The development of the Plansee Group since 1921

Forward thinking is the core concept of our management team and through difficult and varied economic cycles, this main value has shaped the Group’s corporate values and has guided the company to their current success.

Powerful vision

Company founder Dr. Paul Schwarzkopf

The company owes its location in Reutte, Austria to the powerful vision of its founder, Paul Schwarzkopf. He came here in 1921, and saw that it was the ideal location, because it offered access to cheap hydroelectric power (something very important for energy-intensive manufacturing processes). This move laid the foundations for the Plansee’s Group future international success.

Power to restart

Company Headquarters Reutte in 1962

In the Nazi period, Paul Schwarzkopf was forced to emigrate to the USA. During this time, the factory was owned by the Deutsche Edelstahlwerke AG and used to produce armaments. Fortunately, Paul Schwarzkopf was able to successfully return and reclaim ownership of the site in 1952.

Power by continuity

Dr. Walter Schwarzkopf, son of company founder

During his time heading up the company, Paul Schwarzkopf’s son Walter promoted a management culture that focused on personnel development and close working relationships. As a result, after his premature death in 1978, he left behind a very effective executive board and a strong supervisory board – ensuring continuity in the company and its management processes.

Drive

Hilde Schwarzkopf, principal shareholder of the Plansee Group, stood up in front of the workers and defiantly said "We will recover from this." With these words, she transformed their sadness into a determination and drive to get the company back on track.

A fire in the sintering facility at the hard-metal plant in 1996 had a devastating effect on the site – until Hilde Schwarzkopf, principal shareholder of the Plansee Group, stood up in front of the workers and defiantly said "We will recover from this." With these words, she transformed their sadness into a determination and drive to get the company back on track.

Creative power

Through carefully chosen acquisitions and joint ventures, it has extended its operations horizontally and vertically, and has aligned its activities to meet market requirements.

The Plansee Group has grown continuously over the last few years, while ensuring that it is well prepared for the times ahead. Through carefully chosen acquisitions and joint ventures, it has extended its operations horizontally and vertically, and has aligned its activities to meet market requirements.