Corporate History

About Hönle: Dr. Hönle AG, head of Hönle Group, is one of the world’s leading suppliers for industrial UV technology. The UV specialist, who is noted on the stock exchange, develops, manufactures and distributes UV systems, UV lamps and UV measurement equipment worldwide. The systems are used in the cross-linking of photo-reactive substances, for surface sterilisation and solar simulation.

Hönle products are used in manufacturing processes in electronics, microelectronics, precision engineering and the optical industry. They are applied in the printing, automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical sectors.

For years, UV specialist Hönle has been very successful in the curing of inks and coatings. The innovative Hönle UV systems can be integrated easily into particular manufacturing processes where they achieve excellent results.

Hönle is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. Our products have the CE marking.


About the Hönle Group: The whole spectrum of irradiation, curing, bonding and sterilization ‒ profit from Hönle Group’s 40-years-experience in developing industrial UV technology. Use our specialists’ know-how for your success.

Besides the parent company Dr. Hönle AG (UV units and systems) the Hönle Group consists of the printing specialists Eltosch Grafix (UV and IR/hotair dryers, peripheral equipment for the printing industry, e.g. ink fixation and cooling) as well as the expert for web-offset printing PrintConcept.
Professionals at glass and lamp production are Raesch (custom-made quartz glass components), UV-Technik Speziallampen (lamp manufacturing, e.g. for sterilization) and Aladin (UV lamp manufacturing).

Further group members are the specialist for industrial adhesives Panacol, Panacol-USA and Eleco Panacol-EFD.

In addition to subsidiaries in China, France, Korea and the USA as well as a sales office in Italy and a sales & service office in Spain the Hönle Group relies on a dense network of sales and service partners worldwide.


Certified according to the environmental management standard ISO 14001


Hönle opens new central warehouse outside Munich with 3.600 qm
Hönle Group turnover increases to over 100 Mio. €


Mitronic GmbH merges into Dr. Hönle AG


Two further subsidiaries are added to the company group: Panacol-Korea Co., Ltd. (Korea) and Panacol_USA Inc. (formerly called: Tangent Industries Inc.), (USA-Torrington)


Merger of Eltosch Torsten Schmidt GmbH and Grafix GmbH to Eltosch Grafix GmbH


New member of the Hönle Group: Grafix GmbH
Hönle Group employs more than 500 people


Hönle acquires a majority stake in Raesch Quarz (Germany) GmbH, Ilmenau / OT Langewiesen, and in Raesch Quarz (Malta) Ltd.


Hönle acquires a majority stake in Mitronic GmbH, Wolfratshausen;
Opening of sales office Italy, Pavia;
Change of corporate form of the Dr. Hönle Resident Representative Office in Shanghai into the Hoenle UV Technology (Shanghai) Trading Ltd


Hönle acquires a majority stake in UV-Technik Speziallampen GmbH, Ilmenau/OT Wümbach


Foundation of Eltosch Inc.,USA-Illinois


Acquisition of Panacol (adhesives), PrintConcept GmbH (UV technology) and Eltosch Torsten Schmidt GmbH (UV technology)


Purchase of the customer base, trademarks and patents of Arccure Technologies GmbH, Lippstadt


Move into the new premises, D-Gräfelfing/Munich
Opening of representative Office China, Shanghai



Initial public offer / IPO (Neuer Markt segment)



Selling of Dr. K. Hönle Medizintechnik GmbH
Transformation of Dr. K. Hönle GmbH into Dr. Hönle AG


Foundation of the subsidiary Honle UV France S.a.r.l., F-Bron



Foundation of Honle UV America Inc., USA-Marlboro/Boston
Certification according to DIN ISO 9001


Foundation of Dr. K. Hönle Medizintechnik GmbH


Foundation of Dr. K. Hönle Produktions GmbH


First application of UV equipment for the curing of adhesives and plastics in the industry


Development of the first UV equipment for industrial applications


Transformation of the partnership Dr. Hönle into the private limited company Dr. K. Hönle GmbH


Foundation of the partnership Dr. Hönle for the development, manufacturing and distribution of medical equipment
Founders: Prof. Dr. Karl Hönle and Dr. Günter Schmid †