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2017
April
Heiche Poland:
Improving the passivating line of aluminium components, expanded with the newly developed Alu Cast Protect process.

January
At our new plant at Pilsting (Heiche Bavaria) the KTL dyeing process has started, in special regard to accomplish the surface treatment process on structural aluminium components.
2016
October
Heiche Hungary celebrated its 10-year-anniversary in the end of October. We took a look back at our successes and shape our future plans while we were celebrating together with all the employees.

September
Expanded the plant of Heiche Hungary with a new pre-treatment line, to accomplish the cleaning of dyed products.
New powder coating robot has been put in operation.


June
The surface treatment process has been modernized for passivation, anodic coating and pickling at Heiche Saxony (Leisnig).
The process of chemical nickelize has ceased.

March
Expanded Heiche Bavaria with a new plant in Pilsting. Between our two plants we can assure our customers optimal division and customer service at the field of KTL dyeing process.
According to the plans, the production in Pilsting begins at the end of the year.

February
Started KTL dyeing process on aluminium and steel components at Heiche USA.

2015
August
Heiche US Surface Technology LP has successful received the DIN EN ISO 9001 and the DIN EN ISO 14001 certification.
June
Heiche Bayern GmbH & Co. KG has successful received the DIN EN ISO 9001 and the DIN EN ISO 14001 certification.
May
Surfaces for a long life.

Heiche Oberflaechentechnik GmbH has celebrated their 50 years anniversary

February
Heiche Sachsen GmbH & Co. KG has successful received the ISO TS 16949 certification
January
With God’s blessing, all things can be obtained.
From a one-man business to a globally organized mid-size family owned company – We are thankful, that we can look back on a 50 year company history. We are looking forward together, with our customers, business partners and employees, to continuing through the next years successfully into the next decade.
1965
1965
Company’s Founder
Gerhard Heiche
1998
1998
Company Management
Gerhard Heiche
Rüdiger Heiche
Gunter Heiche
2015
2005
Second Generation
Rüdiger Heiche
Simone Heiche
Gunter Heiche
2005
2015
Management Team
of Heiche Group
2014
November
Successful certification of the energy management system ISO 50001 in the locations of Schwaigern and Leisnig
October
Opening party of Heiche US Surface Technology: On October 2nd, the official opening of Heiche USA was celebrated together with customers and suppliers. The State of South Carolina conveyed the best wishes of the Governor Nikki Haley to our opening.

In a state of the art facility, we can provide the following processes: anodizing & hard anodizing, washing, Chrome conversion coating, etching and passivation (Chromital, Alodine) for the materials of aluminum and steel.
Heiche sets new standards for a job shop in their location in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

September
Acquisition of the former Alpha ISO GmbH and foundation of the plant
Heiche Bayern GmbH & Co.KG in Hunderdorf
September
Start of production of Heiche Bavaria. After a successful start-up phase of the electro coating (e-coat) plant, the first customer audit was passed successfully. Additionally, with a successful sampling, Heiche Bavaria has delivered the first electro coated (e-coat) aluminum components to BMW.

Produktionsstart von Heiche Bayern

January
Our motto HEICHEGROUP 2014/2015: WAKE-UP
“We have chosen this phrase because we realize that we need to question our usual behavior and our thinking routines in 2014 in order to lead the HEICHEGROUP together into a successful future.
In addition, the motto should remind us to be watchful, to be sure to do our job right the first time, and to be aware that each individual makes an important contribution at his workplace, so that our customers award us with new contracts in the future.”
Andreas Heuschele, Managing Director (01/13/2014)
2013
December
Founding of the US Heiche Surface Technology LP plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina
September
HEICHEGROUP has a new managing director
Andreas Heuschele was assigned on September 1st 2013, as Managing Director of the GROUP. Read more
July
Signing the purchase contract for the production facility on Fairforest Clevedale Road in Spartanburg, South Carolina (SC).
May
Modernization and optimization of powder coating plant in Leisnig.
April
Start with the process of chemical nickel at the location of Leisnig in Germany
2012
October
First participation at the Aluminum 2012 Trade Fair in Düsseldorf.

