Milestones

Turning passion into innovation and quality: PB Swiss Tools – operating as a family-owned company since 1878. Our products are still fully developed and produced in Switzerland today.

1878

1878

Everything began in the Wasen village smithy at the heart of the Swiss Emmental.

1914

1914

Paul Baumann (PB) took over the family business that had an excellent reputation for its ironware.

1939

1939

He carried out pioneering work during the Second World War. Together with his son, Max Baumann Senior, he developed hand tools for the Swiss army.

1945

1945

After the war, the new high-quality tools became very popular in trade and industry. The first industrial building was constructed.

1953

1953

The red, transparent screwdriver handles began to be manufactured using an injection molding technique from America that was as yet unknown in Europe.

1955

1955

As one of the first employers in the region, PB Baumann introduced a staff welfare and pension scheme for its growing workforce.

1960

1960

The growing popularity of the exclusive screwdriving tools throughout Europe meant that a new factory building had to be built in the village.

1967

1967

The first hexagon keys with ball point were manufactured and an in-house electroplating shop was set up.

1970

1970

The branded products began to be sold on all five continents.

1971

1971

With the advancing automation of production and management, the first computer system was introduced.

1973

1973

A further factory building was constructed in order to cope with the increasing demand from Europe and Asia.

1978

1978

After completing his studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Max Baumann Junior started work at the company as a junior engineer.

1982

1982

As the fourth-largest company in Switzerland, PB Baumann introduced the first industrial robots into its production processes.

1987

1987

The new multicraft line of screwdrivers was introduced on the international market.

1993

1993

Successful DIN EN ISO 9001 certification

1994

1994

Striking tools began to leave the production facilities laser-marked with the serial number.

1996

1996

Eva Jaisli joined the company management.

1997

1997

Successful DIN EN ISO 14001 certification

2000

2000

With the new color-coded RainBow hexagon keys, PB Baumann set a new trend on the international tool market.

2001

2001

The new two-component SwissGrip screwdrivers began to be sold internationally.

2004

2004

The previous insulated electric screwdrivers were replaced by the new ElectroTool range.

2006

2006

The newly introduced PB Swiss Tools brand represented the successful development of the Swiss SME.

2007

2007

The first torque handle with a digital display for screwdrivers, DigiTorque, was introduced onto the market.

2011

2011

The company's presence on the market was diversified to include medical instruments: OPERACE for extracting implant screws. DIN EN ISO 13485 certification.

2013

2013

Establishment of the subsidiary PB Swiss Tools Trade Company, Shanghai, China

1877

Milestones