company founder Prof. Dr.-Ing.
habil. Dr. h. c. Armin Ißleib


  • The joint venture HARDTOP castings (Zibo) Co., Ltd. (China)
    granted its business licence.
  • Foundation of another joint venture,
    HARDTOP castings (Zibo) Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Chris Hofmann is granted signing authority for the company.


  • HARDTOP celebrates the 20th anniversary of the company in the presence of over 130 guests from 13 countries on 4 continents.
  • Granting of business license for the joint venture HARDTOP HUAHENG (Shan Xi) wear-resisting castings Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Foundation of the joint venture HARDTOP HUAHENG (Shan Xi) wear-resisting castings Co., Ltd. (China)
  • The powder forge in Harzgerode is closed.


  • Foundation of the company HARDTOP Engineering GmbH in Farsleben (Germany)


  • HARDTOP moves its headquarters to Reichelstraße 23 in 39124 Magdeburg.


  • HARDTOP sells its shares in the JV company HARDTOP Bimetals (Ningguo) Co., Ltd. (China).
  • Commissioning of a laboratory building for research and development in Farsleben (Germany)


  • Irina Ißleib-Lubojanski is appointed as additional managing director.


  • HARDTOP celebrates its 10th anniversary in the presence of over 100 guests from 13 countries from 4 continents.


  • Foundation of the joint venture HARDTOP Bimetals (Ningguo) Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Irina Ißleib-Lubojanski receives sole power of attorney for the company.


  • Construction and start-up of a powder forge in Harzgerode (Germany)
  • Foundation of the subsidiary HARDTOP Centrum Odlewnictwa, Sp. z o. o. (Poland)

2003 – 2006

  • Strengthening national and international sales by winning key customers, focusing on OEMs and building a global sales network.

2001 – 2002

  • Change of the company concept by expanding the ProCast™ solidification simulation and establishing a sales department for bimetallic wear parts.

1998 – 2000

  • HARDTOP focuses as an engineering company on the development of innovative foundry technologies, composite casting technologies and services for the foundry industry.


  • Start of business operations with 10 young scientists from the University of Magdeburg


  • After 25 years of teaching and research at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Dr. Armin Ißleib founds the engineering company HARDTOP Gießereitechnologie GmbH.