Three generations, one vision
Together with seven employees, suspension pioner Fritz Bauer († 1983) established in 1968 the “Altdorfer Werkzeugbau”.
At that time, the passionate patriarch could have never thought that over 45 years later, his grandson Michael Bauer would transform the small handicraft business into an ultra-modern industrial company with over 160 employees.
But let us start with the beginning:
Since the late sixties the former “Altdorfer Werkzeugbau”, forerunner of “pass Anlagenbau GmbH” which was founded in 1982, acted as supplier for the parent company “SUSPA Federungstechnik GmbH” and manufactured moulds, assembly kits, special machines in the first instance and at particularly tools mainly for the company’s own needs.
The two companies grew and “Suspa Fertigungstechnik GmbH” had to find an additional place of location due to manpower shortage. It took over the “Metallwerk Creußen” in the peaceful city of Creußen in Upper Franconia.
Under the management of Fritz Bauer, a modern training workshop for 40 apprentices was created, owing to the absence of skilled workers and furthermore the company expanded successfully with a construction budget of approximately one million DM.
Fritz Bauer and his sons Hans-Peter and Hans Jürgen followed a vision:
Namely, to include punching and nibbling tools for numerically-controlled punching automates in the manufacturing portfolio and to develop a standard program ready for series production.
The number of employees rose to nine in 1985, then to 18 and reached preliminary 36 employees in 1995.
With the death of the senior manager Fritz Bauer in 1983, his sons took over the parent company “Suspa Compart AG” as well as the subsidiary company “pass Anlagenbau GmbH” with its two locations in Altdorf near Nuremberg and Creußen.
In 1994 Hans Jürgen Bauer retired from company “Suspa Compart AG” company and, when “pass Anlagenbau GmbH” was up for sale in 1995, the logical implication for a thoroughbred entrepreneur such as Hans Jürgen Bauer, was to overtake and expand the successful tool workshop in Creußen.
Thus, in 1995 an independent company was created:
PASS Stanztechnik AG
The company undertook the complete production and the worldwide distribution of TRUMPF, THICK TURRET and SALVAGNINI tool systems of “Suspa Compart AG”.
The Creußen employees had gained a wide experience over the years:
Since 1990 they are producing tools for the SALVAGNINI system, since 1994 for THICK TURRET and TRUMPF has already been manufactured since 1982.
After taking over the company the Bauer family decided to invest again in “PASS Stanztechnik AG” and within seven months, a new production site was built in the industrial zone of Creußen. Thanks to the energetic assistance of all employees, the relocation took place on August 2, 1996 and the company moved to its current headquarters “Am Steinkreuz 2”. During the relocation, neither production nor client services were affected.
And this was not all. Urged by the steady rising sales and the positive feedback interior and abroad, the Bauer family invested in further factory halls and the machine park was gradually upgraded.
Wire eroding machines, moulding and surface grinding machines, milling and lathe machines paved the way for one of the most modern production sites of that time.