Organisation profile

OBE Ohnmacht & Baumgärtner GmbH & Co. KG is a private family owned company with 550 employees, headquartered in Ispringen, Germany. OBE has established itself as a key supplier for the optical industry since its founding in 1904 in particular due to its role in developing spectacle hinges. The company is active in the areas of research, development, production and sales of high precision metal components in large quantities. OBEs customers come from the spectacle industry luxury goods, automotive, telecommunications, medical and aerospace sectors for all stages in the production process, from development support right up to finishing and assembly of the components and subassemblies produced via MIM technology.


The core activities of OBE are

  • Optic: OBE addresses spectacle manufacturers searching for high end metal parts for the frame articulation
  • MIMplus: OBE offers high precision products produced by Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) with an added value in different industries

Role and contribution to REProMag

OBE is the coordinator of the REProMag project. OBE has extensive knowledge in the design, construction and processing of metal injection moulding parts in a variety of materials (low alloy steels, stainless steels, Titanium, Ni-based alloys and hard materials). Further OBE has wide experience of project management and know-how in production of hard magnets (HDDR and HD route).


Prof. Dr. Carlo Burkhardt
Managing Director
Tel: +49 7231 802 215