Company history2019-03-06T21:00:25+00:00

Company history

In 1930, Josef Schmitz founded the Josef Schmitz Stahl- und Eisenrohre OHG with determination and a pioneering spirit.

Together with his son Friedrich, he began working on steel pipes and sheets in Wickede an der Ruhr. Their first products included laundry poles, rose arches and flagpoles.

1930

Josef Schmitz Stahl- und Eisenrohre OHG founded; production of washing poles, rose arches and flagpoles

1946

The first medical products manufactured

1948

Construction of the first production hall of 1000 m2 on today’s site in Wickede (Ruhr)

1969

Production relocated to Bönen

1980

Bernd and Ludolf Schmitz are the third generation of the family to manage the company.

Business name changed to SCHMITZ u. Söhne GmbH & Co. KG

1991

Entirety of production relocated to Bönen

2007

Dedication of a new R&D building in Bönen by Professor Dr Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

2010

Friedrich Schmitz and Matthias Schmitz are the fourth generation to manage the company

In 2012 they both become managing partners

2017

The IHK includes SCHMITZ u. Söhne GmbH & Co. KG in its list of Hidden Champions.

2018

New look for SCHMITZ u. Söhne

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