Solutions for friction, wear and lubrication.

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  • Welcome to Dr. Tillwich GmbH Werner Stehr

    We are pleased that you visit our site and show interest in our products and services. If there are any questions please feel free to contact me:

    Yours Susanne Beyer-Faiß
    Managing Director

    Susanne Beyer-Faiß

News and facts:

  • Christmas Riddle 2018

    Christmas Riddle 2018
  • Lube Magazine

    Publication in Lube Magazine
  • Measuring device

    Development of a measuring device for yield point
  • Lubmat 2018

    lubmat 2018 San Sebastian Spain
  • Masterclass of watchmakes VS

    Masterclass of Watchmakers visit DTWS
  • ISO 9001:2015

    ISO 9001:2015 Certification
  • Colloquium Tribology

    21st International Colloquium Tribology
  • Christmas Riddle 2017

    Resolution of Xmas Riddle 2017

Tribology is our world – smart solutions for friction, wear and lubrication.

Tribology is our world – smart solutions for friction, wear and lubrication.

We offer sustainable and complete solutions around the topics of friction, wear and lubrication. Starting from the system analysis to the individual, optimal solution, we accompany and support you with our know-how and experience, obtained during many years.

Our core competencies at a glance:

  • Development and production of precision lubricants for precision mechanics, instrument technology and horology
  • Plastic oils and plastic greases, low-temperature lubricants
  • Development of application-specific lubricant solutions
  • Epilamisation for all materials, lifetime lubrication coatings
  • Optimizing investigations on components and materials, damage analyses
  • Tribological advice on design and development of components
  • Development, design and production of tribological testing equipment
  • Basic seminars and advanced training


Since 70 years Dr. Tillwich GmbH offers solutions for friction, wear and lubrication.

















1948  The couple Herbert and Dr. Maria Tillwich found their company Herbert Tillwich in Berlin Spandau. They produce the first synthetic watch and clock oils. The brand Etsyntha was born.

1952  The company moves to Sindelfingen near Stuttgart.

1961  New company building with research laboratory and production facilities in Horb-Ahldorf.

1974  Werner Stehr joins the company of his parents-in-law Dr. Maria und Herbert Tillwich. He develops first tribological model test systems for precision machinery and horology. With the means of tribological simulation special plastic oils and plastic greases were developed for the lubrication of plastic bearings and plastic gears.

1978  After the death of Herbert Tillwich, Werner Stehr becomes Managing Director of Dr. Tillwich GmbH together with Dr. Maria Tillwich.

1982  Foundation of Etsyntha of America in Los Angeles. Worldwide expansion of sales activities.

1984  Susanne Beyer begins her training for chemical laboratory assistant with Dr. Maria Tillwich.

1986  Dr. Maria Tillwich leaves the company and retires.

1994  Extension of the company building through several warehouses, laboratories and a workshop.

1995  The German Society for Tribology (Gesellschaft für Tribologie e.V. – GfT) donates the Georg Vogelpohl decoration to Dr. Maria Tillwich for her services as a scientist and entrepreneur. She is the first and up to now only woman, who received this decoration.

2006  The German Society for Tribology (Gesellschaft für Tribologie e.V. – GfT) donates the Georg Vogelpohl decoration to Werner Stehr.

2008  Susanne Beyer-Faiß becomes authorized representative and member of the management

2011  Susanne Beyer-Faiß becomes the sole Managing Director. Werner Stehr remains the sole Shareholder.

2014  The Foundation for German Science (Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft) biennally awards excellent joint research projects in applied science. This year Susanne Beyer-Faiß and Werner Stehr received this award for outstanding achievements together with their project partners. The expert-team developed a liquid crystal based lubricant, which enables a nearly frictionless application in small gears.

2016  Beyer-Faiß Management-Holding GmbH acquires 100% of shares of Dr. Tillwich GmbH. Werner Stehr continues to be associated with the company as a cooperation partner and expert in applied tribology.


We offer comprehensive services around friction, wear and lubrication.

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With our wide range of services, we are at your side for all questions around friction, wear and lubrication. We offer in-depth tribological advice, friction and wear tests in our test laboratory, a damage analysis of your tribological system and a well-founded search for causes (lubricant, design or material).

Furthermore, we support you in the optimization of your tribological system and advise you on the design and development. Last, but not least, we will help you to realize an optimal solution for the production and, if necessary, develop tailor-made lubricants or epilams especially adapted to your applications.

