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Since 1923 the STAHLGRUBER group has been delivering top quality for satisfied customers. Today subsidiaries and agents represent the brand REMA TIP TOP in over 170 countries around the globe. The continual expansion of national and international market activities and the expansion and optimization of the sales structure, service and product range guarantee customers the best possible performance.

Come with us on a 90-year journey through time

1923

1923 - The beginning

In 1923 the brothers Otto and Willy Gruber found a joint company. The brothers’ first trade in screws and small metal parts under the name Otto Gruber & Co., but soon start selling compressors and lift platforms.

1923 - The beginning

1928

1928 - The term „Stahlgruber“

Steel, a more modern material, increasingly replaces conventional iron. The Gruber brothers therefore include steel screws and bolts in their commercial program. The term "Stahlgruber" soon comes into common use and this is finally adopted and retained as the company name.

Increasing transport mechanization also extends the circle of customers. New car repair workshops are opened up everywhere. Stahlgruber becomes the leading trade supplier of automobile accessories, tools and workshop equipment. 

1928 - The term „Stahlgruber“

1935

1935 - A real market niche

Otto Gruber & Co. KG, headquartered in Munich, is founded.

The Grubers discover a real market niche when visiting a vulcanizing operation. Up to this point, tyre repair material has been laboriously cut out by hand from old tyres. No alternative is been available on the market up until this point. 

1935 - A real market niche

1937

1937 - Tyre patches

The Gruber brothers decide to produce inner tube patches. This is followed in 1938 by inner sleeves and tyre patches. The breakthrough, however, comes shortly after the end of the war with the development of a cold vulcanization material that for the first time permits a temperature-resistant tube repair.

1937 - Tyre patches

1938

1938 - The name

During a product trial, Willy Gruber exclaims: "This is tip-top!" and thus creates the name of an idea whose fulfillment one day led to the conquest of the world market.

1938 - The name

1944

1944 - Increase in demand

Things continually improve. Due to the ongoing increase in demand, a production facility is set up in the town of Fuerstenzell 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

Stahlgruber opens its first agencies abroad (Italy, Japan), production runs at full capacity. The trading portfolio, comprising car parts, accessories, tools and workshop equipment, is continually extended. Both the services offered and international involvements also increase strongly.

1950 - First agencies abroad

1954

1954 - Poing

The Poing factory is opened

1954 - Poing

1960

1960 - Expansion

A new production facility is opened in Desdorf, near Cologne. The first jointly-owned companies abroad are founded.

1960 - Expansion

1965

1965 - Wear protection

Product development gets underway: Wear protection material is developed.

1965 - Wear protection

1969

1969 - New headquarters

The first vulcanization machines are produced. The new headquarters in Munich is opened.

In addition, the Stahlgruber Foundation is set up according to the last will and testament of Otto and Willy Gruber, its purpose being the training of young craftspeople for the automobile and vulcanization trade.

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

2002

2002 - From Munich to Poing

The entire company moves its location from Munich to Poing.

2002 - From Munich to Poing

2007

2007 - Foundation of the GmbH

REMA TIP TOP GmbH is founded.

2007 - Foundation of the GmbH

2008

2008 - Merges into AG

Merges into STAHLGRUBER Otto Gruber AG.

2008 - Merges into AG

2009

2009 - South Africa

Founding of the LSCE Logistic Service Center Europe. Acquisition of Dunlop Belting (Pty.) Ltd., South Africa.

2009 - South Africa

2010

2010 - Alfa Development

Consolidation of the manufacturing and development departments into the independent alfa DEVELOPMENT GmbH.

2010 - Alfa Development

2011

2011 - Latin America

REMA TIP TOP Latin America SPA is founded.

2011 - Latin America

2014

2014 - New Milestone

A further milestone in the history of the Company: REMA TIP TOP trades as a non-listed stock corporation as of 2014.

2014 - New Milestone