The family-owned company aluplast was founded in Ettlingen (near Karlsruhe in Germany) in December 1982 by Manfred J. Seitz. It has taken aluplast a mere 30 years to transform into a global company, while also protecting its roots as a family-run business.
The company is now managed by Dirk Seitz (CEO) and Patrick Seitz (CMO), the original founder's two sons. In January 2016, Stefen Walter joined the aluplast management team, taking over the areas of production, logistics, quality management and planning operations in his role as COO. Eric Bobay became the final director to join the aluplast team on 1 June 2017: As CBDO, he is in charge of strategic business development.
Forging new paths...
aluplast ranks among the TOP100 most innovative middle-sized enterprises. To receive this accolade, aluplast took part in a specialist multistage selection procedure in which its innovation management and innovation success were evaluated. The mentor of the innovation contest, Ranga Yogeshwar, honoured the top innovators at this year's German Summit for Medium-Sized Companies on
24 June in Essen, Germany.
The latest aluplast innovation attracts a great deal of attention. With the sash completely concealed behind the frame overlap, aluplast provides an interesting design solution that meets the trend towards clearly-structured, delicate facade designs. To the delight of fabricators, energeto® 5000 view can be integrated into mass production processes.
The innovative output of three thousand SMEs were assessed as part of a Germany-wide ranking commissioned by the business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. The result? aluplast staked its claim in a field of very strong competitors and took fourth place.
It is the modular system that makes aluplast's lift-and-slide door so unique on the market.
Depending on the thermal insulation properties required, the door can be fabricated in three different designs, including one suitable for passive house solutions. Fabricators are particularly enamoured with its simple design.
Always one step ahead...
The innovative experts from Karlsruhe celebrate thirty years of successful innovation with business partners, customers and friends. With company founder Manfred J. Seitz handing over the reins to his two sons, Patrick and Dirk Seitz, aluplast retains its status as a family-run business.
Inspecting products, testing prototypes, training fabricators in new systems and technologies, preparing demo models... aluplast has created the best possible environment for all of these tasks by investing in its new window technical forum. The conditions are ideal for staff thanks to the spacious hall, a wide range of machinery and plenty of natural light provided by large windows and facades.
The existing energeto® system is marketed as a high-end foam-based product and has some of the best stats on the market, even with low construction depths. "energeto® | foam inside" is therefore rated the best window in its class.
With energeto® – the metal-free window system – aluplast has created a new milestone in window technology. The system was launched for mass production in 2009.
Our 500 guests join the company for a double celebration in Karlsruhe: Firstly marking aluplast's 25-year success story and secondly the birthday of company founder Manfred J. Seitz.
By opening new production facilities in Mexico, aluplast takes its first brave step towards global expansion. 2007 also sees the company once again being ranked among "Germany's Best" after making it into the final of "Entrepreneur of the Year 2007" again.
The completed mixing tower at the headquarters in Karlsruhe is unique in Europe, in terms of both technology and productivity. Karlsruhe's new landmark, which is located right next to the A5 motorway, was opened with a celebration attended by around 800 guests. The number of employees grows to 1,250.
Standing on its own two feet...
aluplast establishes its first production facilities outside of Germany in the Polish city of Poznan.
The first foreign subsidiary – the Spanish sales office aluplast Ibérica – opens in Bilbao. aluplast showcases its products in the UK for the first time at a trade fair.
The first steps...
The company Golde from Bavaria is acquired and its
"Golde IDEAL" window sealing system is adopted. IDEAL is still reflected in aluplast's product range, giving its name to aluplast's profile series.
The company launches its first full year in business. In its first year of production, aluplast generates sales of EUR 2.5 million. PVC consumption reaches
Manfred J. Seitz is head of the "Window Profiles" division at the Elbatainer subsidiary of US-corporation 'Continental Can' based in New York. When the division was outsourced, he seized this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Using the management buy-out option, he got together with 27 former colleagues and six extruders to form aluplast GmbH in Ettlingen near Karlsruhe, Germany, in October 1982.