Spirit of innovation
ODU - The ODU success story
2017

75 Years!

After 75 years, the ODU corporate brand can look back on a successful history that all began with an ingenious idea of Otto Dunkel. The inventive spirit of the founder is the nucleus from which the success of the company grew.

Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.

2016

New production facility: ODU MEXICO

ODU opens a new production facility near Tijuana, Mexico. The reason for this is the successful American project business with application- and customer-specific products. As in Europe, completly assembled connectors are increasingly being offered in North America.

2016

INNOVATION ON THE 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ODU-MAC®

After 30 years of proven ODU-MAC technology, ODU now markets the new ODU-MAC Blue-Line, which is a whole new power class of the modular rectangular connectors.

2015

Foundation of the ODU Japan subsidiary

2014

Foundation of the ODU Denmark and ODU Italia subsidiaries

The ODU AMC High-Density is one of the most compact and lightest connectors series brought to market. This innovation sets new standards in the miniaturization of connectors. catapults the connector into a whole new dimension of miniaturization.

2012

Founding of the Product Development Center (PDC) in Shanghai, China

2011

The new ODU AMC circular connector system hits the market.

2011

ODU generates sales of over 100 million euros

2010

Development of high current connectors for electromobility

2006

Founding of the ODU Romania subsidiary.

2005

Founding of the ODU Automotive, Inc.

2004

Founding of the ODU Automotive GmbH subsidiary

2002

Founding of the ODU Shanghai Trading.

The ODU MINI-SNAP series is extended into the medical application area with the ODU MEDI-SNAP.

2001

Founding of the ODU Shanghai Manufacturing subsidiary

1996

Founding of the ODU France subsidiary

1992

Start of the ODU MINI-SNAP circular connector series

1987

Founding of the ODU UK subsidiary

1986

Launch of the ODU-MAC modular rectangular connector system

1985

Founding of the ODU USA subsidiary

1975

Founding of the ODU Steckverbindungssysteme GmbH & Co. KG as a marketing and sales company

The first circuit board connectors are produced.

1969

ODU begins developing electronic connectors. The ODU CARD series is added to the portfolio. The “card-in-card connectors” enable stack construction even in small devices and are used particularly in control systems where space is limited.

1960

The workforce expands to 140 members; turnover crosses the one million D-Mark threshold.

1955

Otto Dunkel GmbH receives the patent for the production of "Federnde Steckerstifts“ – today known as the "ODU SPRINGTAC® contact with springwire technology".

1942

Founded in Berlin by Otto Dunkel

1937

Invention of the springwire contact

Otto Dunkel has one of his best flashes of genius while observing a man sweeping away leaves with a twig broom. That very moment is nothing less than the springwire contact’s hour of birth. Inspired by the individual twigs of the broom, Dunkel turns the contact into lines, in other words into individual springs.

The result: constant contact resistance and steady application pressure contact. This enables a weak point in communication systems – the unreliable connector – to be overcome.