Over 155 years of producing roofing tiles: enterprising business people and the commitment
and motivation of all our staff were and are still needed for Meyer-Holsen to achieve its present size.
The directory of brickworks published by Eisenschmidt in 1925 lists roughly 1120 makers of roofing tiles;
3 large companies and 5 medium-sized firms remained in 2010.
We are one of these 5 - thanks to the quality of our clay roof tiles which will continue to be developed
further and improved in the same way as in the past.
New plant for moulded tiles taken into service
Construction of the new 6,000 m² building in our Rahden facility is complete. The new production facility reflects the state of the art and could well be revolutionary in the tile-making industry. Considerable energy savings are to be expected, thanks to the use of cutting-edge technology.
Enlargement of the management
Proprietor and managing partner Rüdiger Bethke sets the course for the future and enlarges the company's management.
As technical manager, Phillip Bethke will henceforth be responsible for personnel and production at the two plants in Hüllhorst and Rahden. "We intend to continue our efforts to develop all-ceramic roofs and to remain ahead of the market in the future, too, with our technical innovations and optimized production."
As commercial manager, Jan Peter Jörn will take over the East-Westphalian family-owned company's sales and marketing, finance and controlling as well as IT and organization. "Our aim is to remain a strong partner for retailers and the trade, in close touch with the customer, to assure our joint success."
150 year anniversary
Meyer-Holsen looks back on a company history stretching over 150 years. Constancy, reliability and directness are the particular hallmarks of success. A design-oriented model is launched to commemorate this anniversary.
The "Piano" is rolled out
With its linear form, the Piano is ideal for modern architectural projects. Be it a single-family home in architecturally minimalist style or an urban villa in classical Bauhaus style, the Piano adds the perfect finishing touch.
New "Tandem" model
A new product innovation causes a sensation! The new Tandem model is produced at the Rahden plant, continuing the clear and successful path followed by the "Zwilling" model.
New "Ravensberger" lightweight model
Meyer-Holsen launches a lightweight tile, the Ravensberger eco, weighing just under 30 kg per square metre.
New "Vario Junior Zwilling" model
The production facilities in Rahden are converted and a new product, the Vario Junior Zwilling, is launched. The "twin" with the delicate appearance of a small tile.
Traditional Reduction burning
The traditional old method of reduction burning is revived.
Horizontal firing process
A long-cherished wish comes true - firing roof tiles horizontally. Each tile rests on a "tray" on which it is fired in the CERIC Hydro Casing tunnel kiln. The tunnel kiln cars are loaded and unloaded all-automatically.
Modernization of the office and staff building
Modernized and redesigned in keeping with the size of the company, the office and staff building dating back to 1956 were inaugurated and taken into service again in May of this year. Fourth-generation managing director Rüdiger Bethke has brought the family-owned company right up to date again in recent years.
Roofing tiles and moulded tiles in the Vario plant are shrink-wrapped in eco-friendly sheeting in an all-automatic process.
All-automatic U-cassette plant
An all-automatic U-cassette system replaces the supporting structure for firing roof tiles. Final inspection is still performed manually.
New moulded tile facility
Construction and operation of a facility for moulded tiles in the Vario plant - total investment approx. DM 4 million.
Inauguration of the Vario plant
The Vario plant - total investment approx. DM 35 million - was inaugurated and started operation in two shifts.
Construction of the Vario plant starts
Meyer-Holsen started construction of the Vario plant in Rahden-Varl. A factory for roofing tiles reflecting the state of the art in every respect.
Takeover of August Löhr KG
Meyer-Holsen took over the brickworks August Löhr KG in Rahden-Varl, which produced facing bricks and clinker. Roofing tiles were added to the production range in the same year.
New "Tego" universal roof tile
The range of roofing tiles was enlarged to include a new model, the Tego universal roof tile. An additional new tunnel kiln had to be built so that production could proceed in two shifts as from mid-year.
Glazed clay roof tiles
Meyer-Holsen presented a large range of glazed clay roof tiles at the trade fair "Dach+Wand" in Cologne.
New "Vario" interlocking roof tile
The Vario interlocking roof tile developed by Rüdiger Bethke was presented ready for production.
The advent of electronic data processing
The administration was similarly modernized with the installation of an electronic data processing (EDP) system.
All-automatic four-fold press for roof tiles
The individual turret presses used to date for producing roof tiles were replaced by the first all-automatic four-fold press for roof tiles.
Modernization in logistics
Technology also became established in the transport sector. Instead of being loaded by hand as in the past, roofing tiles are now transferred to the construction sites on pallets using mobile cranes.
Quarrying with machines
Instead of being blasted and loaded onto wagons by 7 workers, excavators, dozers and light railway tenders now handle the raw material.
New "Garant" model
The range of roofing tiles was expanded to include a new model, our flat tile "Garant". We have delivered more than 250 million units to date. Instead of being blasted by 7 workers and loaded by hand, the material is now recovered by an excavator and transported by a light railway tender.
Development and commissioning of the tunnel kiln for roofing tiles
Heinrich Meyer was a pioneer in the field of firing bricks and tiles. The world's first tunnel kiln for roofing tiles was developed by Meyer-Holsen and commissioned in the same year. It was a revolutionary technological development for the tile industry. His workers' well-being was a matter of particular importance for Heinrich Meyer. He became known as a pacemaker of various social institutions. Son-in-law Rüdiger Bethke joined the company in the year of its 100th anniversary. He continued the tradition of doing everything possible to assure the workers' well-being. The company continued to develop and invest in new products and facilities.
New office building
Meyer-Holsen built a modern office complex with comfortable social rooms.
Production of bricks is suspended
The production of bricks was suspended. Demand for roofing tiles was so great that clay tiles had to be produced all year. Capacity subsequently totalled 6 million roofing tiles per year.
Heinrich Meyer takes over
Seasonal production output amounted to 100,000 roofing tiles and 100,000 bricks per year. Meyer's son Heinrich took over the brickworks in this year and launched comprehensive investments. The processing plant was modernized, the open-air drier replaced by heated chamber-type driers. This necessitated the construction of a large boilerhouse.
Friedrich Meyer installed a circular kiln with larger firing capacity to supplement the existing steam kilns.
Extension of the steam kilns
As evidenced by the licensing certificate, Friedrich Meyer began to enlarge the brickworks in 1898 by adding two steam kilns with two firing chambers each. Operation of the brickworks grew steadily. Even in those days, attention focused on quality.
In addition to farming, which the Meyer family had engaged in for over 600 years, Heinrich Meyer set up a firm producing bricks and roofing tiles in 1860. His son Friedrich Meyer assumed responsibility for the company's operations at the tender age of 31 when he was entered in the register of companies, under the No. 6, as proprietor of the steam brickworks Friedrich Meyer of Holsen on 30 March 1900 by order of the royal local court of Lübbecke. He was the perfect brickmaker.