OUR HISTORY

THE SOLID BASIS FOR A GREAT FUTURE WITH YOU

Continued growth, innovative products and global expansion create a solid basis, for us as a company, for you as our customer, and for the future we share.

1900 Ernst Bucher founded the “Institute for Electrical, Optical & Mechanical Engineering” in Ravensburg with Raimund Finsterhölzl as CEO

 

1908 Raimund Finsterhölzl (RaFi) acquired ownership of the company

 

1947 New owner: Werner Raimund Finsterhölzl-Vernière (1909 – 2004), son of Raimund Finsterhölzl.  The CEO was Rolf Kreeb, a former schoolmate

 

1952 Staff: 64 employees, sales: EUR 0.8 million

 

1970 Development and production of the first RAFI keyboard

 

1982 Establishment of RAFI France

 

1983 Development and production of flat data entry systems

 

1987 RAFI joined Hoesch AG, later Krupp-Hoesch

 

1988 Establishment of RAFI Italy

 

1991 Establishment of RAFI Hungary (RAFI Hungaria KFT)

 

1993 DIN EN ISO 9001 Certification (DQS)

 

1994 RAFI re-established as a private enterprise with Albert Wasmeier as a new shareholder

 

1995 Other shareholders: Gerhard Schenk and Michael Holeczek (until 2006)

 

2002 Implementation of SAP R/3

 

2005 Establishment of RAFI Systec GmbH & Co. KG, takeover of Elcoteq Überlingen, now RAFI Eltec GmbH

 

2006 ISO/TS 16949:2002 Certification (DQS)

 

2008 Establishment of RAFI Electronics Co. Ltd., Shanghai, CHINA

 

2009 Takeover of Dekorsy GmbH i.I., now RAFI Dekotec GmbH

 

2009 Extension of the quality management system to include ISO 13485

 

2011 Certification according to ISO 14001

 

2011 Establishment of RAFI USA

 

2015 Establishment of RAFI Syscom, Mexico

 

2015 RAFI Group: 2,273 employees