OUR HISTORY

About us

As a family owned and run business, the Dietze Group has been serving the lighting and electronic industries for almost a century. Over time, new technologies and business areas such as glass-to-metal sealing and stamping have been added to provide a more complete spectrum of interconnecting solutions to our customers. 2021 will be a landmark year for us as we will celebrate our 100th year anniversary. Explore our rich history and follow us in our footsteps, from 1921 to today.


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THE PIONEER YEARS

Our history begins in 1921 with the establishment of our company Brückner & Dietze in Coburg Germany by Bruno Dietze and his partner Gustav Brückner. They developed and built production equipment for the lighting industry ranging from filament winding machines to complete lamp assembly lines.




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PIVOT TO LEAD WIRES

Bruno Dietze separated from his partner and concentrated on the lead wire business. Operations included factories in Vienna, Paris, Turin and London.




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FOUNDATION OF ELDUR AG

Eldur AG in Maienfeld/Switzerland was started by Dr. Wolfgang Dietze, leading the firm in the second generation. The Swiss company initially focused on silicon-glass diode lead wires and lighting products. Nowadays the location also serves as the Headquarter of the Dietze Group.






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ENTERING THE CONNECTOR INDUSTRY

Werner Dietze, managing the company in the third generation identifies the rising demand for connectors and acquires Elbik GmbH. Connector products are nowadays a core pillar of the Dietze group and widely used in the automotive industry.




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EXPANSION INTO THE US

To better serve the growing American lighting markets, Eldur Corporation was incorporated in Bangor, Maine.




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A FAMILY BUSINESS UNDER CHANGE

Fierce competition develops in the semiconductor industry. Big corporations shift their production to Asia. In order to meet their demands Shanghai Eldur Electronic Components Co starts up high volume operation for welded diodes leads and stamped SMD terminals.




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EXPANSION IN EUROPE

Eldur Slovakia k.s. is established in Nesvady to support the Dietze Group for the lighting market. Nowadays the location also serves as a manufacturing plant for glass-to-metal sealing products.




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CREATING SHARED VALUE

As traditional lightning business is undergoing changes and replacement technologies are emerging, the company is looking for new opportunities. The group acquires GMV Glass to Metal Seals Company and starts to invests into the glass-to-metal technology. Producing high precision hermetic sealing solutions is developing into the third main pillar of the family business.




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EXPANDING OUR CONNECTOR COMMITMENT

Kasperzik Werkzeugbau, which has specialized in component manufacturing for stamping tools since 1982, is acquired by the Dietze Group to help enhance our know-how and capabilities in the stamping area.