The years 2000 – 2011

New innovations

The new millennium is characterized by HARTING’s orientation as a Technology Group.

HARTING adopts an organization structure that is capable of developing solutions rapidly and flexibly.

Since 2001, seven Global Business Units and Local Subsidiaries in 32 countries worldwide have been committed to these aims and objectives. As a triad, the three Divisions - Installation Technology, Device Connectivity and Automation IT - unite the product portfolio of Connectivity & Networks, the biggest area of business.

Notable examples of products delivering increased customer benefits are the industrial Ethernet solutions, comprising RJ 45 based connectors, as well as complete cabling systems and active equipment and devices such as switches.

The company’s product portfolio now includes intelligent connectors and systems for flexible power distribution in the manufacturing area, in addition to opto-electrical connectors enabling top data transmission rates.

The extension of competencies results in the company’s involvement in micro-technologies, through to micro-packaging; in other words, the integration of microchips into products.

The spring of 2001 marks the inauguration of the impressive building in Minden designed by the Swiss star architect Mario Botta, which is home to the German sales company. At the beginning of 2002, Europe’s most modern vending machine plant was commissioned in Espelkamp-Isenstedt.

In the same year Romania is selected as a new production location. The following years, 2003 and 2004, hold new challenges for Dietmar Harting, who is elected president of DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V., German Institute for Standardization) and life-time honorary president of the electrical industry association ZVEI. Mr. Harting participates in the innovation summit, which subsequently results in the foundation of the “Partners for Innovation“ initiative, generating decisive impulses for economic growth in Germany. In October 2004 the Swiss location Biel is substantially expanded by the addition of HARTING Mitronics.

Since 2005 HARTING is also represented in India. The third generation, Philip F. W. Harting, begins his work as Managing Director Asia Pacific.

A new data processing service centre and training classrooms are being set up in the “Werk 4 B”.

At the opening ceremony of the Hanover Fair 2006 HARTING was awarded the “Hermes Award” – the international technology price of the Hanover Fair. The price was given to the passive UHF RFID Transponder HARfid LT 86 (HT). This transponder has a reading range of up to five meters. It also works on metallic or liquid objects and its field of application is the RFID in transportation and product logistics.

The VDE acknowledges Dietmar Harting’s dedication in this same year with its honorary membership.

In the year 2006 three students start their “Duales Studium im Mühlenkreis” (dual studies in the Mühlenkreis) at HARTING. They complete, besides the practice oriented study of engineering, a concurrent vocational education in mechanics.

The year 2007 was determined by the further internationalization of HARTING, as well as significant personnel and strategic settings of the company’s course.

In May, the first phase of construction of the new manufacturing plant in Sibiu (formerly Hermannstadt) Romania was completed. Since the year 2002, industrial connectors and cable assemblies for the medical, telecommunications and industrial areas have been manufactured in Romania. In addition, connection technologies and magnetic systems for the vehicle manufacturing industry are also produced at the location.

Some five months later, in the presence of numerous guests from near and far, Harting’s own manufacturing facility in Zhuhai, China, in the vicinity of Hong Kong, was inaugurated. All in all, a total investment sum of around EUR 12 million was put down. The facility is mainly geared to providing the high-growth Asian markets with direct and prompt supplies of products. HARTING has now been active in Zhuhai for a decade. Situated in a city with a population of 1.2 million citizens, the plant has a workforce of around 250 employees turning out a broad range of products.

In June, a significant step with considerable future implications was taken with the opening of the ultra-modern “Neues Ausbildungszentrum” (NAZHA, New Training Center) at the HARTING Technology Group. The new center ensures that all trade, technical and commercial trainees of the company, as well as the participants of the dual study courses will be able to learn and work under a single roof. The measure underscores HARTING’s excellent reputation and track record as company providing high-grade vocational and further training.

In November, HARTING signed a partnership agreement with Nexans Active Networking (ANS/Paris), the world market leader in the cable industry. With this step, both companies are responding to the increasing demand for intelligent solutions for industrial automation.

In April, following her studies in Bayreuth, Paris, Oxford and Berlin, and a position with an international auditing and tax consulting company, the daughter of Dietmar and Margrit Harting, Maresa W.M. Harting (master’s degree in business administration) joined the family owned and managed company as Vice President Finance, Controlling and Taxes.

At the end of 2007, Dietmar Harting, the personally liable partner of the KGaA, was elected as the new President of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). Prior to this, DIN, the German Institute for Standardization had confirmed Dietmar Harting’s further two-year tenure as DIN president.

