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Balda - A success story

The history of Balda began more than a 100 years ago, as a manufacturer of cameras...

Balda - A success story

The history of Balda began more than a 100 years ago, as a manufacturer of cameras...

From the mid-20th century onwards, the company focused on processing high-performance polymer materials, and produced components and systems for mobile phones, electronics and IT products.

When Balda Medical GmbH & Co. KG was set up in 2002, Balda entered the healthcare market where it operates in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical technology fields. Since 2012, Balda has pursued a new "buy and build" strategy to consistently develop the healthcare business as the company's main pillar in the future.

The first step taken by Balda was the acquisition in late 2012 of two US firms with longstanding experience and established customer relations in the healthcare business.

 

  • 1908 – Balda founded as a camera manufacturer

  • 1952 – Focus on precision injection molding as core expertise

  • 1995 – Entry into the mobile telephony market

  • 1999 – Balda AG IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

  • 2001 – Globalization: start of activities in Asia

  • 2002 – Diversification: mobile telephony, medical, automotive

  • 2002 – Formation of the Balda Medical segment

  • 2004 – Globalization: start of activities in Eastern Europe, Latin America, India

  • 2006 – Entry into touchscreen business via investment in the TPK Holding joint venture (original Balda share: 50%)

  • 2011 – Disposal of unprofitable MobileCom segment

  • 2012 – Strategic realignment of the Balda Group, adoption of the buy-and-build strategy for growth and value enhancement

  • 2012 – Ten-year anniversary of the Balda Medical segment

  • 2012 – Sale of the majority of the remaining 16.1% investment in TPK Holding and passing on of part of the proceeds to shareholders by way of two special dividend payments

  • 2012 – Acquisition of C. Brewer Co. and HK Plastics Engineering with four sites in the USA as part of the buy-and-build strategy

  • 2013 – Further development of the Electronic Products segment into the Balda Technical segment with activities in the optics, electronics and automotive sectors

  • 2013 – Complete withdrawal from TPK Holding and sale of the remaining 2% share

  • 2016 – Stevanato Group takes over Balda Group

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