The HOPPECKE history from 1927 until 2009. A company makes history
1927 Foundation of the company by Carl Zoellner.
1971 Introduction of AquaGen® recombinators – a key element in the long-term operational safety of industrial batteries.
1973 Introduction of an employee profit-sharing scheme.
1976 Construction of a company smelter for lead recycling at the Brilon plant.
1983 First production of special alkaline batteries on afibre-structured basis (FNC®) in a joint enterprise with Daimler-Benzand Volkswagen (DAHO).
1984 First production of LSC-lithium primary batteries at the Otzenhausen plant.
1987 Development of maintenance free lead-acid batteries with solid electrolyte.
1993 Introduction of trak® air traction battery with electrolyte circulation – a major improvement in operating safety.
1994 Quality certification of all plants in accordance with DIN ISO 9001.
1997 DAHO transferred to 100% HOPPECKE ownership – establishment of HOPPECKE Batterie Systeme GmbH.
1998 First production of FNC®-A. A new generation oflower-maintenance and higher-performance nickel-cadmium batteries forrailway, standby and AGV (automated guided vehicle) systemapplications.
1999 Start of sales/distribution and battery assembly in Shanghai/China.
2000 Start of sales/distribution and battery assembly in Philadelphia/USA.
2000 Innovation award for HOPPECKE “vlies” (glass mat) technology.
2001 Transfer of automotive battery activities to Johnson Controls.
2002 European market launch of the low-maintenance traction battery system trak® eco.
2003 Market launch of the trak® bloc range for small traction applications and power.com for stationary applications.
2004 Introduction of FNC® cells with higher power density forstationary applications and approval of steel cells by internationalrailway customers.
2005 Market launch of low-maintenance lead-acid products for high-current applications.
2005 Market launch of trak® power premium charge battery chargers
2006 Opening of the new factory in Wuhan / China
2007 Founding of the HOPPECKE Service GmbH
2008 Company awarded a distinction as a "Top 100-Innovator"
2008 Founding of HOPPECKE Advanced Battery Technology GmbH
2009 HOPPECKE receives award “German Customer Champions 2009”