Company - History


Reinhold Barlian   1975

Foundation of the company

Training   1978

BARTEC starts its own training

BARTEC Netherlands   1979

Realization of the idea “Europe is home“:
Foundation of BARTEC Netherlands and BARTEC France

Sales unit in the Far East   1987

First sales unit in the Far East: BARTEC in Tokio

TÜV certification   1993

TÜV certification according to DIN ISO 9000 ff.


First sales unit in America: BARTEC in Tulsa/USA

Menden, Gotteszell   1996

New BARTEC production sites in Menden und Gotteszell

Start of the LEUNA project (Turnkey project): 10 million €

Production site Slovenia   1997

New production site in Slovenia

Integration of Siemens mining   1999

Integration of Siemens mining in Menden

BARTEC Safe.t Technology   2001

Concentration of the company on the core competence safety technology
Start of the New Safe.t® strategy

Allianz Capital Partners   2002

Allianz Capital Partners, the private equity company of Allianz group joins the BARTEC group as the new majority shareholder


Take-over of business sectors of Benke Instrument & Elektro in Reinbek/Hamburg and foundation of the new business sector BARTEC BENKE

Joint-Ventures in China   2004

Foundation of the BARTEC Safe.t Academy, a platform for continuous knowledge and experience exchange between customers, partners and employees

Establishment of a joint venture in China: Development and production of new products for the safety of the Chinese mining sector

Dr. Ralf Köster   2005

30 years of BARTEC - 30 years of success in safety technology

BARTEC leadership is changing: Dr. Ralf Köster takes over the reins from BARTEC company founder

POLARIS   2006

Newly developed Panel PC series POLARIS with Wireless Communication wins several innovation awards

Largest order in company history – BARTEC sells analyzer systems with a total order value of over 15 Millionen US $ to Russia

Reinhold Barlian   2007

Mobile Computer with WLAN technology wins several innovation contests

PetroTrans Innovationspreis   2008

Swiss Private Equity firm Capvis acquires majority of BARTEC

Foundation of an own sales unit in India

BARTEC convinces the expert visitors of expo PetroTrans and wins the innovation prize awarded for the first time with its newly-developed measuring systems for fuel oil

TOP 100   2009

Awarding as one of the 100 most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany

New production facility in Shanghai/China

Acquisition of the communication and security system provider Vodec Industrial Communications Ltd. and establishment of the new business unit BARTEC VODEC


Acquisition of Technor Safe Ex AS, the Norwegian market leader of explosion-proof equipment and systems

Encyclopedia of World Market Leaders   2011

BARTEC BENKE earns two major contracts and establishes itself as the most important provider in process analysis technology

BARTEC is listed in the “Encyclopedia of World Market Leaders”

Charterhouse London   2012

BARTEC has been recognized in the group of “TOP 100” for a second time

The private equity firm Charterhouse will be the new owner of BARTEC


Acquisition of Pixavi, the world leading supplier of mobile communication devices for Ex areas


Acquisition of the company ORB, one of the leading Physical Property Analyzers companies in the world

Biggest acquisition in company's history: BARTEC acquires Italian TOP GROUP completing its portfolio


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