On March 1, 2008, Philip F.W. Harting joined HARTING KGaA as Vice President Connectivity and Networks. The third generation of the family has now taken their positions in company management. Following his practical training activities and studies, Philip Harting had initially been active from September 2005 as Managing Director responsible for the development of the technology group in Asia.

A cooperation agreement promoting research and science was concluded between HARTING and the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück. This engagement was also taken with a view to the rising demand for highly qualified personnel throughout the technology group. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s potential employees,” as Dr. Michael Pütz, Vice President Personnel Commented. HARTING presents itself to the students at the university as a leading technology company, and has expanded its offerings of internships and diploma theses.

The company’s all-new training center (Neue Ausbildungszentrum HARTING (NAZHA) that was inaugurated in June in the presence of Karl Josef Laumann, North-Rhine Westphalia’s Minister for Employment, Health and Social Affairs is also geared to ensuring the consistent training, further training and long-term personnel development at HARTING.

Commenting on the EUR 2 million NAZHA center, the minister enthused: “this is a unique enrichment for the region’s education and training landscape.” At the center, all of HARTING’s apprentices and trainees undergo their vocational training as well as those students involved in dual study courses and completing their practice oriented activities at HARTING in-house. “With our all-new NAZHA center we have achieved the integration of all vocational and further training areas,” as Margrit Harting, Senior Vice President, was pleased to announce.

In April HARTING and LEONI Kerpen GmbH signed a cooperation agreement on a branch independent and application neutral cabling system for industrial applications.

The fact that HARTING has been showing its colors as an exhibiting company at the Hannover Messe without interruption since 1947, and has also made decisive contributions to the world’s largest industrial trade fair, resulted in a special distinction bestowed on Dietmar Harting: Deutsche Messe AG honored the man at the helm of the high-tech Mittelstand company with the trade fair’s medal of honor in gold.

And Margrit Harting was re-elected as Chairwoman of the Philharmonic Society of East-Westphalia-Lippe (Detmold) by the society’s members.

Dietmar Harting celebrated his 70th birthday in 2009, a year in which he and his wife, Margrit, also received two special awards. They were awarded the Federal Order of Merit, First Class, for their exceptional social commitment, and honorary citizenship of the town of Espelkamp for their commitment to the region.

Harting’s German sales company also celebrated a special award. HARTING Germany finished as one of the top two companies in its category, and picked up an award from the Ludwig Erhard Prize, which recognizes sustainable outstanding services, competitiveness and customer focus.

There were also award-winning products. Fast Track Switching, a world-first innovation, was nominated for the Hermes Award at the Hannover Trade Fair, and also won an “outstanding innovation” award from the French magazine “mesures.” Fast Track Switches provide full compatibility with the standard Ethernet for the first time, guaranteeing deterministic data transmission at field level.

Further product highlights in 2009 included new solutions for high data rates of up to 10 gigabit Ethernet. With har-speed M12, HARTING launched a completely new product family of 8-pole M12 connectors on the market. The RJ Industrial 10G enables extremely fast assembly times on-site. Ha-VIS preLink, the link before the link, is a new connection concept for high-speed data network cabling used in industrial and building applications.

HARTING aims to help young people get started on the career ladder through a special cooperation initiative. The company became involved in a support program at Waldschule High School in Espelkamp, undertaking to create 2 to 4 extra apprenticeship places each year for students completing the program. By supporting further initiatives, the Technology Group endeavors to make technical careers more appealing to young people. It targets young girls and women in particular. By signing the “Komm, mach MINT” pact, HARTING joined forces with representatives from business, science and politics to increase the share of women on mathematics, IT, science and technology courses.

In 2010 HARTING expands its international presence even more. Subsidiaries are established in Denmark, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the new Rahden plant is inaugurated, the seventh at the Ostwestfalen-Lippen location.

The company receives the "Professionelle" business award for its commitment to the advancement of women. In addition, HARTING is named winner in the "large-series production" category in the "Factory of the Year/GEO 2010" competition. The competition recognizes distinguished manufacturing companies that meet stringent evaluation criteria in the areas of efficiency, agility, quality, innovation, value creation and customer satisfaction in an exemplary manner and which demonstrate excellent three-year performance. For his outstanding contributions to national and international standards, his successful entrepreneurial vision and broad commitment to the nation and society, Dietmar Harting receives an honorary doctorate from the Leibniz Universität Hannover.

In the product area, the new Han-Yellock® connector garners rave reviews for its completely revamped design and is presented at the 2010 Hannover Messe technology trade show. The connector also receives the prestigious international iF Product Design Award 2011, with HARTING subsequently also named as one of Germany's best employers. The Great Place to Work Institute honored the technology group for its special quality and attractiveness as an employer.