& Steenbeck was founded during the fall of 1923 by two engineers,
Harder and Wilhelm Steenbeck
in Hamburg-Altona (Germany).
In the beginning, capacitors, resonant circuit coils and other
electrical components were made for the radio manufacturing industry.
Later Mr. Steenbeck separated from the enterprise and Mr. Harder managed
the company alone, producing many spare parts for the automobile
During the Second World War, ship's sonar
components were produced. After the end of the war Mr. Harder began to
produce airbrush and spraying equipment. Some were based on old models
and some were his own new designs.
The first spray gun produced was the PRIMA,
after that the CONSUL, and later the ULTRA airbrush. All these products
were renowned for their durability and robustness and were valued by all
those who used them, including Graphic designers, retouchers, artists,
the Porcelain Industry and especially the doll and toy manufacturers in
In addition, a wide variety of parts and
equipment for the spray gun industry and compressed air products were
produced covering many applications.
After the death of the Mr. Harder senior in
1975, Mr. Hans Harder, son of August Harder took over the company
"Harder and Steenbeck" continuing in the footsteps of the
founder until 1992.
In 1992 the company was sold and then moved to
Oststeinbek in the eastern outskirts of Hamburg.
In 1995 the precision engineer Jens Matthiessen
joined the company as a partner.
New product lines were introduced in 1996 with
the production of the legendary "GRAFO ", the “COLANI
", the development continued further with the " EVOLUTION
". Great attention was always paid to quality, fine craftsmanship,
lasting value and product image.
In the year 2000 Harder & Steenbeck
acquired the airbrush section of “Hansa
Technik”, located in Norderstedt/Germany.
Since 2004 Jens Matthiessen is sole proprietor
of Harder & Steenbeck Metallwarenfabrik e.K. and Managing Director
of Hansa World of Airbrush Marketing and Sales Co.
Today, the companies Harder & Steenbeck
and Hansa World of Airbrush export their products worldwide. The
airbrushes are known as superior precision instruments. The year 2007
marks the introduction of a new line of airbrushes
- The “infinity”.
The airbrush with an eye-catching design and many new functions is
setting new standards in the world of airbrushing.
the company also makes its official debut on the American market at the
National Art Materials Trade Association (NAMTA) show in Chicago.