Bosch Rexroth

Bosch Rexroth AG is an engineering firm based in Lohr am Main in Germany. It is the result of a merger on 1 May 2001 between Mannesmann Rexroth AG and the Automation Technology Business Unit of Robert Bosch GmbH, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH.[1] Bosch Rexroth employs over 31,000 people worldwide, and achieved total revenue of 5.4 billion euro in 2015.[2]

Bosch Rexroth AG
IndustryMobile applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory automation
Founded1 May 2001
Key people
Rolf Najork
Chairman of the Executive Board
ProductsHydraulics, Electric Drives & Controls, Tightening Systems, Linear Motion, Assembly Technologies
Revenue €5.5 billion (2017)
Number of employees
33,100 (2017)
ParentRobert Bosch GmbH


Rexroth in turn consisted of a number of individual brands that were the result of acquisitions. They include:

  • Indramat GmbH
  • Mannesmann AG
  • Rexroth AG
  • Hydromatik GmbH
  • Brueninghaus GmbH
  • Lohmann & Stolterfoht GmbH
  • Deutsche Star / Star Linear
  • Mecman Pneumatics
  • Uchida
  • Hägglunds

Products and markets

Bosch Rexroth's slogan is "The Drive & Control Company". It manufactures products and systems associated with the control and motion of industrial and mobile equipment.[3]

In 2017, the company announced a partnership with Trumpf and Heraeus to build servo valves using the former's TruPrint 5000 laser powder additive manufacturing machines to build a servo valve.[4]


The company has its roots in 1795, when the Rexroth family established an iron forge.[5] Milestones include:

1795The Rexroth family, with roots in the Spessart region of Germany, acquires the Höllhammer, a water-driven forge in the valley of the Elsava in what is now Heimbuchenthal, Germany.
1850The company acquires the Steinschen iron foundry in Lohr am Main, Germany. Established transportation connections via rail and inland ship.
1930Development of a new Cupola furnace
1945Reestablishment after the end of World War II with the manufacture of cookware, pans, and irons, later also butcher machinery.
1952Start of production of standardized hydraulic components.
1965Acquired Indramat GmbH (Neuwied am Rhein), moving it to Lohr am Main. This expanded the product offering to include electric control technology.
1968Mannesmann AG invests in Rexroth.
1972Acquisition of Hydromatik GmbH (Elchingen, Germany), a supplier of hydraulic axial piston pumps and motors.
1976Rexroth becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Mannesmann AG. Acquisition of Brueninghaus GmbH (Horb am Neckar), and supplier of hydraulic axial piston pumps and motors.
1977Acquisition of Lohmann & Stolterfoht GmbH (Witten, Germany), a gearing and coupling supplier.
1987Acquisition of Deutsche Star GmbH (Schweinfurt, Germany), a supplier of linear technology.
1989Expansion into the business area of Pneumatics through Rexroth Pneumatik GmbH (Hannover, Germany).
1998Transformation of Mannesmann Rexroth GmbH into a stock corporation.
2000Acquisition of REFU elektronik GmbH (Metzingen, Germany), a frequency converter manufacturer.
2001Spin off of the Automation Technology group of Robert Bosch GmbH & merger with Mannesmann Rexroth AG, forming a new company called Bosch Rexroth AG.
2005Acquisition of Oil Control Group consisting of Oil Control, EDI System, Oleodinamica LC, Oil Sistem, and TARP.
2008Merger of the mobile and industrial service groups into a new product group "Service Hydraulics“.
2011Acquisition of Hägglunds AB.


  1. "Bosch Rexroth history". Retrieved 2009-11-22.
  2. "Bosch Rexroth Facts and Figures". Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  3. "Bosch Rexroth Products". Retrieved 2009-11-22.
  4. Ltd, SPIE Europe. "Trumpf makes additive play with triple-laser fusion system for metals". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  5. "Bosch Rexroth history" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-11-22.
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