Paul Horn GmbH


Hartmetall-Werkzeugfabrik Paul Horn GmbH
Horn-Straße 1
72072 Tübingen

phone: +49-7071-7004-0

We are represented in South Africa by:

Cooper’s Cutting Edge cc
15 Kentucky Circle
Saddlebrook Estate
Kyalami, 1684
Johannesburg, South Africa

Contact Person:
Philip Opperman
Mob +27 (0) 76 411 9937

Product website:

Company Profile

Paul Horn GmbH: High-precision tools from Tübingen for the whole world
In 70 countries on every continent, companies in the automotive, chemical, aviation and aerospace, medical technology, and tool and mould-making industries are working with tools from Paul Horn GmbH. In addition to 25,000 standard tools, the family-owned company has to date also supplied more than 150,000 special solutions to its customers. Founded in 1969 in Gomaringen, a town close to the German city of Tübingen, this manufacturer of solid carbide tools is now a technology leader in the production of precision tools for challenging machining tasks. Horn has production sites at its company headquarters in Tübingen as well as in England, Italy, the Czech Republic and the USA. In 2018, it achieved sales of 197 million euros in Germany and approximately 300 million euros worldwide. 1,000 employees work for the company in Germany, 1,500 worldwide. Paul Horn is Tübingen’s largest industrial employer and offers 75 apprenticeships.

The company’s core expertise focuses on four pillars: in-house research and development, in-house coating technology, in-house carbide production and in-house manufacturing technologies. Over a production area of 30,000 square metres (including Horn Hartstoffe GmbH), Horn manufactures high-precision tools and accessories for radial grooving, axial grooving, profiling, parting off, broaching, mirror turning, threading, machining pipes and sleeves, groove milling, slot milling, slot cutting, thread milling, polygon milling, thread whirling, brilliant finish milling, finish boring, drilling and reaming. Production processes are optimised and take place primarily in newly built factories. Annually, Horn produces several millions of inserts in batches of 100 pieces on average with a degree of automation of up to 97 per cent.

Horn needs qualified, skilled workers, so trains them itself
Apprentices train for a career in mechanical engineering in an area covering 1,200 square metres and equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machines. In addition, the Tübingen-based company provides training, advanced training and qualification services for customers and employees through the Horn Academy. Courses include advanced training to the level of industrial specialist for cutting tools (accredited by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry) as well as retraining as machine and systems operators. Courses to become an IT office assistant are also included in the Horn Academy’s training portfolio.

In recent years, Managing Director Lothar Horn has invested in new, state-of-the-art production facilities. In 2011, a new plant covering an area of around 5,000 square metres was built, enabling all shaping processes for carbide tools to be carried out in-house. In 2011 and 2012, investment totalled 30 million euros. The new plant has also been producing carbide blanks and wear parts for external companies since 2013. In 2016, the company acquired another 20,000 square metre building, 12,000 of which was earmarked for production. Administration moved into a new block next to the existing building. Investment in the two buildings – including machines and systems – amounted to 70 million euros. In 2018, Lothar Horn appointed his son, Markus, as a Managing Director – the third generation of the family to run the company. Matthias Rommel has been the Technical Managing Director since November 2018.