Our History
Our History

More than 115 years of innovation

In the year 1899, our company founder, Johann Stiegelmeyer, began manufacturing his first wire mesh mattresses in Rödinghausen. In 1900, the company moved to Herford, where it was officially entered in the trade register. In 1903, Stiegelmeyer sold the company to his partner Albert Dörnte. The name Stiegelmeyer had already become so well established by then that it is still used today. Albert Dörnte’s son-in-law Dietrich von Hollen, who was managing director from 1919 to 1970, shaped the company’s development in the 20th century. He was a great-grandfather of the present Kemmler shareholder family. The company's focus quickly shifted from mattresses to metal beds. Already in 1910, Stiegelmeyer produced the first hospital bed. In the 1950s, the company developed innovations such as the electrically adjustable hospital bed. At the end of the 1960s, Stiegelmeyer began manufacturing beds for nursing homes.

 

The acquisition of the Burmeier furniture factory in Lage in the 1990s made it possible to develop a successful range of home care products. In 1994, the group opened new plants in Herford and Nordhausen in Thuringia. Stolno (2001) and Kepno (2006) in Poland were added as further production locations. At the same time, a number of international sales companies were founded. In 2017, the company merged 4 subsidiaries to form the new operating company Stiegelmeyer GmbH & Co. KG.

Our system Vario Safe for adjustable care beds is presented with great success at the fair ALTENPFLEGE.

2019


Our system Vario Safe for adjustable care beds is presented with great success at the fair ALTENPFLEGE.

Our system Vario Safe for adjustable care beds is presented with great success at the fair ALTENPFLEGE.

2019

Our system Vario Safe for adjustable care beds is presented with great success at the fair ALTENPFLEGE.

Whether we’re talking of new apps, process optimisation or  modern communications - the Stiegelmeyer Group is instrumental in driving digitisation and connectivity forward

2018


Whether we’re talking of new apps, process optimisation or modern communications - the Stiegelmeyer Group is instrumental in driving digitisation and connectivity forward

Whether we’re talking of new apps, process optimisation or  modern communications - the Stiegelmeyer Group is instrumental in driving digitisation and connectivity forward

2018

Whether we’re talking of new apps, process optimisation or modern communications - the Stiegelmeyer Group is instrumental in driving digitisation and connectivity forward

Burmeier introduces the new Dali range. Modern care beds promote digitisation in home care.

2018


Burmeier introduces the new Dali range. Modern care beds promote digitisation in home care.

Burmeier introduces the new Dali range. Modern care beds promote digitisation in home care.

2018

Burmeier introduces the new Dali range. Modern care beds promote digitisation in home care.

Stiegelmeyer streamlines its corporate structure. All four companies are brought together under the Stiegelmeyer GmbH & Co. KG name.

2017


Stiegelmeyer streamlines its corporate structure. All four companies are brought together under the Stiegelmeyer GmbH & Co. KG name.

Stiegelmeyer streamlines its corporate structure. All four companies are brought together under the Stiegelmeyer GmbH & Co. KG name.

2017

Stiegelmeyer streamlines its corporate structure. All four companies are brought together under the Stiegelmeyer GmbH & Co. KG name.

With the Lindeo comfort frame, Stiegelmeyer expands its range for private customers. The Lindeo supports users at every time of life.

2017


With the Lindeo comfort frame, Stiegelmeyer expands its range for private customers. The Lindeo supports users at every time of life.

With the Lindeo comfort frame, Stiegelmeyer expands its range for private customers. The Lindeo supports users at every time of life.

2017

With the Lindeo comfort frame, Stiegelmeyer expands its range for private customers. The Lindeo supports users at every time of life.

Market launch of the Evario - the modern hospital bed for all hospital units is an immediate success.

2016


Market launch of the Evario - the modern hospital bed for all hospital units is an immediate success.

Market launch of the Evario - the modern hospital bed for all hospital units is an immediate success.

2016

Market launch of the Evario - the modern hospital bed for all hospital units is an immediate success.

Our exhibition in Herford is redesigned to present beds and furniture in a homelike ambience.

2016


Our exhibition in Herford is redesigned to present beds and furniture in a homelike ambience.

