The story of Habasit

The story of Habasit

Our blog often focuses on products, techniques and maintenance tips – tools we believe will be helpful to our customers. We see each post as one more way to support the wider Habasit community, but today we will step back to take a look at where that community began.

Our founders

Fernand Habegger founded the company when he was only 25 years old, along with his future wife, Alice. Working in machine sales after World War II, he had first-hand experience of how complicated belt assembly could be. When he injured himself on a mechanical belt fastener, it was a catalyst for change. Defying convention, he began searching for new solutions for the industry, experimenting with PVC and polyamide, which were new to the market. When he and Alice registered the Habasit name shortly after World War II, they set the story in motion.

The company name

The company name is a combination of the first two letters of the founders’ surname “Habegger”, the first three letters of “Basel”, where the company was registered, while the last part is derived from synthetic material names, such as “Bakelit” (bakelite).

Over the years, Habasit has become a well-known and trusted brand in the belting industry around the world. Our ceaselessly innovative approach makes us anticipate tomorrow with curiosity and great eagerness for what’s to come. Our engineers and specialists talk constantly with our customers and partners, noting market trends and new needs, which drive the improvements and discoveries made by our R&D teams every day. A pipeline of new products is constantly tested and refined. It’s a totally future-oriented approach that has brought us to where we are today.

We’re looking forward to continuing this movement. Keep checking our blog for more in-depth support and helpful information, and of course, contact us at any time for help and information.

Are you curious to learn more about the company’s history? Check out  “The Habasit Story” video below.

 

2017 June 1  |  Posted by

Susan Dijkhuizen is a member of the Global Marketing and Communications Team. Her expertise is in online marketing, website development, and social media. She is a native Dutch speaker and fluent in English.

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