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More than a gearbox manufacturer for 90 years


In 1931, no one could have imagined that a small company in Bruchsal would become one of the world's largest guarantors of motion.

On June 13, 1931, Christian Pähr founded the Süddeutsche Elektromotoren Werke in Durlacher Strasse in Bruchsal from a bankruptcy estate. After the war, Pähr's son-in-law, Ernst Blickle, joined the company and would shape its growth and expansion for the next 40 years. To this day, SEW-EURODRIVE, which had to change its name in 1971, remains a family-owned company - despite its size, internationality and range of solutions. For us, the customer and his challenges are always at the center of our work, regardless of whether he is a large OEM, a global producer or a small, medium-sized company - we treat every customer equally.

Of course, our offer, our product and solution portfolio or our services have changed over the years. For a long time now, we have been offering drive and automation solutions that go beyond the gearmotor. With us, you can transform entire machines or factories into a smart factory, move and control robots, mine and process raw materials, call up services via app, control parcel flows or design solutions for the urban supply of tomorrow. However, motion is always the basis for this, and thus our gear units, motors and gearmotors in all nuances and characteristics - from standard to servo, from spur gear to precision or industrial gear units.

Through it all, however, we have always remained what we were - a reliable partner at our customers' side and a family business. We give and our customers employees everything we can, true to Ernst Blickle's motto "People make the difference". Therefore, for us a customer is more than a number, more than an order and more than an order. Likewise, our employees are more to us. They make the success of our company. Their passion for our customers, solutions and goals to give everything, even on the last meter, makes a significant difference for us. That's why we give our employees the freedom to shape and decide independently on many things. In order to combine this passion for the tasks in the company with private life, we offer our employees a lot; starting with almost innumerable working time models, mobile work to, medical care, up to a company-owned day care center.

This year, on 13.06.2021 to be precise, we will be 90 years old. For us, however, it is a moment in which we pause only briefly, because as for you, the current situation was and is also a challenge for us. With a lot of effort to protect our employees and you, we have been there for you in the last 18 months and will continue to be in the future - no matter what challenges it brings - for you a partner on whom you can always rely.

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