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History

Porsche Werkzeugbau GmbH can look back on a history spanning more than 100 years. The company was founded in 1898, continuing the traditions of metal processing in the Ore Mountains. The craft-based enterprise developed into a market-leading company, which soon became known beyond the local region. The company developed cutting and forming tools for the automotive industry, so that the company can justifiably be seen as the “cradle of large tool engineering” in Germany.

In 1938, the Schwarzenberg plant, the former ESEM (Erzgebirgische Schnittwerkzeug- und Maschinenfabrik Schwarzenberg), started production of the tools for the first VW Beetle developed by Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. For the first time in German automotive engineering, the roof, rear window and cowl panel were produced from one piece.

After the Second World War, the company was restructured into VEB Formenbau Schwarzenberg and established an excellent global reputation for itself. It also played a decisive part in development of body toolmaking in the former GDR. On 1st January 1993, the former Formenbau GmbH Schwarzenberg became KUKA Werkzeugbau Schwarzenberg GmbH and operated from 2007 onwards under the name KUKA Systems GmbH Toolmaking Division.

On 3rd August 2015, the toolmaking division was acquired by Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG as a 100% subsidiary and has since operated as Porsche Werkzeugbau GmbH in Schwarzenberg and as Porsche Werkzeugbau s.r.o. in Dubnica (Slovakia). The company also has a business unit in China. Porsche Werkzeugbau also manufactures highly complex tools for other renowned car manufacturers. The service offering is also being constantly expanded and includes everything from support in the commissioning phase through to regular maintenance.

Facts and figures

Wholly-owned subsidiary
Porsche Werkzeugbau GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and is in turn the holding company for Porsche Werkzeugbau.

Headquarters
The company headquarters are in Stuttgart. The production location is in Schwarzenberg.

Management
Markus Kreutel
Carlo Modesto

Employees
Every day, around 480 employees at the Porsche Werkzeugbau location in Germany and around 170 employees at the Porsche Werkzeugbau location in the Slovak Republic work on customer projects for a wide range of car manufacturers.

Other locations
Porsche Werkzeugbau GmbH has a wholly-owned subsidiary in the Slovak Republic operating as Porsche Werkzeugbau s.r.o. Porsche Werkzeugbau GmbH also maintains a business unit in China.

Confidentiality
All customer projects of Porsche Werkzeugbau are subject to the strictest discretion and confidentiality. Observing the strictest levels of confidentiality has always been more than just a matter of course for us.