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In 1956 Johann Felder Jnr. together with his wife Gertraud founded the company from his workshop located at his parents' house in Absam, Tyrol. In the same year they were already presenting the first Felder woodworking machines at trade fairs in Vienna and Innsbruck.
In 1958 due to lack of supply of cast iron components a foundry was setup in the garden of the house.
The ever increasing level of production meant that the company had to make their first move. Salzburgstraße 26 in Absam was to become the new location of the machine manufacturer. In 1962 the first Felder exports went to Switzerland and just one year later the breakthrough was achieved with the first series production, the legendary BU 4 combination machine.
In 1965 the production capacity was increased further with the purchase of Felder's first milling centre. With the upgraded BU 5, Felder ventured successfully into the German market. The BU 6, BU 7 and BU 8 series became established in the international market and the numerous patents ensured the developmental edge of Felder machines.
In 1970 Felder introduced the new heavy duty FELDER HT combination machine series to the market. The series proved to be very successful especially in the carpentry segment.
In 1975 an automatic electric furnace was integrated into the 170 m² foundry. 2 years later the moving of the machine assembly into a new building was the next step in the expansion of the company.
In 1979 Felder took the step into CNC technology and installed their first CNC milling centre. This was one of the last investments to be made in the Absam location.
Expansion and Internationalisation
Success requires expansion and at the location in Absam this was no longer possible. It was for this reason that in 1982 the company moved once again this time with 65 employees to the new headquarters in Hall in Tirol, where the company is still present to this day.
In 1988 Johann Felder founded FELDER Scandinavia in Stockholm, the first Felder subsidiary of the now worldwide present Felder-Group. In Austria and Germany, the new Felder sales concept was introduced: only a few selected partners would be authorised to sell Felder products.
The BF 3 and BF 4 machine series proved to be very succesful and in 1988 the next wave of investments were required: a new hall was built, with enough space for Felder's first laser machines, welding robots and horizontal processing centres.
From a specialist for combination machines to a professional complete supplier
With the new production possibilities the next Felder milestone came in 1990. The worlds first combination machine with a sliding table "made by Felder" was presented. The position of market leader in combination machines was strengthened with the launch of the BF 6 range. Simultaneously Felder released the first solo machines for professional use in the industrial range. It was also in this segment that within a short period of time the K6 panel saw celebrated its breakthrough onto the international market.
The machine manufacturer Felder evolved from a combination machines specialist to complete provider of professional woodworking machinery for trade, business and industry.
In 1993 Felder opened its new EURO logistics centre which was pioneering in its branch and founded the first Felder branch office. The office in Upper Austria opened its doors in 1995.
Moving into the next millenium with Hammer and Format-4
In 1997 Felder brought the new brand Hammer to life and it soon asserted itself with high quality yet affordable woodworking machines proving highly successful against cheap products from the Far East. The success enabled further expansion of production and assembly in 1999. The new assembly hall No.2 increased the capacity by 30 percent.
In 2001 a further brand was introduced: Format-4, the premium brand for the highest requirements in business and industry completed the product range of the Felder-Group in the professional segment. In the years to follow the product range was expanded to include CNC processing centres, edgebanders, beam saws and heated veneer presses.
The new FORMAT-4 models were awarded internationally recognised design awards such as the Adolf-Loos-Prize in 2004 and the IF-Design-Award in 2003 and 2009. In just a short time the machines were convincing professional users in business and industry.
The FELDER KG becomes a global player as a family company
In 2000 the company 'Johann Felder' changed from being a registered sole trader to a limited partnership with Johann's wife Gertraud, daughter Elisabeth and sons Hansjörg and Martin Felder all having a share of the family company, FELDER KG.
At the start of the new millenium the new powder coating facility was built and put into operation. Once the 80 percent export limit was reached a new logistics centre was required and in 2005 after just 8 months construction, the new building was opened. In 2007 assembly hall 7 and roofed area 4.5 were extended, increasing the production facility further by another 11,300 m².
In 2009 the first CNC machines and edgebanders to be completely developed and built in Hall i.T. left the production line and were presented at the newly built showroom and technology centre Tirol.
In 2012 the Felder-Group caused a sensation in the planing machine market with the introduction of the revolutionary Silent-Power® spiral cutterblock, underlining their innovative strength.
Today the Felder Group has around 400 employees at the company's headquarters in Hall and is classed as one of the worldwide leading suppliers of woodworking machines for hobby, business and industry. There are more than 200 sales centres in 72 countries selling over 150 models from the Hammer, Felder and Format-4 brands.