Auf dem Gemeinschaftsstand der LIGNA stellt Priess & Horstmann erstmals das neuentwickelte System OPV (On Panel Visualization) vor. Das zur visuellen Unterstützung von Handmontageplätzen entwickelte System findet sofort regen Zuspruch seitens der Kunden.

Die Mitarbeiterzahl steigt auf über 140 Personen und spiegelt so den Unternehmenserfolg der vergangen 10 Jahre wieder.

Wilfried Prieß, einer der Firmengründer und heutiger Senior des Unternehmens, feiert seinen 80. Geburtstag.


Auslieferung der 1. Maschine des Typs BAT-SAX-CNC an einen amerikanischen Büromöbelhersteller. Weitere Maschine sind bereits im Auftragsbestand.


45-jähriges Unternehmensjubiläum. Priess & Horstmann stellt seinen neuen Imagefilm vor.




Björn Prieß and Sven Priess are appointed as CEO since September 2014 and therefore they they run the company in the second generation alongside Senior CEO Wilfried Priess.






At the LIGNA Trade Fair we present a completely interlinked production line with batch size 1 at the joint stand shared with network partners IMA Klessmann GmbH and Schelling Anlagenbau GmbH.


In the context of a major order for a German office furniture manufacturer, we realise a batch size 1 production line with more than 15 interlinked machines. In the process, we use a new drilling optimisation software successfully for the first time, enabling an optimum time distribution of processes across interlinked machines.


Priess & Horstmann share a joint exhibition stand at the LIGNA Trade Fair with IMA and Schelling. Highlights are a linear machine for fronts, a through-feed machine for sides and shelves, which can process from all six sides, and a carcase press with automatic side and shelf feeding system.


Since the workforce has grown to more than 90 employees, production requires the use of automated production sequences internally as well. We install a new software for creating CNC programs for the in-house 5-axle milling machines as well as a document management system.

Björn Priess, Jürgen Waterbär and Sven Priess (from left) at the LIGNA 2009 | Photo © Mindener Tageblatt


At the LIGNA Trade Fair we introduce new solutions for pressure inserting furniture fittings and for placing and fastening drawer rails during ongoing operation. In the same year, the first unmanned carcase press for suspended cabinets is put into operation. An additional production line will be delivered in 2011.


At the XYLEXPO in Milan we introduce the BAT-TAX-CNC for front machining and receive several orders immediately. We face new challenges due to expansion of production and the growing number of employees, which has now reached 80: Werner Becker takes over as head of production. Simultaneously, we introduce a project management software, which can be used to plan the projects and resources.


We introduce an operation organising system (ERP/PPS system) for project and parts list management. We deliver the first completely automated carcase press for base cabinets (KP-6-CNC).


The number of national and international customers has grown to more than 200. Construction of an adjacent production hall expands the plant area to a total of 3,800 sqm.


Sven Priess, the youngest of Wilfried Priess' two sons, provides support in technical design and commercial order processing as an industrial engineer.


Björn Priess, the oldest of Wilfried Priess' two sons, joins the design and construction team after completing his studies as a mechanical engineer.


A completely re-developed BAT-DTW-CNC emerges in response to the demands of the furniture industry. This machine model is the first to be able to process all six sides of the workpiece in one pass through the machine.

Wilfried Prieß, Ewald Horstmann († 2002), Reinhold Prieß († 2014), (von links)


25 Years: Priess & Horstmann: On the occasion of the Jubilee Anniversary, the three managing partners are able to look back over a company with continual and stable development as well as look forward to excellent prospects for the future.


Within the framework of a large volume order comprising numerous production lines for a local kitchen furniture manufacturer the thousandth Priess & Horstmann machine begins operation. By the following year, the number of employees has already grown to 60.


The number of skilled employees reaches 30. Sales management takes up an increasing amount of time as revenues rise. Jürgen Waterbär becomes sales engineer on the 1st of February. In the period that follows, development of increasingly comprehensive processing machines continues.


This year is particularly focused on export. A furniture factory in England is outfitted with seven machines. Four machines go to a state holding company in the USSR and six machines are delivered to the GDR.


Construction of the first machine with a PLC control system in multi-processor technology. It combines the CNC and PLC components in a higher-ranking unit. The automatic drilling and insertion BAT III-CNC represents the successful completion of the first step toward turning a specialised machine into a universal processing centre.


The increasing demand for flexibility with more and more units on the machines and the added weight caused by this leads to the idea of moving the lightweight workpiece instead of the heavy unit. A new design principle is born. We retain the ability to process from below. The order book boasts a commission from Africa and one from Egypt.


1979 Development of ever broader product ranges in the furniture industry simultaneous with smaller batch sizes continues unabated. This results in the desire for more flexible automatic assembly machines. We develop the first automatic programme-controlled drill AG-BA with conventional relay control for processing variable drill patterns in furniture carcase side panels.


A year of crucial design changes in the furniture industry. Previously sleek design lines are being replaced by new, more sophisticated shapes. The development of the automatic drilling and insertion BAT II is Priess & Horstmann's successful answer to this development. A further innovation: Priess & Horstmann create a world first with the BAV-DLS.


First time participating at the Hanover Trade Fair. The introduction of the BAT I is a total success. The first export commission from England is booked. Further orders from Italy, Norway, France and Switzerland follow. The plant area grows to 430 m². In the following year the hundredth machine is delivered.


On April 1, 1970 Priess & Horstmann begin operation in a 35 m² room in the furniture factory Friedrich Priess, in the small East-Westphalian town of Unterlübbe. Wilfried Priess, Ewald Horstmann and Reinold Priess are members of the founding team. Developed back in 1967 in their parents' furniture factory, the machine types BAM-I for drilling and for pressure insertion of concealed hinges and the BA-FM for the processing of drawer parts and mouldings have proven themselves invaluable in practice over many years. After undergoing many developmental processes the first generation model in a long line of machine ranges, the drilling and insertion machine BAT I, is built; it is controlled completely pneumatically and set-up manually according to a hand scale. The machine automatically inserts concealed hinges, which at the end of the 60s were brand new on the market. The furniture factory moves into a new building in Unterlübbe in 1972 and is able to expand its plant area to 150 m². Over the course of a year the first 5 employees are hired.