for each product group.

 
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1932: Franz Hoffmann joins his father in the business

Franz Hoffmann dominates the history of the company for more than 60 years. Thanks to his pioneering spirit, the business grows steadily. His maxim that every aspect of the business should meet three criteria – simple, focused and useful – is applied to every area of the business, whether catalogue design, logistics or employee management. Like his father before him, at least in the early years he knows all the customers personally, and focuses consistently on their needs.

1936: The catalogue – the heart of the trading business

In 1936 Franz Hoffmann for the first time combines product listings from different manufacturers to create a bound in-house catalogue: The idea for the Hoffmann catalogue was born. Then in 1952 the first fully self-produced, designed and printed catalogue, containing the complete ex-stock product range, is issued. The catalogue is intended as a "technical advice reference" for the company's customers. The orange-coloured "Tool Bible" has been published yearly since 1978. In the centenary year 2019, the 50th issue will be published in 18 different languages, with a print run of 1.1 million copies.

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1973: Hoffmann builds manufacturing expertise

The launch of the GARANT premium tool brand is a genuine innovation, and a key step towards becoming a system partner: The Hoffmann Group is now no longer just a trader, but also a manufacturer. The products impress by their innovation, functional design and top quality, while offering very good value for money. The Hoffmann Group currently ranks third among manufacturers of cutting tools in Germany, primarily thanks to its GARANT sales. A new quality tool brand, HOLEX, was launched in 1983, offering customers good industrial quality at an attractive price.

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Left: Clamping technology then and now: 1985: "GARANT" parallel vice | 2019: GARANT Xpent 5-axis vice for maximum flexibility | right: Workstations and storage then and now: 1985: "GARANT" roller cabinet | 2019 GARANT Gridline Toolcar
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1993: Founding of the Hoffmann Group

Since the early 1970s, Hoffmann has entered into licensing agreements with German partner companies enabling them to use the Hoffmann catalogue in whole or in part as the basis of their work. In 1993, based on the cooperation with German partners, the Hoffmann Group is founded. It has since then pursued a joint strategy, with a centralised purchasing function, enabling its customers to enjoy even more attractive offers than before. Moreover, the Group structure means all customers can be provided with personalised support on-site at their own location. Reflecting its increasing internationalisation, since 2003 the group has borne the English title "Hoffmann Group".

1995: Beyond Germany's borders

The Hoffmann Group is growing steadily, and now ventures beyond Germany's borders. Early licensing partners in Spain, Switzerland and Slovenia pave the way for the internationalisation of the business. The international business has been developing continuously ever since.

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2000: The start of online business

In the year 2000, the Hoffmann Group becomes one of the first B2B traders, offering its customers some 50,000 quality tools through its online shop. The online shop has been continually updated and expanded ever since.

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Logistik damals und heute

2009: State-of-the-art logistics

In 2009, the Hoffmann Group opens its logistics centre in Nuremberg – at the time the largest and most efficient logistics centre in the industry anywhere in Europe. To maintain its state-of-the-art standards in logistics, in 2018 the company begins constructing its "LogisticCity" facility. The new logistics centre will be more than "just" a warehouse, and marks the first step towards digitally connected logistics operations. LogisticCity thus also embodies Hoffmann's pioneering spirit. 

THE HOFFMANN GROUP 2019

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Always close to the customer – all over the world.

• More than 3,000 employees worldwide
69 subsidiaries in more than 50 countries
• Global network of long-standing distribution partners
• Over 1,400 technical advisors operating worldwide
• Over 85,000 catalogue articles: GARANT, HOLEX, 500 manufacturer brands
• Over 135,000 business customers in various industries worldwide

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Factors in the success of the Hoffmann Group

Today, as in the past, the focus is on providing expert and personalised advice to customers. In the Hoffmann catalogue you will find a broad range of quality tools from the top manufacturers on the market, including in the fields of machining, clamping, measuring and grinding, as well as workstations and storage and personal protective equipment. The company guarantees 99 percent delivery capability and 99.9 percent delivery accuracy on all those products. TÜV-certified!

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Giving our best

The Hoffmann Group empowers people to do their best. That is the company's claim. And the company itself is also continually striving to become better. As an expert partner to its customers, it develops custom solutions for quality tools and workstations and storage together with them. The Hoffmann Group does not stand still, but rather is passionately committed to progress – with innovative processes and tools, and with the best staff. Personal. Precise. With a pioneering spirit.