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Carl Stahl Seilerei

Still a family business

Carl Stahl started out in 1880 as a small rope maker specializing in agricultural products. Today it has become a global enterprise with 1,520 employees operating from 61 subsidiaries all over the world. To this day the company has remained a family business with three General Managers: Wolfgang Schwenger, Andreas Urbez and Wolfgang Funk.

Summary of company history

1880

Jakob Stahl

Foundation of rope making shop “Stahl” at Suessen by Jakob Stahl.

1904

Carl Stahl

Jakob Stahl hands his business over to his son Carl.

1930

Carl Stahl II.

Carl Stahl II takes over the company. The company Kammgarnspinnerei Gebr. Stahl is run by his father and later added to the Carl Stahl Group.

1933

Parade car in front of the rope making shop

Parade car celebrating the incorporation of Great and Small Suessen

1966

Willy Schwenger

Willy Schwenger, Carl Stahl’s son-in-law, joins the company’s management.

1968

Plant I, Suessen

Expansion and erection of new company premises at Suessen (plant I)

1971

safety hook eyes

Development and introduction of safety hook eyes

1972

New branch, Stuttgart-Plieningen

Erection of a new branch at Stuttgart-Plieningen (plant II)

1978

Metall + Formteile GmbH

Foundation of subsidiary
„Metall + Formteile GmbH“

1980 - 1997

Administrative centre and a production facility, Suessen

Completion of the new administrative centre and a production facility in Suessen (plant III) and foundation of many new subsidiaries in Germany and abroad

1996

AURAS Tauchpumpen

Acquisition of AURAS GmbH & Co. KG
(until 2000 Carl Stahl GmbH & Co. KG Frankfurt)

1998

Wire Rope and Technology Centre, Suessen

Official opening of the new Wire Rope and Technology Centre in Suessen

1999

Nokon bowdencable-systems

Carl Stahl becomes exclusive distributor
of the nokon bowdencable-systems

2000

Carl Stahl Kromer

Kromer GmbH becomes member of the Carl Stahl Group. The name is changed to Carl Stahl Kromer / Introduction of a new Corporate Identity: All subsidiaries now carry the name Carl Stahl in their company logo.

2002

Production and storage facilities, Suessen

Completion of new production and storage facilities in Suessen

2003

Subsidiary Finland

Foundation of new subsidiaries in Finland and Saarbruecken/Germany

2004

Andreas Urbez, Willy Schwenger, Wolfgang Schwenger

A new management generation takes charge at the headquarters in Suessen:
f.l.t.r Andreas Urbez, Willy Schwenger, Wolfgang Schwenger

2005

Subsidiary Sweden

New subsidiary founded in Sweden

2006

Office building in Suessen

Erection of a new office building in Suessen

2007

Lifting equipment,  Company Equipment, Academy, Jewellery

Separation of operational and strategic areas, launch of 6 new divisions: Lifting equipment, Company Equipment, Academy and Jewellery

1.8.2007

VENTZKI Handling Systems

VENTZKI company is added to the Carl Stahl group,
VENTZKI remains legally independent.

2008

Carl Stahl Academy

2008: Foundation of the Carl Stahl Academy /
new subsidiaries at Eislingen/Germany and Regensburg/Germany /
Joint Ventures in India and Indonesia

2010

Crane- and Industrial ropes

The product sector „Crane- and Industrial ropes“, formerly member of the Lifting Equipment Division, becomes a division of its own.

2011

Auras Pumpen

Subsidiary Carl Stahl Kromer GmbH moves from Freiburg to Gottenheim.
The product sector “Submersible Pumps” is separated from Carl Stahl GmbH & Co. KG Frankfurt and transferred into Auras Pumpen GmbH & Co. KG. Auras is moving into their own facilities. Ex-pansion of storage and production area.

2012

TopRating Hoppenstedt CreditCheck

Again Carl Stahl reaches „TopRating“ with Hoppenstedt CreditCheck

2013

TopRating Hoppenstedt CreditCheck

Three times in a row Carl Stahl receives the „TopRating“ award

2014

Carl Stahl as year’s 2013 best supplier

The Stihl company honors Carl Stahl as year’s 2013 best supplier.

2014

Bisnode rating certification 2014

Carl Stahl GmbH receives the Bisnode rating certification 2014