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History of Althen

History of Althen

Althen is since the beginning an innovative sensor technology company with an excellent reputation and over 40 years of expertise in the field of sensors & controls.

In the early days the company started with the development of rotary potentiometers, later industrial joysticks were added, and from there it grew into the all-round sensor specialist which Althen is today. The broad product portfolio and the ability to customize the products gives Althen the opportunity to offer the right sensor solution for any specific application. 



History of Althen


Althen and Altheris will continue under the brand name Althen Sensors & Controls

Althen history

Altheris history


Althen GmbH has changed it's green coloured corporate identity into a fresh new blue with red color.



Althen Group opens a new office in Sweden Althen AB Sensors & Controls to serve our Scandinavian customers.


Altheris BV enlarges it's office space in Leidschendam due to growth of the team. 


Althen moves to its current office in the industrial area in Kelkheim. The light-flooded building was specially built and meets all requirements for the best working conditions.



Althen Group opens a new office in USA Althen Inc Sensors & controls to serve our American and Canadian customers.



Althen GmbH and it's sister company Altheris BV decide to grow further together to have more synergies between each others strengths. 




Altheris BV is moving from it's historical location in the city center of The Hague towards a bigger and more modern office in Leidschendam.


The employees work for the success of their customers, and find a solution for any measurement problem, no matter how complex. 



Due to change of ownership in the Curton Europe Holding NV the name of the holding has been changed to Broadporte Holding NV.




Altheris opens a new operation in the south of France to serve the French market. MIDIF DBI one of the sister companies in the Curton Europe Holding NV starts a new division in sensor technology.



A big change in Althen history: Company founder Dieter Althen goes into a well-deserved retirement, selling the company to the Dutch Curton Europe Holding NV. The holding company continues to lead the company in the same innovative spirit as the Althen family. 




Altheris BV establishes partnership with Measurement Specialties.



Altheris BV becomes part of the newly established Curton Europe Holding NV. 



Althen lives from the quality of its equipment and solutions. Their quality management system is very quickly certified under ISO 9002. 



The Althen NM2 measurement system, which measures angles of tilt, turns out to be a sales hit. This robust instrument is used in industrial robots, cranes and fire fighting vehicles. It protects people and machines, so it is often a requirement for an operating permit.



The former bakery gets too small for the growing  company. Althen moves into its 3rd office in Kelkheim opposite to the city hall of Kelkheim Munster. 



Mercedez Benz is interested in Althen Metrology. They order about 300 sensors - an important milestone in the company's history. Large orders follow from other automotive companies and a new market has opened.




Althen starts with in-house production: The company manufactures a device that converts measurement signals into evaluable data. The new business is booming - until today.



Althen grows and takes over the general representation of the measuring technology and sensor company Schaevitz Engineering USA and Schaevitz EM in England.



ALTHEN Gmbh is founded by Dieter Althen, the company is active in the field of metrology and sensor technology.





Altheris BV partners with Sakae Tsushin a Japanese manufacturer of precision potentiometers. 



Altheris becomes official distributor for TML a Japanese manufacturer of straingauges and straingauge based sensors.



Altheris BV, founded in 1947 in The Hague, is one of the oldest electronics technology companies in the Netherlands.






Their success drives us to excellence
Althen stands for pioneering measuring and sensor solutions. Our quality standards are high and our goal is to face every metrological challenge. Always looking for innovations, we will not be satisfied until we have found the perfect solution for your measuring task. The motivation and passion of our approximately 60 employees characterizes our way of working. Each individual is an expert in his or her area of expertise and measures his or her own performance based on the satisfaction of our customers. The core of Althen's business is a fair and manufacturer-neutral customer service.

Sales and development work hand in hand. In our own production, customer-specific system solutions are created. We check the function of all products in our calibration laboratory. The careful control of our own developments and sales products gives us a special position in the measuring technology and sensor market.

Althen is a partner of many recognized universities and leading corporations. We stand in an intensive transfer of knowledge and develop together the technologies of the future. Certified quality, committed. We recognized the importance of quality management very early on. Althen is one of the first companies in our industry to be certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001: 2008. Only in January 2016, the certificate was re-certified after an audit.

Use synergies for the future
Althen is managed independently and belongs to the owner-managed Broadporte Group. The holding, based in the Netherlands, is an association of European technology companies with a medium-sized corporate culture.

Well networked for optimal results
Althen is a founding member of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement e.V. Here we are in an open exchange of experience with the approximately 480 member companies. The AMA Science Council offers us a competent network and a broad platform to jointly develop the next generation of innovations. Through our large, international sales network, a competent contact person is always at your side. Althen has sales offices in the DACH region, the Benelux, France, Sweden, USA and Asia.

The future is based on experience
We are also rooted in tradition with our international focus and our pursuit of innovation for the future. Experience and know-how form the basis of our work. Join us on our road to success from a family-owned company to an internationally recognized expert in measurement technology and sensor technology.

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