Our Journey
and Milestones.

Uncover the remarkable journey of our evolution into STARTEAM GLOBAL
and witness the significant milestones that shaped our success.

Our Origins.

Back in 1988, in the picturesque Black Forest in Southwest Germany, entrepreneur Klaus Jacob founded JCB
— entering the German automotive industry with a steadfast commitment to quality and reliability.


After 13 years of JCB, Klaus crossed paths with Guenther Hoeft, and together they established CML in 2001, accelerating the company’s growth on a global scale. Strengthening our ties with suppliers, we set up our first Hong Kong office in 2005, and this strategic move has allowed us to foster stronger relationships and enhance collaboration within our supply chain.

Klaus & Daniel Jacob
Daniel & Moritz in 2003
Klaus, Guenther, Daniel & Moritz

    Though, this global expansion was only possible with Daniel Jacob and Moritz Hoeft, the sons of Klaus and Guenther, who joined the company in 2003. Leveraging their global vision, they established offices in Shenzhen, Paris, and Mexico City, marking the beginning of our global footprint.


    As Daniel moved to Hong Kong in 2009, a legal separation took place, entrusting Moritz with all Europe-based CML new ventures. Daniel tookthis opportunity to set up an independent, rapidly-growing organisation in Hong Kong, strengthening our ties with suppliers. By stepping into leadership roles, Daniel and Moritz, who had taken over their fathers’ roles by this point, have developed our European and Asian businesses at the same time.

    • 10-year anniversary of CML in 2011

    CML had a joint venture partnership with Shenzhen-based company, Gainbase, in which they created ‘s.m.a.r.t’ in 2009, changing our direction from PCB trading. We then started making our own prototypes that met German quality standards, allowing us to offer a wide range of services to our customers for the first time. This progress was driven by Daniel’s goal to make CML a global PCB manufacturer, and we continue to work hard to uphold these high standards. However, our partnership ended in 2017, but this was just the beginning of our new chapter.


      In 2018, Daniel’s vision became a reality when we acquired a factory in Jiangyou, Sichuan. Now fully integrated, Jiangyou STARTEAM (JST) is driving our transformation to a distinguished manufacturer.

      Fast forward to 2021, our merger with CIA Custom Products extended our PCB reach to new geographical regions and enabled us to offer custom-made Power, Transmission, and other Interconnection solutions. This move expanded our scope, allowing us to offer comprehensive solutions to our customers.

      As of September 2022, the two organisations have merged under the parent company STARTEAM Global Holding Ltd. The organisation is led by Daniel Jacob, who is committed to shaping STG to meet future market demands.


      Currently, with over 1,000 experts spanning across over various locations, we are committed to driving growth by investing in our production facilities, logistics, engineering, and quality services to cater to the demands of diverse markets.

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