History

If you are interested in learning more about the overall development of the Group, please take a look at our timeline of all the historical milestones.

1946
1948
1950
1951
1952
1953
1956
1960
1961
1971
1975
1981
1983
1992
1994
1995
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2003
2004
2005
2007
2008
2009
2012
2013
2014
2016
 
 
 

1946

Karl Berrang launches a screw wholesale business from his home in Lindenhof, an area of Mannheim.

1948

Karl Berrang is listed on the register of companies in Mannheim as a sole trader.

New warehouse at Bellenstrasse 33, Mannheim.

1950

Façon is founded as a one-man business in Mannheim. The company deals in machine elements and mounted parts. Façon and Karl Berrang have common management.

1951

New warehouse in Rheinkai Fruchtbahnhofstrasse, Mannheim.

1952

Façon is listed on the register of companies in Mannheim as a sole trader.
Branches of Karl Berrang and Façon are established in Munich.

1953

The main office in Mannheim moves into new premises at Parkring 47.

1956

Introduction of quality management documentation.

1960

Relocation into the company’s first owned premises in Mannheim.

Branches are opened in Stuttgart and Freiburg.

1961

Company founder Karl Berrang passes away on January 18.

Elisabeth Berrang continues to manage the companies Karl Berrang and Façon.

1971

The companies Karl Berrang and Façon are transformed into limited partnerships.

Bernhard Berrang joins Karl Berrang KG and Façon KG.

1975

Introduction of order processing and stock management using IT systems.

1981

Peter Hofmann joins Karl Berrang GmbH and Façon GmbH.

Branches are opened in Hanover and Nuremberg.

1983

Introduction of the quality management system.

1992

A branch is opened in Chemnitz.

1994

The quality management system is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9002.

Elisabeth Berrang steps down as managing partner on December 31.

1995

Peter Hofmann is named managing director.

1997

Berrang Inc. is founded in Atlanta, GA, USA.

1998

The Mannheim and Munich laboratories are accredited according to ISO Guide 25.

1999

Berrang France SARL is founded in Orléans, France.

2000

The quality management system is certified according to VDA6.1.

The Mannheim and Munich laboratories are accredited according toISOIEC17025.

2001

Berrang Inc. opens a branch in Greenville, SC, USA.

The company premises are extended at the head office in Mannheim.

2003

The quality management system is certified according to ISO/TS16949:2002.

2004

The headquarters of Berrang Inc. are relocated from Atlanta, GA, to Greenville, SC.

2005

The Hanover branch relocates to new premises at Mercedesstrasse 2, Langenhagen.

2007

The Freiburg branch extends its premises.

A new head office building is constructed by Berrang France SARL in Semoy (Orléans), France.

The new offices are inaugurated in 2008.

2008

The quality management system is certified according to EN9120:2005.

2009

Berrang Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is founded in Shanghai, China.

2012

Berrang Polska Sp. z o. o.is founded in Bielany Wrocławskie (Wrocław), Poland.

2013

Appointment of the next generation,
Dominique Gründler and Benjamin Berrang,
to managing shareholders of the company.

2014

Headquarter Mannheim
New headquarter office building in Elsa-Brändström-Strasse 12, 68229 Mannheim

Branch Chemnitz
The new company building in Gottfried-Schenker-Strasse 28, 09244 Lichtenau

2016

Paul Hofmann joins the Board as managing shareholder.

Everything began immediately after the Second World War. Using his private house as both an office and a warehouse, and with his wife Elisabeth as his only employee, Karl Berrang began setting up his company in hard times. From this modest start, the business has grown over the decades to become an international provider with global offices and a team of more than 400 staff.

The close customer relationships we maintain were the key catalyst for our growth on an international level. Our vision: customers around the world should expect the level of quality and service people have come to expect from Berrang. This is why a subsidiary was established in the USA in 1997, followed by an office in France in 1999, China in 2009, and Poland in 2012.

At the moment, the next generation is entering the operations side of the company, ensuring that the business retains its profile as an independent family-run business in the future.