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Company history

More than holes and metal chips – the Alfra company history

Fairy tales start with „once upon a time“ – an extraordinary story starts with a vision. We invite you to a stray through the Alfra-company history – because our roots are the basis for tools and machines matching with your high expectations.


From Dresden to the capital of motorsports

At the beginning of the 20th century new standards of metalworking changed the German economy. A.H Mehring took his chance and founded our later sister company, Sägen-Mehring in Dresden. After World War 2, Gerhard Döring took over. Under his leadership Sägen-Mehring GmbH moved to Hockenheim. The city in northern Baden-Wuerttemberg is the location for our administrative headquarter today. .

Left: Company building in Hockenheim Talhaus
Right: Place of foundation Dresden

Bild From Dresden to the capital of motorsports

Green light for hole punchers

1978 Alfra took over the Greenlee Tool GmbH in Hanau. Since then, punches and tools for cabinet engineering are part of the Alfra-product range – today one of our key features.

Picture: hole punchers and hydraulic manual punches, made by Alfra: A good team for decades

Bild Green light for hole punchers

Vertical metal-core drilling with Rotabest

In the 80‘s begun the success-story of another innovation: We developed our own metal-core-drilling-machines with the name ALFRA ROTABEST®. The product performed convincingly on the market because of a variety of user-friendly applications, such as the patented safety device for overhead-work.

Left and right: View into the history of our Alfra Rotabest line

Bild Vertical metal-core drilling with Rotabest

„Made in Germany“ as a signpost

Alfra made another mark for quality „Made in Germany“ by taking over AKM Berlin. The former construction- and manufacturing company in Berlin/Stahnsdorf has been transformed into an own Alfra-plant in 2007. On 600 square meters production space we are manufacturing for example hydraulic pumps, core drilling machines or deburring technology. In total we are producing in-house with a content of around 85 % at two German locations.

Left: Production of core drilling machines at the Berlin Stahnsdorf plant
Right: Alfra factory Berlin Stahnsdorf

Bild „Made in Germany“ as a signpost

New name, same target

Since 2017 the company Alfred Raid operates as ALFRA GmbH. Our concept: a new name, along with traditionally high quality-levels. Of course Alfra is certified according to DIN ISO 9001:2015.

The Alfra Logo: Since 2017 with a slogan

Bild New name, same target

New partners for exciting projects

Together with the company Ehrt, which specialises in CNC punching and bending machines, Alfra designs the prototype of a new 4-station processing trolley for busbar processing - according to the customer's wishes of a well-known listed group in the technology and electrical engineering sector.
Alfra continues to work on the future-oriented positioning of the company, not only against the background of the Corona crisis. The focus continues to be on production in Germany. Today, we produce at a total of two German locations. 


Picture: On the way to a bright future

Bild New partners for exciting projects

Strong family

Alfra becomes part of Rittal Automation Systems (RAS) as a division of the Friedhelm Loh Group. This means that Alfra uses professional tools to serve the needs of small to medium-sized enclosure manufacturers, for whom automated processing does not make economic sense.