The BERNSTEIN AG success story

BERNSTEIN AG looks back on an eventful past that is directly linked to Germany’s most recent history. The company soon made a name for itself as a manufacturer and distributor of electromechanical components for signal acquisition and pre-processing. In the course of the company’s history, BERNSTEIN has been closely involved in all of the most important technological developments to today’s industrial safety technology.

Hans-Joachim Bernstein, the eldest son of Hans Bernstein, has played a major role in shaping the company's subsequent track record of success, first as managing director of the different BERNSTEIN GmbHs and afterwards as Chairman of the Executive Board of BERNSTEIN AG. Under his management, the company "Spezialfabrik für Schaltkontakte" was developed to be today's internationally active technology group.

The family owned company is now in the third generation with Nicole and Achim Bernstein being members of the Executive Board of BERNSTEIN AG. As an experienced consultant, Gisela Bernstein also supports them on the Executive Board.


During the Weimar Republic, the Bernstein brothers Hans and Herbert founded the company "Monopol" in Leipzig that produced and manufactured low voltage products for electrical building services control systems. After the end of the Second World War, Hans Bernstein and his family moved to West Germany. He founded the company "BERNSTEIN Spezialfabrik für Schaltkontakte" in Porta Westfalica, from which the internationally known BERNSTEIN group developed.

1947 Foundation of BERNSTEIN as specialised producer of contact switches

1960 Start of the development into a group of companies consisting of several GmbHs

1970 Production work starts at Röcke

1982 Production work starts at Hartum

Hans Bernstein and his wife Ursula

1985 Foundation of the subsidiaries in France, Austria and Great Britian

1995 Foundation of the subsidiaries in Denmark, Italy, the USA and Netherlands

1996 ISO 9001 Certification awarded

1999 Centralisation of all commercial functions into BERNSTEIN AG
2001 Move to the BERNSTEIN Business Center (BBC) in Porta Westfalica

2005 Foundation of the subsidiary in China

2006 Foundation of the subsidiaries in Switzerland and Hungary

2011 Foundation of the technology centre

BERNSTEIN Business Center (BBC)

Logistics centre Hartum

2014 New logistics centre opens in Hartum

2016 ISO 14001 Certification awarded

2017 Company anniversary 70 years BERNSTEIN

2018 Division of the products into the business areas DETECT and PROTECT

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