150 years – one family
150 years BORGERS ... a journey through time
Take a trip back to the first Bocholt steam engine and discover the essential milestones of the BORGERS family business:
2008–2015: Active consolidation and globalisation after the crisis
The second BORGERS-site in the USA is established in Norwalk, Ohio. Establishment of Shenyang Borgers Tuopu Automobile Parts Co., Ltd., the third site in China.
Establishment of Borgers Tuopu Automobile Parts Co., Ltd. in Ningbo, China. The former logistics center Borgers USA in Vance, Alabama is extended to a production site. The legal forms of Olbrich and Borgers are changed from „Kommanditgesellschaft“ (private limited partnership) to „GmbH“ (Ltd).
Sale of Gebrüder Rensing GmbH & Co. KG
The severe crisis worldwide hits BORGERS hard: In view of temporary declines in turnover of up to 50%, dismissals cannot be avoided despite early counter measures.
2000–2008: Further internationalisation (factories in Spain, the Czech Republic, France and the USA)
1990s: The Fall of the Berlin Wall paves the way for factories in the Czech Republic and East Berlin
The legal form of Borgers GmbH is changed to a stock company (Borgers AG).
The reconstruction of the East Berlin factory is finished. The BORGERS company health insurance fund is founded and serves as an example.
1970s and 1980s: Expansion in the automotive business and internationalisation
Mould and tool making is taken up by Olbrich.
Purchase of the weaving factory Rensing which Werner Borgers had been sole owner of since 1959.
Having grown by 35% BORGERS makes the greatest leap until then, mostly because of the increasing automotive business.
1950s and 1960s: From wadding to textile floorings and moulded parts for the automotive industry
The turnover is higher than DEM 35 million. In 1948 it was only DEM 3 million.
Illegal expropriation of Johann Borgers KG in (East) Berlin by GDR-authorities.
1933–1949: Destruction and reconstruction of the biggest wadding factory in Europe
Provisional rebuilding of the Bocholt factories: in the following years industry waddings, jute felt and quilts are manufactured, too.
Johann Borgers AG is turned into a „Kommanditgesellschaft“ (private limited partnership).
1919–1933: Expansion despite inflation and crisis
During the economic crisis sales proceeds decrease by half.
The 2nd factory (Werk II) is set up in the newly acquired weaving factory Drießen & Becker on Grabenstraße in Bocholt.
Start of production for the automotive industry. Upholstery waddings had already indirectly been supplied to car producers (via upholsterers) since the end of the 19th century.
The factory building is enlarged by app. 50%.
1866–1918: From a small workshop to the biggest wadding factory in the German Empire
Commissioning of the first steam engine in Bocholt.