The years 1970 – 1979

The third generation

On 1st October 1972, the company was converted into a limited liability company (GmbH). “Wilhelm Harting Werk für Elektrotechnik und Mechanik GmbH“ was the new name.

Ever since the 1970s, production of PCB connectors has been in full swing. In the middle of that decade, production and sale of jukeboxes ended, and the company focused on cigarette vending machines for indoor use and on connectors.

In 1979, a 50,000 sq. m site was acquired on the Espelkamp North Industrial Estate and, after drawing up a general development plan, the first construction stage of Plant 2 was completed. A further 53,500 sq. m were added later.

In the same year, the company was renamed “HARTING Elektronik GmbH“.

On 1st January 1979, the first European subsidiary was established in France, to be followed by others in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Dresden, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Spain, the Czech Republic, Taiwan and the USA.

In the same year, HARTING became involved in the development and manufacture of components for fibre optic transmission systems with polymer fibres in machine control units. This marked the beginning of HARTING's investment in yet another innovation.