A lot has happened in 125 years of company history. How did we begin with wool felt and end up producing plastic profiles and industrial filter media? What has happened since 1892? Here, we share our story with you.
The "Bayerische Wollfilzfabriken KG Offermann, Zeiler, Schmid & Co. KG Offingen Hof" (BWF) came about as the result of a merger between two felt factories in 1962. One was founded in 1892 by Theodor Wilhelm Schmid and his partners in Hof; the other in 1896 in Offingen by the entrepreneurs Silbermann and Lembert. In 1912, Johann Offermann takes over Lembert's shares. Until the merger, both companies are mainly active in felt production.
In 1956, the first "Plexigum" plastic profile is produced by means of extrusion. It is the start date for BWF Profiles . With the founding of BWF Envirotec in 1968, the company becomes Europe's first manufacturer of filter media.
In the decades leading up to the turn of the millennium, the company successfully expands into the USA, Italy and China. The establishment of international production facilities in Turkey, India, Russia, Austria, South Africa and Poland has marked the last two decades of the BWF Group, which today is in its fourth and fifth generation of family ownership.
After 37 years Stefan Offermann will hand over his operational tasks to Maximilian Offermann and Dr. Philipp von Waldenfels with effect from January 1, 2021.
125th anniversary of the BWF Group.
Revenue 2020: approx. € 260 million
Acquisition of the company HEY-SIGN GmbH in Meerbusch / Düsseldorf; manufacture and design of felt products in the field of interior design and lifestyle.
Maximilian Offermann, 5th generation, becomes a Managing Director | Partner.
Innovation as a corporate value: On 1 September 2018 innotec - the new, independent division for innovation management at BWF Group - officially begins its work.
The Company restaurant 'Johann's' is completely renovated and re-opens.
Founding of BWF Envirotec, South Africa.
Acquisition of Orwat Filtertechnik in Poland and Germany by BWF Envirotec.
After 34 years, engineer Wolfgang Schmid hands his position on to Dr. Philipp von Waldenfels. The company name changes from BWF Offermann, Schmid & Co. KG to BWF Offermann, Waldenfels & Co. KG.
120th anniversary of the BWF Group.
Jack Filter Entstaubungstechnik becomes BWF Envirotec, Austria.
Founding of LLC BWF Envirotec in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
Foundation of BWF Tec India Pvt. Ltd. in Pune, India.
Founding of BWF Endüstri Filtreleri ve Teknik Kece Ltd. sti. in Izmir, Turkey.
Acquisition of BWF FTI S.p.a..
Start of production for BWF Profiles in the People's Republic of China.
Founding of BWF Environmental and Industrial Technology Wuxi Co. Ltd. in the People's Republic of China.
Acquisition of BWF facol s.r.l., Milan, Italy; manufacture of high-quality undercollar materials for menswear.
Founding of BWF America Inc. in the USA; filter bag manufacture.
Acquisition of tkt GmbH & Co. KG, Geretsried; manufacture of thermoformed and injection-moulded parts.
First foreign subsidiary BWC Textiles Ltd., founded in Upperlands, Northern Ireland; production of filter media.
as the first manufacturer to introduce needle felts as a filter medium.
The two felt factories in Offingen and Hof merge to form the "Bayerische Wollfilzfabriken KG Offermann, Zeiler, Schmid & Co. KG Offingen Hof," with headquarters in Offingen.
Diversification: The first "Plexigum" plastic profile is produced by means of extrusion.
acquires the Lembert shares of the Offingen felt factory.
by the entrepreneurs Johannes and Wilhelm Lembert and Franz Baptist Silbermann.
in Hof by Theodor Wilhelm Schmid, Robert Wunnerlich and Otto Franck. Felt production begins in 1902.