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Pioneers, Innovators and Experts

HBK was formed in 2019 by the merger of two market-leading organizations: HBM and Brüel & Kjær. Both companies have a long history of providing innovative and high-quality solutions in test and measurement technology for various industries.

However, our journey is a continuous one and the ever-growing HBK constellation reflects our commitment to innovation, the latest technology and new opportunities as we untap the potential of combined knowledge and insight within three physical domains – mechanical, sound and vibration and electrical.

Our history


Brüel & Kjær is founded

Per V. Brüel and Viggo Kjær founded the company in Denmark and received a license to trade.


Hottinger Messtechnik is founded

The engineer Karl Hottinger founds Hottinger Messtechnik in a small Bavarian town in Germany.


Brüel & Kjær starts its global expansion

Establishment of sales office in the USA, soon followed by offices throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa over the next few decades.


HBM expands business in the United States of America

Opening first American subsidiary in Marlboro, USA.


First calibration lab

HBM open the first calibration lab of the German Calibration service (DKD), now DAkkS.


Brüel & Kjær expands into China

Brüel & Kjær becomes the first western electronics firm to set up a service center in the People’s Republic of China.


Danish Primary Laboratory of Acoustics

The Danish government commissions Brüel & Kjær to operate the Danish Primary Laboratory of Acoustics (DPLA).


HBM expands into China

HBM founds its Chinese branch office with connected production site.


HBM and Brüel & Kjær are acquired by Spectris

Spectris is providing customers globally with specialist insight through high-tech instruments, test equipment and software.


Expanding business through acquisitions

Brüel & Kjær acquires LDS Test and Measurement and HBM acquires nCode and SoMat.


Further acquisitions

Brüel & Kjær acquires Sound Answers in the USA and HBM acquires FiberSensing in Portugal and ReliaSoft in the USA.


HBK – Hottinger Brüel & Kjær is founded