Company history

Hidria boasts a tradition of more than 50 years of producing solutions in automotive and industrial technologies. Although hardly any cars could be found on Slovenian roads in 1955, the company in Tolmin had a vision and was bold enough to start manufacturing plugs for cars. Since then, our path to success has been paved with the know-how, boldness and visions of people who have turned a small Slovenian company into an advanced global corporation.

  • 1955

    Start of production of the first products for the automotive industry in Tolmin.

    Hidria Zgodovina 1955
  • 1961

    The first factory for air-conditioning products opens in Idrija.

    Hidria Zgodovina 1961
  • 1962

    Opening of new production premises for the car industry plant in Tolmin.

    Hidria Zgodovina 1962
  • 1971

    Opening of the Iskra factory in Spodnja Idrija, which later develops to become some of the largest companies and programmes in the Corporation.

    Hidria Zgodovina 1971
  • 1977

    The production of air-conditioning products expands to Godovič.

    Hidria Zgodovina 1977
  • 1980

    In the 1980s, Hidria penetrates the US market with the hermetic compressor motor range.

    Hidria Zgodovina 1980
  • 1989

    Chairman of the Board of Directors Edvard Svetlik starts building an international corporation by founding the parent company Hidria.

    Hidria Zgodovina 1989
  • 1990

    In 1990 and 1991, Hidria opens its first companies abroad – in Germany and the USA.

    Hidria Zgodovina Svet
  • 1997

    Hidria enters the automotive market with electrical steel laminations and commences production in Jesenice.

    Hidria Zgodovina 1997
  • 1998

    The company Hidria AET in Tolmin becomes part of the Hidria Corporation.

    Hidria Zgodovina 1998
  • 2000

    Start of the production of fans and motors with external rotors.

    Hidria Zgodovina 2000
  • 2001

    IMP Klima becomes part of the Hidria Corporation.

    Hidria Zgodovina 2001
  • 2002

    Hidria enters the automotive market with aluminium parts.

    Hidria Zgodovina 2002
  • 2006

    Opening of a modern development centre for air conditioning in Godovič – the Hidria Klima Institute. Hidria becomes the 100% owner of Alcan Tomos in Koper.

    Hidria Zgodovina 2006
  • 2008

    A second high-tech centre opens – the Hidria Institute for the Automotive Industry in Tolmin.

    Hidria Zgodovina 2008
  • 2010

    Hidria expands its production of automotive technologies in Changshu, China, and takes over the company Dr Karl Bausch in Germany.

    Hidria Zgodovina 2010
  • 2012

    Opening of the Hidria Institute for Materials and Technologies in Spodnja Idrija. In 2013, the new Technology Centre in Koper is unveiled.

    Hidria Zgodovina 2012
  • 2013

    The Hidria Corporation is declared the most innovative company in Europe.

    Hidria Zgodovina 2013
  • 2016

    CLEPA – the European Association of Automotive Suppliers awards us with its highest award for our breakthrough innovation in the key category “Green Technologies” for its diesel engine cold start system with the Optymus PSG pressure sensor.

    Hidria Zgodovina 2016