History of Memmert, a history of success
Globally active, always promoting innovation, but at the same time committed to tradition and responsibility towards customers, employees and the environment: This company philosophy lived by founder Willi Memmert is the secret of Memmert’s success.
Founder Willi Memmert
Willi Memmert - an entrepreneur of the post-war area
When in 1947 the Red Cross commissioned a hot-air steriliser to avoid the danger from infections and epidemics, Willi Memmert, an electrical engineer, proved his talent. In those times of economic hardship, he found the perfect material for his first temperature control chamber Aeolus: recycled aluminium from old aircraft parts.
Willi Memmert turned the Aeolus into one of the typical success stories of the years of the Economic Miracle. In a very short time, he brought further models to the production line and distributed these beyond the borders of his home market.
A few years later, world-wide deliveries were shipped from the newly built headquarters in the south of Germany. When the production capacity in the main factory was no longer sufficient, Memmert built another factory in 1974 in Büchenbach. The ideal requirements for the impressive manufacturing depth and at the same time the guaranteed high product quality had now been created. Today, the internal value added is still more than 90 %.
Peter Riefler & Grete Memmert Riefler
Memmert on its way into the new millennium
In 1976, after the sudden accidental death of Willi Memmert, Grete Memmert Riefler and Peter Riefler took over the management. True to the founder’s tradition, they also focused on export and expanded personal contacts, especially on the Asian continent. However, under their management, further technological milestones were set as well: The first electronic controller, the introduction of Peltier appliances and the 2003 generation of appliances were a good start for Memmert into the new millennium.
Managing Director Ms Christiane Riefler-Karpa
The third generation takes over
On April 1, 2007, Grete Memmert Riefler and Peter Riefler hands over management to their daughter.
Christiane Riefler-Karpa, who had several leading positions in globally active companies after her national and international studies, took over as managing director and with it all responsibilities for the family company.
Traditional values such as customer satisfaction, quality, innovation and reliability were to be upheld. This is what the new managing director has been pursuing from the start. With the business succession, especially the fields of customer orientation and product development received new impulses in order to be successful in the global market in the future as well. Outstanding examples for this new orientation were the opening of a branch in Shanghai (2011), a representation in India (2012) and especially the introduction of the Generation 2012 of appliances on the occasion of ACHEMA 2012.
Willi Memmert, the company founder, was a never-tiring tinkerer and inventor. All his life, customer requests were the incentive for product innovations and new developments and that is how things continue to be at Memmert.