History
WilfriedCompany Founder

Founded in 1966 by Wilfried Ensinger, his company now looks back to a successful history for over 50 years.

The milestones which have marked the development of the Ensinger Group tell the story of a family firm which has never been content to rest on its laurels. The continuous further development of products and production processes and the encouragement of employee potential have been essential aspects of our corporate mission since the very early days.

From tradition...

... but future focused.


New Generation

2016: Ensinger turns 50

Founded in 1966, the Ensinger Group is now represented in all the important global industrial regions, with a long list of production facilities and sales branches. During the past financial year, the 2,300 employees generated a consolidated turnover of 402 million Euro.

2009: New production halls for the compounds and injection moulding divisions

The growing significance of raw material finishing (compounding) has necessitated the expansion of both production and storage facilities in Nufringen. The recently founded Ensinger Compounds division moves into a new building permitting greater production flow efficiency and a significant increase in volume. A technical highlight is a clean room for the production of medical technology materials.

In Rottenburg-Ergenzingen, a new injection moulding plant is constructed. The Nufringen site no longer offers sufficient space for expansion of this division. The new factory is designed to permit closely meshed interaction between the different production areas, with work flow optimization playing a key role in the planning process. Organization and quality management focus on adherence to the strict standards of the supply industry. 

2008: Profile factory takes on a new dimension

With new production and logistical facilities, Ensinger moves closer to the goal of a sustainable orientation for its German producing locations. In Cham, a new architectural landmark extension is constructed. The additional production area, the automated high-bay warehouse and the new administrative suite, primarily benefit the production of building profiles.

2007: Launch of part machining in Shanghai

After opening an office in Shanghai back in 2002, Ensinger is now also represented by its own producing location in the world’s most densely populated country. By founding the Ensinger Engineering Plastics Company, Ensinger is turning a new page in the Asian success story. From Shanghai, the company produces machined materials to an excellent standard of workmanship to supply this growth market.

2005: Wilfried Ensinger distinguished by the Federal Cross of Merit

President of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Horst Köhler confers the Federal Cross of Merit on Wilfried Ensinger in recognition of his extensive contribution to society, culture and science.

2004: Honorary Senatorship conferred by University of Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart confers the title of Honorary Senator on Wilfried Ensinger. This honour pays tribute to his “pioneering engineering achievement in the development of new types of polymer materials, plastics processing techniques and technical castings”. At the same time, this distinction recognises the entrepreneurial success achieved by Wilfried Ensinger and his support for university research and teaching.

2002: Change of company management

Michael Koch leaves the company, to be succeeded some months later on the company Executive Board by Dr. Roland Reber, who has worked for Ensinger previously in the capacity of management consultant.

2001: Little Non-conformist

The artist Otmar Alt designs the “Little Non-conformist”. This sculpture created from 42 high-tech plastics symbolises the company philosophy. With the “Art from Plastic” campaign, Ensinger aims to highlight the creativity needed to drive engineering achievement. Employees are encouraged to think laterally, moving away from established thought patterns and seeking innovative new approaches – to be real non-conformists.

1999: Ensinger do Brasil moves into its own modern production facility

In São Leopoldo at the south-eastern tip of Brazil, the company group inaugurates a new production facility. Ensinger do Brasil sells semi-finished parts and components throughout the whole South American continent.

1997: Establishment of the Wilfried-Ensinger-Foundation

1997 the Wilfried-Ensinger Foundation was established by the company founder. This foundation supports cultural projects in his home town of Rottenburg, social projects in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Central and South America, as well as providing funding for budding young scientists in Germany.

Klaus Ensinger and Michael Koch take over the reins of management from Wilfried Ensinger, who continues to provide essential impetus to the strategic direction of the company as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Ravensburg-based Thermix® GmbH is integrated as a member of the Ensinger Group. These warm-edge spacers made of stainless steel and plastic supplement the portfolio of thermal insulating profiles. Thermix® products create a break in the thermal bridge which occurs at the transition point between glass and frame in windows, doors and facades.


Internationalisation

1994: Manufacture of polyimide semi-finished and finished parts

At the Austrian location of Lenzing, the subsidiary Ensinger Sintimid produces semi-finished and finished compression moulded parts from polyimides which are suitable for ultra-high temperature applications. Because these high-performance plastics cannot be processed by melting, the method used in their manufacture is sintering.

1993: Cast Nylon

In the Cham location, a new casting plant is constructed for polyamide mouldings, and in 1994 Ensinger also extends its production portfolio with additional casting plants for semi-finished products. Just under ten years later, the production sectors PA 6G and Nyrim are merged to create the “Cast Nylon” Division.

1989: New building in Nufringen and expansion abroad

As a result of the search for a suitable sales support centre in Northern Germany, Ensinger purchases a site in Anröchte. A new administrative headquarters is opened in Nufringen. Following the success of Ensinger Ltd., the Sales Division pushes for additional independent locations abroad: 1989 sees the establishment of Ensinger France S.A.R.L., followed a year later by Ensinger Italia. Over the next decade, a series of other branches is founded in Europe, South America and Asia.

