Company history

90 years of Steinbach – A record of success – Looking back and ahead

It all started on 15 November 1923 when Fritz Steinbach set up a business as “wholesaler of chemical and technical products, etc.” in Constance.

The years following were marked by various challenges in efforts to diversify the product line for industrial firms.

In the 1930s, Fritz Steinbach moved to Detmold in the Lippe region of Germany.

After the war, in 1951, his son Heinz and wife Hildegard made a fresh start with sales agencies in timber and building materials and the rubber goods industry.

After the war, in 1951, his son Heinz and wife Hildegard made a fresh start with sales agencies in timber and building materials and the rubber goods industry.

Soon Volker Steinbach joined the company in 1980; in 1981 the company began trading under the name of Steinbach GmbH.

The Bags and Film Packaging unit was effectively expanded – now with additional support from Volker’s wife Birgit.

Other company milestones:

1979

Erection of an office and storage building in Detmold, Am Gelskamp 14 A (Germany)

1990

Takeover of Römer & Port, Industrie- und Baubedarf GmbH in Magdeburg
Active development after the reunification

1993

Expansion of halls and production in Detmold
Opening of a distribution centre in Charlotte, North Carolina / USA

1995

Construction of new halls and offices in Magdeburg

1997

verlagerung

Relocation of Steinbach GmbH to Westerfeldstraße 13 in Detmold;
Expansion of production, processing, warehousing and office space

1998

Start of business cooperation with Smartech International LP in Charlotte, North Carolina / USA

2001

Verkaufsniederlassung in ulm

Setup of a sales office in Ulm

2002

Change of legal form from Steinbach GmbH to Steinbach AG
First chairman of the Supervisory Board of Steinbach AG: Heinz Steinbach

2003

33m manufacturing plant for natural rubber and silicone membranes

2005

Investment in water-jet technology for the precision cutting of acoustic & thermal insulating mats for mechanical engineering & vehicle construction.

2006

erweiterungsbau southpoint

Setup of a sales office and start of partnership with Shanghai Sunpoint Trade Co., Ltd (formerly known as Shanghai Trio Trade) in Shanghai / China

2007

erweiterungsbau detmold

Extension of premises at Westerfeldstraße 36 – 40 in Detmold

2008

Production of sound insulating material on flatbed laminating machine

2009

erweiterungsbau westpoint

Westpoint extension at Westerfeldstraße 34 – 36 in Detmold

2011

Start of partnership with Wang & Steinbach in Taipei / Taiwan

2012

Investment in a production plant for PTFE conveyor belts

2012

Introduction of the quality management system – DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 certification

2013

Expansion with Wang & Steinbach in Brisbane / Australia Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Detmold awards “90 years of Steinbach AG” certificate

2014

Michael Steinbach – son of Birgit & Volker – joins the company

2015

Start of Southpoint commercial property constructions in Ulm to expand Steinbach AG facilities

2016

Logo_FormCeram_fuer_Homepage

Acquisition of a vulcanizing machine for membranes up to a width of 3,200 m

Purchase of an additional water-jet machine for individual customer cut

The division Technical Ceramics is expanded: aquisition of a 3D printer and furnacec

Introduction of the product line Form Ceram

2018

DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 certification

2019

Chronik_Westpoint_Erweiterung

Westpoint extension: office building and warehouse/production halls