Marangoni Retreading Systems Deutschland has turned 100. A special ‘family day’ was held on September 21, organised by Marangoni at its Henstedt-Ulzburg facility to celebrate the important milestone with all the employees and their families. The event was also attended by Vittorio Marangoni, President and CEO of the Marangoni group, and Matthias Leppert, Managing Director of Marangoni Retreading Systems Deutschland. Both gave a speech in front of around 250 people. For the event, the entire European sales force of the Retreading Systems division, accompanied by other representatives and executives from Italy, also met at the facility located 30 km north of

The whole day was also enlivened by a band, whose members included Joachim Pohnke, Plant Manager. During the event, Ilona Gaida, Head of Finance and Human Resources, presented various prizes and awards to a number of employees who have distinguished themselves for particular merits or for their seniority in service. In his welcome speech, Matthias Leppert retraced the crucial steps in the history of the German company, underlining the key role played by two figures – both present among the guests of the event – who have significantly contributed to shaping the company. On the one hand, the former CEO Klaus Zimmermann, who led the business in the decisive transition from a family business to an international company.

The company was founded in 1919 by Heinrich Ellerbrock. Initially, the factory manufactured soles for shoes and other rubber items. Despite the difficult conditions of the first post-war period, the business was successful and by the end of the 1930s, already had 65 employees. The factory was completely destroyed in a bombing raid during the Second World War. The tyre retreading activity began after the factory was rebuilt. The first important customer was, at the time, the British army stationed in Germany. The centrality of the tyre retreading business grew over time and was ratified in 1990, with the acquisition by the Marangoni group. This stage in its history also coincides with the name being changed to Ellerbrock Reifenrunderneuerungs-Technologie GmbH. In 1993 the company, in order to expand, abandoned its original location, moving to its current headquarters in Henstedt-Ulzburg. The plant covers an area of 26,500 sq.m., in addition to the 13,500 sq.m. of the logistics centre. The introduction of the manufacture of RINGTREAD precured rings in the early 2000s, began the progressive integration of the products and the related brands with which the two companies operated in their respective markets.

The investments made in 2009 made it possible to equip the factory with the most modern technologies in the industry and machinery specifically developed by the Marangoni group, such as the automated Alpha Ring line. In 2011, the company changed its name to Marangoni Retreading Systems Deutschland, thus confirming the increasingly close bond with the group and the significant role in the globalisation of the Marangoni brand in the retreading industry.