Schwerte has been a traditional location of the iron and metal industry for centuries. Where individual chain links used to be made by hand in home forges in the past, sling chains are nowadays automatically produced from high-performance materials by robot-based automation systems in the production halls of JDT.
Johann-Dietrich Theile has a water wheel built in the small village Villigst by a creek (Elsebach) stream with a chain roller for polishing chains. He conglomerates the regional home chain forges.
Fritz Theile sr. (1827–1910) takes over the company, which has a firm customer base and excellent reputation by now. In-house production and trade are enlivened and expanded.
Fritz Theile jr. (1855–1919) creates the foundation of today's chain factory with the factory-style roduction of ship chains and lifting chains. The forge area is expanded and modernized.
Automatic mining chain manufacturing
Wilhelm Hidding (1885–1959) is the son-in-law of the last owner to bear the name Theile. JDT is further developed and expanded under his leadership. Particularly after 1945, there is a substantial involvement in the mechanization of mining.
Jürgen Hidding (1925–2005) takes over one of the most advanced chain factories in Europe. He sees his main task in the development of new markets. The fondation stone for global expansion is laid. This also leads to a structural extension of the company's administration building, forge and mechanical processing space.
Chain connector for mining chain
Jan-Dirk Hidding is managing the company today. Under his leadership, the company is undergoing its decisive expansion into a globally leading supplier of mining and industrial chains. The focus is on the product development as much as on modernizing the systems and automation in the production department.
TAWGK Attachment point with ball bearing
Grade 10 "ENORM 10"
Short Studs against anchorage
TP Attachment Point with fundamentally improved characteristics
60 mm FCC, the largest and strongest mining chain at that time
Foundation of the automation divistion JDT robotics
1st trade fair JDTrobotics / Introduction to the market.
From this point on, continuous implementation of cross-industry
solutions in automation technology.
Grade 12 „MAXNORM 12“
Lashing Equipment (Ratchet tensioner, Lashing chains, Shorteners)
Arias Fabrik für Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH "wet benches & more"
Continuous growth leads to structural expansions and new buildings of the production halls. The product and material development are being successfully advanced, and new product fields opened up.
Hidde GmbH & Co. KG Automation - Special engineering
The production area was expanded by the completion of another hall with 1200m².
M.A.W GmbH - Maschinen- und Anlagebau Westhofen