The toolmaker Georg Oehlhorn and the merchant Sally Kahn found “Neue Metallwarenfabrik Bamberg – Oehlhorn & Kahn”.
The aim of the company is to produce and sell stamped, bent and deep-drawn parts for the technical industry.
Metal closures for the perfume and cosmetics industry become the company’s “second leg” of business.
The commissioning of the first transfer press enables a considerable increase in both yield and productivity.
The export share increases to more than 50%.
The first patent is filed.
Sally Kahn leaves the company due to political reprisals. His place is taken by Walter Woelz. The company now operates under the name of “Neue Metallwarenfabrik Oehlhorn & Woelz”.
The focus is on the manufacture of metal parts “of importance to the war”.
After the war and making amends to the Kahn family the corporate structure is rearranged. With reference to the names of the two founders the company now operates under the name of “OEKAMETALL”.
The focus of the product portfolio is on components for the electrotechnical industry and on packaging components for the cosmetics industry.
The design and toolmaking capacities are continually expanded and enable the continuous further development of deep drawing technology on transfer presses and by means of progressive die processes.
The introduction and expansion of injection molding and new surface finishing methods provide for increasing sales in the field of cosmetic packaging.
The use of stainless deep-drawn steels, along with increasing tool and part precision, enables the company to gain an increasingly strong foothold in the automotive supplier market.
The extension of the machinery pool by presses with higher forming forces (> 600 kN / 60 t) and an increasing number of work phases allows the company to manufacture significantly larger and more complex deep-drawn parts.
The expansion of injection molding and high-quality surface finishing enable entry into the global cosmetics market.
The automotive supply industry has become OEKAMETALL’s “second leg” of business. To manufacture larger deep-drawn parts with a higher wall thickness, the company invests in a transfer press with a pressing force of 3,000 kN (300 t).
OEKAMETALL becomes OEKA. Two separate market segments are set up under the one roof of OEKA: OEKAtech (automotive supply with a focus on deep drawing technology), OEKAbeauty (cosmetic packaging with a focus on injection molding and surface finishing), and OEKAmed (injection molding components for medical devices).
GEKA GmbH (Sulzer Group), a global cosmetic packaging manufacturer, takes over OEKA with its three market fields. OEKAbeauty and OEKAmed are integrated into the structure of GEKA GmbH.
The OEKAtech segment (automotive supply) is demerged and becomes the independent company OEKA TECH Automotive GmbH.
The Munich-based investment company RCP acquires OEKA TECH Automotive GmbH and continues to operate it as an independent company. The 100-year long tradition of the company founded in 1914 can thus be continued and OEKA TECH focuses on metal forming and deep drawing technology once again.
The Associates and the Management Board agree that in-house tool making provides a significant advantage for the company’s future business development and give the green light for investments in this area.
The Quality Management department places a new 3D coordinate measurement machine into operation
Prototype manufacturing becomes an integral part of the OEKA TECH service portfolio, thus enhancing the safety and cost efficiency of the subsequent start of series production at the customer.
To respond to the increasing demand for sensor technology components, the company purchases another new transfer press with a pressing force of 1,000 kN (100 t).
The introduction of an integrated computer-based quality management system simplifies technical documentation and enhances workflow transparency.
In addition to sensor applications, the integration of our components into electric drives is playing an increasingly important role. The optimization and further development of tool technology enables us to manufacture deep-drawn parts with an extremely low wall thickness of ≤ 0.2 mm as required for this purpose. Since then, this segment has accounted for a major part of the company’s turnover.