The number of employees grows to around 80 by the end of the War. Production is shut down in April – 2 days before the American forces arrive – and does not resume until September. The restrictions imposed in the occupied zones make it difficult to recruit new customers and source materials. Currency reform also inhibits the economy.
An important step forward for the company: Launch of assembly production and manufacture of hydraulic and pneumatic valves, which are gradually established as a core competence. Franz Steibli develops an electrochemical deburring system (ECM system) to address issues in the company’s own production.
The system becomes a resounding success and is sold to other companies later on.
Selling the group is on the agenda, as Rainer Fallscheer and Werner Peters are keen to retire and Franz Steibli falls seriously ill during this period.
To secure the location in Babenhausen, siblings Petra and Thomas Steibli buy all the shares to continue the company as a family business with its 240 employees.
The owners Thomas and Petra Steibli withdraw from active management duties in 2020 and transfer operational responsibilities to Bruno Hanselka, Thomas Kenzle and Stefan Schmidtlein.
As an advisory board, the two sole owners assist and accompany the management trio in the strategy of sustainably positioning and developing SFB Group on the market as a family business.