Applikationstechnik Neugersdorf GmbH was founded by Torsten and Helge Hölzel, as well as the partners MBN Maschinenbaubetriebe Neugersdorf GmbH and Röhr Steuerungstechnik GmbH on 20 January 1999. ATN’s first headquarters were located at the MBN Maschinenbaubetriebe Neugersdorf GmbH premises in Neugersdorf. Its first client was VW Slovakia, for which it provided bonding technology for the DVD bonding and fitting system in the VW Polo in Bratislava. At the end of its first year, ATN had 12 staff.

In 2000, and therefore soon after its founding, ATN had already started manufacturing the first systems for a location outside Europe – it produced systems for fitting cockpits, panels and DVD cardboard for FAW Volkswagen in Changchun.
In 2001, in co-operation with MBN Neugersdorf, ATN Hölzel GmbH manufactured the first pure assembly system in the form of the fully automatic wheel assembly for the VW Phaeton for Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden. It also developed the first boostered bonding technology for the automotive industry.

2002 marked ATN Applikationstechnik’s first relocation, prompted by a lack of space. The new facility was initially once again at the premises of MBN Neugersdorf. Formation of the individual engineering, programming and production departments, as well as the project management division, saw ATN adopt its present-day “all under one roof” philosophy and structure at this time.
ATN also managed to increasingly develop its client base, which now includes Audi and Opel on the German market. Today, the company is also very active in China.

ATN built the first fully automatic panel adhesion and fitting systems for Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and Audi in Neckarsulm in 2003.

For the first time in its history, 2004 saw the company faced with a decline in orders compared to the previous year, due to the persistent economic crisis in Europe. It prompted an expansion of the product range and client base, which crucially set the course for a better business setup for ATN in future.

2005 and 2006 were characterised by a broader focus for ATN. The first system is built for Ford, today one of ATN’s biggest customers, in the Belgian town of Genk. The fully automatic primer systems or the fully automatic and sealed fitting of front seats in continuous operations are some of the new technical developments which emerged during this time.

2007 saw ATN Applikationstechnik’s first opportunity to develop and produce systems for the solar industry. The company built one of the technical highlights of its history to date in the form of the world’s first fully automatic brick joining and bonding system for Wacker Schott Solar in 2008.

ATN’s constant growth also became apparent in terms of the spatial capacities at its headquarters in Neugersdorf. There was no longer enough room at the production areas or the administration and engineering offices, prompting the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony at the company’s new future premises in Oppach, 15 km away, on 27 September 2007. The new site provided excellent infrastructure and options for subsequent expansion, and the additional expense generated by the slightly longer commute for staff, most of whom came from the region around the previous location, was minimal.
The official foundation stone ceremony was attended by Saxon Premier, Prof. Dr Georg Milbradt, and District Administrator, Günter Valentin, on 2 November 2007.

The construction of the new company headquarters in 2008 also marked the start of ATN’s focus on developing and producing combined heat and power units. While the development was initially only planned for in-house energy supplies, it became an entire product range and a new cornerstone of ATN’s services.
In October 2008, the company moved to its new premises in Oppach, and changed its name from ATN Applikationstechnik Neugersdorf GmbH to ATN Hölzel GmbH.
In January 2009, ATN Hölzel GmbH celebrated its 10-year anniversary, as well as the official opening of its new headquarters. The company had now become an application technology specialist, particularly in final assembly for the automotive industry, and had produced over 200 application and assembly systems in recent years. With over 100 staff and an annual turnover of more than € 11 million, vast growth was also recorded in these areas.

The period between 2010 and 2012 saw ATN establish its first international bases in the USA (Chattanooga), China (Changchun), Spain (Valencia) and Brazil (Sao Paulo), triggering an increase in service quality for our local customers. This time frame was also characterised by strong growth throughout the entire company.
At the end of 2012, ATN was employing 250 staff at its head office in the Saxon town of Oppach and its international branches. Incoming orders had also increased to € 30 million in 2012, as a result of the constant client base expansion, the international focus, and the further development of the company’s product range.

ATN’s new products for 2013 included fully automatic wheel assembly in continuous operations (VW Golf VII), systems for bodywork cavity foaming and PVC seam welding (Audi Neckarsulm), as well as an assembly line for rear-axle assembly (Skoda Mlada Boleslav).
Two new major customers were acquired in the form of Daimler AG and the BMW Group, for whom ATN Hölzel GmbH produced several systems both in Germany and abroad in the first two years alone.
As a technological partner of ABB Automation, ATN Hölzel GmbH worked on developing the "Integrated Gluing Function Pac", which combines the controlling of robot and bonding technology. ATN supplied the entire application technology for this system. In doing so, both companies muscled their way into the field of bodywork shell construction. The system was presented for the first time at the international Motek/bondexpo trade fair in Stuttgart in October 2012.

The company’s development made it necessary for the capacities at its Oppach headquarters to be expanded, and the foundation stone ceremony for the new production and administration building was held in April 2013. In addition to the extended engineering and administrative office, the new building will house the production area of the application technology division, a robot cabinet, and the research and technology development department.

Company founder and managing director Torsten Hölzel was awarded the Ostdeutscher Sparkassenverband’s entrepreneurial prize in November 2013, in recognition of the company’s development and commitment to the region.