History

A review on 60 years HB Protective Wear

A short journey through time looking at HB Protective Wear's past

THE STORY BEGINS IN NEUWIED

The economy is booming. Herbert Berthold founds a wholesale drapery business called Tuchgroßhandel Neuwied and starts supplying bespoke tailors, authorities and fire brigades with fine fabrics.

HB STARTS PRODUCING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

HB produces protective clothing for the first time – this is a growing market and the company concentrates on the following segments: protection for welders, protection against flames and protection from chemicals.

COMPANY RELOCATES TO THALHAUSEN

New headquarters: The good links to the A3 motorway make the rural setting of Thalhausen the perfect choice. For the first time, HB has its own production facilities.

NEW MARKETS

HB extends its areas of competence to include clothing for cleanrooms and spray painting facilities. Patented innovations protect the skin of the workers and the products being produced.

HIGH-TECH WITH AN IMPRESSIVE DESIGN

The HABETEX suit for paint sprayers wins a design award at the A+A trade fair.

THE NEW GENERATION

Klaus Berthold, the son of the company's founder, joins the management board and enriches the company by bringing his international experience of the textiles industry to bear.

COMPANY HONOURED AS A MODEL OF SUCCESS

In 1997, Rainer Brüderle (then Minister of Economic Affairs) presents Herbert Berthold with the Rhineland-Palatinate Economics Medal.

PIONEER OF GROUP WORK

HB is the first German manufacturer of work clothing to switch production over to group work. The average production time drops from 15 to three working days.

A NEW LOGISTICS CENTRE

The company celebrates 50 years – and puts its ultramodern logistics centre into operation. The overall supply chain is optimised and speeded up.

A LEADER IN THE ESD SEGMENT

HB acquires the ESD business of nsp Sicherheitsprodukte GmbH. This turns the company into Europe's leading supplier within this booming segment.

2011 DAY SHIFT CLOTHING FOR FIRE BRIGADES

HB subsidiary Arbeitsschutz Leip GmbH & Co. KG acquires the rights to the flammgard® brand name, which is synonymous with the high-quality day shift clothing used by fire brigades.

A NEW WAY TO WELCOME PEOPLE AND MATERIALS

To make the right impression on customers and suppliers right from the start, we now have our new customer lounge with its open wood and glass design.

Foundation of the subsidiary HB Protective Clothing Ltd. in London
Launch of our high-speed delivery service 21towear - new in the PPE sector

Honored by the Chamber of Commerce for training success

Implementation of our distribution concept: extension of our co-operation with technical suppliers

Relaunch HB Website; Neues Design; Filter-, Zoom-und Responsive-Funktion

Ausbau Logistikzentrum in Thalhausen und Erweiterung Fertigwarenlager auf Kapazität für 400.000 Teile

Erwerb der Tempex Produktsegmente Kälte-, Hitze- und Multifunktionsschutz einschließlich Markenrechte

Neue Lagerhallen in Dernbach für Tempex Fertigware

Ende Dezember sind wir 160 Mitarbeiter/innen

Beginn Neubau Verwaltungsgebäude

65-jähriges Jubiläum

Umbenennung in HB Protective Wear

Markenrelaunch

ERFOLGREICH IN DIE ZUKUNFT

HB Protective Wear präsentiert sich als hervorragend aufgestelltes, verantwortungsbewusstes Unternehmen mit Tradition und Zukunft.