From button maker to technological leader

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The history of OECHSLER is an eventful one. Founded in 1864 by namesake Matthias Oechsler, the company has over a period of more than 150 years developed into one of the leading international suppliers of plastics technology. With our locations in Europe, Asia and America, we are close to our customers. With the help of some 3,100 highly motivated employees we manufacture products that make life easier, safer and more comfortable.

With competence and a keen sense for developments, our turnover has grown continuously over the years and has reached some 430 million euros in 2018. We intend to continue this success story by opening up new business areas and further expanding existing ones through innovations.


Matthias Oechsler founds a bone ring maker and bone button maker craft business.


Otto Oechsler becomes co-owner of the company "Matthias Oechsler und Sohn".


The former company founder Matthias Oechsler dies. His son Otto takes over the business and continues the expansion policy.


The foundation of the plant in Weißenburg marks another milestone in the company’s expansion policy.


At the beginning of the 1930s, the economic crisis forces the partial closure of individual departments and exports collapses.


The Ansbach plant falls victim to the bombing raids of World War II. In the course of the reconstruction, a new workshop for the production of precision plastic parts is created.


Albert Oechsler, who now manages the company, develops a plastic injection molding machine, which has since been manufactured in series in his own factory.


OECHSLER changes its legal form to GmbH & Co. to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The former Bahnhofsstraße has since been named Matthias-Oechsler-Straße in honour of the company founder.


The Ansbach plant is extended by an addition building.


The Weißenburg plant is expanded on a large scale.


The further expansion of the Ansbach site is agreed upon.


The long-established company Matthias Oechsler & Sohn GmbH & Co. becomes the new OECHSLER AG with retroactive effect from January 1, 2000.


New location: OECHSLER Plastic Products Co. Ltd. in Taicang, China


New location: OECHSLER Romania s.r.l. in Lipova, Romania


New location: OECHSLER S.A. de C.V. in Querétaro, Mexico


New location: OECHSLER Motion GmbH Brodswinden near Ansbach


New location: OECHSLER Motion Inc., U.S. in Acworth, USA


New location: OECHSLER Motion LLC in Long An, Vietnam

Prizes and Awards

Bosch Global Supplier Award Robert Bosch GmbH
Mekra Lang Supplier Award (production material) Mekra Lang GmbH
Axia Best Managed Companies Award 2019 Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche and the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI)
KieCup 2018 – OECHSLER first place in Europe and first place globally kiekert AG
SPE Automotive Award – Parts & Components 2018 First Prize - Electronical/OpticaI Part "Universeller Turboaktuator" Internationale Gesellschaft für Kunststofftechnik e.V.
ZF Supplier Award – Innovation ZF
Innovation Award 2018 (adidas for SPEEDFACTORY) Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy
Finalist in the "Excellence in Production" competition Fraunhofer IPT, WZL, RWTH Aachen University
Hella Best Logistics Supplier Award Hella Corporate Center China
High-tech Enterprise Award Science and technology department and Finance department and Tax bureau of Jiangsu province
Top Taxpayer Award High and new technology industry development zone management committee of Taicang Jiangsu Province
Intelligent & Safety Production Award High and new technology industry development zone management committee of Taicang Jiangsu Province
Advanced Technology Innovation Award High and new technology industry development zone management committee of Taicang Jiangsu Province
Bosch Crazy for suCCess Award Bosch GmbH
EMEA Supply Chain Transformation Award Cummins Inc.
ZF Supplier Award – Production Materials ZF
KieCup – OECHSLER No. 1 in Europe (Quality Award) kiekert AG
Grand Prize for Medium-Sized Businesses (Großer Preis des Mittelstands) Oskar Patzelt Foundation
Adidas Quality Performance Award adidas Group
October 2010
Design + Technology Award for metal application for control element (BMW, OECHSLER, BASF) Materialica
May 2009
Angel HL Award Company Engel, Austria
20 Nov 2008
Product & Service Excellence Award as part of the Global Supplier Day adidas
June 2008
kieQup Quality Award 2nd place kiekert AG
October 2007
Automotive Division Award 2nd place Electronical/Optical Parts, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Carrier frame adaptive curve light SPE Central Europe
December 2005
EuroMold Award Silver Demat, trade fair organizer
May 2004
Bavarian Innovation Award EPB Bavarian State Government
06 Oct 2003
Oskar for medium-sized businesses Oskar Foundation
17 Sep 2003
Materialica Design Award for WAVE DRIVE® International Forum Design / Messe München
13 Feb 2003
kieQup "Best Quality Rating" kiekert AG
TT Award for Outstanding Performance WAVE DRIVE® GKV Gesamtverband Technische Teile (General Association Technical Parts)
Award by the magazine Automotive Engineering International SAE Motor Show, Detroit (USA)
Recognition, awarded in the context of the Bavarian Innovation Award WAVE DRIVE®. Bavarian State Government
November 1999
Special Innovation Award Mechatronic Sensor Disc Research Association 3-D MID e.V.

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