Hartmetall- Werkzeugfabrik

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Hartmetall- Werkzeugfabrik

Paul Horn GmbH in Tübingen, Germany has manufactured high-precision cutting tools and accessories since 1969 for:-

-       Grooving

-       Axial grooving

-       Profiling

-       Parting off

-       Broaching

-       Mirror turning

-       Threading

-       Machining of pipes and sleeves

-       Groove milling, slot milling, slot cutting

-       Thread milling

-       Polygon milling

-       Thread whirling

-       Mirror-finish milling

-       Finish-boring

-       Reaming

The company, currently has around 850 employees in Germany and 400 elsewhere.  It, develops and manufactures solid carbide tools as well as tools tipped with carbide, CBN and PCD in Tübingen and Gomaringen in Germany. In 2014, the company recorded sales of approximately 155 million euros in Germany.

Horn also has branches and representatives in more than 70 countries across the globe, and there are additional production facilities in England, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the USA.


State-of-the-art in-house manufacturing

To further extend our leading position on the global market, we have built an additional manufacturing plant in Tübingen with a production area of approximately 5500 square metres. This was completed in 2008 and is sited next to our head office and existing 

In 2011 we built a new plant for HORN Hartstoffe GmbH covering an area of around 5,000 square meters. This enables all shaping processes for carbide tools to be carried out in-house. (Investment in 2011/2012: approx. EUR 30 million). The new plant has also been producing blanks and wear parts made of carbide for other companies since 2013.

In 2016, HORN moved into a new manufacturing plant covering a total area of 20,000 square meters dedicated to tool holder production, the coating department and logistics.

Furthermore, a new administration building was added. The total amount invested in the two buildings amounted to EUR 70 million.


Standard and special tools

The product range includes more than 120,000 variants. The proportions of standard and special tools are approximately equal. Around 9 million inserts in batches of 100 pieces on average are produced annually, 97 per cent in automated lines.

Customer  industries

Our main customers are companies in the automotive, aviation and aerospace, mechanical engineering, chemicals, medical technology and tool and mould making industries.


HORN’s core in-house expertise comprises research and development, coating technology, carbide production and manufacturing technologies.

Company position

With order intake of around EUR 275 million (worldwide), 2016 proved to be the most successful year in the company's history.

Training and advanced training

Paul Horn GmbH is currently training 60 apprentices. 15 apprentices commence training with us every year on a four-year programme. These skilled workers of the future train for a career in industrial mechanics in a dedicated area covering 1,200 m². The company also provides an opportunity for apprentices from other companies to get involved as part of their preparation for examinations.




Horn Academy

The HORN Academy provides training, advanced training and qualifications for customers and employees. Advanced training for industrial cutting tool specialists, as well as retraining of machine and systems operators and IT office assistants, open up new career paths.

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Contact person for enquiries:

Hartmetall-Werkzeugfabrik Paul Horn GmbH, Mr Christian Thiele

Unter dem Holz 33-35, 72072 Tübingen, Germany

Tel.: +49 7071 7004-1820, Fax: +49 7071 72893

E-mail: christian.thiele@phorn.de, www.phorn.de