At your request we are able to support you in your production process and assume the professional lubrication or epilamisation of your components in our facilities.

On request, we develop and engineer test equipment that is used in industry and at universities for basic research and tribological materials testing.

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Precision lubricants ensure the smooth functioning of watches, clocks, instruments and high-precision mechanics.

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Since 70 years we have been producing precision watch and instrument oils as well as fully synthetic special oils and greases for precision engineering that can be used for years on component groups that may be exposed to extremely high or low temperatures.

The demands on precision lubricants are very high. They have to be resistant to aging, optimally wet the contact points and must not spread. In addition, lubricants must withstand heavy loads, such as high surface pressures in the sliding contact, and of course reduce friction and wear. Their application should be possible at very high and very low temperatures without changing their physical properties too much. In addition, the lubricant should protect metallic components from corrosion and also show no incompatibilities with respect to polymeric materials.

Accordingly, care must be taken in the development and production of precision lubricants, because even the slightest deviation in viscosity can, for example, lead to malfunctions in sensitive measuring instruments. This may be associated with far-reaching consequences.

One of our core competences lies in the development of tailor-made lubricants for the respective applications of our customers. With our experience and our know-how, we ensure quality for our customers in a wide variety of areas - including the automotive industry, electrical engineering, precision mechanics, horological and instrument technology, medical technology and model making.

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Epilamisation – a smart method to prevent creeping of lubricants.

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By means of a surface coating with our epilams, the wetting behaviour of lubricants on surfaces can be purposefully influenced. During epilamisation, a very thin and invisible partially fluorinated polymer layer is applied in layer thicknesses below 0.1 μm, which has a surface-active effect and prevents the spreading of lubricants on component surfaces.

This effect is used, on the one hand, to reliably fix smallest lubricant volumes over the life of the components at the lubrication point, thereby preventing lack of lubricant and its consequences. On the other hand, adjacent component surfaces can be protected against creeping lubricants and process fluids, and thus unwanted interactions can be avoided. Such interactions may include, for example, embrittlement of materials, destruction of seals and adhesives, or damage to electrical contacts. Malfunctions or even failures may be safely avoided.

In many areas of the automotive industry, the epilamisation of components is already considered a standard procedure to keep lubricants stationary or to protect surface zones. In the area of electromechanical and electronic components, the industry is increasingly turning to epilamising all safety-relevant components in the machining process, thus further improving the reliability of their components.

Our epilams are process-reliable and suitable for use with almost all materials. They are non-inflammable, do not attack adhesives and paints and are also compatible with plastics. Their ease of use allows them to be used efficiently in many areas and industries to protect component groups and extend the lifecycle of products.

The application of our epilams does not require complicated workflows within your production process. On request, we can also assume this process on your component in our facilities.

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Responsibility for people and the environment – sustainable and intelligent solutions for friction, wear and lubrication.

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Our ultimate goal is to provide our customers with sustainable solutions for all problems related to friction, wear and lubrication. On behalf of our customers, we carry out lubricant and material investigations and support them in the optimisation of their tribological systems. We address application-specific requirements and develop customized lubricant solutions.

We always strive to develop products that ...

... are environmentally and resource-friendly, since only minimal amounts of precision lubricants and epilams are used.

... support energy savings, as friction losses are minimized.

... are economical and customer-friendly, as they support a longer product life cycle.

...require less maintenance, since for-life lubrication of the components is used.

... raise the quality of components, as noises are damped and a quiet run is ensured.

... help to reduce emissions due to a lower energy consumption of the lubricated components.

... increase operational safety and prevent long-term damage of components.


The next step in your career: Join our team.

Dr. Tillwich GmbH Werner Stehr is a medium-sized, internationally active family-owned company based in Horb am Neckar, which specializes in the development, production and sale of tailor-made, high-quality lubricant solutions and coatings for fine mechanical parts and components.

Since 70 years we have been working successfully in the field of tribology and lubrication technology on innovative and smart solutions for well-known companies in the automotive industry, electrical engineering, fine and precision engineering, horological and instrument technology as well as medical technology and model making.

Many of our employees have been working for years in our company. We offer a good working environment, flexible working hours and a requirement and performance-related compensation.

We are always looking for motivated trainees and interns, which we urgently need as junior staff. We offer trainees, students, career starters but also experienced professionals interesting perspectives and career opportunities.

