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Roda computer GmbH, with headquarters in Lichtenau (Germany), was founded in 1987. From the very beginning, roda has specialised in the development, production, and distribution of mobile computers; in 1995, a further specialisation in ruggedised mobile computer systems followed.

The managing directors of roda computer GmbH are Martin Bertsch, Frank Scholz, and Siegbert Wortmann. The shareholders of roda computer GmbH are Martin Bertsch, Wortmann AG / Hüllhorst, and, since July 2004 with a share of 8%, MilDef CReTE Systems Inc. / Taipei / TAIWAN.

2017

The € 30 million turnover mark is exceeded

2016

Once again winner of the, by now 4th, "notebook ruggedised" framework agreement with the German Armed Forces.

Distribution contract with WESTEK UK (rugged high-performance servers) and Comrod AS, Norway (power supply products).

2015

Merger of rodatronic with roda computer GmbH as an independent "power supply" division and move from Bruckmühl to Hüllhorst.

2014

Re-branding of roda MilDef GmbH, back to roda computer GmbH, now using the new name affix "solid IT solutions".

Move to a new and larger company building in Hüllhorst.
Founding of roda computer, Ukraine.

2013

Product launch of the world's first ultra-flat full-rugged notebook (Lizard RS11). Weighing only 2.5 kg and measuring only 24 mm in height, it meets the form factor of commercial ultrabooks.

Management rejuvenation by the former COO Frank Scholz.

2012

Establishment of a sales office in India to further develop foreign business activities.

rodatronic, a subsidiary of roda MilDef, acquires the developer and manufacturer of military power supplies enertronix.de in Bruckmühl. This additionally means an expansion of the product portfolio towards that of a system provider.

2011

Co-founder and co-partner of the Helsingborg, Sweden-based MilDef Technology Group, together with MilDef AB, Sweden, previously Login AB and MilDef Crete, Taiwan.

2007

The € 20 million turnover mark is exceeded.

2005

Through the Mildef Technology Group, roda MilDef holds shares in MilDef Ltd, UK.

In addition, Martin Bertsch has been a co-partner of Wortmann France since 2005.

2004

First framework contract partner of the German Armed Forces for ruggedised mobile computers. The German Armed Forces has trusted in roda's competence ever since and, after three new tenders, extended the contract until 2019.

1997

First contact with the German Armed Forces established at the Cebit Trade Fair. In the same year, after severe and intensive product tests, the first 65 Rocky II units were ordered as mobile databases for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) applications. The Rocky II was also ordered as a maintenance computer for the Patriot and Roland weapon systems.

1996

Wortmann AG acquires a 47% stake in roda computer GmbH. At the same time, the Fellbach location is closed. Since then, roda has been conducting its business activities from Lichtenau and Hüllhorst.

1995

Start of specialisation in deployable, ruggedised computers. This specialisation was inspired by a tender issued by the Bavarian State Surveying Offices.

The birth of roda – Rocky I. The main markets at that time: land surveying, mining and tunnelling, civil engineering, industry, and research.

1994

The turnover mark of DM 10 million was exceeded, despite enormous competitive pressure. This led to a realignment of the corporate strategy and focus on the development and sale of special mobile solutions for field service applications (Notebook and printer integrated in A22 case solution).

1989

Already in 1989, roda started specialising in mobile computers, receiving the distribution rights of two Taiwanese start-up companies.

1987

roda computer GmbH was entered in the Waiblingen commercial register in November. At that time, Martin Bertsch was the co-founder and partner, holding the position of managing partner ever since. roda started as an OEM partner of Atari.