elobau. Your partner for machine safety, level measurement, sensors & operator controls.

A look back at history


elobau Elektrobauelemente GmbH & Co. KG is founded and develops the first magnetic proximity switch on a dry reed contact basis for hay distribution equipment.



elobau expands production by constructing its own tools with plastic moulding machines



and in the same year brings out the world’s first proximity safety switch.



A plunger operated switch based on dry reed contact for gear boxes is the first part of a new product group: vehicle components.



The existing product programme is extended with the addition of explosion proof (Ex) switches.



The introduction of elobau’s first FNR is a significant step in the company’s relationship with the industrial vehicle industry, and enables elobau to increase its share of the market. It is a milestone in the development of the joystick programme.



The introduction of hygienic sensors to the Machine Safety programme provides the food industry with higher quality products.



elobau confirms the reliability of reed technology with the introduction of their first contactless joystick and new suction pipe.




New on the market: the first mercury-free tilt switch.


In machine safety product group, a new family of safety control units is introduced with the 470 series.



The release of the machine safety ‘Design’ sensor marks the change from pure functionality to aesthetic design.



A new tilt sensor in an innovative housing with analogue and digital outputs expands the product family.



The miniature joystick is added.



elobau continues its expansion: a second production plant and a new office building increase capacity in Leutkirch.



Introduction of the nano push button switch on reed-contact basis.



The 36.G fully illuminated joystick handle with integrated CAN electronics sets new standards in the area of operator controls.



The eloFlex flexible control unit offers customisable configuration of inputs and outputs via software.



The J1 Fingertip joystick with optional third axis using Hall-based technology is introduced by elobau.



A milestone in the history of elobau: company and production operate in a carbon-neutral manner. Environmental audit in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14001:2009.


elobau develops the 424CO CAN-capable angle sensor with CANopen protocol in accordance with ISO 11898.


eloProg is the first modular safety solution with integrated function modules on the market.


For the third year in a row, elobau receives the Great Place to Work® award. For the first time, elobau also qualifies for Great Place to Work® Europe in 23rd place.


elobau’s management team is expanded. Mr. Dietmar Weik joins as second executive director with responsibility for Sales, Marketing and Business Development worldwide.


Out of 38 participating companies, elobau is awarded the PROM of the year award, for their ecological expansion of plant 2.


elobau expands their management again, this time for the areas of Research & Development, Production, Purchasing and Quality Assurance. Dr. Thilo Ittner joins as third executive director on 1 October 2014.


Ground-breaking ceremony marks the start of construction of the elobau logistics centre. The construction of the new energy-plus building follows the ethos of the goes-green concept.


After five years of sustainability management at elobau, elobau joins the German Sustainability Code.


elobau wins the “Energy Excellence” environmental award presented by the German state of Baden-Württemberg. The exemplary leadership shown at elobau is the winning factor. The jury was won over by the overall package: the carbon-neutral production of the products, the exclusive use of regenerative energy sources, that new buildings since 2012 are in accordance with the Energy Plus standard, and generous support of environmental projects.


With the structural expansion of the logistics centre complete, the company introduces a fully automated warehousing system for small parts.


elobau is among the 100 best employers in Europe, and is ranked at an outstanding place 22 (Great Place to Work® Europe).


An additional product expands the elobau product line. The ultrasonic fuel level sensor is successfully launched on the market.


The new eloProtectM safety sensors redefine the standard for magnetic safety sensors.


Our way to become a green company
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