70 years of experience

The company founded in 1946 by Dipl.-Ing. Walter
Hitzinger developed rapidly from a repair shop for destroyed electric motors and combustion engines into a major electric machine construction firm.

As early as 1955, the company placed its first synchronous alternator of its own design on the market. Unlike almost anyone else of his time, Walter Hitzinger appreciated the importance of a motivated workforce. With the incentive of social contributions, he set up a solid basis of cooperation that would lead to employee involvement in the company, the establishment of a sizeable apprentice workshop and a management board that counted employees among its members.

Visionary and organisational talent

He was simultaneously a pioneer and a visionary, an objective-focused organiser and a master of company expansion, and even worked for a number of other companies. As director general of the United Austrian Iron and Steelworks, VÖEST, he turned this nationalised concern into an industry flagship offering high social contributions at the same time as delivering increased productivity. As chairman of the management board of Daimler-Benz AG, he significantly expanded the market share of Mercedes in the then mid-size segment. Together with his “colleague” Dipl. Ing. Hans Schäcke, his original executive partner, Walter Hitzinger soon forged an institutionalised association between visionary innovation and sustained organisational development founded on the company’s greatest resource – its employees. It was not long before the focus on tailor-made solutions delivered a number of long-lasting customer relationships.

1946 to 1961

  • 1946 – Foundation of Dipl.-Ing. Hitzinger KG as business house with service workshop
  • 1948 – Dipl.-Ing. Hans Schäcke becomes partner of Dipl-Ing. Hitzinger KG & Co.
  • 1955 – First synchronous alternator of own design built with direct current exciter and mechanical down-regulator.
  • 1958 – Administration moves from Annagasse 3 to Hauptplatz 17 in Linz.
  • 1961 – Firm expands on Schererstraße with departments for windings, switchgear construction and test bay

1961 to 1975

  • 1963 – First UPS system
  • 1968 – First military mass production order of Turkish army
  • 1969 – First synchronous converter for International Atomic Energy Agency in Seibersdorf.
  • 1970 – First brushless alternator
  • 1971 – Opening of today’s company headquarters on Helmholtzstraße.
  • 1975 – Partnership with Dipl.-Ing. Schäcke separates

1975 to 1996

  • 1977 – Firm taken over by Jörg Hitzinger
  • 1980 – Firm taken over by Jörg and Christa Thewanger
  • 1981 – Conversion to Dipl. Ing. Hitzinger GmbH
  • 1993 – Change of ownership in the form of a management buy out by Hubert Platzer, Ing. Helmut Roland and Hermann Gatterbauer
  • 1996 – Company celebrates 50th anniversary with 200 employees

1996 to 2014

  • 2000 – All HITZINGER systems enjoy entirely trouble-free start to new millennium
  • 2006 – 60th anniversary
  • 2008 – HTI AG becomes majority shareholder and appoints Mag. Khinast as managing director
  • 2013 – RLB Steiermark becomes majority shareholder through Diligenta Holding GmbH
  • 2014 – In February the Dr. Aichhorn Group took over the company and appointed Mr. Werner Kordasch as new Managing Director