If you like to work independently and committed, and feel comfortable working in a team, then you are exactly right with us.

Found no suitable position?

If you have not found a suitable position on our website at the moment, you are welcome to send us your unsolicited application. Simply send your documents to Ms. Susanne Beyer-Faiß - also by e-mail. She then will contact you.

We are looking forward to your application!

Training for Chemical laboratory assistant (f/m)

Training for Chemical laboratory assistant (f/m)

Start of training 09/2019

During the apprenticeship the trainees work in our lubricant laboratory, in the tribological testing laboratory and in our production. You get to know a wide range of analytical methods, physico-chemical methods and mechanical-dynamic testing devices that are used for the characterization and quality assurance of lubricants and raw materials. The documentation of the measurement results and their evaluation is usually done via corresponding computer programs.

In addition to imparting these skills and the comprehensive theoretical understanding of the methods used, occupational safety, environmental protection and health protection have a very high priority.

  • A good school certificate (Junior high school or Abitur)
  • Scientific interests
  • Chemical, physical and technical understanding
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Mechanical skills
  • Careful and accurate work
Duration of training: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 years

Theoretical training content is taught at the vocational school.

For more information please give us a call.

Apply now! We look forward to you!

Training for Industrial management assistant (f/m)

Training for Industrial management assistant (f/m)

Start of training 09/2019

During the apprenticeship the trainees work in our administration and get to know all important commercial and business tasks such as materials management, sales and marketing, personnel, finance and accounting. Internships in the laboratory and in production promote the understanding of the special interests of a manufacturing company in the chemical industry.

  • a good school certificate (Junior high school or Abitur)
  • basic knowledge in English
  • communication skills
  • good spelling skills
  • quick comprehension
  • organisational talent and structured thinking
Duration of training: 2-3 years

Theoretical training content is taught at the vocational school.

For more information please give us a call.

Apply now! We look forward to you!

Foreign bases / Co-operating partners


Credimex AG

Untere Gründlistr. 7
CH-6055 Alpnach
T +41 4 1666 2949
F +41 4 1666 2950
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4, rue Valiton
FR-92110 Clichy
T +33 1 4270 5027
F +33 1 4731 6270
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Etsyntha of America

11966 Turquoise Way
USA- Mira Loma, CA 91752
T +1 250 4721 154
F +1 250 4722 263
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Shanghai Shuttle Trading Company Ltd.

3F, WenYiCourt
ZhongShan Square 977
HongQiao Road,
ChangNing District
CN-Shanghai 200051
T +86 21 3223 0855
F +86 21 6209 7879
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02.12.18 | Christmas Riddle 2018
Christmas Riddle 2018


This year, we witnessed a natural phenomenon that occurs only every five to seven years, and which was favored by the above-average warm April. A so-called "mast year" of spruce generated a remarkably strong production of pollen, which the wind then distributed in yellow swaths visible all over the landscape.

After a cleansing downpour, we had a walk outside in the fresh air, and we saw an obviously recently painted wooden bench, on which the remaining raindrops had gathered. Of course, they immediately caught our attention, as stable contact angles of liquids on surfaces are also an important topic in our professional lives.

Far more, however, the question kept us occupied why the pollen collects in the center of the water drops? We have followed various explanatory approaches and have also made practical experiments, but honestly have to confess that they may not fully describe the right solution.

Therefore, at this point, we make a serious call to all riddle friends to actively support us in the search for the right solution.

What is your approach? Maybe it can be proved with a small experiment or a reference?

Of course, your efforts will be rewarded with a small gift.

Please send your solution and address to by January 6, 2019. The resolution can be found from 11 January 2019 on our homepage.

Instead of Christmas gifts we support this year the non-profit association Addiction and Youth Welfare e.V., which informs the schools in our district about the most diverse addictive dangers, and thus helps to avert dangers from our children and young people.

Good luck, health and a happy new year 2019!

Note: Our Christmas Riddle ist not a competition. The jury's choice is final.


