Firm Roots, Successful Growth

The developement of Graepel-Group | a summary of important milestones


Hugo Graepel (b. 1831 d. 1909) starts manufacturing perforated metal sheets in Budapest.


Claudius Graepel (b. 1854 d. 1925) sets up a factory for the production and processing of perforated metal sheets at Hanover. The first “Graepel sieve” is made.


Transfer of the company from Hannover to Halberstadt. Up to 400 people are employed to produce perforated sheets, threshing machines, radiator grills as well as more than 40 other articles, many of them patent-registered..

Friedrich Graepel Portrait

Friedrich Graepel (b. 1898 d. 1974) joins the company. He applies for the rights of 70 inventions and patents.


After the Russian occupation of Eastern Germany and expropriation of the company it is relocated in West Germany and production starts again at Wilhelmshaven.


The company moves to its present location in Löningen. 20-25 people are employed. The first trainees start their apprenticeship.


New silos for the storage and drainage of grain are deve-loped and presented to the market for the first time at the DLG exhibition at Cologne.


Harald Graepel founds the company Graepel Perforators Ltd. in Kinsale (Ireland), and production of perforated metal commences. (The companies in Ireland, Great Britain and Italy are independent and do not belong to the Friedrich Graepel AG.)

Friedrich Claudius Graepel Portrait

Friedrich Claudius Graepel (b. 1942 d. 2001) joins the Company in Löningen..


Riko Werner Graepel founds the company Graepel Italiana at Sabbioneta (Italy), now Graepel Italiana S.p.A. (The companies in Ireland, Great Britain and Italy are independent and do not belong to the Friedrich Graepel AG.)


Production of step-treads for trucks is started in Löningen. Growing requirements are the reason for a growing machinery park.


Graepel Perforators Ltd. (Ireland) takes over a competitor at Warrington (England).


Graepel commences the production of woven mesh in Kinsale (Ireland).


A new building is set up for tooling construction. The production of anti-slip safety gratings for plant engineering, vehicle construction, the building and mining industry, as well as the food industry becomes another core business.


Another competitor is taken over by Graepel Perforators Ltd. (Ireland) at Glasgow (Scotland).


Graepel changes its legal form from a non-incorporated firm (GmbH) to a stock company (AG). All company shares are owned by the Graepel family.


"Stalltechnik und Verzinkung Seehausen (Altmark)" (STUV) is renamed as "Stahltechnik und Verzinkung" and is taken over as a 100% owned daughter company of the Friedrich Graepel AG.


The company at Seehausen becomes independent by taking over the "Safety Under Foot" production line. The company name is now Graepel-STUV GmbH.


The company Graepel-Bozankaya Otomotiv San. Ltd. Sti. is founded in Sincan/Ankara.


In order to let the Graepel employees participate in the success of the company, the foundation of the Graepel-Mitarbeiter-Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH is initiated. The extension of capacities is made possible by the construction of new halls in Löningen (2,000 m²) and in Seehausen (2,500 m²).

Foundation charter of Graepel North America Inc.

Graepel North America Inc. is founded in Omaha, Nebraska.


Graepel moves into a new office building at Löningen-Böen.


New production halls are built up and equipped with new machinery at our Löningen and Seehausen locations.


Graepel North America Inc., Omaha, Nebraska starts its own production.


In July, Graepel sells its part of the Graepel-Bozankaya Joint Venture.

Interior view of a Graepel plant in Löningen, Germany

The company Oberflächentechnik Löningen GmbH & Co. KG is founded.


Friedrich Graepel AG is restructured as a holding company. Daughter companies having equal rights are:

  • Graepel Loeningen GmbH & Co. KG
  • Graepel Seehausen GmbH & Co. KG
  • Oberflaechentechnik Loeningen GmbH & Co. KG
  • Graepel North America Inc.

Graepel celebrates its 125th anniversary with members of the Graepel family, employees, customers and guests from politics and industry.


Graepel North America Inc. enlarges its production facilities and invests in new machinery and its own production hall in Omaha, Lynam Drive.

125 yaers of Graepel

The celebration on the occasion of Graepel’s 125th year anniversary took place on 19th of March 2014 at the parent company in Loeningen. More than one hundred guests, among them some of our longstanding customers, members of the Graepel family as well as some high-ranking guests representing politics and economics, joined the celebration.

The following photos will give you some impressions on the official ceremony.


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