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History of MENTOR GmbH & Co. Präzisions-Bauteile KG

Innovative capacity, continuity, costumer focus, market intimacy - all this is reflected in the almost 100 years of history of our company. Three generations at the helm of this business have shaped the company to this effect. As an economically independent, owner-managed family enterprise we have maintained a commercially sound corporate policy from the beginning to this day and count on long-term relationships with our staff, customers and suppliers.
1920

On 01/07/1920 engineer Paul Mozar (PhD) founds the "Fabrik für Elektrotechnik und Feinmechanik" (factory for electricial engineering and precision mechanics) and runs it for 45 years. MENTOR is registered as a trademark.
1972

MENTOR moves outside the city gates of Düsseldorf. On the greenfield in Erkrath-Unterfeldhaus a new building is erected where the first in-house plastic manufacturing site is established in the same year.
1980

In Zeramdine in Tunesia MENTOR founds the first subsidiary called MENTOR Tunisie SCS. The core competence of the company still lies in the semi-automated assembly of high-quality electronic components.
1990

The takeover of the manufacturing site and the sales division of the company Reinhold Opto Electronics in Issum strengthens the leading position in the sector of optoelectronic display elements.
1993

MENTOR stays abreast of the technological changes in the electronic systems development and gets into SMD technology with a wide product range.
2003

After Ehrhard Weyer (PhD) dies, his son Wido Wessel Weyer takes over as managing partner and manages the company together with Erika Nesselrath-Sistu. Together they set the course for the successful international development of the company.
2009

Strategic investment in the core competence LED light by founding the MENTOR light group. Our own highly-qualified light experts, a light lab and state-of-the-art software and hardware equipment guarantee the high level of our in-house light development.
2011

Foundation of the subsidiary MENTOR Poland Sp. z o. o. as production site and sales office in Poland. The focus is on manufacturing mechanical components and assembling products for the automotive industry.
2012

Under the name M-LEDlight MENTOR presents its own Tunable White System for directed white light control at the trade fair electronica in Munich for the first time.
2014

The quality and environmental management systems of MENTOR are once more (re)certified by external institutes and customers of the automotive industry. The certification is effected according to DIN EN ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 and DIN EN ISO 14001.
1965

After the decease of the company founder, the company is converted into a private limited partnership (KG). Ehrhard Weyer (PhD) becomes sole managing partner. He runs the company for 38 years and expands it to become one of the leading German manufacturers of electronic components.
1974

For the 19'' modular systems, that gain in importance nationally and internationally, MENTOR presents the system of Front panel elements for circuit board mounting "FEL".
1982

With the acquisition of Albert Weidmann Licht-Elektronik GmbH in Pforzheim, MENTOR expands the field of optoelectronics systematically and enters the field of component manufacturing for the automotive industry. Today the core competence of the subsidiary lies in plastic injection moulding and in tool making.
1992

The field OEM System Solutions Automotive becomes a strategic business segment. MENTOR develops into tier 1 supplier over the years.
1995

Ms Erika Nesselrath-Sistu, Sales Manager since 1974 and right-hand woman of Erhard Weyer (PhD), is appointed Managing Director.
1996

MENTOR extends its product range in the field of optoelectronics by light guide systems. Today the MENTOR light guide range is one of the largest worldwide.
2006

Foundation of the subsidiary MENTOR Electronics & Technology (Shanghai) Ltd. as production site and sales office. From here the growth markets in Asia and Australia/Oceania are serviced.
2009

MENTOR is a member of DIN - Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V. (German Institute for Standardisation)
2012

Strategic investments into the future: After expanding the production, storage and office capacities of the subsidiary Albert Weidmann already in 2012, the building activities for the further expansion of the sites in Erkrath and Poland start in the year 2014.
2014

At the trade fairs Light + Building and electronica Mentor presents a number of customer-specific system¬solutions that were realised for customers from different industrial sectors for the first time. The area „OEM-System Solutions Industry“ becomes another strategic business area of MENTOR along with „Mechanical, Electronic and Optoelectronic Components“ and „OEM System Solutions Automotive„.