The SOMA timeline

Learn more about the history of SOMA, our innovations and products, and milestones in the company's past.


  • Family
  • Growth
  • Innovation
  1. 1972

    Foundation of SOMA GmbH

    The companies EOC Normalien and Rahmede founded SOMA GmbH as a company manufacturing special purpose machinery based in Friedrichstr. in Lüdenscheid, Germany.

  2. 1983

    Acquisition of SOMA GmbH

    Acquisition of SOMA GmbH by Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG.

    Initial test technology projects

    Initial test technology projects for the automotive supply industry.

  3. 1984

    Relocation of SOMA GmbH

    Relocation to a Kostal production building at Wiesenstraße 42.

  4. 2001

    TSA 4000 delivery

    Delivery of the first SOMA TSA 4000 functional testing system.

  5. 2004

    Trademark registration for flexTAC®

    Trademark registration for flexTAC® – a flexible test automation concept.

  6. 2005

    Relocation of SOMA GmbH

    Relocation of SOMA GmbH to the Ramsloh industrial park in Schalksmühle, Germany.

  7. 2007

    Trademark registration for flexLAB®

    Trademark registration for flexLAB® – a test system for analysis and warranty testing.

  8. 2008

    Acquisition of TE GmbH

    Acquisition of the assets and patents of TE GmbH, Achim, and thus establishment of the "Dosing Technology for industrial lubricants" business division.