1982: The first Commodore 64 is sold, the “Time Magazine” chooses the computer as the ‘Machine of the Year’ and the company HAGE Sondermaschinenbau is founded by Gerfried Hampel in Obdach, Styria. In the style of big companies like Apple or Microsoft, which once made their first prototypes in garages, Gerfried Hampel and three employees started in an old classroom. While the company has been working exclusively in contract manufacturing for the first few years, founder Hampel already has the vision of producing special purpose machines completely independently in the future. At the end of the 1980s, the first HAGE special machines left the (newly built) factory. The production halls 2 and 3 are already being opened in the mid-nineties and the company can already supply numerous internationally renowned companies with special machines and establish the HAGEmatic product group.
From father to son(s)
Around the turn of the millennium, there is a generation change in the company: Florian and Stefan Hampel, the two sons of HAGE founder Gerfried, take over the commercial and technical management. Among them, the expansion into the North American and Asian markets takes place in 2005. The product groups HAGEcut and HAGEwood as well as the further development in the Friction Stir Welding (FSW) area also fall into the first decade of the new millennium. Just in time for the company’s 30th anniversary in 2012, HAGE can land a big deal. A Russian company orders four HAGEmatic for processing wagon components. The company’s location is also expanding: in addition to a 1,800 square meter photovoltaic system on the roof, 350 square meters are also being created for research and development.
HAGE shapes the future
The expansion was an investment that should pay off. Already in 2014, HAGE launched the HAGE3D business unit. Continuously growing sales as well as a healthy, sustainable company growth led the business unit to one of the big players in the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region. In 2018, a second location was opened in the Styrian provincial capital of Graz, and completely new standards were set with the 5-axis 3D printer.