1971: Founding of the private company, Hermann Schwelling Maschinenbau in Salem, Germany. Manufacture of various components and supply of other industrial companies.
1972: Development, production and marketing of balers.
1975: Founding of Plant 1 in Salem.
1981: Addition of paper shredders to the product portfolio. Marketing carried out under the name Tempo.
1991: Founding of Plant 2 in Reichenbach and setting up of baler production.
1993: Market launch of the HSM Classic paper shredder.
1996: Founding of Plant 3 in Frickingen, setting up of office shredder production and certification in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001.
1999: Founding of the US subsidiary.
2003: Founding of the UK subsidiary.
2004: Market launch of the V-Press vertical baler line.
2005: Market launch of the HSM shredstar paper shredder.
2005: Market launch patented cursher technology for single-use conainers.
2007: Market launch of the HSM SECURIO paper shredder line.
2007: Founding of the Polish subsidiary.
2008: Founding of the French subsidiary.
2008: Certification in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management) for the production of balers.
2009: Moving into the new administration building at the Frickingen site.
2011: Market launch of the hard driver shredder.
2012: Development of the largest, fully automatic channel baling press with 150 tonnes of pressing power (HSM VK 15020).
2015: Founding of the Spanish subsidiary.
2015: Market launch of the HSM briquetting press.
2015: Market launch document shredder line HSM Pure.

About us

Data & Facts

Managing director: Hermann Schwelling

Approx. 800 employees
Approx. 12 % trainees

3 production sites in Germany
5 subsidiaries worldwide

More than 70 HSM service technicians around the world performing on-site duties and approx. 30 office-based service technicians

Co-operation and contractual partners in over 100 countries

DIN EN ISO 9001:2015
DIN EN ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management)/AEO

Processing of raw materials:
approx. 9,000 tonnes of steel
approx. 500 tonnes of plastic granules

Associations and memberships: BVSE / VBS / VSMR / BSB / PBS-Markenindustrie

Production sites

HSM stands true to its “Made in Germany” claim at its German production site and aims to combine precision, durability and a good price-performance ratio for the benefit of users. HSM produces office and environmental technology at three sites in Germany.



There is around 50,000 m² of space available in Salem, of which approximately 20,000 m² is covered. This plant features a range of departments: Development of balers, project planning, electrical environmental technology, logistics, material planning, work preparation, crusher production, installation of large presses and three-phase current paper shredders, as well as production of plastics. The Salem plant is equipped with modern machinery comprising CNC laser-cutting equipment, CNC rotary and milling machines, CNC hardening plants, CNC welding robots, injection moulding machines, and surface-coating machinery. Using its photovoltaic plants, HSM generates their own CO2-neutral power to help protect the environment.



The Frickingen plant – only 10 km away from Salem – features space of approx. 25,000 m², including around 12,500 m² of factory and office buildings. This is where the final assembly of the “Made in Germany” document shredders is performed. This results in short distances for the delivery of components from the Salem plant and thus contributes to HSM’s ecological commitments. It is also home to the development of office technology, electrical office technology, central management, procurement, sales, marketing, HSM Academy and customer service.



Reichenbach is located close to Dresden and is the centre of expertise for the production of vertical baling presses. Our floorspace of approx. 50,000 m² – including 10,000 m² of factory and office space – is used to produce small horizontal baler presses and vertical baler presses for customers around the world using CNC welding robots and CNC laser-cutting equipment.