Company History

Fabmatics GmbH

Fabmatics celebrates 30 years of automation

Anniversary event takes place with 320 guests at the company’s Dresden site.


Change of management at Fabmatics USA

Thomas Beeg, a well-connected and proven expert of the American semiconductor environment, succeeds Stan Rosenlof, who is retiring.

Dr. Roland Giesen, Heinz-Martin Esser and Dr. Andreas Purath

Generational change at Fabmatics: Dr. Andreas Purath to become new managing director

Dr. Andreas Purath succeeds Heinz Martin Esser, who retires on October 31, 2020. He takes over the areas of sales and marketing, service, commercial administration and human resources.

Photo second place with Roland Giesen, Kathrin Kammer and Martin

Fabmatics earns 2nd place at the Saxon Innovation Award 2019

At the futureSAX innovation conference on June 19, 2019 at the Ostra-Dome Dresden, Fabmatics was honored as one of the most innovative companies of the year for its further development of the mobile robot SCOUT.

Dr. Pollack, Heinz Martin Esser and Dr. Giesen in front of Fabmatics GmbH

Welcoming Dr. Roland Giesen as new Managing Director

Managing Director and founder of Fabmatics GmbH (formerly HAP GmbH Dresden), Dr. Steffen Pollack, is moving to the newly established company advisory board at the turn of the year. His successor as managing director is Dr. Roland Giesen.


New company headquarters: Fabmatics moves

Following the successful merger of the two companies, the two workforces, which previously operated at separate locations, are now also being brought together at one location.

Merger to Fabmatics

HAP and Ortner become Fabmatics

Both companies merge and will do business under the new corporate name Fabmatics GmbH and Fabmatics USA Inc., respectively, starting September 1, 2016.

FlatStocker with open wafer cassettes

FlatStocker: New automatic storage system in use for the first time

Our newly developed and patented storage system - the FlatStocker - was installed for the first time at a customer for the intermediate storage of 200 mm wafer cassettes.

HAP acquires Ortner

Roth & Rau - Ortner GmbH and Roth & Rau - Ortner USA, Inc. will be acquired by HAP Holding GmbH as of September 1. HAP and Ortner are initially managed as separate subsidiaries.

Mobile Robot HERO FAB Carrier


The first free-moving robot solution from HAP is delivered.

HAP grows

Süd Beteiligungen GmbH and Wachstumsfonds Mittelstand Sachsen become shareholder of HAP and support the growth with foundation of HAP Holding GbmH.

is one of Germany’s top 100 innovators

Awards for HAP

HAP receives the SUCCESS Zeiss supplier award and is one of Germany’s top 100 Innovators.


Largest automation order to date

Roth & Rau - Ortner receives the largest single order in the field of factory automation, worth € 3.2 million, by BOSCH.

Three business units

Roth & Rau becomes a member of the Meyer Burger Group. Roth & Rau - Ortner GmbH restructures itself and forms the three business units "automation", "products", and "installation & service". The company is therefore able to react to the increased demand with a wider range of services.

Mobile robot HERO Rail


First mobile robot solution for the semiconductor industry.

Roth & Rau

Roth & Rau - Ortner GmbH

Ortner c.l.s. becomes a 100 % member of the Roth & Rau Group. In 2010 the company's name is changed to Roth & Rau - Ortner GmbH .

First 5-track wafer sorting system for the solar industry

New market: Photovoltaics

Ortner enters the photovoltaic industry for the first time and wins Roth & Rau as a customer.

Ortner c.l.s. USA, Inc.

The US subsidiary is founded in Salt Lake City (Utah).

First reticle handling system

RFID reader assembly


The company moves to another building and starts its RFID development.

LUNA Robot Cell

First LUNA robot cell for semiconductor applications

Product development

Development of the company's first proprietary products begins with the production of transport and storage systems.

Installation of first 300mm wafer transport system

Ortner installs the world's first 300mm wafer transport system at Qimonda in Dresden on behalf of Murata Machinery Ltd. and services it 24/7 on-site.

First automation product for the semiconductor industry

HAP develops the HAP-Lift200.

Ortner Logo

Foundation of Ortner c.l.s. GmbH

Ortner cleanroom logistic systems GmbH is founded in Dresden. The main focus of the company is on installation, maintenance, and 24/7 monitoring of wafer transport systems. Major customers include the companies Murata, Infineon, AMD (today Globalfoundries), and Siltronic.

Construction of Siemens factory in Dresden

Siemens invests in SIMEC semiconductor factory in Dresden. The cooperation between HAP and SIMEC (today: Infineon) begins.

Technology Centre Dresden South

New headquarters

HAP moves to the Technology Center Dresden South.

An Austrian in Dresden

The Austrian company Ortner Reinraumtechnik begins its activities in Dresden and installs the first 200 mm wafer transport system at Siemens (today Infineon).

Cooperation with HSEB and Jenoptik

The  early years of HAP are characterized by an intensive cooperation with HSEB and the companies of the Jenoptik Group.

HAP Logo

Foundation of HAP GmbH Dresden

In the year of foundation HAP receives the 1st Saxon Innovation Award for the “TOOLMANAGER TME”,an automation system to load tool trays.