In 1896 Carl Hurth founded the “Carl Hurth Maschinen- und Zahnradfabrik”. With just a minimal number of machines and small workforce the company quickly started to grow and establish important relationships with a great variety of customers. First products were tools for Goldsmith and chase trade shops.
By developing the first hobbing machine in 1904 Carl Hurth started to specialize and focus on gear production and associated components. Because appropriate special machines weren´t available in the market, Hurth also built spline and slot hobbing machines and others.
Hurth adds gearboxes to its product line in addition to machines, tools and gears. The production of gearboxes for motorcycles was so successful that the workforce had grown to 800 people in 1925.
Development began on shaving technology. Three years later, the first gear shaving machine ZS1 was delivered.
After the moving of “HURTH” to its present location in Munich in 1958 the revolutionary plunge shaving technology was developed. By that time the business was divided into two units: transmission and gears as well as machines and tools. The rapid growth of the economic system enabled the company to employ up to 3,000 people in 1969. The change of the world’s economy enabled “HURTH” to start with the first production plant outside of Germany in 1975.
The delivery of the 100,000th gear shaving cutter was celebrated in the early 1980’s. During this period continuous development of a new shaving technology continued, culminating with introduction of a revolutionary new shaving machine design in 1982.
Introduced technology to allow for the fine finishing of gears and the manufacturing of corresponding tools.
The tooling department was spun off as an independent operating unit.
The introduction of Power Honing and Spheric® technology opens an exciting new era in the fine finishing of cylindrical gears..
Gleason acquires Hurth Maschinen und Werkzeuge GmbH taking advantage of the companies’ diverse customer base and satisfying the need to expand globally. The successful marriage of Gleason and Hurth insured a stronger, more agile and diversified company better positioned to continue developing innovative new technologies. Gleason-Hurth became the competence center for fine finishing of gears within Gleason Corporation. Products like shaving, chamfering, honing and threaded wheel grinding machines were developed or improved upon.
Power Shaving process introduced.
Introduction of the new Threaded Wheel Grinding Machines
The Genesis® line of machines is introduced.
Introduction of a new generation of Power Honing machine technology.
To meet the needs of a growing tooling market Gleason renames its Munich operations “Gleason-Hurth Tooling” (GHT).