Campus Anniversaries 2022

TRIDELTA Campus / 24.11.2022

"The dinosaurs are extinct, the insects have survived" was how Lothar Späth described the necessary restructuring and privatisation steps after the break-up of Keramische Werke Hermsdorf in 1992. From the point of view of the time, it was clear that Tridelta would not survive as a group. So the way was clear for a large number of new and spin-off companies. A look back at several success stories.

Mikro-Hybrid Electronic GmbH: 30 years of "Enter New Space".

The visionaries Werner Baumgärtel and Karl Wisspeintner laid the foundation for a brilliant company development and history in 1992. They worked intensively to integrate Micro-Hybrid into the Micro-Epsilon group of companies and to make it sustainably successful. With the constant expansion of the product and technology spectrum and the opening up of new industry fields, the international orientation of the company became increasingly important. 2022 Micro-Hybrid Electronic GmbH is one of the world market leaders in the development and production of sophisticated customised electronic solutions. The company develops and produces innovative microelectronics and infrared sensors. The portfolio ranges from ceramic substrates and housings for miniaturised electronic modules for sensor control to infrared components and sensors for temperature measurement and gas analysis.

The acquisition of the former corporate headquarters of the "Blauer Bock" ceramic works together with Micro-Epsilon Messtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, another important milestone in the company's history has been reached. The corporate headquarters of Micro-Hybrid will move into a large part of the premises of the new CityCube Hermsdorf with management, sales and development from 2023.


Fraunhofer IKTS: 30 years of ceramics research with passion

With the spin-off of ceramics research from the Tridelta Group, the Hermsdorf Institute for Technical Ceramics (HITK) was founded in 1992 as an independent, business-oriented research institution. After 18 years of successful development, it became part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 2010 through the merger with the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS in Dresden.

For 30 years, Fraunhofer IKTS has been working as a non-university research institution on new ceramic solutions for industry and society. It is the aim of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to maintain the research potential in the field of structural and functional ceramics at the location after 1989 and to expand it for the future. The institute quickly developed into an established research partner in the field of advanced ceramics.


PI Ceramic: 30 years of piezo technology made in Thuringia

In 1992, the company was founded by Albrecht Otto and the then managing director of the parent company Physik Instrumente (PI), Dr. Karl Spanner, with the vision of establishing a competent manufacturer of piezoceramic components for the PI Group. This goal was achieved ten years after the foundation: since 2002, all piezo components required by the PI Group have been manufactured exclusively by PI Ceramic. Today, 30 years later, the company is not only a manufacturer and supplier for PI, but also for numerous global partners in medical technology and industry. With its worldwide presence, PI Ceramic is one of the fastest-growing and most future-oriented high-tech companies in Eastern Thuringia. At the beginning, the company was based in rented premises in Gera, only one year later PI Ceramic moved into its own location in nearby Lederhose. Since then, the company headquarters has been continuously expanded to accommodate the growing number of employees and to provide capacity for the manufacture of new products. The company is celebrating its anniversary year in 2022 with the inauguration of a new building with over 7,500 square metres of office and production space and an investment volume of over 15 million euros. "We will continue to invest in the location because the demand for our products and solutions is growing in all markets," announces PI Ceramic Managing Director Dr Patrick Pertsch.


Schmeissner: 30 years of safety technology at the highest level

After the safety technology division of Tridelta AG was closed down in 1991, Wulf-Dieter Schmeißner founded a craftsman's business with two business areas in 1992: The development and manufacture of intrusion detection technology components and the planning and installation of security systems. The company started with three employees in rented premises of AGO/LEG. The company's office was initially in Münchenbernsdorf, but was later moved to Hermsdorf. In 1998, AGO/LEG acquired a property and the company was transformed into a limited liability company. Over the years, more and more well-known OEM partners from Germany and Europe could be won for Schmeissner products. There was also considerable growth in the plant sector through the acquisition of a small company. Schmeissner products can be found in museums all over Europe, e.g. in Dublin, Vienna, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris and others. In the meantime, 41 employees work for Schmeissner on 2000m2 of factory space. In 2021, they generated a turnover of 3.6 million euros.


H.C. Starck: 60 years of high-performance metals

After its foundation in 1961, the company was largely responsible for supplying the electrical industry, electronics and medical technology of the former GDR with semi-finished products and components made of special materials based on silver, tungsten and molybdenum. After various changes of ownership, the site has been a company of the H.C. Starck Group since 2001. H.C. Starck Hermsdorf GmbH is almost the only company in the world that is able to produce and process extremely pure high-performance metals in-house using an electron beam melting furnace. This vertical range of manufacture, from raw material to finished component - combined with more than 50 years of experience in processing high-performance metals using subtractive and additive processes at a high-precision level, is unique.
Today, H.C. Starck Hermsdorf GmbH is part of a leading global group of companies and employs around 140 people in Hermsdorf. Qualified employees, modern CNC and measuring technologies as well as a safe working environment are the key factors for their success.