HISTORY

Plastics. Our Profession. Successful – since 1949.

With 2,500 employees around the world, today Pöppelmann is one of the leading companies of the plastics processing industry in Europe. Over 60 years of continuous growth and innovative plastics technology point the way for future development. The secret of our success: the wishes and requirements of our clients are at the core of everything we do.

Submitted to Lohne town council by Hubert (22) and Josef Pöppelmann (21). Start after payment of an administrative fee of 5 D-Mark.
FEBRUAR 1949

Application for approval of a cork factory.

Submitted to the city council of Lohne by Hubert (22) and Josef Pöppelmann (21). Approved after payment of an administrative fee of 5 German Marks.

The factory: an old chicken coop on his parents' farm in Brockdorf near Lohne.
JULY 2, 1949

The Pöppelmann brothers open their cork factory.

The factory: an old hen house on their parents' farm in Brockdorf near Lohne. 

Construction of a combined factory, warehouse and residential building: the nucleus of today's Pöppelmann Group. Today the building is home to the Lohner Jugendtreff.
1953/1954

Relocation to Bakumer Straße 2.

Construction of a combined factory, storage and residential building – the nucleus of today’s Pöppelmann Group. Nowadays, the building is home to Lohne’s youth club.

Josef Pöppelmann walks down the aisle with Gertrud Hövemann. She was already working in the company before the marriage and supports her husband in all entrepreneurial activities from the very beginning. The couple has six children.
AUGUST 19, 1954

The beginning of a joint venture.

Wedding: Josef Pöppelmann marries Gertrud Hövemann. Even before the wedding, she was active in the company and supported her husband in all business activities right from the beginning. The couple will have six children.

Purchase of the first plastic injection moulding machine at the Hanover Fair. It is used to produce the first grip cap for a cork used as a closure for a spirits bottle. Start of the plastics era in the Pöppelmann company.
APRIL 1955

The first plastic product: a grip cap.

Purchase of the first plastic injection moulding machine at Hannover Messe. It is used to make the first grip cap for a cork to close a bottle of spirits. Dawn of the plastics era at Pöppelmann.

Purchase of the first Robling-type machine tool. Very fast development of KAPSTO® sealing plugs and protective caps as well as protective sleeves to a versatile and Europe-wide distributed program.
APRIL 1957

Beginning of KAPSTO®.

Purchase of the first Robling-type mould machine. Very fast development of KAPSTO® sealing plugs and protective caps, as well as protective sleeves, into a versatile range sold across Europe. Use in practically all areas of industry. Still a very popular brand today – even for tailored special solutions.

Construction of a three-storey administration building and the first hall, which serves as a warehouse. Further halls and administrative buildings will follow at this address in the next few years.
1966

New factory site at Bakumer Straße 73.

Construction of a three-storey administrative building and the first warehouse. Further buildings and administrative blocks are added to the premises in the next few years.

Foundation of the first foreign branch in Mulhouse, Rue du Rhin. Plastiques Pöppelmann France (PPF), a commercially independent company, takes over the distribution of the entire Pöppelmann range for France. Relocation to the company's own plastics plant in Rixheim in 1977.
MAY 28, 1966

Plastiques Pöppelmann France (PPF).

Establishment of the first foreign branch in Rue du Rhin, Mulhouse. Plastiques Pöppelmann France (PPF), a free-standing, commercial company, assumes responsibility for the sale of the entire Pöppelmann range in France. Relocation to its own plastics factory in Rixheim in 1977.

The TEKU® program starts with the production of the first flower pots. To this day, this division develops and produces plant pots and growing systems for commercial horticulture.
MARCH 1970

Launch of the TEKU® programme.

The TEKU® program starts with production of the first flower pots. To this day, this business unit develops and produces planters and cultivation systems

for commercial horticulture.

Honoring the men of the first hour: (from right) Aloys Wienhold, Gottfried Thobe and August Böckmann. At the same time, a new company building is inaugurated: Hall 3. At this time, the company has 200 employees.
JUNE 28, 1974

25-year company anniversary.

