The SIMON GROUP of companies, headquartered in Aichhalden near Schramberg, employs around 750 people. Since 1992, its companies have been subsidiaries of INDUS Holding AG. In addition to its main plant in Aichhalden, BETEK operates a production facility in Taicang, China, as well as a sales office in the United States. The SIMON GROUP has an injection moulding plant in Rickenbach, Switzerland.
These three group companies are organised within six business areas which operate on the market both independently and in tandem.
Our production processes within the areas of sintering and carbide technologies, plastic injection moulding, galvanised finishing and assembly, in combination with our effective in-house tooling and materials laboratory, ensure that we are able to provide competitive and technologically excellent products.
Within the corporate group, the company BETEK produces wear tools and solutions for machines and facilities for applications in mining, road construction, foundation engineering, recycling and agriculture. The company SITEK produces studs for tyres and other similar application areas as well as carbide tools and powders. The company Karl Simon is divided into the business areas of Kinetics, Sinterlutions, Tooling and Systems. SIMON Kinetics manufactures dampening systems such as drawer dampers, retraction systems, and other functional components for the furniture industry. SIMON Sinterlutions produces formed series components made of metal powder for the automotive industry, for power tools, and for machine and systems construction. The SIMON Systems area plans and produces high-quality decorative automotive interior components.
Many of our new and ongoing product developments are created in close collaboration with customers. Numerous patents attest to the great innovative strength of our individual companies and business areas. Our products are first developed with the support of highly modern technologies such as FEM, Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and rapid prototyping before subsequently entering into series production. Products from all of these areas distinguish themselves through their excellent quality - bearing the mark ‘High tech, Made in Germany’.
1925: Karl Simon Jr. founds the company. Components for the clock-making industry are electroplated.
1967: Carbide manufacturing added to SIMON portfolio.
1972: SIMON founds its own sintering technology company.
1981: The company BETEK for mining and carbide technology is founded.
1989: SITEK is founded as a manufacturer of studs, cutting tools and carbide powder.
1992: The SIMON GROUP comes under the ownership of INDUS Holding AG, Bergisch Gladbach.
1995 - 2007: The production areas are continuously expanded.
2008: The corporate group achieves revenues of 150 million euros, employing around 450 staffers, and expands further.
2009: New building constructed for Tooling in Aichhalden. Employees from the Tooling department move into the new facility, which boasts a total area of 2,400 m². The SIMON Systems corporate area founded as a profit centre.
2010: The corporate group achieves 170 million euro in revenue, employing 480 staffers.
2011: Expansion of carbide production is planned for BETEK.
The restructuring of the BETEK company into BETEK GmbH und Co. KG is completed by April. Major systems investments and modernisation measures in the Sintering Technology and Electroplating areas are also carried out.
2012: The Electroplating area invests in a new large-scale system for plastic finishing.
2013: At the beginning of the year, Managing Director Karl Kammerer announces he will be leaving the company by year’s end due to health reasons. Dr. Frank Thiele succeeds him on 1 October 2013.
2014: SITEK celebrates its 25-year anniversary.
2015: Production expansion planned for BETEK is also extended to include the SIMON GROUP. The groundbreaking ceremony for two new factory halls takes place in March 2015. The BETEK factory hall and office wing is inaugurated in August with a summer festival for the SIMON GROUP. At the same time, the company adds a logistics hall for the area of SIMON Kinetics. Both new halls commence operations in autumn of 2015. Meanwhile, BETEK plans to commence tooling operations in China with the aim of serving the local markets.
2016: At the end of June, a festive ceremony marks the opening of the new BETEK manufacturing plant near Shanghai.
The SIMON GROUP undertakes to be a good and reliable partner towards its customers, suppliers, employees, agencies, neighbors, and the environment. The SIMON GROUP maintains open and direct communication.
Specifically, this means: we strive to engage in long-term relationships with our customers, suppliers, agencies, and neighbors that are based on partnership.
- We maintain open and direct communication
- We work to adhere to all relevant laws and requirements
- We continuously improve our integrated management system, including the processes and products that result from it, providing the resources you need.
- The zero error strategy governs our actions and our thoughts.
