EMGR History

How it all began


The origin of the company goes back to the 19th century to Gebr. Bing AG Nürnberg, a factory for sheet metal products. After the company was purchased by Petzold AG Prague/Vienna, the company name from 1943 was C. T. Petzold AG, Stanz- und Emaillierwerke AG, Grünhain.

From 1945

After the end of the Second World War, the company was affiliated with Wismut AG, thus establishing electric motor production for mining equipment at the present site.

March 1, 1951

On March 1, 1951, VEB Elektromotorenwerk Grünhain was founded and from then on belonged to the state-owned VEM group of companies. The plant had its customers practically on its doorstep: manufacturers of washing machines – such as the washing appliance factory in Schwarzenberg – sewing machines, lawn mowers, printing presses and stone crushing plants relied on the quality and reliability of Grünhain motors.

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From 1980

In the 1980s, more than 1,800 people were employed in Grünhain and its affiliated branch plants.


In 1993, the company was privatized. The new owner was Jürgen Zehnder, a pump manufacturer from Frankfurt/Main. The company now operated under the name Elektromotorenwerk Grünhain GmbH & Co. KG.

In addition to Elektromotorenwerk Grünhain, he established the company Standard Kabelkonfektion GmbH at the Grünhain site and also moved the headquarters of Zehnder Pumpen from Frankfurt/Main to Grünhain. Thus, the group of companies developed into one of the largest employers in the region.


Since 2007, the company has belonged to MS Industrie AG, Munich, in the course of succession planning.


At the beginning of 2009, the operational business of Standard Kabelkonfektion GmbH, consisting of the production of assembled cables, plastic injection molded parts and the assembly of control units, was integrated into Elektromotorenwerk Grünhain.


Since 2016, the company’s own subsidiary EMGR EAD with its production site in Gabrovo/Bulgaria has supplemented the global activities in drive technology. The company specializes in brake motors for the local market there.


EMGR celebrates 70 years of company anniversary