Messe Düsseldorf

June
Repeated participation in the O & S Trade Fair in Stuttgart.

Messe Düsseldorf

May
First time participation at the Industrial Trade Fair 2012 in Budapest.

Messe Düsseldorf

March
Heiche invests in renewable energy.Read more!
February
Heiche introduced Surface Coating as a new trade profession in the special contribution section of the Newspaper “Heilbronner Stimme.” Read more!
2011
December
In December 2011 Heiche Oberflächentechnik GmbH received its DIN EN16001:2009 certification for the first time. The DIN EN 16001 falls under the already existing IMS (integrated management system). The purpose of the certification is to reduce the company’s energy output and to continuously improve upon it. In order to achieve this goal, we must invest in energy-saving equipment and in renewable energy sources, such as the commissioning of our bio-methane cogeneration plant in January 2011. Furthermore, we must raise awareness among our employees and train them in energy efficiency. Since this type of certification is not yet widespread, the Heiche Surface Technology GmbH is known as a leader in the field of energy management. Our leadership role is not only limited to the electronics and surface finishing industries, but it also further extends to the following certificates.
July
Cleanliness campaign at Heiche Surface Technology GmbH.
The subject of component cleanliness has quickly become an essential requirement for many different industries. There are hardly any drawings left that do not note limits in regards to component cleanliness. The HEICHEGROUP is affected by this development in many ways. Heiche is already known as an industry leader of metal surface treatments, especially with light metals such as aluminum, magnesium, steel and zinc die castings. In most cases, the raw materials will get delivered to Heiche in an unknown state of cleanliness, and they are expected to leave the Heiche locations with a defined extremely clean level of particles, through our surface treatments. To ensure such a high level of cleanliness, Heiche launched a multi-step “Cleanliness Initiative” plan in 2005. The first step was to install microfiltration systems in the component baths with the highest amount of dirt, in order to reduce carryover of particles.
In 2010, as part of a companywide analysis, products from all production lines were examined for cleanliness. The cleanliness was tested according to VDA Volume 19 and/or customer standards. Most findings matched the requirements, but it is important to note that the analysis only provided snapshots of findings. In order to continuously treat parts according to cleanliness specifications, we must practice continuous improvements of all our processes. Such improvement efforts do not only affect the treatment and coating processes, but also the entire supply chain, from raw material to customer delivery, will affect the cleanliness of a product. It is our responsibility to evaluate the cleanliness of all raw materials and the final product; and, as part of our “Cleanliness Initiative”, we decided to invest in a Residual Cleanliness Laboratory. For this we installed the laboratory with a special air handling unit; and we are now able to us those special rinsing cabinets, in a controlled lab environment.(see pic 2)
The received rinsing solution will be processed through special filters and drying. Any particles found in the filter visible under the microscope will get analyzed for size and quantity of such particles according to VDA-Belt 19 (see pic 3). This stage of the cleanliness initiative was completed by the second quarter in 2011. With this initiative in place, all customer components and parts could be evaluated for cleanliness at every step of the process. With the help of continuous analysis, Heiche is able to continuously improve its processes and optimize the cleaning capacity of its treatment processes.
January
This January we were able to successfully implement a new process in Schwaigern, called Aluminum-Soaping. This method presents considerable advantages in the cold forming for machines and materials, because it builds an excellent conversion layer that will provide a separation of the tool and part. At the same time, the conversion coating provides a strong primer for the soap. This process allows for a much higher degree of deformation during cold forming process compared to the conventional lubrication system based on zinc stearate.

