History

Innovations that Occur by Chance Are Often the Best...

It all began quite modestly at the Basle Dye Works in 1957 where wooden cylinders were employed for the dyeing process. These kept splintering and deforming after some time, putting the expensive textiles at risk. Seeking a suitable replacement for the cylinders, the factory's engineers developed a centrifugal casting method using glassfiber reinforced plastics (GRP). Thanks to the method and material, they achieved perfectly concentric cylinders with aprecise outer diameter and smooth surface - just as required.

GRP had previously been used in the shipbuilding, automobile and aircraft industries. However, its resistance to both corrosion and chemicals also made the material highly suitable for other applications. The Swiss, renowned for their vision and pioneering spirit, recognized its benefits and soon employed centrifugally cast pipes for conveying water - the pipes laid at that time are still in use today. Step by step, the pipes have been improved, the manufacturing process has been automated, the product range extended, and tailor-made fittings have been added during the subsequent years. A new company was born: Hobas.

In 2017, the two market leaders for glassfiber reinforced plastic (GRP) pipes, Hobas Europe and Amiantit Europe with its Flowtite technology, have combined forces to form a joint venture company, Amiblu. With around 1500 employees worldwide, the Amiblu headquarters is in Klagenfurt, Austria, and the company has production facilities in Germany, Spain, Poland and Romania. The Amiblu R&D center in Norway is the world’s largest officially accredited testing laboratory for GRP pipes.

Amiblu represents Hobas in Europe and other parts of the world where Hobas licensees are not present. Hobas will serve customers with the same product quality and services as before the merger.

Hobas is fully owned by Amiblu Technology and is a part of Amiblu’s sustainable water solutions.

Timeline
1957 First production of centrifugally cast GRP Pipes in Switzerland
1961 First HOBAS Pipes installed in Switzerland
1977 First HOBAS Pipe Production in Wietersdorf, Austria
1984 Joint venture of HOBAS and the Wietersdorfer Group
1987 Plant opened in the USA
1993 Plant opened in Germany
1995 Plant opened in the Czech Republic
1998 Plant opened in Romania
2003 Plant opened in Poland
First production of non-circular GRP Profiles in Germany
2007 50th anniversary of HOBAS
2009 Diameter range of CC-GRP Pipes extended up to 3000 mm
Revival of activities in Australia
A technical masterpiece: Curved jacking with HOBAS Pressure Pipes beneath the river Rhine in Basel
2010 Opening of the HOBAS TechCenter in Wietersdorf, Austria
Extension of industrial activities
2011 ISTT-Award for the biggest project in HOBAS History: the Jacking Project “Czajka” in Poland
Establishment of HOBAS Singapore
2012 Diameter range of CC-GRP Pipes extended up to 3600 mm
Establishment of HOBAS Hong Kong
Establishment of HOBAS Latin America
2013 HOBAS TechCenter officially accredited testing laboratory
HOBAS Poland wins national ENERGY GLOBE Award
First carbon neutral HOBAS Pipes are sold in Australia
2014 Expansion of the HOBAS Plant in Romania
2015 Record size HOBAS Microtunnelling Project in Warsaw
(3.2 km long HOBAS Pipeline with an outside diameter
of 3270 mm)
2016 Hobas Europe and Amiantit Europe (Flowtite) announce the companies’ intent to merge
2017 EU Commission approves the merger
Amiblu is established with ownership of Hobas and Flowtite Technologies