Hartmetall Estech AG...
... Your independent partner

At the focus of our work is on the high desires and requirements of our clients. For them, we do not want to be only a supplier, above all we also want to be their partner. In all areas where good carbides are the better solution. Our comprehensive range of types covers all needs in all areas of application very well. The best type of carbide for every operation. This ensures that we can always jointly guarantee the best result.

... As an independent partner we are not our clients competitor.
... Our Carbide products are manufactured in an environmentally friendly manner.

Manager Director

Manfred Sackermann

Managing Director

Stefan Weiwadel

Member of the Management Board
Head of Sales

Volker Willing

Member of the Management Board
Head of Production

Dr. Stephanie Wagner

Member of the Management Board Metallurgy / R & D / PQM

Fabian Muff

Member of the Management Board
Head of Finance / Conrolling / Administration

Mäggie Fries

Assistance Managing + Sales Director
Head of Marketing / Advertising

Vision Statement

Our success depends on the success of our clients
Therefore, we do everything to support and satisfy them. We deliver the desired quality at the desired time.

Low costs make us successful
Therefore, wie refrain from unnecessary extras, and work efficiently and well as a team.

Our suppliers are our partners we can rely on
Therefore, we maintain open and trusting communication with them.

Our attitude determines our seccess
Therefore, we apply high standards to our services and the quality of our products.

We care about environment, because we havel long-term goals
Therefore, we use natural resources sparingly and do not waste any energy or raw materials, and we do not contaminate the environment.

We want to become even better to secure the future of our group
Therefore, we continuously optimise our operational procedures and processes.

Our members of staff are the foundation of our success
Therefore, we treat them respectfully, and they also treat each other with respect. Safety at work and protecting the health of our staff is very important to us.

We are responsible for society
Therefore, we pledge ourselves to Switzerland as the location of our production site, we invest into it and train our apprentices here. We are actively committed to the society we live and work in.


2018 Estech Group owns 100% of the shares
Change of shareholders` structure within Hartmetall Estech AG. The Estech Group owns 100% of the Shares. All Swiss clients are served again directly from Hartmetall Estech AG in Hitzkirch.

2017 Start-up of the new Sinter HIP Facility
The investment made in 2016 into a new Sinter-HIP facility with a value of approx. 1 million CHF is installed in August 2017.

2016 Sales organisation in India
Founding the sales organisation Hartmetall Estech India with its domicile in Pune

2013 Estech Group
The ESTECH Group, Seon, as the majority shareholder, and WMC Sinterstar AG, Lotzwil, as well as iepco ag, Höri have as of now taken over the production facilities, the market activities and the staff of Hartmetall AG, Hitzkirch. Now the company trades under the name HARTMETALL ESTECH AG. This step creates a solid basis for the future.

2008 Commissioning of spray drying / wet grinding
A new production technology on water basis is introduced instead of the former chemical production method. The spray dryer is the core of the operational and capacity expansion, which is commissioned in 2008.

2007 Groundbreaking
Construction of an annex for the new spray dryer. With the groundbreaking for the fourth construction phase in the summer of 2007, the foundation is laid for a future-oriented and environmentally friendly production process.

2003 Sales organisation in Italy
Foundation of the first sales organisation abroad with the name Hartmetall Italia srl. domiciled in the province of Bergamo (Northern Italy).

2002 Environmental certificate
Apart from ISO EN 9001 the company is also awarded the ISO EN 14001.

2001 Completion
Extension building. The extension building with a total surface of 4000 m² of additional production space is completed and commissioned.

2000 Groundbreaking
With the groundbreaking in December 2000 the foundation is laid for the third construction phase. For the time being the largest single investment in the history of Hartmetall AG.

1999 Plot purchase and extension
Thanks to the dynamic development of the entire company, it has by now reached its capacity limit. New plans are made. The company bought a building plot with a size of 5000 m² on the north side of the existing building. First ISO EN 9001 certificate of the company

1978 Completion of the second manufacturing hall
Already five years after the new production site was commissioned, it became necessary to build an extension in 1978.

1973 Beginning of production in the Hitzkirch
Already in 1973, the new manufacturing and administrative building was completed, and the merging of the former production sites in Aarau and Adliswil took place. The expansion of the production went hand-in-hand with the expansion of the range of production, the intensification of the sales activities, as well as the target-oriented opening of new export markets all over the world. This started a dynamic development process.

1972 Location search and company merger
Search for a suitable location to set up new manufacturing and administrative building. The new location was found in Hitzkirch in a beautiful valley with a lake in the Canton of Lucerne. The two companies Carduro AG and Sintermetall AG were merged to become Hartmetall AG. The objective: Bundling competences and the use of synergies to create optimum conditions under one roof together and to lead the company to success and a promising international focus.

1941 Start of carbide production
The origins of Hartmetall AG reach back to the 1940s. The start of carbide production in two separate commercial enterprises with two different owners: Carduro AG Aarau (trademark carduro) and Sintermetall AG Adliswil (trademark radiamant)