50 years ago, precisely on June 1, 1960, Werner Thieme established Thieme GbR on a very small scale. With two business areas – polyurethane and printing systems – and 350 employees, the Thieme Group today is achieving yearly sales of around 43 million Euro.
Due to flexibility Thieme adapts to the market requirements at all times. It all began with the contract manufacturing of machine components. This advanced to specialised machines and in 1965 to a second business area – the Thieme plastics. Starting in 1972, this developed into the specialisation in high-quality moulded parts of polyurethane (PUR) and ten years later the integration of energy absorbers for the automobile industry.
Today, Thieme is recognised as one of the globally leading specialists for high-quality moulded and functional parts made from PUR and other plastics.
In 1976, Thieme started production of screen printing machines. Today the large format multi-colour lines of the Thieme 5000 series are part of the Nonplus ultra for graphic applications and Thieme has also developed a multitude of solutions for the area of technical screen printing including those for the photovoltaic industry.
With the innovative printing machine M-Press Tiger, Thieme recently entered the digital printing market with success.
Father and son
Even today, at the age of 82, the company founder Werner Thieme exudes pioneer spirit and zest for action. In the best sense, he has always been conservative only concerning the topic of location: Throughout the decades he has stayed true to his home in Breisgau – today’s headquarters are only a few miles from their origins. Additionally, Thieme also has sales and service locations in France, Great Britain and in the USA.
In 2002, Frank Thieme became the principle shareholder of the company, a position which he has since carried out with the same conscientiousness as his father in order to further manage the company with the same level of success as in the past 50 years.