Our History

The history of HOPPE Group as it is today began in the town of Heiligenhaus near Düsseldorf, the German centre of the lock and fittings industry at the time. This is where Friedrich Hoppe met his family that had been displaced from Silesia after being a Soviet prisoner of war and founded an “independent company for contract grinding and the production of construction fittings” in 1952. Two years later, he transferred his business to Stadtallendorf near the Hessian university city of Marburg, laying the foundation for continued growth over the next few decades.
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The beginnings of the company

1952-1962

  • Company founder Friedrich Hoppe

    1952

    Friedrich Hoppe recognised the economic opportunities of the rebuilding efforts and founded the company on 5 November 1952 as an “independent company for contract grinding and production of building hardware”. His wife Agnes and his brother Herbert were at his side from the outset as his ‘first employees’.

  • Headquarter in Allendorf 1954

    1954

    Friedrich Hoppe relocated the company’s headquarters to Allendorf (later Stadtallendorf) near Marburg, setting the course for the company’s expansion – far away from the established competition in Heiligenhaus.

  • Bromskirchen plant in 1956

    1956

    The company grew rapidly and Friedrich Hoppe built another plant in Bromskirchen near Frankenberg, 50 km away. The company began focussing on large-scale production of door and window handles.

Internationalisation

from 1964

  • Schluderns plant in 1964

    1964

    Instead of bringing people to work in Germany as so-called “guest workers”, Friedrich Hoppe took work to where it was needed and welcome: to Schluderns in South Tyrol, where he built the first plant outside Germany in 1964.

  • Müstair plant in 1971

    1971

    The next HOPPE plant was built in Müstair, Switzerland. From there, the handle of excellence was marketed in the EFTA (European Free Trading Association) markets.

    To this day, the site is primarily used for international marketing, and it was also a production site until 1983.

  • St. Martin in Passeier plant in 1972

    1972

    In St. Martin in Passeier (South Tyrol), another production facility was set up, which initially manufactured aluminium fittings – as was the case at all production facilities until then. From 1980 onwards, the company switched to the production of brass fittings.

  • Stadtallendorf plant in 1975

    1975

    The second plant in Stadtallendorf followed. Brass was used for the first time here.

  • The ambiance is in the details

    1979

    The goal was to make HOPPE’s handle of excellence known to the end users under the motto ‘the ambiance is in the details’ on doors and windows. HOPPE developed a brand product strategy, which also included developing a corporate design.

    The first end-user advertising campaign was launched as part of this process.

  • Laas plant in 1987

    1987

    To expand capacity, a production facility was acquired in Laas (South Tyrol), renovated and designed for the production of plastic products.

  • Wolverhampton (UK)

    1988

    In Wolverhampton (UK), a sales company was established to serve the UK market.

  • Fort Atkinson (USA)

    1989

    The “jump across the Atlantic” was made: HOPPE invested in an American trading company in Fort Atkinson (Wisconsin, USA) and took over the company in 1991.

Further expansion

1990 to 2000

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for Crottendorf plant

    1991

    After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Friedrich Hoppe and his sons played an active role in building the free and social market economy in eastern Germany: In Crottendorf (Saxony), a former publicly owned company was taken over for the manufacture of architectural fittings. At the same time, HOPPE built a new production facility on the outskirts of the village, which was opened in 1993.

  • Wolf Hoppe, Friedrich Hoppe and Christoph Hoppe

    1992

    Pioneering entrepreneur Friedrich Hoppe officially handed over the management of the HOPPE Group to his two sons Wolf and Christoph. Both had decided from the beginning to carry on with the business.

  • HOPPE Group in Müstair (CH)

    1993

    The international HOPPE Group has been based in Müstair, Switzerland, since 1993.

  • Laas plant (IT)

    1994

    The HOPPE Group’s Research and Development Centre was established at the Laas site. One year later, the production facility was expanded to include a new production hall, where aluminium architectural fittings have been assembled ever since.

  • Stadtallendorf  plant (DE)

    1995

    At the Stadtallendorf production site, Plant 1 was converted to stainless steel architectural fitting production.

  • Crottendorf plant (DE)

    1996

    The expansion continued: Not far from the HOPPE plant in Crottendorf, Saxony, another production facility for brass fittings was built in Chomutov (Czech Republic).

  • The “HOPPE – Handle of excellence.” in DIY stores

    1996

    The “HOPPE – Handle of excellence.” brand has been available to buy in DIY stores since 1996.

  • HOPPE North America in Fort Atkinson (USA)

    1997

    HOPPE North America began production and assembly of special fitting solutions for the American market.

  • HOPPE (UK) purchased Charter Hardware

    1997

    HOPPE (UK) purchased Charter Hardware, one of the leading fittings dealers in England.

  • HOPPE advertising campaign for end users 1998

    1998

    From 1998, an advertising campaign for end users running over several years supported the marketing of Handle of excellence.

Consolidation

2000 to present

  • Inauguration HOPPE (Shanghai) Ltd.

    2002

    To expand the global marketing, several international representative offices were established from 2002 onwards – in addition to the existing subsidiaries in France, Spain and China (Hong Kong).

  • Stadtallendorf plant (DE)

    2005

    A production hall was built on the existing Plant 1 in Stadtallendorf and Plant 2 was relocated there. The two (too) small facilities were therefore replaced by one large, future-orientated production facility.

  • Christoph Hoppe, German President Horst Köhler and Wolf Hoppe

    2005

    The former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Köhler visited the HOPPE production facility in Crottendorf on 9 December 2005. In conversations with company owners and employees, he was impressed by the value-based and purpose-orientated management and by the future-orientated entrepreneurial and corporate image at HOPPE.

  • HOPPE – Handle of excellence.

    2012

    The HOPPE Group restructured. In the following years, internal processes were optimised, relevant structures were created and the brand architecture was developed further.

    The HOPPE Group corporate design underwent a careful modern overhaul to mark the 60th anniversary of the company.

  • Christoph Hoppe, Wolf Hoppe and Christian Hoppe

    2012

    Christian Hoppe, son of Wolf Hoppe, officially joined the company as the first representative of the third generation.

  • Crottendorf plant (DE)

    2013

    The Crottendorf production facility began the transformation into an assembly and logistics centre for the entire HOPPE Group.

  • HOPPE family charter

    2014

    By signing a family charter, the entire entrepreneurial family set out rules designed to ensure the continued existence of HOPPE as an owner-managed family business in the coming generations.

  • HOPPE eHandle ConnectSense for windows

    2021

    HOPPE established a Smart Home business division for the development, production and marketing of “smart” eHandles for doors and eHandles for windows in response to the increasing importance of networked technologies in buildings.

  • ARRONE – The complete range.

    2021

    A new business area for complementary brands expands the product and service range internationally with our ARRONE brand.

Thinking in generations and sustainably managing the company will also ensure the success of the family-owned company in the future.

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