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Since 1923 the STAHLGRUBER group REMA TIP TOP is part of has been delivering top quality for satisfied customers. Today subsidiaries and agents represent REMA TIP TOP in more than 170 countries around the globe. The continuous expansion of national and international market activities as well as the expansion and optimization of the sales structure, service and product range guarantee customers excellent performance.

Come with us on a time travel!

Come with us on a 90-year journey through time

1923

1923 - The beginning

Otto and Willy Gruber found a joint company. First, the brothers trade in screws and small metal parts under the name “Otto Gruber & Co.”, soon they also sell compressors and lift platforms.

1923 - The beginning

1928

1928 - The term "Stahlgruber"

Stahlgruber evolves into a trade supplier of automobile accessories, tools and workshop equipment.

1928 - The term "Stahlgruber"

1935

1935 - A real market niche

The Gruber brothers discover a real market niche when visiting a vulcanizing operation for old tyres.

1935 - A real market niche

1937

1937 - Tyre patches

The Gruber brothers start producing e.g. inner tube patches, inner sleeves and tyre patches.

1937 - Tyre patches

1938

1938 - The name

During a product trial in 1938 Willy Gruber said: "These things really are tip top." – and created the idea and brand which later conquered the market.

1938 - The name

1944

1944 - Increase in demand

Set up of a production plant for tube patches in Fürstenzell in Bavaria.

1944 - Increase in demand

1949

1949 - Record level

The millionth inner tube patch is manufactured.

1949 - Record level

1950

1950 - First agencies abroad

First agencies abroad (Italy, Japan). The portfolio (car parts, accessories, tools and workshop equipment) is extended continuously.

1950 - First agencies abroad

1954

1954 - Poing

Opening of the factory in Poing.

1954 - Poing

1960

1960 - Expansion

Opening of the factory in Desdorf, near Cologne.

1960 - Expansion

1965

1965 - Wear protection

Birth of business division Material Processing: development of wear protection material for conveying systems.

1965 - Wear protection

1969

1969 - New headquarters

Company’s ownership transitions to selected employees.

1969 - New headquarters

1990

1990 - New processing plants

Expansion is rapid in the new eastern German states. The processing plants Borna, Schwarze Pumpe, Neuruppin and Wittenberg are set up.

1990 - New processing plants

1992

1992 - Acquisition Gummiwerk Elbe GmbH

Introduction of the Surface Protection division by acquiring Gummiwerk Elbe GmbH (today TIP TOP Oberflächenschutz Elbe GmbH).

1992 - Acquisition Gummiwerk Elbe GmbH

2002

2002 - From Munich to Poing

Headquarter relocation from Munich to Poing. 

2002 - From Munich to Poing

2006

2006 - Foundation of the GmbH

Founding of REMA TIP TOP GmbH.

2006 - Foundation of the GmbH

2009

2009 - South Africa

Acquisition of Dunlop belting products South Africa extends portfolio with conveyor belts.

2009 - South Africa

2010

2010 - Alfa Development

Consolidation of development departments into the separate entity alfa Development GmbH.

2010 - Alfa Development

2011

2011 - Latin America

REMA TIP TOP Latin America SPA is founded.

2011 - Latin America

2013

2013 - Acquisitions

Acquisition of TECMA, KTR, and SKO.

Purchase of majority interests in NEXGEN and Western Mining Services.

2013 - Acquisitions