The founding of Häfele falls into a time of deep reaching political and social upheaval. The Weimar Republic is just a few years old, the consequences of the First World War are still evident everywhere. 1923, when inflation reached its climax in Germany, two young men, Adolf Häfele and Hermann Funk, take their fate into their own hands: on 1st December they set up a speciality store for joinery needs called "Products for the hardware and tool industry" in Aulendorf in Württemberg.
China and Eastern Europe. Häfele expanded greatly in Western Europe during the 1990's. The company then turned to Eastern Europe and China for new growth opportunities. In 2002 Häfele establishes the first subsidiary in Poland. Turkey and China follow in 2005; Russia in 2006; Ukraine and Romania in 2009; and Kazakhstan, Serbia and the Czech Republic in 2010. The courage to be modern Sibylle Thierer, daughter of Walther Thierer, assumes responsibility for the company at the beginning of the new millennium and represents the third generation of family management. She paves the way for modern times by focusing all decisions on the benefits of innovative ideas and products.
Häfele today 96 years after its founding, the Häfele family business is a worldwide leader in the furniture fittings and architectural hardware industry - as well as electronic access control systems. Häfele employs more than 6,000 employees and has 37 subsidiaries, as well as many additional dealerships throughout the world.