History

KÖPP can look back on a company history that stretches back to 1938.

Our production range has constantly expanded, and it now includes a great range of cellular materials which is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

KÖPP has a long, illustrious history as a leading manufacturer and processor of cellular rubber, polyethylene foam and sponge rubber. Our product portfolio now also includes moulded parts and foam plastics of various types.

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1938

Founding of the company

At the end of the 1930s, company founder Wilhelm Köpp took over a business in Aachen, Germany, selling cellular rubber and sponge rubber. The company grew quickly and soon started manufacturing and processing these materials, too.

1947

Expansion of the product range to include polyurethane and polyethylene.

1959

Ernst Raab comes to KÖPP

Dipl. Kfm. Ernst Raab joined KÖPP as a partner in 1959. The company changed from being a private company to a limited partnership.

1963

The company continued to expand and in 1963 moved into its own, much larger premises.

1965

Founding of KÖPP-Filtertechnik - filter technology

Another milestone in company’s development was the founding in 1965 of Köpp-Filtertechnik - filter technology.

1968

In 1968 company activities expanded essentially further when it took over distribution of PE foams for the English company BXL Ltd. (now Zotefoams PLC).

1971

Bovenden branch

Begin of sponge rubber production at the former Rudolf Haupt sponge rubber factory, which became the KÖPP branch at Bovenden near Göttingen.

Bovenden branch near Göttingen

1972

Start of cellular rubber production

A year later, in 1972 Köpp founded a foam elastomer company, Schaumelastomer GmbH & Co. KG, in Berlin and also started production of its own cellular rubber qualities.

2001

Launch of the FIPFG production line in Bovenden

A new chapter in company history was started in Bovenden in 2001: The start of production of innovative Formed In Place Foam Gaskets (FIPFG). This meant that KÖPP had become a system supplier.

FIPFG

2006

Expansion of manufacturing activities for solid rubber mouldings.

Halfway through 2006, the company expanded its manufacturing activities in solid rubber components thus marking another major milestone in the company's continued success.

2007

Purchase of a share of Rubbertec S.R.L., Romania

Shortly after the cellular rubber factory in Berlin closed in 2007, KÖPP bought a share in the company Rubbertec S.R.L., starting the production of cellular rubber in Arinis, Romania.

2008

On 01.01.2008 Oliver Köpp and Dipl.-Kfm. Achim Raab are appointed to Managing Directors of W. KÖPP GmbH & Co. KG.

2011

Founding of Roop Koepp Foam Technologies Private Ltd., India

Roop Koepp Foam Technologies Private Ltd.

In 2011, the joint venture with our Indian partner Roop Polymers Ltd. was founded to enter the growth markets in Southeast Asia. The location in Sohna near Delhi produces and converts cellular rubber.

Founding of the 100% owned subsidiary, SC KOEPP Romania S.R.L.

After extensive investment to modernise the installations of Rubbertec S.R.L., KÖPP took over the Romanian company completely in 2011 and founded the 100% owned subsidiary, SC Koepp Romania S.R.L., to restart production of our own cellular rubber qualities. At the same time, activities to expand the converting possibilities of the produced cellular rubber blocks are consequently advanced.

2012

FIP(F)G in Aachen

FIPFG Aachen

In 2012 FIP(F)G production also started in Aachen.

Completion of the renovated facilities at our main site in Aachen.

2013

75 years of KÖPP

75 years

KÖPP celebrates the company’s 75th anniversary - 1938-2013.

2014

In 2014, Oliver Köpp, the last member of the founding family left the company. The company is now completely owned by the Raab family. Sole Managing Director is Dipl.-Kfm. Achim Raab.

2015

Mid 2015 KÖPP takes over two SAPSOL presses from the British manufacturer Flexi-Cell (UK) as well as further equipment for the production of cellular rubber and installs it at its Romanian facility. Thereby, production capacity in Romania increases to 150.000 blocks per annum.

Under its new, streamlined management, W. KÖPP GmbH & Co. KG has achieved the best results in the company’s history.

Today

The aim behind all our investments and efforts is for W. KÖPP GmbH & Co. KG to continue to grow. The way we achieve this remains the same: Developing our proven offering further and daring to try new thing while always keeping customer’s need in mind.