Picture above: Helmut Wagner, REHAU company founder and honorary president, died last Sunday at the age of 95.         

“Unwavering visionary and courageous creator”.

REHAU is mourning the loss of company founder and honorary president Helmut Wagner. He sadly passed away last Sunday at the age of 95 in Switzerland surrounded by his family. The news of the death of the popular founding father, who was highly committed to the end, has moved REHAU employees around the globe.

“The great sympathy for the passing of our father comes from many regions of the world. We are very touched by this as a family,” says Jobst Wagner, President of the Supervisory Board. It shows how great the legacy will be that Helmut Wagner has left behind “as one of the pioneers of modern industry, as a courageous creator and unwavering visionary”, says Wagner. “We will honour the memory of Helmut Wagner by resolutely continuing his impressive work. His entrepreneurial spirit will continue to guide us in the future,” says the President of the Supervisory Board.

Helmut Wagner has been shaping the world of plastics since 1948 and has thus given important stimuli to an entire industry. The founding of the company in the city of Rehau, Upper Franconia, Germany, marked the beginning of the manufacture of products made of polymer materials and thus the success story of a family-owned company that is still strongly characterised by the pioneering spirit of the company founder.

After five decades of successful development of the company, Helmut Wagner handed over the management of the corporation to his sons in 2000: Jobst Wagner became Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Dr. Veit Wagner Vice Chairman. The third generation are already active in shaping the family business. In 2015, Rehau city council paid a special tribute to the founder of REHAU: Helmut Wagner was appointed the first honorary citizen since the end of the Second World War.

Today, REHAU is an internationally operating family business with 20,000 employees at more than 170 locations worldwide. “We owe this in particular to the vision and courage of Helmut Wagner,” says William Christensen, CEO of the REHAU Group. “In deep mourning and sincere gratitude for the achievements of the company’s founder, the REHAU family is especially united in these days,” Christensen said.

 

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