From small workshop

to global market leader

Company development 1947 to 1960

The company was founded in 1947 as a craft business. 

  • From the company foundation immediately after the end of the Second World War, a healthy enterprise developed with the most modest means.
  • The company Bögel & Roth with its product range of boiler stoves and the handicraft productions in Silberg and Mornshausen represent the founding phase of our company.
  • After a start-up, a modest annual turnover of 25,000 DM was achieved in the 1940s. At the beginning of the 1950s, the annual turnover exceeded 100,000 DM. It rose to 265,000 DM by 1957. After that, sales fell continuously, so that boiler furnace production was finally discontinued in the mid-1960s. The average number of employees during the founding phase was 10.


Entry into the heating and sanitary industry

  • The addition of the new products steel heating oil tanks and shower cabins gave the company its first major development push.
  • The change of industry to heating and sanitary engineering determined the company's orientation towards the building services sector.
  • The overcoming of the craft monostructure to a serial production of heating and sanitary products initiated the development to a diversified industrial company.
  • Annual sales developed from about 200,000 DM to about five million DM in 1969. In the following year, our sales of steel tanks increased by another 50 percent until they finally collapsed. The number of employees increased from 10 to 77.


Start in plastics technology

  • By entering the field of plastics technology, we were subsequently able to develop the expansive field of plastics expertise.
  • Large blow molding technology made us the global technology leader.
  • Polyethylene fuel oil tanks became the basic products for our later energy and water storage tanks as well as sewage treatment plants made of plastic.
  • With the tool shop Wolfgruben (today Roth Plastic Technologie) and the mechanical engineering Schlesinger (today Roth Composite Machinery) the first steps into the capital goods sector could be taken.
  • The foundation of Roth France initiated the internationalization in the building technology sector. 
  • The 1970s were the greatest period of expansion for our company.
  • Major investments were made to build up considerable blow molding capacities for large containers, which brought us strong sales growth. Annual sales increased extraordinarily during this period. The sales level at the end of the 1970s reached ten times the level at the beginning of the decade. The number of employees rose to 450.


Focus on energy systems

  • Program expansions in building technology led the company into the forward-looking energy and sanitary systems divisions.
  • The opening of the plastics injection molding shop and the founding of Roth Kunststofftechnik, Wolfgruben, expanded our plastics business segment.
  • The purchase of Bolenz & Schäfer, Eckelshausen (today Roth Hydraulics), initiated the expansion into hydraulics and composite technologies.
  • Despite poor business conditions at the beginning of the decade, we were able to significantly more than double annual sales. The number of employees increased to around 800, with per capita sales rising by around a third.


Expansion into hydraulic and composite technologies

  • Expansion into the Hydraulic Technology division through innovations and hydraulic system solutions based on piston accumulator technology.
  • Establishment of the Composite Technology division through
    • Acquisition and expansion of the company EHA Spezialmaschinenbau (today Roth Composite Machinery)
    • Integration of the composite systems of Bolenz & Schäfer into EHA (today Roth Hydraulics and Roth Composite Machinery)
    • Cooperation EHA - Schlesinger (today united under Roth Composite Machinery)
  • The following expansions took place in the building technology sector:
  • The expansion of the Hydraulics and Composite Technologies divisions and the further development of Building Technology increased our annual sales by almost two thirds. The number of employees increased to 1,100.


Worldwide corporate expansion

  • The company's expansion continued dynamically in both business areas despite the fact that the first years and final years of the first decade of the new century were marked by global crises.
  • By focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energies, a new driving force for global corporate development was activated. 
  • Successes of German companies:
    • Roth Werke, Buchenau, with new forward-looking energy and sanitary systems and the establishment of a modern logistics center
    • Roth Umwelttechnik, Bischofswerda, with new product ranges and capacity expansions
    • Roth Plastic Technology, Wolfgruben, with new product ranges and capacity expansions
    • Roth Hydraulics, Eckelshausen, with new product ranges and capacity expansions
    • Roth Composite Machinery, Steffenberg and Burgwald, with new product ranges and capacity expansions
  • Start of foreign production companies:
    • Roth Global Plastic, Tudela/Spain
    • Roth Industries, Watertown/USA, with capacity expansion
    • Roth Global Plastics, Syracuse/USA, with program expansions


Harmonization of many strengths under one brand 

An important step for the joint further development of our companies was the harmonization of the different divisions under the name "Roth". Since the summer of 2016, all of our companies (with the exception of Becker Plastics) have borne the name Roth as well as a corporate suffix.

  • Start of foreign production companies:
    • Roth Hydraulics, Taicang/China
    • Roth Hydraulics Syracuse/USA
    • Roltechnik (now Roth Czech s.r.o.), Třebařov, Červená Voda and Krasikov/Czech Republic.

In 2020, the divisional consolidated sales of our company amounted to 293 million euros. The number of employees increased to 1,340.



Enhance sustainability and digitization

  • Roth Industries GmbH & Co. KG is a company dedicated to digitalization and sustainability. By using state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions, the company helps to protect the environment and save resources. In doing so, we take a holistic approach and considers both ecological and economic aspects. For example, energy-efficient products are developed and produced that reduce energy consumption and thus help to protect the environment.
  • By using intelligent systems and network solutions, processes are optimized and resources are saved. We are thus actively committed to a sustainable future and show that digitalization and sustainability can go hand in hand.