15.08.18 | Publication in Lube Magazine
Publication in Lube Magazine

New test method for measuring the adhesive forces of lubricants on surfaces under dynamic conditions

Lube Magazine published the latest results of Susanne Beyer-Faiss from our lubricant laboratory dealing with the measurement of adhesive properties of lubricants on surfaces.
Within the scope of a research project a test method has been developed which allows to dynamically measuring the adhesive force of a lubricant drop directly on the respective materials and surfaces with the technology of a centrifuge. The detection of adhesion forces under dynamic conditions extends the range of laboratory test methods for the characterization of surface wetting properties. In particular, the possibility of testing on real component surfaces and with small oil volumes opens up new aspects for the function prediction of life-time lubricated systems in precision engineering.
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01.08.18 | Development of a measuring device for yield point
Development of a measuring device for yield point

New Yield Point Measuring Device TRMD3001 according to the tilting rod method

The tilting rod method, which has been developed from Dr. Tillwich GmbH Werner Stehr, and which has been standardized since August 2016 as DIN 51810-3, is now available as a measuring device for the fast and uncomplicated determination of the yield point of flowing to soft greases or gel-like substances. By placing five additional weights, the measuring range can be extended from 2 to 400 Pa. Intended areas of application are quality assurance as well as research and development.

07.06.18 | lubmat 2018 San Sebastian Spain
lubmat 2018 San Sebastian Spain

Lubrication, Tribology and Condition Monitoring, Conference and Exhibition

This year's Lubmat Conference took place on 5th and 6th June 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain. It enabled the direct encounter of science and industry. In addition to lectures on lubricants, tribology and condition monitoring, there was also an accompanying exhibition. With the lecture "Determination of the Adhesive Properties of Lubricants on Surfaces" on June 5th, 2018 (Lubricants and lubrication 3 - Room 2 - 17: 25-17.50h) Susanne Beyer-Faiß presented actual results from our lubricant lab. Further information about the program and the venue can be found on the homepage of the organizer.

16.03.18 | Masterclass of Watchmakers visit DTWS
Masterclass of Watchmakers visit DTWS

Graduates of the Master`s Class of Watchmakers (Staatliche Feintechnikschule ) from Villingen-Schwenningen on Factory Tour

Twelve future masters of watch makers and their two instructors were informed about the specific properties of lubricants, which are used in watch and clock industry. Starting with an introductory lecture of Managing Director Susanne Beyer-Faiß the graduates got answers to most interesting questions, for example what kind of lubricant concepts do exist, where are their strengths and their weaknesses, how to choose the correct lubricant, and how to read technical data sheets.

During a subsequent tour of the lubricant laboratory, the production, the tribological test field and the operating areas of the company, visitors were able to deepen their knowledge. Not even a small snack at the end of the visit was able to interrupt the lively discussions on watch and clock lubricants. As a farewell, each visitor received a sample set containing the most common watch and clock oils, greases and epilams.

08.03.18 | ISO 9001:2015 Certification
ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Conversion of the Quality Management Systems to the new ISO 9001:2015 certification

It is the goal of our company policy to fully meet the requirements and expectations of our customers and to constantly improve our quality standards. In order to meet this responsibility, the existing quality management system has been upgraded to the new ISO 9001: 2015 standard.

The QM system has been expanded to include the following points / topics:

  • strategic direction of the company
  • extension of the target groups
  • process management
  • distribution of responsibilities
  • risk management
  • knowledge management
  • documentation

The audit conducted by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH on 7th and 8th March 2018 confirmed, that the quality management system of Dr. Tillwich GmbH Werner Stehr meets the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015.

11.01.18 | 21st International Colloquium Tribology
21st International Colloquium Tribology

21st International Colloquium Tribology Industrial and Automotive Lubrication

With 200 lectures the International Colloquium Tribology in Ostfildern near Stuttgart is Europe´s biggest international conference on tribology and lubrication. On January 11th, 2018 Susanne Beyer-Faiß gave an important contribution with her presentation “Determination of Adhesive Properties of Lubricants on Surfaces”, showing a novel approach to measure this important lubricant property.

07.01.18 | Resolution of Xmas Riddle 2017
Resolution of Xmas Riddle 2017

Here is our resolution of the Christmas riddle of 2017

Our question for the Christmas riddle 2017 was: How much tire wear has been formed on the runways of Frankfurt Airport in 2016?

Our solution: Fraport AG's 80-page air traffic statistics for 2016 provide a wealth of data that can be used for the calculation. The waste report of Fraport AG also lists 100 tons of rubber abrasion, which are milled annually from the carriageways. With 462,885 aircraft movements in 2016 (arrivals and departures) and the assumption that most of the gum will be transferred to the runway at the time of landing, an average of 400 grams of rubber will be left at the airport per landing.