Company History

In 1908, Engelbert Gröter founded his jute spinning works in Emsdetten. This pioneer’s initials are still found today in our company name. Confronted with ever-raising imports of jute from the low-wage countries of India and East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh), production was changed from jute to sisal carpeting in 1955. The company started production of plastic pipes, under the egeplast-Kunststoffe GmbH name, in 1958, just fifty years after its foundation. The reasons for this change are to be found in the desire to concentrate on a growth market. egeplast was one of the first German companies to manufacture hula-hoops, in the autumn of 1958, shortly after they came into fashion. The company’s head quarters remained at Emsdetten until the year 2000.

Relocation to our present premises at Greven followed in the same year, after completion of Europe’s most modern PE piping plant.

egeplast goes UK Ratzmann
Successful start for new pipe production facility in England. Dipl. Ing. Torsten Ratzmann becomes Technical Director
Dipl.-Ing. Christian Haferkamp becomes Managing Director for sales, product management and Marketing
egeplast wins the Münsterland Innovation Prize for HexelOne® XXXL
Future Symposium Pipe Networks
 egeplast develops egetherm® and egeSlurry® for industrial applications Market introduction of egeDuct® – the filler-free PP plug System. Aerial view from 2014
 egeplast is a system provider – product range extended with Fittings  Product novelty SLM® 3.0 marks a new generation of protective layer pipes  NRW-Minister Garrelt Duin and professional soccer player Christoph Metzelder attend IHK industry meeting at egeplast New council with chairman Hartmut Ostrowski
New product egeliner for megacity infrastructures
New construction and move-in at the new corporate headquarters, including egeBistro, training and technology center, as well as extended production facilities High pressure pipe system HexelOne®  SLM with protective layer for trenchless Installation
HDD planner – a new planning tool for trenchless installation of plastics Pipelines Spin-off of the entire operative business of the limited partnership in the egeplast international GmbH
Commitment to the Christoph Metzelder Foundation Begins egeplast in Top 100 ranking of Munich Strategy Group (MSG)
 Market introduction high pressure pipe system HexelOne®
Webcalculator -online tool for cost comparison of various pipe-installation processes Opening of the new training center with test range
100th company anniversary with future symposium Launch of the 3L Leak Control for continuous leak monitoring Launch of the egeplast 9010® multi layer pipe
Award of the CDU NRW Promotional Prize for innovative companies Introduction of the Full Quality Testing Cycle for complete quality control


Expansion of location Greven Award of the Münsterland Prize for Innovation 1st Prize in the “Industry” category Dr. Ansgar Strumann is Chief Partner Product innovation SLM® DCT
QuickSwitch – groundbreaking innovation for pipe extrusion
New building on a green meadow site

Aerial photograph of the new factory in Greven

Production hall 2001

1991 Market introduction of the SLM pipe
Extension of production halls

Aerial photograph taken in 1994 (Factory in Emsdetten)

1984 Market introduction in the Netherlands of the protection pipe against contaminants (at the beginning of 1991, the product was called the SLA pipe)
Change of legal status to GmbH und Co. KG

The Main Entry in Emsdetten

Spin-off of textile production and foundation of egeplast Werner Strumann KG

Werner Strumann, 1960

Juteverarbeitung, 1960

Commencement of polyethylene pipe production for drinking water supply

Aerial photograph taken in 1956

Production of HulaHoops

 Foundation of Engelbert Gröter Jute Spinning Mill in Emsdetten

Engelbert Gröter

Jute spinning mill Engelbert Gröter

Nordwalder Straße Emsdetten 1910


+++ egeplast retrospective 1908-2008 +++
100 years eventful company historie
on the occasion oft the 100 years egeplast jubilee egeplast compiled a retrospective about the company history 1908 – 2008
Gladly we send you an exemplar of the retrospective