At the heart of the German furniture industry

Hettich can look back on a successful company history spanning over 125. It is defined by outstanding engineering achievements and bold entrepreneurship. East Westphalia-Lippe  has been our home since 1930 – the heart of the German furniture industry. It is here that we produce Technik für Möbel, or technology for furniture: we excite people across the globe with intelligent, innovative furniture fittings. The Hettich Group is entirely family owned. The management reins were passed on to Dr. Andreas Hettich in the fourth generation in 2007.


We invite you on a journey through Hettich's history.

  1. 1888

    At his business in the Black Forest, Karl Hettich designs a manual bending machine for rationalising the production of pendulum clock anchor escapements.

  2. 1928

    August Hettich develops a production line for piano hinges and lays the cornerstone for today's "Technology for Furniture" business unit.

  3. 1930

    Foundation of the affiliated company Paul Hettich in Herford. The company develops well under the direction of managing partner Paul Hettich.

  4. 1935

    Huge demand for piano hinges.

  5. 1959

    Following formal separation from the parent company in the Black Forest, Anton Hettich takes over as chairman of the management board at Paul Hettich GmbH & Co. KG in Herford on 1 January 1959.

  6. 1962

    The block connecting fitting developed and patented by Anton Hettich replaces the need to dowel furniture parts and creates strong growth. Development of the four-pivot hinge that supersedes the piano hinge.

  7. 1980

    Development of the pivot hinge that supersedes the piano hinge.

  8. 1995

    Ball bearing drawer runners go into production.

  9. 2007

    Dr. Andreas Hettich has been group head in the fourth generation since 2007.

  10. 2009

    Sensys concealed four-pivot hinge with integrated soft closing function.

  11. 2011

    Launch of the ArciTech drawer system with Actro runner: "Made for the future".

  12. 2013

    The Hettich Group celebrates its 125th year.

  13. 2015

    The new AvanTech drawer system in high quality aluminium takes purist furniture design behind the front panel.

  14. Today

    Hettich is one of the world's largest manufacturers of furniture fittings.