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the reunification

After the foundry, which was leased by Kurt Leuchtenberg since 1988, went bankrupt, a cointinuation of the company was unthinkable. From now on the foundry 'Steinach' in Thuringia, which was privatised after the reunification, delivers the needed iron cast blanks, which are needed for machine-building.

In 1988 Hofmann receives an award for 40 years of continous participation on the 40th International Crafts Fair in Munich. One year later the previous cobined machine is displaced by the surface & thickness planer type AD, which is unique till today. Now thickness planing is possible witout up-folding the jointing tables for the first time. The unification of both German States in 1989 / 90 boosts the upswing and pushes the further modernisation of the company.

After purchasing all of the shares, Ernst Hartmann beomes sole shareholder in February 1994. In the same year, on 08.07.1994, HOFMANN celebrates together with its employees and trading partners the 75th anniversary of the company. At this time there are still 6 competitors, today just one is left. On 01.07.1995, Frau Gabriele Hartmann, the daughter of Ernst Hartmann, joins the company. Two years later, on 26.02.1997, single power of attorney is granted to Frau Hartmann. Subsequently she succeeded in expanding the markets in nearly all countries of europe. The export ratio amounts to 65% nowadays.

The continous madernisation is continued in summer 1995 by the construction of a new assembly hall. The commissioned companies are 'Universalbau Weiden' and 'Gerhäußer' from Bad Windsheim.

In 1996 HOFMANN launches the first controlled milling machine on the market. Besides the type TFS 2000 had 9 speeds, which can be changed without shifting the belt - back then it was a big technical sensation. In 1999 the company achieved an award as "Special Supplier" of the TEMACO eG.