The history of Hirschmann goes back to 1924. In that year, German-born Richard Hirschmann developed the banana plug. This banana plug was invented for Siemens, to improve the connection of fluorescent tubes. It proved to be the alternative to the classic 'click-and-screw' constructions, which did not work optimally. In the following decades, the company developed into an internationally operating organisation with a leading role in the field of modern data communication systems.



Foundation of Hirschmann in Esslingen, Germany



Start of the industrial production in Esslingen



Expansion of the central production in Neckartenzlingen



Further expansion of the production and subsidiaries in Europe, USA and Asia



Foundation of Hirschmann Netherlands



Hirschmann becomes a part of Rheinmetall AG, Düsseldorf



The Automation and Network Solutions Division is established



PAT GmbH, Electronic Control Systems Division is acquired



HgCapital becomes the majority shareholder of Hirschmann



Division of Hirschmann into Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH and Hirschmann Car Communications GmbH



Belden Inc., Saint Louis (USA), koopt Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH



Management buyout of Hirschmann Multimedia B.V. in the Benelux