HEDI GmbH in Babenhausen

A short journey through time

HEDI GmbH in Babenhausen has been a manufacturer of cable drums for over 50 years and stands for quality Made in Germany. Take a journey through time with us and find out more background information about the products and their development.


1970 - Firmengründung

Founding of the company as a sole proprietorship by Helmut Diebolder in Osterberg. Field of activity: Contract manufacturing of machine controls.

1972 - Elektroinstallationsbetrieb

Conversion of the company into an electrical installation company with around 20 employees.

1975 - Erste Kabeltrommel

Helmut Diebolder's first in-house product is a cable reel. The construction, which is protected by international patent law, is in such great demand that the premises soon no longer suffice for production. The production and storage area is tripled.

1977 - Gründung HEDI GmbH

Gründung der HEDI GmbH im Oktober. Der Name "HEDI" entsteht aus den Anfangsbuchstaben des Firmengründers Helmut Diebolder.



1980 - Umzug nach Babenhausen

After the production site in Osterberg could no longer be expanded meaningfully, a new, modern industrial plant was built in the then newly emerging industrial area in neighboring Babenhausen.

1985 - Testsieger

Eine von HEDI neu entwickelte Kabeltrommel erhält als einzige von 16 bewerteten Produkten die Testnote "GUT" von der Stiftung Warentest. Die Firma HEDI zählt mittlerweile 60 Mitarbeiter und es wird eine neue Lagerhalle mit einer Fläche von 1.500 qm errichtet. Die freien Produktionsflächen am Standort Osterberg werden genutzt, um das zweite Standbein, die Kabelkonfektion, aufzubauen. Dort werden Kabelbäume und elektrische Baugruppen für Industriekunden produziert.



1993 / 1994 - Wachstum

The cable assembly area is growing rapidly and the HEDI production program is also being expanded to include socket distributors and industrial drums.

1994 - Geschäftsführerzuwachs

Robert Diebolder is appointed managing director.

1995 - Standorterweiterung

The company now has 80 employees and has to expand its location due to the high demand.

1998 - ISO-Zertifiziert

HEDI successfully implements the quality management system according to ISO 9001.



2002 - Kabeltrommel-Entwicklung

For the production of the newly developed cable reel series StarLite, Primus and Professional, a further production hall with goods issue warehouse is being built. The new cable drums are now manufactured on a highly automated production line.


The cable assembly division is further expanded and the production areas renovated. In addition, a new product line with machine luminaires is introduced to the market and sets new standards in the price-performance ratio.

2006 - Stabübergabe

At the turn of the year 2006/2007, the company's founder, Helmut Diebolder, left the management team, but remained with the company as a partner and consultant. Robert Diebolder is now the sole managing director.

2008 / 2009

Introduction of the new socket distributor series HEDI e.STATION and m.STATION.

In addition, the cable assembly production halls and parts of the warehouse will be energetically renovated during these years.



2010 / 2011 - LED-Einstieg

HEDI enters the LED technology.

The first machine light HEDI LEDpro! with the associated cooling technology for high-performance LEDs was developed and launched on the market.

2012 / 2013 - Neue Maßstäbe

Encouraged by the outstanding success of the LEDpro! machine light was devoted even more intensively to LED technology and the next LED lighting product was developed.



2013 / 2014 - Standortmodernisierung

The old office building from 1980 is demolished. A new, modern and larger administration building is being built so that there is enough space for the next steps in growth and restructuring.

Our own combined heat and power plant with natural gas technology goes into operation at the same time. We generate our own electricity as required and use the resulting heat in our buildings.

2016 - Innovation

HEDI entwickelt eine absolute Produktneuheit - zwei Produkte in Einem:

The HEDI distributor LED.STATION!

With this, HEDI has established a completely new product category on the market with the distribution station including light function. The development team succeeded in integrating the light module perfectly into the housing design.



2017 / 2018

Introduction of the new machine and workbench light HEDI LED.ZOOM. For the first time, a lamp was developed with it that has a magnifying function and two integrated lenses.

2018 - Kabeltrommeln neu gedacht

The latest and seventh generation of cable reels from HEDI was presented for the first time at the trade fairs in Cologne and Frankfurt.

The innovative and well-engineered product was developed as an all-plastic cable reel and thus corresponds to current and future safety standards and requirements of customers and users.

So that the new series can be produced, investments were made in further machines and an additional production line was built.



2020 - Eine neue Halle entsteht

In order to be able to further expand and improve our two mainstays, the foundation stone will be laid at the beginning of 2020 for our own and larger production hall for the areas of cable assembly and control cabinet construction.

2021 - Einzug in die neue Produktionshalle

In May 2021, the cable assembly department moved into a new, spacious and light-flooded production hall. State-of-the-art machines and highly concentrated skilled workers work at long assembly tables on 1,800 square metres.



2022 - Erweiterung der Generation 7

Mit der Generation 7 "Companion" und der Generation 7 "Coworker" erweitert HEDI das Vollkunststoff-Kabeltrommel-Sortiment. Die Serie verspricht höchste Sicherheit und überzeugt mit zahlreichen Ergonomie-Features. Mit den zwei neuen Modellen sind nun auch kompakte Vollkunststoff-Kabeltrommeln erhältlich.

HEDI Katalog Prospekt

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Elektro- und Gerätebau

Schöneggweg 17

D-87727 Babenhausen



+49 (0) 8333 92 11 -75

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