Richard Herbst develops the first customer-tailored insert and take-out automation systems for injection molding and sets up a new company named HEKUMA (Herbst Kunststoff Maschinen).
Development of the first high-speed robot for manufacturing audio cassettes. Number of employees rises from 2 to 11.
Richard Herbst errects the first own building at the present-day location.
HEKUMA introduces the first complete system for the manufacturing of CD boxes to the market. More than 600 systems have been sold worldwide to date.
1995 and 1998
Manufacturing space is doubled to meet the steadily increasing demand.
Number of employees is now 128. HEKUMA holds patents for numerous improvements of injection molding processes to reduce cycle times and increase production quality.
Richard Herbst sells HEKUMA to the elexis AG and retires one year later. HEKUMA is restructured from an owner-managed company to a prosperous subsidiary of a stock listed corporate group.
The most successful year in history so far. Sales volume rises to more than 40 million Euro, 150 employees are working at HEKUMA.
First DIN EN ISO 9001 certification.
Further expansion with establishing a second facility close to headquarter.