Our exhibition in Herford is redesigned to present beds and furniture in a homelike ambience.

2016

Our exhibition in Herford is redesigned to present beds and furniture in a homelike ambience.

The new Venta care bed scores with its ease of use, comfort and homelike feel.

2015


The new Venta care bed scores with its ease of use, comfort and homelike feel.

The new Venta care bed scores with its ease of use, comfort and homelike feel.

2015

The new Venta care bed scores with its ease of use, comfort and homelike feel.

Our Polish subsidiary Stolter Sp. z o.o. is renamed Stiegelmeyer Sp. z o.o. to underline its close ties.

2015


Our Polish subsidiary Stolter Sp. z o.o. is renamed Stiegelmeyer Sp. z o.o. to underline its close ties.

Our Polish subsidiary Stolter Sp. z o.o. is renamed Stiegelmeyer Sp. z o.o. to underline its close ties.

2015

Our Polish subsidiary Stolter Sp. z o.o. is renamed Stiegelmeyer Sp. z o.o. to underline its close ties.

The company Wiki-Met in the southern Polish town of Kepno is renamed Stiegelmeyer Kepno Sp. z o.o.

2014


The company Wiki-Met in the southern Polish town of Kepno is renamed Stiegelmeyer Kepno Sp. z o.o.

The company Wiki-Met in the southern Polish town of Kepno is renamed Stiegelmeyer Kepno Sp. z o.o.

2014

The company Wiki-Met in the southern Polish town of Kepno is renamed Stiegelmeyer Kepno Sp. z o.o.

Our new state-of-the-art service and logistics centre opens in Herford.

2014


Our new state-of-the-art service and logistics centre opens in Herford.

Our new state-of-the-art service and logistics centre opens in Herford.

2014

Our new state-of-the-art service and logistics centre opens in Herford.

Stiegelmeyer founds its own service company, which is immediately successful. Today it is an important part of Stiegelmeyer GmbH & Co. KG.

2012


Stiegelmeyer founds its own service company, which is immediately successful. Today it is an important part of Stiegelmeyer GmbH & Co. KG.

Stiegelmeyer founds its own service company, which is immediately successful. Today it is an important part of Stiegelmeyer GmbH & Co. KG.

2012

Stiegelmeyer founds its own service company, which is immediately successful. Today it is an important part of Stiegelmeyer GmbH & Co. KG.

Stiegelmeyer founds a sales company in South Africa. From Cape Town, it serves many countries on the African continent.

2011


Stiegelmeyer founds a sales company in South Africa. From Cape Town, it serves many countries on the African continent.

Stiegelmeyer founds a sales company in South Africa. From Cape Town, it serves many countries on the African continent.

2011

Stiegelmeyer founds a sales company in South Africa. From Cape Town, it serves many countries on the African continent.

Expansion of production sites to meet growing demand.

2010


Expansion of production sites to meet growing demand.

Expansion of production sites to meet growing demand.

2010

Expansion of production sites to meet growing demand.

Opening of an over 900 square metre exhibition building in Herford with attractive contemporary architecture.

2009


Opening of an over 900 square metre exhibition building in Herford with attractive contemporary architecture.

Opening of an over 900 square metre exhibition building in Herford with attractive contemporary architecture.

2009

Opening of an over 900 square metre exhibition building in Herford with attractive contemporary architecture.

Stiegelmeyer acquires the Wiki-Met company in Poland. Kepno mainly produces beds for home care.

2006


Stiegelmeyer acquires the Wiki-Met company in Poland. Kepno mainly produces beds for home care.

Stiegelmeyer acquires the Wiki-Met company in Poland. Kepno mainly produces beds for home care.

2006

Stiegelmeyer acquires the Wiki-Met company in Poland. Kepno mainly produces beds for home care.

As part of a realignment of the sales structure, Stiegelmeyer Pflegemöbel GmbH & Co. KG is established to be better placed to meet customer inpatient care requirements.

2005


As part of a realignment of the sales structure, Stiegelmeyer Pflegemöbel GmbH & Co. KG is established to be better placed to meet customer inpatient care requirements.

