100 years of REISSER-Schraubentechnik GmbH

From a general store to an international manufacturer of stainless steel screws

100 years of REISSER-Schraubentechnik GmbH – a good reason to celebrate despite the pandemic. Managing Directors Michael Dartsch and Alexander Kimmerle believe that the company is in a strong position for the future.

"These anniversaries don't come along every day. Unfortunately we're unable to celebrate in the way we'd like to. I myself have been with REISSER for over 30 years now and have already been able to experience some highlights. We have taken our 100th anniversary as an opportunity to position ourselves in a modern and future-proof way. We are synonymous with innovation and clever solutions. In the future, we will also demonstrate this in the application areas of timber construction and rear-ventilated façades. I'm looking forward with great pleasure to the next few years," says Michael Dartsch.

Over 2 million screws »made in Germany« every day
REISSER-Schraubentechnik is one of the leading manufacturers of stainless steel screws in Europe and offers a comprehensive range of fastening technology, surface finishing and services for customers from a wide range of industries. Around 340 employees work in the REISSER Group under Managing Directors Michael Dartsch and Alexander Kimmerle. In addition to the headquarters in Ingelfingen-Criesbach, the Group also has subsidiaries in Romania and Hungary.

All REISSER connection elements for industrial customers and those from the roofing, wall and solar sectors are developed and manufactured exclusively at the Criesbach site "made in Germany". The focus here is on grade A2, A4, A5 and A8 stainless steel screws, special materials and bimetal, including those made in accordance with individual customer requirements and applications. Applications range from roof and wall fixings, wood and decking construction to large industrial installations. REISSER offers solutions for all types of fastening in wood, light metal, plastic and steel. Every day, over 2 million screws are produced on the 39,000 m² site in Criesbach and sold worldwide. In addition to a high-performance product portfolio, REISSER also offers specialist retailers and wholesalers high-quality product presentation systems for the point of sale.

Modern electroplating conserves environmental resources
In its own in-house electroplating department,
REISSER offers coating solutions for components from a very wide variety of industries. These include the automotive industry, valve technology and mechanical engineering. A new electroplating centre was inaugurated at the company's site in Ingelfingen-Criesbach in 2019. The zinc drum plant developed for this purpose is considered one of the most modern in the world in the field of alloy-free zinc technology. REISSER also focuses on the topic of environmental protection. Recently, a new sustainable passivation method not involving the addition of hypophosphite has been developed to address the issue of industrial wastewater and its chemical components. The DELTA®-PASSIVATION SHINY 30 was developed following several months of development work. Passivation that meets the highest quality requirements and protects the environment by eliminating processing steps and materials.

Sustainable management is close to our hearts at REISSER. The company is also synonymous with innovative strength, inventiveness and clever products. The aim of every product launch is to make customers' everyday work easier – thanks to simplified assembly, time savings or because entire work steps are eliminated. In the future, this passion and know-how will also flow into the application areas of wood construction and rear-ventilated façades. As a topic that cuts across all fields, digitisation is also a key element of our strategy for the future – both in processes and in networking and communication with customers.

From the start-up to the fastening technology cluster
Today, the founding of the company in 1921 would be described as a start-up. Three brothers Gotthilf, Hermann and August Reisser went into business for themselves with several hardware stores in Hohenlohe, thereby laying the foundations for today's REISSER-Schraubentechnik. As early as the 1930s, the trade in screws and wire nails was flourishing even beyond the country's borders in Austria, Hungary and Silesia. The company developed very successfully and expanded its business areas. A further business area added to the trade was galvanic surface finishing, which was still a novelty at that time.

No one could have imagined 100 years ago that the company would also become a starting point for the fastening cluster in Hohenlohe. One of the apprentices, long-time employees and fellow residents of the Reisser family was Adolf Würth, who founded his own company in 1945.

In 1952, REISSER launched its own screw production with the construction of a plant in Künzelsau. In 1972, the headquarters was moved to Ingelfingen-Criesbach, where it is still located today. The product range currently includes more than 8,000 different screws and connecting elements made of stainless steel, brass, steel and copper, as well as special materials and alloys. The company has been part of the Würth Group since 1994.