From heritage company to a modern and innovative foundry
SHW Casting Technologies GmbH & Co. KG can look back on a long tradition. At the site in Königsbronn industrial activity
was already going on in 1365. This makes the works the oldest industrial company in Germany. The Königsbronn works
was founded by Cistercian monks. Later on, it passed into the possession of the Dukes of Württemberg and when
Friedrich I. was crowned King of Württemburg, the works became a "Royal foundry".
The first chilled casting dates back to the year 1665, rolls cast in chill-molds were first manufactured in
Königsbronn in 1832. Only three years later, in 1835, the first paper calender roll was delivered. Since that time
the Königsbronn works has specialized in this product, becoming the leader in the world market in this segment with
a market share of over 80 percent.
Over 75 000 rolls have been manufactured by chilled casting since 1835.
Even in the past, the foundries in the Ostalb region cooperated with each other. As early as 1557 the first merger
in the industry took place: Duke Christof of Württemberg brought together all smelteries in his dominion, including
the one in Königsbronn. In addition, the "iron forges" in the upper Brenztal and Kochertal (Heidenheim;
Mergelstetten, Unter- and Oberkochen) were merged together under one owner - a powerful iron manufacturing industry
In 1582 the "Iron works" in Königbronn and Itzelberg were leased to the Brenztal works. In 1598 Duke
Friedrich I. bought out the other shareholders. This united all the smelteries in the Brenztal and Kochertal belonging
to the duke and unified the management - a prerequisite for further expansion.
In 1921 yet another step was carried out in the further development: The merger of ore and coal. The Gutehoffnungshütte
(smeltery) and the State of Württemberg founded the Schwäbische Hüttenwerke. The further historical development led to
a company named SHW, which increasingly gained a reputation internationally as an automotive supplier. Subsequently the
MAN AG in Munich and the State Foundation in Baden-Württemberg held equal shares of 50 % in the company. Following the
decision of the Supervisory Board of MAN to concentrate on its core competences, activities were started in 2001 to sell
off the shares in SHW. This resulted in the opportunity or necessity to unite the foundries in Aalen-Wasseralfingen and
Königsbronn not geared to the automotive industry and spin them off as the independent SHW Casting Technologies.
Large investments have been made in all works since 2006: In Wasseralfingen the latest state-of-the-art foundry for
hand-mold casting was set up and in Königsbronn the CNC machine shop BW II was completed.
In 2015, Mr. Markus Hüter (CT Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG) took over the CT Group.
CT Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG is committed to over 650 years of tradition. This is expressed in the dedication for the
SHW CT museum in Wasseralfingen which exhibits art castings as well as supporting the
SHW-Bergkapelle brass band.
True to tradition - Modern and innovative into the future.