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2010
August
We are pleased to announce that as of 1st August 2011 the Heiche Group has acquired Matusewicz Sp.z.o.o. At the same time the company name was changed from Matusewicz Sp.z.o.o. to HEICHE Polska Sp.z.o.o. The name change will recorded in the commercial register in the next few days. Following the acquisition, Mr. Tadeusz was removed from his position as CEO. In his place, Mr. Baguslaw Jankiewicz was elected to be the new managing director. We are convinced that the acquisition was a critical step in the development of the Stanowicze site; and, we look forward to a great working relationship.
2009
September
The Heiche Group in Schwaigern developed a 6 month Business Plan Training Program which was attended by six students from the University of Heilbronn. See the following press release in german.
July
A new development was introduced for magnesium materials with coatings of Sol-Gel, e-coat and passivation.
June
Starting of a green chromating production line in Schwaigern (Germany).
March
Commissioning of the new impregnation and passivation plant in Poland.
January
Implemented the new software system OTEC (ERP system specialized for plating and coating industry) in order to make our internal processes more customer friendly.
2008
2008
Production began at the new plant in Poland
Standort Polen
November
Gerhard Heiche GmbH Oberflächentechnik received the “Recognized for Excellence” Ludwig Erhard Award. The award recognizes companies which have made social commitment and social engagement a priority. These are important criteria in the competition for the Ludwig-Erhard-Price. Heiche Oberflächentechnik GmbH managed to receive the “Recognized for Excellent” Award by scoring in the 400-450 point range in their category of medium sized companies. The award ceremony was held in Berlin on November 25, 2008.
October
We have moved! Our shipping and receiving office in Schwaigern Germany is now located in the new logistics hall. This move has reduced waiting times and driving distances and increased the overall efficiency of this department
2006 - 2001
2006
Production began at the new plant in Hungary
Standort Ungarn
2005
– We finished roofing of the entire incoming goods area in Schwaigern, Germany
Start-up of a new phosphate production line in our headquarters
– Chosen among the best 60 employers of Germany
Founding of surface technologies in Hungary
Phosphatanlage Ueberdachung
2004
Successful certification of TS 16949:2002 and Environmental certificate ISO 14001:1996
– Introduction and Completion of a Technical test center at the Schwaigern location, to develop new processes for metal coating and treatments
Start-up of photovoltaic plant in Schwaigern Germany
Umweltzertifikat Photovoltaik
2003
Production start-up of Leisnig factory in Saxony Germany
– Start-up of black-oxide finishing – phosphate & silane facility Schwaigern
– Completion of new assembly hall & warehouse
Produktionsstart Leipzig Neubau Lagerhalle Neubau Silananlage
2002
– Neue New automated robot painting line in Schwaigern Germany
Awarding of the German Federal State Baden Wuerttemberg & L Bank for Exemplary company
2001
Construction of a new hall „Logistics Hall“ for Heiche in Germany
Hallenerweiterung Schwaigern
2000 - 1990
2000
Certification according to TS 16949:1996
1998
– Foundation of Heiche Logistic GmbH
– Start-up of new anodizing
Generation Change
With the start into the new year 1999 company founder Gerhard Heiche has transferred the operational responsibilities to the next Heiche family generation.
The sons Ruediger and Gunter Heiche were responsible to drive the family owned business into the next decade.
The family Heiche thank all the business partners for the trust and cooperation over the last years and is looking forward to continue great business relationships
Zertifizierung nach TS 16949
1997
New chromate production line Schwaigern
Chromatsanlage Schwaigern
1995
Additional production expansion
Hallenerweiterung Schwaigern
1990
Takeover of company Roth
1988 - 1965
1988
Entry into painting technology
1987
Expansion of the building at Dieselstrasse (current headquarters) in Schwaigern Germany
Erweiterungsbau Schwaigern
1981
New factory in Schwaigern Dieselstr.10 Germany
Neubau Schwaigern
1970
Entry into plating, black oxide finishing and phosphate treatment
1965
Founding as a jeweler and silversmith by Gerhard & Hannelore Heiche
Gerhard Heiche