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 acquires Extena
egeplast becomes 100 percent owner of the Swedish company Extena AB. Extena is the leading supplier of plastic pipes for infrastructure in Sweden.
Dipl. Ing. Torsten Ratzmann becomes Technical Director
egeplast is repositioning itself for the future. The previously two-member management team has been strengthened by another member as of 1 October 2019. Torsten Ratzmann joins the team as an experienced leader in the area of operations and innovation.
Successful start for new pipe production facility in England
egeplast UK Ltd. successfully commissioned a PE pipe production facility in England on 10 April 2019. This is an important step for the further internationalisation of egeplast’s business.
egeplast expands its range to include moulded parts.
Dr. Ansgar Strumann becomes Managing Partner
New building on a green meadow site
groundbreaking innovation for pipe extrusion
Market introduction of the protective jacket tube
Commencement of polyethylene pipe production for drinking water supply
Foundation of Engelbert Gröter Jute Spinning Mill in Emsdetten