- We avoid trash, emissions, and waste whenever possible
- We use raw materials and energy in an economical manner and protect our resources, taking advantage of energy efficient solutions and services.
- We consistently and sustainably correct disruptions to the product and process
- We sell high-quality products because we want to satisfy our customers.
- We all contribute to securing our company’s future and maintaining our jobs.
- We think and act in awareness of quality, environmental, and energy factors
- We want to be the best in class
These points are all part of our corporate goals, and are also subject to ongoing improvement to achieve better profitability and economical corporate development.
Management believes it has a duty to question existing processes while developing forward-thinking solutions through ongoing improvement.
Adhering to all relevant laws and specifications is a matter of course in the SIMON GROUP.
Management at the SIMON GROUP is committed to providing all the support necessary to ensure that this will be realized.
Dr.-Ing. Marc Siemer
Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Hilgert
Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Hilgert
Dr.-Ing. Marc Siemer
Along with conducting detailed analyses on the delivered raw materials, essential steps for quality assurance also include testing the company’s own powder blends and granulates as well as inspecting semi- and finished products and sintered components. The numerous tasks that constitute the quality assurance process include measuring hardness, determining magnetic values and identifying the carbon content.
Our laboratory is equipped with highly modern machinery such as an ICP spectrometer for elemental analysis, a variety of optical microscopes to assess microstructures, a scanning electron microscope with up to 10,000 x magnification, a laboratory attritor for process and product development, a rotary evaporator, and laboratory furnaces for series production sintering.
Tests for density, flexural strength and wear - especially for carbides of different qualities - are a part of our comprehensive testing program.
Based on the pillars of our corporate principles, we want our products and services to satisfy our customers and help them succeed. Our products and services stand out for their quality, performance, technical advancements, and for providing the best possible economic efficiency.
Working on the basis of the pillars represented by our corporate principles, our aim is to satisfy our customers and help them to succeed by providing products and services marked by high quality, performance, technical advances and the greatest possible economic benefits.
The quality management system outlined in our quality management handbook is based on the standards ISO 9001 and according to IATF 16949 and it is binding for the entire SIMON GROUP. We focus all of our processes on establishing the best possible, longest-lasting relationships with our customers, which we combine with our drive to constantly improve.
Ensuring that our employees remain highly motivated is one of the main pillars in this regard. Besides possessing professional expertise, social considerations are also playing an ever more important role. Independent and entrepreneurial employees are a key factor to achieving high quality products and services.
Our suppliers entail another essential element within our overall processes, helping us to satisfy the quality requirements and demands of our customers. Being selective in choosing suppliers, developing their capacities when needed, and integrating them within our processes early on are therefore crucial tasks.
Our highest quality aim is: Striving towards ‘zero errors’.
We intend to meet this challenge by successfully applying the quality policy reflected in our corporate principles.
We are conscious of our responsibility to the environment in how we use and handle energy as well as raw and auxiliary materials. With this goal in mind, we use a system of active environmental management to ensure that both we and future generations may enjoy an unspoilt environment.
The planning processes and actions carried out by all of our employees are oriented towards a responsibility to the environment. As in all other areas at our company, our actions and approaches aim to achieve constant improvements. For us, environmentally conscious planning and action means that all of the decisions and activities we take which have may have an impact on the environment remain in line with legal and regulatory requirements and focus on the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle and discuss.
Along with designing environmentally friendly products and processes, we also consider our energy consumption. We implement a systematic and structured approach, take advantage of energy efficient technologies and make use of renewable energies in our endeavour to continuously enhance our energy-related services.
We are continuously improving our environmental management system, which is based on ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. This is all guided by our environmental policy which represents a fixed component of our corporate principles.
Occupational and health protection
Adhering to the occupational protection subjects and the health of our employees are important components of our corporate culture.
We therefore systematically work on the improvement of working conditions with a focus on safety and health. The occupational protection management system (OPMS) according to OHSAS 18001 significantly contributes to this. The consistent use of the OPMS helps in preventing workplace accidents, work-related injuries and illnesses, and generally in protecting and improving the health of the employees at the workplace.