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In-house design department

7 employees

production in Schwerin/Wittendörden

Hildebrandt Equipment GmbH is part of the Hildebrandt Group with a group turnover of 45 million euros, 200 employees throughout Europe and 30 of them in steel construction in Schwerin. In addition to steel cable drums, associated equipment and technical equipment for industry, we also offer comprehensive engineering and services.

150 years of tradition



Hildebrandt equipment gmbh is founded and starts with an experienced team: from left Patrick Teichert, Tobias Krethe, managing director Karsten Schulz-Benthien and Lars Sabban.



The range of products is expanded. an in-house steel construction production facility is built in schwerin/wittenförden.



Sabine von Köppen and Mathias Lohraff are the fifth generation to succeed the company. They become managing directors alongside Gerhard Lohraff and Uwe Wenkel.



Reprivatisation and establishment of modern cable drum production with assembly locations in Germany, France and the Netherlands. The company becomes Europe's largest one stop-service provider for cable reels and equipment.



The family business is expropriated and redefined as part of the VEB Holzindustrie (nationally owned enterprise in the former GDR). Gerhard Lohraff remains Manager of Operations under difficult conditions.



Gerhard Lohraff takes over the management of the company in the fourth generation. Under pressure from the GDR government, the company is converted to a wooden cable drum production.



August Hildebrandt founds a sawmill and carpentry workshop in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Corporate policy

Our corporate policy is based on the notion of sustainability, taking into consideration economic, environmental and social aspects.

We see sustainability and economy as an investment in innovative technologies tailored to the market and consistently monitor the profitable orientation of our company. A broadly based system of quality management is something we are committed to voluntarily.

We guarantee reliability for our customers thanks to a broadly based production and assembly network. We also see sustainability and ecology as a contribution towards improving the environmental balance.

Our production uses green power from a regional biogas plant. We use PEFC-certified wood and pay close attention to occupational safety.
For us, sustainability and sociology means strengthening the principle of cooperation within the team. We encourage our employees to undergo further training and we are careful to adhere to our self-imposed code of ethics. Inclusion is something we practise on a daily basis.

Quality management

We put customer satisfaction first. With the installation of an elaborate quality management system, the quality of our products is monitored closely – from procurement through delivery. Our in-house quality management team constantly analyses and improves internal processes and ensures adherence to stipulated quality standards.

We have been certified as per DIN EN ISO 9001 and DIN EN ISO 14001 for more than 20 years now. Our steel drum manufacture meets the welding-related quality requirements of DIN 3834-3.

If requested by the customer, we can supply steel drum static calculations and construction services based on DNV-GL rules. Attaching detailed documentation is a matter of course for us.

Environmental protection

We place special emphasis on environmental protection, as a social obligation. We process PEFC- certified cut softwood timber from sustainable forest management sources; we repair wooden spools and also recycle them along with wood waste.

The development of new, improvement of old products and production processes is based on resource- and environmentally friendly concepts. Therefore, we have invested in energy-saving technology on a number of occasions in recent years.

We are DIN EN ISO 14001 certified, operate in compliance with the REACH system and produce wooden spools in accordance with the ISPM 15 (IPPC) standard.

Code of ethics

As an international company, the Hildebrandt Group has integrated corporate social responsibility and ethically correct conduct and practices into its corporate policy.

We undertake to observe all laws cited in the international human rights report and eliminate and reject all forms of illegal work, forced labour or compulsory work.

We are committed to the inalienable right to non-discrimination and endeavour to offer our employees a working environment free from discrimination and harassment of any kind.

We observe the local laws regarding working hours and minimum wages.

We respect the right of our employees to form or join trade unions and employee organisations at their discretion and to participate in collective negotiations.

We conduct business according to the principles of honesty and impartiality and in accordance with the rules and regulations prohibiting any form of corruption within the framework of our business activities.

We act in compliance with the principles of fair competition in accordance with the prevailing laws.


  • <p>08/2019<br />Further development of the product range.</p>
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    Further development of the product range.

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  • <p>11/2018<br />Interview - as market leader based in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">watch video</a></p>

    Interview - as market leader based in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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  • <p>01/2017<br />100 steel drums for grid connection to and from Norway.<br /><br /><a href="/documents/presse/Hildebrandt_PressRelease_Q1_2017_ENG.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">read more</a></p>

    100 steel drums for grid connection to and from Norway.

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Service times:
Mon to Fri
7.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.