Moritz Kurt Juchheim founded today's JUMO GmbH & Co. KG in Fulda under the name M. K. JUCHHEIM KG. He started manufacturing glass thermometers as well as glass contact thermometers with 6 employees on a 350 m² production area. He was born on July 4, 1910 in Ilmenau, Thuringia where his father already produced thermometers. From the very beginning, Moritz Kurt Juchheim focused on high-quality devices and the best possible customer service. The name JUMO is derived from the initials of the company founder. Come with us on a journey through the moving history of our company.
Even before the establishment of 2 German states, the thermometer factory "M.K. Juchheim" was established in Fulda and already exhibited at the Hannover Messe in 1949. Konrad Adenauer became Federal Chancellor. In the years of the economic miracle the Fulda-based company also flourished. By 1952 it had grown from 6 to 100 employees and by 1970 this number had increased tenfold. The production area increased from 350 to 12,000 m².
In 1966 the production of platinum glass sensors began. Measuring and control devices on an electronic basis were added to the product range. While the world mourned the breakup of the Beatles, Moritz Juchheim founded the first subsidiary in Belgium in 1971. This was the step that began internationalization. In 1978, JUMO was the first company to use processors in control technology.
The newly founded thermometer factory in Fulda
Founder and Managing Director Moritz Juchheim in the 1950s
The manufacturing program with thermometers and switchgears from 1952
Glass blowers producing the thermometers in the 1950s
The first rod thermostat with microswitch from JUMO
The first contact thermometer from JUMO
The production of electrical controllers in the 1960s
Model of the growing company site in Fulda in 1962
The assembly group of electric temperature controllers in 1972
Assembly of point recorders, program controllers, and inductive controllers in 1972
While Erno Rubik's "Magic Cube" rose to cult status, JUMO continued to develop its range of services and, for the first time, offered these for metal processing and electronic modules to external customers as well. The field of liquid analysis was also expanded.
In 1985 Germany cheered for the 17-year-old tennis phenomenon Boris Becker. In the same year Peter Juchheim, eldest son of company founder Moritz and Managing Manager alongside his father since 1965, died in 1985. His younger brother and current Managing Director Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Juchheim took his place. In 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell, JUMO achieved a breakthrough: robots were used for the first time in temperature probing.
The federal government moved from Bonn to the old and new capital Berlin. JUMO's development department relocated to a new building. Over the years, this department has produced high-tech devices, process control systems, smart transmitters, bus technology, and state-of-the-art visualization software. As a result, the JUMO mTRON automation system was launched on the market in 1997.
After the founding of the JUMO training center in 1995, the Juchheim family suffered another loss: in 1996, company founder Moritz Juchheim passed away.
The new millennium did not begin with a crash, but rather with a record for JUMO: the company achieved sales of over 100 million euro for the first time. In 2002, when the European currency was also introduced as cash, JUMO inaugurated the new sales and production building for the temperature sensor technology product line in the Eisweiher industrial park. The building had a total area of 4,680 m².
In 2003, the brand name JUMO became the company name and Michael Juchheim became Managing Director alongside his father Bernhard. JUMO grew on the Asian and Eastern European markets. It could tap new target groups with complete automation systems.
In 2002, JUMO presented the IMAGO 500, the first multichannel process controller with a color screen.
In 2002, the new sales and production building for the temperature sensor technology product line was inaugurated
JUMO entered the field of automation technology with the mTRON decentralized automation system
The mTRON made digitization a reality for JUMO
In 2007, JUMO became wireless: among other uses wireless technology enabled temperature measurement in areas with difficult access.
As the decade was drawing to a close JUMO employed more than 2,000 people worldwide and continued to focus on expansion. The certification of the DKD laboratory by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) opened the door to new services. The new incoming goods logistics center opened in 2012 and a 100,000 m² site was acquired in 2013 for a new sensor manufacturing plant.
In 2016, JUMO made its only acquisition of an external company to date by taking over PGT Thermprozesstechnik GmbH. The company specialized in the production of innovative plastic temperature probes and had been a JUMO system partner for many years beforehand. JUMO received several awards for above-average growth and for being an exemplary employer.
In 2011 JUMO launched mTRON T, an innovative measurement, control, and automation system with components consistently matched to one another.
According to a study by the Munich Strategy Group (MSG), JUMO ranked among the 100 most successful medium-sized German companies in 2014.
In the same year, JUMO was awarded the "Growth Champion 2014" for several years of above-average growth and a solution-oriented business model.
The "Hidden Champion" moved into the limelight by being awarded the title of "Hessen Champion" in the "Global Market Leader" category for its temperature probes for heat meters at the Hessian Entrepreneurs' Day in 2015.
Since 2016, JUMO has been one of the 1,000 largest family businesses in Germany.
In cooperation with the "Deutschlandtest" institute the business magazine FOCUS awarded JUMO the "Top Career Opportunities" seal of approval. For this purpose the management culture, sustainability, and image of the 2,000 companies with the highest number of employees were examined.
In 2017, JUMO received the "Grand Prize for Medium-Sized Businesses". Since 1995 Germany's most important business award is presented by the Oskar Patzelt Foundation. It honors "outstanding achievements of medium-sized companies".
In 2017 JUMO launched plastoSENS T on the market. Due to a completely new process for manufacturing temperature probes, the sensors were no longer encapsulated in a metal tube as was previously the case, but instead were now encapsulated in plastic using an injection molding process.