The legacy of Habasit is a story that won’t sit still. This seems fitting for a company committed to movement, and as we approach our 70th anniversary this year, we find that even the past propels us forward. Since the beginning of Habasit in Basel, Switzerland in 1946, the company has grown to become a global leader in the belting industry with over 3,600 employees working at more than 30 affiliated companies around the world.
Fernand Habegger, founded the company when he was only 25 years old, along with his future wife, Alice. Working in machine sales after WWII, he had firsthand experience of how complicated belt assembly could be. When he injured himself on a mechanical belt fastener, it was a catalyst for change. Defying convention, he began searching for new solutions in the industry, experimenting with PVC and polyamide which were new to the market. When he and Alice registered the Habasit name shortly after WWII, they set the story in motion.