1989

Meeting on 1 July 1989, Otmar Seelmann, Winfried Häring and Johannes Lehr decided to start their own business concentrating on the automation of grinding and polishing processes. During the late 1980s all grinding and polishing-related activities were time-consuming and cost-intensive procedures which increasingly failed to satisfy a number of health and safety-related standards and prescriptions. The need for automated solutions was great. 1

Our first customer came from Italy. The grinding and polishing processes for office chair pedestals were extremely laborious and time-consuming. SHL automatic surface grinding and polishing with industrial robots and technically complex stations in combination with space-saving travel-ways revolutionized the branch. We had set a milestone. 2

Our first act was to rent the empty production hall of a former turning shop. The premises appeared to be ideal for the production of grinding and polishing plant with integrated industrial robots. During the late 1980s, with its low level of automation, all grinding and polishing-related activities were extremely laborious and cost-intensive procedures which increasingly failed to satisfy a number of health and safety-related standards and prescriptions. 3

Together with a further two employees, from day one, the founding members of SHL provided complete project management for automated grinding and polishing processes. 4