Honouring the pioneers of the company (from right): Aloys Wienhold, Gottfried Thobe and August Böckmann. Simultaneous inauguration of the new premises: Hall 3. The company now has 200 employees. First anniversary brochure entitled “A company introduces itself”. In the following years, Pöppelmann continues to expand.

The company is now managed by Gertrud Pöppelmann and Josef Pöppelmann's brother-in-law, Karl-Heinz Diekmann, who joined the company in 1955.
AUGUST 1983

Josef Pöppelmann dies at the early age of 55.

The company is now run by Gertrud Pöppelmann and Josef Pöppelmann’s brother-in-law, Karl-Heinz Diekmann, who had been working in the company since 1955.

A new factory building at a new location: Factory in Brockdorf. After completion of halls 21, 22 and 23 in Brockdorf, the production of the Pöppelmann K-TECH® business unit will be relocated there.
MAY 18, 1996

Back to the roots: Factory 2 in Brockdorf.

A new factory in a new location: plant in Brockdorf. After completion of halls 21, 22 and 23 in Brockdorf, production of the Pöppelmann K-TECH® business division is relocated there.

With 800 employees and subsidiaries as well as branches in France, Spain, England, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands, Pöppelmann is one of the leading companies in plastics processing in Europe.
JULY 2, 1999

The company celebrates its 50th anniversary.

With 800 employees and subsidiaries and branches in France, Spain, UK, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands, Pöppelmann is one of the leading companies in the plastics processing industry in Europe. The commemorative publication “The first fifty years” [1949 – 1999] is released.

Hiring of the 1,000th employee, Jonas Möllers. Many of the company's voluntary social benefits for its employees - thanks to the personal commitment of Gertrud Pöppelmann.
2002

Working together every day.

Appointment of the 1000th employee, Jonas Möllers. The company offers many voluntary social benefits to its staff – thanks to the personal commitment of Gertrud Pöppelmann.

Opening of the TEKU® division in Claremont, North Carolina. The group of companies employs over 1,300 people worldwide.
2007

Pöppelmann Plastics USA.

Site opening with the TEKU® division in Claremont, North Carolina. The Pöppelmann group employs more than 1,300 people worldwide.

The group of companies remains 100 percent family-owned. The management is in the hands of Friedrich Kühling, Norbert Nobbe and Franz Nordlohne.
APRIL 18, 2009

Company owner Gertrud Pöppelmann dies at the age of 84.

The group of companies remains 100 percent family owned. Managing directors Friedrich Kühling, Norbert Nobbe and Franz Nordlohne lead the company.

For the medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, Pöppelmann FAMAC® develops and produces functional parts and packaging made of plastic to the highest standards.
MAY 2010

Inauguration of Factory 3 at Pöppelmannstraße 5 in Lohne.

Pöppelmann FAMAC® develops and produces sophisticated plastic functional parts and packaging for the medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry.

The family-owned company in Lohne has been successfully training apprentices for over 60 years. With 175 apprentices in various training professions, Pöppelmann continues to focus on the future.
AUGUST 2019

Training at Pöppelmann.

For over 60 years, the Lohne-based, family-run company has carried out successful training programmes. With 175 trainees in a variety of apprenticeships, Pöppelmann continues to invest in the future.

On September 1, Henk Gövert assumed his new responsibilities as Managing Director of Pöppelmann Holding. This completes the Pöppelmann management trio: from now on, Managing Directors Norbert Nobbe, Matthias Lesch and Henk Gövert will run the company together.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

Henk Gövert appointed new Managing Director.

On September 1, Henk Gövert took over his new position as Managing Director of the Pöppelmann Holding. This completes the Pöppelmann Management trio: From now on, the Managing Directors Norbert Nobbe, Matthias Lesch and Henk Gövert manage the company together.

With 5 production sites, the Pöppelmann Group has developed into a leading manufacturer in the plastics processing industry. The quality
2019

Pöppelmann - a strong partner.

With five production sites the Pöppelmann group has grown to become a leading producer in the plastics processing industry. In more than 90 countries, “Quality made by Pöppelmann” is held in high esteem.

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