Henke-Sass, Wolf GmbH

Success has a history  

The success story of Henke-Sass, Wolf began in 1921: Georg Andreas Henke founded a company in the medical technology sector. The first products were manufactured in a small basement in Tuttlingen. 

The founder, Georg Andreas Henke, leads his company with diligence and skill as a visionary entrepreneur. During the economic upswing of the 1950s, the firm develops rapidly. 

The factory building on Kronenstrasse in Tuttlingen is purchased in 1956. It remains the headquarters of Henke-Sass, Wolf until mid-2008. With his "syringe and cannula production" business concept, Georg A. Henke aims at a niche that will secure long-term steady growth. 

Georg A. Henke proves his instinct for a further future niche with his acquisition of the Berlin endoscope producer Sass-Wolf in the year 1960. A far-sighted decision! 

In 1965, Mr Henke sells the company for health reasons and the American conglomerate Litton Industries takes over management for a few years. 

The acquisition of Henke-Sass, Wolf in 1976 by today's proprietor Jochen Busch ushers in a new era. New energy is released by the Busch family's decision to realign the company's structures and consistently pursue the strategy of concentrating on the medical endoscopy sector. Further areas of today's product portfolio are also established. Consistent know-how transfer for product solutions in numerous sectors of medical technology and industry now takes its course. 

In 1987 the factory in Tuttlingen-Möhringen is opened. It contains a state-of-the-art machine park for the production of high-quality components and instruments for medical technology, especially endoscopy, veterinary products and control and measuring technology.

In 1991 the sales and service subsidiary Henke-Sass, Wolf of America is founded – representing a key step toward the establishment of an international sales and service network, and toward providing American customers with optimized service. 

In 1994 a further factory, Henke-Sass, Wolf Sp. Z o o. Polska, is founded in Poland, with the aim of fulfilling the market's economic requirements in the long term. The location in Poland is also ideal for making best use of new opportunities offered by the markets of Eastern Europe. 

With regard to technology, the acquisition in 1997 of Nolte & Grzeszik, a leading micro-optics manufacturer, adds a further field of competence, reinforcing the innovative strength of the Group. 

In 2001, in order to keep pace with growth, the factory in Tuttlingen-Möhringen is expanded. 

Henke-Sass, Wolf Medical Instruments (Qingdao) Ltd. is founded in 2006 as a production plant in China, especially for wage-intensive activities. With this production location, Henke-Sass, Wolf Service is now available in Asia as well. 

In 2008 Mr. Busch's daughters join the Managing Board, ensuring the future continuity of management. In June 2008 the new Henke-Sass, Wolf building in Tuttlingen is completed. Consolidation of the Tuttlingen factory and expansion to 15,500 sq m of production space lead to advantageous synergies in the production processes. State-of-the-art, bright workplaces and an attractive canteen have been created on the industrial estate of Gänsäcker. Henke-Sass, Wolf is certainly looking forward optimistically to the future here as far as the new building's capacity is concerned – but the exceptionally positive business development in the following soon prompts considerations about extending capacity even further. 

Nolte & Grzeszik, the micro-optical production company in the HSW Group, has grown to become one of the most important innovators in the micro-optical sector. As a 100-percent-owned subsidiary of Henke-Sass, Wolf, the company manufactures the lenses and optical components for the endoscopes. In 2015 a new building will increase production space for micro-optical production to 4,500 square meters.

The HSW group of companies gained a new member in 2015, when Henke-Sass, Wolf purchased Klaus Wenkert Medizintechnik GmbH – a strategic acquisition. Based in Seitingen-Oberflacht with 40 employees, the company is a leading OEM manufacturer of instruments in urology and gynecology – a sector for which Henke-Sass, Wolf also manufactures endoscopes.

Since September 2016 Nolte & Grzeszik, the micro-optical production company in the HSW Group, operates under the name of Henke-Sass, Wolf Mikrooptik GmbH. Furthermore the relocation from Göttingen to Nörten-Hardenberg in the new company building is completed and the 50th anniversary was celebrated.