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History

The 70's:

The story of Alfra GmbH began in 1973 with the acquisition of a small tool grinding company located in Ditzingen, Germany - close to Stuttgart. While keeping the company name, the brothers C. and W. Döring started selling saws and saw blades for metal cutting.

By that time, trading became a main component of the business focus like the service already was. A variety of innovative products were introduced to the German market. That gave the reason for taking over the exclusive German-based trading position for the products of Milford sabre saw blades and Millers Falls sabre saws in 1974.

The punches and tools for control cabinet & switchgear machining were manufactured for the first time under ALFRA supervision, due to the take-over of GREENLEE Tool GmbH in Hanau from the company Acker + Stichel.

The first hydraulic punching brackets for double T-beam-steel, of a Japanese steel manufacturer, were introduced to the German market.

The 80's:

In the early eighties the first metal core drilling machines were engineered and launched into the market as ALFRA ROTABEST®. This machine was marked by a variety of innovative solutions, like the patented safety mechanism for overhead operation.

At the same time, the production of punches and machining tools started. The in-house production strengthened the export. Today the export sales, active in more than 80 countries, represent 65% of the total turnover.

A new product scope, fixed hydraulic punches, began in 1985 by cooperating with a well-known company. They produced for ALFRA exclusively: hydraulic devices and punches for the machining of switchgears up to a dimension of 86" x 39". Today this program consists of six various models for nearly every application range.

The 90's:

The stationary punchers with integrated laser-pointer were first delivered in 1992. That same year, a company for construction and manufacturing had been founded, specializing in the production of Busbar Machines, Hydraulic Pumps and Portable Punching Brackets.

Numerous partnerships abroad started together with Rittal, one of the world market leaders in control cabinet construction.

In 1995, during the Hannover-Fair, ALFRA introduced the smallest & lightest Magnetic Base Drill – the Rotabest® Piccolo – unique for its efficiency & weight.  That same year, ALFRA began manufacturing their first carbide-tipped Hole Saws and Annular Cutters – being the first European competitor to Japanese manufacturers.  In 1997, ALFRA obtained ISO 9001:2015 certification.

 … up to now

New subsidiaries in the USA, Switzerland and England.

The Berlin operation  became self-administrated and moved into a new building.

Since 2007, a newly-introduced EDP System was established.

Innovations continue…..like the new Battery Driven Cordless Hydraulic Punch – and much more…