Detailled History


The city of Worms has a long tradition in the production of leather. During the middle 1800’s the tanneries Heyl & Martenstein and Doerr & Reinhart employed 70 % of the working population of Worms.

At this time both chrome tannage and fatliquoring were things of the future, the majority of leather being vegetable tanned. Softening was carried out by either hand or drum stuffing techniques utilizing various combinations of oils, fats and soaps.

Clemens Trumpler, an acquaintance of Cornelius Heyl, the owner of one of the tanneries, saw an opportunity in the then buoyant leather industry to produce „degras“ a mixture of fish oil and tallow and in 1868 founded the Trumpler Company together with two helpers in Worms.

The company expanded rapidly and in 1906 developed a range of water emulsifiable fatliquors based on sulphation technology required to meet the demands of the new and „revolutionary“ chrome tannage which had started to play a major role in leather manufacture.

Difficult times

Clemens Trumpler was followed into the business by his eldest son Vinzenz along with commercial director Adam Roos. Further expansion of the company was halted with the onset of World War I and the turbulent times that followed.

Unprecedented inflation in the 1920’s followed by periods of massive unemployment in the early 1930’s culminating in the onset of a second world war in 1939 had the effect of halting further progress of the companies’ activities.

Rebuilding process

During the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the rebuilding process began. The closure of many tanneries in Germany led to Trumpler being forced to seek new markets abroad.

The company now headed by the third generation of the Trumpler family, Hans Trumpler and the son of Adam Roos, Dr. Günther Roos, took on a new lease of life.

Modern synthetic fatliquors were developed in Worms and successfully marketed throughout the world.

The drive and ambition of Günther Roos led to the building of close relationships with customers in many export markets, in particular Italy, France and Sweden, this coupled with continual investment in plant and equipment allowed the company to celebrate its centenary in 1968 with solid based foundations for the future.

Accelerated expansion

The nineteen seventies saw perhaps the biggest expansion in the history of the company with subsidiaries being established in major leather centres within Europe. In 1984 after 12 years service with the company as commercial manager Norbert Schuster was appointed as joint managing director and played a significant role in expanding Trumpler´s business activities in South East Asia.

In 1991 Dr. Günther Roos sadly passed away, leaving behind him as his legacy an internationally recognised company of high repute. Following the death of his father, Christian Roos, returned to Germany after a two year period at Trumpler’s subsidiary in Argentina and in 1996 was appointed as joint managing director, with particular emphasis being placed on consolidation of business within the international group.

In 1994 further expansion of the Trumpler group took place with the decision taken to purchase Robama, a well established dyestuff producer based in Spain, thus facilitating the manufacture of leather dyestuffs and allowing entry into a new field of activities in the paper and textile industries.

Investment for the future

Investments within the group continued and in 1997 custom designed laboratories were built in Worms to house Research and Development as well as the Quality control and Analytical divisions of the company.

In 1999 the era of the Trumpler family came to an end with the sad death of Hans Trumpler aged 81, his shares in the company were passed to his direct relatives who no longer bore his name.

The year 1999 was also a significant milestone in the company’s history with the incorporation of a completely new Beamhouse division at the company’s German headquarters. This necessitated the employment of new staff headed by Dr Thomas Feigel, along with the expansion of technical service and manufacturing facilities in Worms.

The widening of the product range allowed Trumpler to offer a complete range of products for all “wet processing“ from raw hide, through to dyed crust leather.
The expansion of the product range opened new opportunities in the leather manufacturing world and Trumpler were quickly able to establish themselves as trustworthy partners within this field.

Additionally, concerted efforts in the development of new and innovative fatliquors were also playing an important role in the strategy of the company, with the introduction of patented water proofing products and a range of upholstery and automotive fatliquors based on readily renewable raw materials, which quickly gained customer recognition and credibility, along with substantial sales throughout the world.

A new era

The year 2002 saw the installation and commissioning of a completely new powder mixing facility in Worms, allowing expansion of manufacturing capabilities for the highly successful beamhouse range of products to be made.

During the same year senior management took the major decision to build a subsidiary in China in order to meet the growing demand for Trumpler products in this important market.

The new company, Trumpler Chemicals & Dyes (Jiaxing) Co Ltd or TCD was to be the largest single investment in the firms’ history and was jointly financed between Trumpler Worms and Trumpler Spain.

In the period following this decision, intensive studies and negotiations were undertaken in order to decide on the location of the new factory and to deal with the regulatory formalities and planning required for the construction of the new facility.

On July 23rd 2004 the foundation stone for the building was laid on a new industrial park in Weitang, some 80 km south west of Shanghai and in April 2005 the start of a new era began with the manufacture of Trumpler products in China.

At the company’s headquarters in Worms the close of the year 2004 saw a change in personnel at senior management level. Norbert Schuster, the long serving managing director, who was responsible for many of the company’s policies over the years and initiated Trumpler’s drive into Asia and the building of their factory in China, took well earned retirement, and was succeeded on January 1st 2005 by Dr Thomas Feigel.

At the end of the year 2010 Christian Roos resigned from the management and joined the board of directors. His successor, Joachim Müller-Damerau holds responsible for the sectors finance, controlling, personnel and purchase.

Finally there have been changes in the composition of the TRUMPLER group. At the beginning of 2012 in accordance with structural optimizations the subsidiary TRUMPLER Argentina was sold.


As of 01.08.2014 Mr Hein Vugs joined the TRUMPLER organisation as Managing Director. He took over the responsibility of Dr. Thomas Feigel who retired at the end of the year 2014.

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