As part of a realignment of the sales structure, Stiegelmeyer Pflegemöbel GmbH & Co. KG is established to be better placed to meet customer inpatient care requirements.

2005

As part of a realignment of the sales structure, Stiegelmeyer Pflegemöbel GmbH & Co. KG is established to be better placed to meet customer inpatient care requirements.

Renaming of the Famed company in Stolno to Stolter.

2004


Renaming of the Famed company in Stolno to Stolter.

Renaming of the Famed company in Stolno to Stolter.

2004

Renaming of the Famed company in Stolno to Stolter.

Establishment of the Stiegelmeyer Oy subsidiary in Finland - the Scandinavian country is served from the city of Lahti.

2002


Establishment of the Stiegelmeyer Oy subsidiary in Finland - the Scandinavian country is served from the city of Lahti.

Establishment of the Stiegelmeyer Oy subsidiary in Finland - the Scandinavian country is served from the city of Lahti.

2002

Establishment of the Stiegelmeyer Oy subsidiary in Finland - the Scandinavian country is served from the city of Lahti.

Takeover of the Famed company in Poland. A production and sales site is established in the northern Polish city of Stolno.

2001


Takeover of the Famed company in Poland. A production and sales site is established in the northern Polish city of Stolno.

Takeover of the Famed company in Poland. A production and sales site is established in the northern Polish city of Stolno.

2001

Takeover of the Famed company in Poland. A production and sales site is established in the northern Polish city of Stolno.

Foundation of the Stiegelmeyer France subsidiary in France. Today it is based in Dardilly near Lyon.

2000


Foundation of the Stiegelmeyer France subsidiary in France. Today it is based in Dardilly near Lyon.

Foundation of the Stiegelmeyer France subsidiary in France. Today it is based in Dardilly near Lyon.

2000

Foundation of the Stiegelmeyer France subsidiary in France. Today it is based in Dardilly near Lyon.

With the introduction of long-term care insurance in Germany, the Homecare division is successfully adopted by the Burmeier subsidiary.

1995


With the introduction of long-term care insurance in Germany, the Homecare division is successfully adopted by the Burmeier subsidiary.

With the introduction of long-term care insurance in Germany, the Homecare division is successfully adopted by the Burmeier subsidiary.

1995

With the introduction of long-term care insurance in Germany, the Homecare division is successfully adopted by the Burmeier subsidiary.

Stiegelmeyer builds new plants in Herford and - for wood manufacturing - in the city of Nordhausen in Thuringia.

1994


Stiegelmeyer builds new plants in Herford and - for wood manufacturing - in the city of Nordhausen in Thuringia.

Stiegelmeyer builds new plants in Herford and - for wood manufacturing - in the city of Nordhausen in Thuringia.

1994

Stiegelmeyer builds new plants in Herford and - for wood manufacturing - in the city of Nordhausen in Thuringia.

Acquisition of the Burmeier company in Lage for the production of seating furniture. After German reunification, Burmeier supports the growing care bed sector.

1989


Acquisition of the Burmeier company in Lage for the production of seating furniture. After German reunification, Burmeier supports the growing care bed sector.

Acquisition of the Burmeier company in Lage for the production of seating furniture. After German reunification, Burmeier supports the growing care bed sector.

1989

Acquisition of the Burmeier company in Lage for the production of seating furniture. After German reunification, Burmeier supports the growing care bed sector.

With the launch of Stiegelmeyer BV in the Netherlands, the establishment of international subsidiaries begins.

1989


With the launch of Stiegelmeyer BV in the Netherlands, the establishment of international subsidiaries begins.

With the launch of Stiegelmeyer BV in the Netherlands, the establishment of international subsidiaries begins.

1989

With the launch of Stiegelmeyer BV in the Netherlands, the establishment of international subsidiaries begins.

For the first time, beds are made with die-cast aluminium mattress bases.

1980


For the first time, beds are made with die-cast aluminium mattress bases.

For the first time, beds are made with die-cast aluminium mattress bases.

1980

For the first time, beds are made with die-cast aluminium mattress bases.

22,000 beds are made for the Olympic village in Munich.

