About us

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We are committed to improving people's lives through design and development providing products with movements for a better world

1968

Foundation of OBE

In 1968, a small group of Basque businessmen located in Aizarnazabal and with limited means began their activity of developing and manufacturing mechanisms also aimed at the furniture sector. They created OBE.

1978

Heinze

Sale of shares to Heinze, world inventor of the 4 axes hidden hinge.

1983

Hettich

Heinze is bought by the multinational and consequently also by OBE.

1993

Hettich Iberia

Foundation of the Group's product marketing company in Spain.

Hobetzen: Large project-oriented to Participation and Continuous Improvement, with numerous Team activities and Proposals for Improvement.

1998-2003

ISO 9001 and EMAS

Obtaining of the Quality Certification, together with the creation of the first R&D Environmental certification, being among the first 20 in the ACBC register.

2005

Open Innovation

Exercises with clients oriented to the ideation of products in co-creation.

2006

Automotive Incursion

Introduction in new market through HDS Incursion in the automotive industry by developing the available profiling resources.

First company guide with four rolling tracks.

2012-2015

People

Emotions: It starts with Building Our Future, guiding the organization to people.

Entrepreneurship: Intensification of activities to the organization by teams and the Entrepreneurship.

Matrix: Process orientation project, creation of Custo Teams and Project Teams.

Today

Furniture, White Goods and Automotive Industry.

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1968

Foundation of OBE

In 1968, a small group of Basque businessmen located in Aizarnazabal and with limited means began their activity of developing and manufacturing mechanisms also aimed at the furniture sector. They created OBE.

1978

Heinze

Sale of shares to Heinze, world inventor of the 4 axes hidden hinge.

1983

Hettich

Heinze is bought by the multinational and consequently also by OBE.

1993

Hettich Iberia

Foundation of the Group's product marketing company in Spain.

Hobetzen: Large project-oriented to Participation and Continuous Improvement, with numerous Team activities and Proposals for Improvement.

1998-2003

ISO 9001 and EMAS

Obtaining of the Quality Certification, together with the creation of the first R&D Environmental certification, being among the first 20 in the ACBC register.

2005

Open Innovation

Exercises with clients oriented to the ideation of products in co-creation.

2006

Automotive Incursion

Introduction in new market through HDS Incursion in the automotive industry by developing the available profiling resources.

First company guide with four rolling tracks.

2012-2015

People

Emotions: It starts with Building Our Future, guiding the organization to people.

Entrepreneurship: Intensification of activities to the organization by teams and the Entrepreneurship.

Matrix: Process orientation project, creation of Custo Teams and Project Teams.

Today

Furniture, White Goods and Automotive Industry.

Sustainability and environmental protection

Maintaining our environment for future generations is a real business commitment for us

Integrating the environmental policy in the management strategy of the company, always taking into account the environmental conditions when making any decision in all the different activities and services that we develop for our clients.

Preserving the environment, making our mission compatible with the basic premise of protecting the environment and natural resources in a process of continuous improvement.

Comply not only with environmental regulations but also with voluntary commitments that are acquired, working to achieve the highest levels of environmental protection.

Involve all workers in the need to protect and preserve the environment in their daily activities.

Download our EMAS Environmental Statement 2019

Global player

  • OBE kinematics R&D&I center is the kinematics & user experience expert for AUT inside Hettich network.

  • OBE Kinematics integrated with 4 Development HUBs.

  • Hettich Paul Hettich (Germany) – Runners (concealed) for drawers.
    Hettich Oni (Germany) – Hinges for cabinets.
    Hettich Heinze (Germany) – Sliding and folding doors systems.
    Hettich USA (EEUU) – High Load Capacity runners (unconcealed).
    Hettich China – High Load Capacity runners (unconcealed).

  • Hettich Management Service (Germany) – Digital simulation.
    Hettich Czech Republic - Die-cast steel, zamak.
    Hettich Castwerk (Germany) – Magnesium and thixomolding injection molding.
    Hettich Druck – Plastic injection.
    Hettich Paul Hettich – Technology and specialty in profiling.
    Hettich Maschinen Technik (Germany) – ASS Technology - Machine Design.

We are committed to improving people's lives through design and development providing products with movements for a better world

A business provider who can be trusted

39 Locations worldwide
100 Agencies worldwide
1,1 B Turnover in 2019
6.700 Members of staff worldwide

Our team

With talent and rigor our interdisciplinary teams confront complex problems to design new and better ways.

Join OBE

It's the OBE Kinematics team that makes us truly unique. Building solutions that solve core functional and ergonomic challenges requires a diverse mix of talent and perspectives.

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