| History

Endurance and Progress characterizes the company’s history of HOWIAL. Three generations of family history carry the knowledge of tradition combined with experience in development and construction of compact finger-jointing machines.

In 1959 Willi Hofmann invented the first tapered finger joint moulding machine HV-02 with finger joint compactor VP-20. Only two years later, in 1961 HOWIAL was founded by father Willi and son Alfred Hofmann. Within the first decade the production grew by developing new types of machines which lead to the first assembling shop of today's production site. From that moment on, Alfred Hofman, who became manager in 1974, worked on new operational plants. In 1977 he developed the first fully automatic finger-jointing machine, which only six years later evolved into the compact finger-jointing machine. For the first time in history, one machine was able to combine all necessary features of milling, glue spreading and pressing in one process. This enduring progress and the will to optimize standards of operational plants lead to future developments and expansions. In 1985, the process of finger-jointing machines was renewed via automatic changing of timber dimension and fully automatic machines for bending strength and shear test of finger-jointed timber and laminated beams. With over 120 delivered units, today the third generation of compact finger-jointing machines form the core product of HOWIAL. Since 2006, the product range includes the software generated production control-system. Always striving for newest technology and innovative constructions meeting global standards, within the last ten years HOWIAL has created a flexible, energy-efficient operational systems for a worldwide market. In 2010, the brothers and new managers Dipl. Ing. Michael Hofmann and Dipl. Ing. Jochen Hofmann changed the company's legal status to HOWIAL GmbH & Co. KG.