- In 1870, the first testing machines were developed by the Mannheim Machine Factory (MFL)
- In the years that followed, the company became known worldwide under the name Mohr & Federhaff, and in addition to tensile testing machines developed pendulum impact testers and torsion testing machines.
- The company was acquired by Roell in 1986.
- Paul Roell and Alfred Korthaus founded the company 1921.
- After Alfred Korthaus retired in 1921, Paul Roell managed the company by himself as an office for engineering.
- Testing machines were developed and successfully operated all over Europe.
- In 1952, Paul Roell's son Werner Paul Roell became his successor, who then in 1989 transfered the companies over to his son Dr. Jan Stefan Roell.
Merger of the companies Zwick and Roell
In 1992, Zwick and Roell merged to form ZwickRoell AG. Dr. Jan Stefan Roell becomes the Chief Executive Officer.
First testXpo at Zwick
In 1992, the first testXpo took place at Zwick in Ulm: one day, fifteen exhibits, four technical presentations and nearly 200 visitors. 25 years later, testXpo has become one of the most important industry venues for materials testing and quality assurance. In comparison, in 2016 around 250 exhibits from 25 exhibitors were displayed. More than 2,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to attend.
Today, customers of the ZwickRoell Group benefit from more than 160 years experience in materials and components testing. ZwickRoell is a global leader in static testing and is experiencing significant growth in the field of fatigue testing systems. The statistics: The company had an order entry of EUR 236 million for the fiscal year 2019. More than 1,600 employees and production facilities in Germany (Ulm, Berlin, Bickenbach), the United Kingdom (Stourbridge), Austria (Fürstenfeld) and China (Taicang) are part of the ZwickRoell Group. The company also has branches in France, Great Britain, Spain, the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, and China, as well as representatives in 56 countries.