Richard Herbst found HEKUMA to cover the continuously growing need for insertion and removal automation units for the plastics industry. The company's name is derived from "HErbst KUnststoff MAschinen" ("Herbst Plastic Machinery)
1978 First fast robot
Development of the first fast robot, making it possible to automate the production of audio cassettes. The number of employees grows from initially 2 to 11.
1984 Our own factory building
Richard Herbst constructs the first company-owned factory building at the present-day location.
1984 First international delivery
Only 10 years after the company was founded, the first system is delivered to France. In the same year, the company installs systems in Sweden and in Holland in 1985.
1990 First complete system
HEKUMA introduces the first complete system for CD boxes to the market.
1995 First petri dish system
HEKUMA commences what will be its future market leadership in petri dish automation
1995 & 1998 Doubling the assembly area
With additions to today's Factory I, the assembly area is doubled to become more than twice its size.
1999 128 employees
With continuous growth and development, not only is the number of employees on the rise, but also the number of registered patents.
2000 elexis AG
elexis AG takes over Richard Herbst's company, who because of his age then retires a year later.
As a result of its substantial involvement in the development of the IML technology, HEKUMA is now able to specialize in applications that require high cavity quantities.
2003 Development of TIML
Based on its experience in IML, HEKUMA now successfully branches out into the field of deep drawing.
2006 ISO certification
HEKUMA becomes DIN EN ISO 9001 certified for the first time
2006 Blister decoration
HEKUMA develops and markets systems for blister decoration (Post Mold Decoration)
2006 Service in the USA
The first service technician is installed in the USA
2007 Additional factory
Further expansion after procuring a second plant in close vicinity to the main plant.
HEKUMA aims its main focus on what are today's core markets - medical, automotive technology and consumer products.
2011 Sales in China
HEKUMA opens its first sales office in Shanghai
2014 40th anniversary
HEKUMA celebrates its 40th birthday in the summer with its now 200 employees.
2018 New Headquarters
HEKUMA moves in its new headquarters with about 15.500 square meters in Hallbergmoos, Germany.