Founding of the company
On 16th January 1937, the following entry appears in the Burbach official registry: Fritz Schäfer – manufacture of metal goods of all kinds. The first products were manufactured in the cellar of the house he lived in.
The activities of "Pfannenberg GmbH" are continued and extended through the newly founded enterprise SCHÄFER WERKE GmbH. The company has its head office on the historic Pfannenberg in Neunkirchen in Germany’s Siegerland region.
At three production sites, around 1,000 employees work to maintain this success.
With the establishment of SCHÄFER SHOP in 1971, a new sales idea is born. As a mail order supplier of equipment for offices, warehouses and workshops, SCHÄFER SHOP gives its customers the opportunity to buy from catalogues. This “shopping from your desk” idea is a great success. The original four-page brochure has since developed into a 1,300-page catalogue.
Using data loggers and a digital interface, VIZUU, the SCHÄFER WERKE Group’s new business division, puts intelligence into industrial bulk containers (IBCs). Container-specific data, such as filling level, location, temperature and pressure permanently provide information on the condition of the contents and consequently make the entire logistics chain transparent.