The decentral organization of the company group has created the ethos of a “corporation run by entrepreneurs”, permitting regional differences in customer and market demands to be met with new products and structures.

1987: Foundation of Ensinger Ltd.

Ensinger Limited is founded in record time by Wilfried Ensinger and John Speirs in Llantrisant, South Wales. The rapid pace of growth continues in the UK market both as a result of organic expansion and also company acquisitions. In 1994, the company acquires specialist machine shop TRIG Engineering based in Bridgwater.

The company headquarters is now located in Tonyrefail. Today, Europe’s biggest Ensinger subsidiary operates sites in the country’s major economic strongholds with a workforce totaling almost 300.

1986: The first foreign subsidiary: Ensinger Inc.

The first moves towards internationalisation of the company were made back at the start of the eighties, but have ground to a halt. Initially, exports were initiated through agencies in the various countries, but Wilfried Ensinger quickly comes to realise that this type of co-operative arrangement fails to live up to the needs of either the product or the customers. Joint ventures in Switzerland and the USA fail to take off.

It is only by setting up decentralised production in countries with demand that Ensinger is able to achieve a sustainable solution to the problem of exchange rate risk. This realisation moves Wilfried Ensinger to launch another attempt to find a suitable location in the USA in the mid-eighties. By taking the bold step of launching an independent company, Ensinger Inc., with its own newly appointed workforce in Washington/Pennsylvania, the foundation stone is laid for what has now become the Group’s biggest subsidiary.

Over the following years, Ensinger Inc. systematically expands its market position. Today, the workforce at the producing locations in New Jersey, Texas, Connecticut, Delaware and the US Headquarters close to the industrial centre of Pittsburgh totals several hundred.


Diversification

1985: Launch of injection moulding production

In order to provide its own customers with an all-round service, Ensinger takes the decision to enter a hotly contested market to establish another key supporting pillar to its business: the focus of its new injection moulding production sector is initially on the production of elements subject to sliding friction in the gear and drive sector. The company had already started with the compounding of raw materials a year previously.

1980: Branch plant in Cham

From the end of the seventies onwards, the company enters a headlong phase of growth and expansion. The shortage of specialists available in the greater Stuttgart area moves Ensinger to look further afield and to establish a branch plant in Cham (Oberpfalz region). Machining operations are launched there with a handful of specialists and a modest network of machinery in rented production premises. Only four years on, and Ensinger has already completed the construction of a production hall in the Altenmarkt industrial estate and substantially expanded its payroll. The new thermoplastic materials call for the use of new processing technologies. The transition to large-volume production is achieved with the installation of new computer aided five-axis machining centres.

1977: Production of insulation profiles begins

For some time, the manufacturers of aluminium windows and facades have been seeking solutions for thermal insulation of their metal profiles which will permit compliance with the new, more stringent guidelines on energy saving. In 1974 Ensinger starts the development of an extrusion technology for processing of glass fibre-filled polyamide 6.6 precision profiles. The authorisation requirements and standards are elaborated in parallel, in close cooperation with BASF, Wicona, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and the window institute ift Rosenheim. In December 1977, Ensinger delivers the first series-produced thermal insulating profiles. The second extrusion tool is put into operation in July 1978.

Initially manufactured in Nufringen and produced in Cham since 1988, the thermal profiles have grown to become a key pillar of the company’s business portfolio. Since 2001, the product line has been marketed under the brand name insulbar®.

1971: Machining semi-finished products

The company begins to expand into new fields of activity with the machining of semi-finished products to produce machine elements and components. Over the years, continuous expansion of the product portfolio turns the company into a leading supplier in the field of high-performance plastics. The application-specific consultancy services it offers to customers right from the early stages of a production project, play a key role in securing the company’s success. Right from the initial foundation of the company, Wilfried Ensinger has his sights set firmly on this enormous market potential.


Foundation

1970: Move to Nufringen

By relocating the company headquarters from Ehningen to nearby Nufringen, Ensinger is able to multiply its production capacity. Alongside the new building complex for production and management, generously dimensioned storage space is also available at the Rudolf-Diesel-Straße site. By acquiring surrounding warehousing and factory space, the family firm is able to expand at the same location over the following decades.

1966: Ensinger oHG is founded in Ehningen

During the 1960s production of high temperature resistant polymers began in Europe and North America. The processing methods used to produce these new thermoplastics were far from perfected. For instance, there was no way of manufacturing many of the high-quality glass and carbon-filled materials we use today.

After gaining technical and management experiences in industry over several years, Wilfried Ensinger is intrigued by the possibilities surrounding the newly emerging technical plastics and determines to set up a production process for semi-finished products and machine elements of high quality. In 1966, the engineer launches his own company in Ehningen (near Boeblingen). Using a spare garage, he develops new extrusion methods using equipment he designed and constructed himself. From the very beginning, Ensinger works closely with raw material manufacturers and users of plastics.