1972


22,000 beds are made for the Olympic village in Munich.

22,000 beds are made for the Olympic village in Munich.

1972

22,000 beds are made for the Olympic village in Munich.

Development of the first height-adjustable lifting column bed. In the 1960s, Stiegelmeyer beds could already be cleaned in fully automated washing systems.

1970


Development of the first height-adjustable lifting column bed. In the 1960s, Stiegelmeyer beds could already be cleaned in fully automated washing systems.

Development of the first height-adjustable lifting column bed. In the 1960s, Stiegelmeyer beds could already be cleaned in fully automated washing systems.

1970

Development of the first height-adjustable lifting column bed. In the 1960s, Stiegelmeyer beds could already be cleaned in fully automated washing systems.

Stiegelmeyer’s cots are used successfully in many maternity wards during the baby boom years.

1960


Stiegelmeyer’s cots are used successfully in many maternity wards during the baby boom years.

Stiegelmeyer’s cots are used successfully in many maternity wards during the baby boom years.

1960

Stiegelmeyer’s cots are used successfully in many maternity wards during the baby boom years.

Stiegelmeyer achieves a leading market position. The maternity bed is a bestseller in the hospital sector.

1955


Stiegelmeyer achieves a leading market position. The maternity bed is a bestseller in the hospital sector.

Stiegelmeyer achieves a leading market position. The maternity bed is a bestseller in the hospital sector.

1955

Stiegelmeyer achieves a leading market position. The maternity bed is a bestseller in the hospital sector.

At the end of the1940s, Stiegelmeyer puts schools on the agenda - with the first school furniture programme. Another product sector is space-saving furniture for private customers.

1949


At the end of the1940s, Stiegelmeyer puts schools on the agenda - with the first school furniture programme. Another product sector is space-saving furniture for private customers.

At the end of the1940s, Stiegelmeyer puts schools on the agenda - with the first school furniture programme. Another product sector is space-saving furniture for private customers.

1949

At the end of the1940s, Stiegelmeyer puts schools on the agenda - with the first school furniture programme. Another product sector is space-saving furniture for private customers.

Stiegelmeyer supplies more than 10,000 bunk beds for athletes at the Olympic Games in Berlin.

1936


Stiegelmeyer supplies more than 10,000 bunk beds for athletes at the Olympic Games in Berlin.

Stiegelmeyer supplies more than 10,000 bunk beds for athletes at the Olympic Games in Berlin.

1936

Stiegelmeyer supplies more than 10,000 bunk beds for athletes at the Olympic Games in Berlin.

In addition to producing metal beds and the new addition of wooden furniture, a 3.8 hp motorcycle is developed in 1924.

1924


In addition to producing metal beds and the new addition of wooden furniture, a 3.8 hp motorcycle is developed in 1924.

In addition to producing metal beds and the new addition of wooden furniture, a 3.8 hp motorcycle is developed in 1924.

1924

In addition to producing metal beds and the new addition of wooden furniture, a 3.8 hp motorcycle is developed in 1924.

The first hospital bed marks the beginning of a long tradition in this field. A model from 1910 is still on show today in our exhibition in Herford.

1910


The first hospital bed marks the beginning of a long tradition in this field. A model from 1910 is still on show today in our exhibition in Herford.

The first hospital bed marks the beginning of a long tradition in this field. A model from 1910 is still on show today in our exhibition in Herford.

1910

The first hospital bed marks the beginning of a long tradition in this field. A model from 1910 is still on show today in our exhibition in Herford.

In 1899, the production of steel wire mattresses commences in Rödinghausen, Germany. Following a move to Herford, the company is entered in the trade register on 1 November 1900.

1900


In 1899, the production of steel wire mattresses commences in Rödinghausen, Germany. Following a move to Herford, the company is entered in the trade register on 1 November 1900.

In 1899, the production of steel wire mattresses commences in Rödinghausen, Germany. Following a move to Herford, the company is entered in the trade register on 1 November 1900.

1900

In 1899, the production of steel wire mattresses commences in Rödinghausen, Germany. Following a move to Herford, the company is entered in the trade register on 1 November 1900.