Hans Damm established the company on 2 January 1972. In the beginning, six employees manufactured testing and transport frames for car radios, among other things. VDO (now Continental), GRUNDIG, Blaupunkt and PFAFF were the most important customers and partners during the first few years.
After just a few years, the order situation had ELMAKO bursting at the seams. The production facility in Baden-Baden became too small. ELMAKO needed more room.