1930 The EICHNER-Organisation is founded by Engelbert Eichner in Katowice/ Upper Silesia on 1 April 1930. Within a short time, the company grows in size to gain a substantial market position in Silesia. The core fields of business are organisation, wage and finance accounting as well as office machines.
1945 The order to move from Katowice and Breslau to Coburg in Upper Franconia. The transportation of the works falls victim to the Allied bombing of Dresden in February 1945.
1946 The company is rebuilt from scratch by Engelbert Eichner in Coburg, Bamberg and later in Nuremberg. Foundation of the Süddeutschen Büromöbelfabrik, the south German office furniture factory, in Creidlitz.
1949 Establishment of the office machines business by the founder of the company in Frankfurt am Main. Rapid growth up to 1959, with own sales offices and important domestic and foreign agencies. 1959 – 1966 Development and establishment of the production and the worldwide sales of EICHNER office machines.
The EICHNER group is regarded as one of the most innovative companies in the up-and-coming office machine sector in Germany, and is well known in the whole of Europe. EICHNER products are marketed in the most important industrialised countries in the world, eg Japan, Canada, Australia and the USA.
1966 The sale of the now world-renowned company to a German electro-group. 1966/1967 Concentration is focussed on the Coburg site and the development of the factory for organisational tools, where the headquarters of the EICHNER-Organisation still are today. Co-operation is made with the Kalle AG, a subsidiary of the Hoechst group, in connection with setting up the microfilm business. Furthermore, an advanced filing system for data media is developed, as well as an electronic master-control system for production control in production plants.
The growth of the company is continuous in the course of the 1970s. Expansion of own sales offices as well as professional specialist trade companies as sales partners. The name EICHNER continues to stand for innovative organisational solutions with the leading companies in the commercial sector among its many customers.
1975 EICHNER Systems Inc is founded in Itasca near Chicago for the EICHNER data organisation range by Falk-J. Eichner. Transfer of that company to the Fellowes Inc., Itasca/Illinois in 1983.
1978 – 1980 The company in Coburg is reorganised. The sons of the founder, Dr Wolf Eichner und Dipl-Kaufmann Falk-Jürgen Eichner, take over the management of the group. 1981 A subsidiary is founded, the EICHNER Datentechnik GmbH with its headquarters in Munich, and development of special comprehensive software for small and medium-sized production plants.
1990 After the German reunification, the branch in Halle is founded and the sales offices in Berlin and Halle set up.
1994 Majority stake in the Termopol AG / Slovenia, a leading manufacturer of plastic products on the Slovenian market. 1997 The acquisition of the Ozaphan microfilm business from the Kalle AG, thus becoming market leader for Diazo duplicating films. Reorganisation and separation into three business divisions: EICHNER Microfilm, EICHNER Organisation systems and EICHNER Presentation systems.
1998/1999 EICHNER Organisation KG is transformed into a GmbH & Co. KG, 2003 Operations are divided into a holding company and an operating company. Practically all Termopol shares are procured, and the company is subsequently transformed into a GmbH, the Termopol d.o.o.
2002 Acquisition of the company Techno-Film, a mail order company for the sale of various lamps for industrial and scientific applications.
2006 Acquisition of BOI-Development and renaming as the BOI-Dokutech GmbH. The company thus becoming involved in the direct sale of products for nursing documentation and organisation in hospitals and clinics.
2009 Sale of the microfilm business to the only European competitor. The sector Buchner nursing organisation for home nursing services, as well as nursing homes and homes for the elderly is acquired; thus complementing the range for this part of the healthcare market, in addition to the hospital activities of the BOI-DOKUTECH GmbH.
2011 Mr Bernd H. Kirsch, who had previously been the managing director responsible for technology, takes over the exclusive management of the company. Sales continue to be concentrated on specialist trade and mail order structures and the further development of the EICHNER brand.
The subsidiary BOI-DOKUTECH GmbH achieves a new, extended structure and magnitude. In future, the BOI company will embrace both the business area nursing documentation and organisation for hospitals and clinics as well as that for inpatient and home nursing services.
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