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History of the Vollmer Company...

and a Portrait of Wolfram Vollmer

Like a lot of medium-sized companies the history of the Vollmer Company is neatly tied to the founder, Wolfram Vollmer.

He was born 1924. After School, an apprenticeship, a study as an optician and the individual planning of a young man – as so many others at that time - was interrupted by World War II.

As a soldier he was wounded and put into captivity. With his return back home, the Vollmer Company was founded with entrepreuneurial courage. The young enterprise produced just those things, which were needed the most at that time, e.g. metall collar buttons.

After the currency reform, everything changed, also the demand. Plasic collar buttons were requested and so the switch to plastic injection technology was the future orientation for Vollmer.

The Entrée into model railway accessory business was made in 1948. One year later, on the Nuremberg Toy Fair Vollmer introduces a patented catenary system for model toy trians, H0 gauge. Shortly after that, the first model houses were produced.

Additional to that, industrial goods production began. Until today Vollmer is manufacturing high precision parts for all kind of industries.

The number of aricles, of personnel and sales are growing, soon new buildings are necessary.

The guidelines for all these years

products of highest quality
customer orientation
esteem of employees
environmental protection

are still valid until this very day.


1946 The company was found
1949 Visit of the first Toy Fair in Nuremberg, presentation of the patented catenary
1954 Production of Model Railway Accessories - 13 articles
1956 first IBM EDP machine; the first company building was built
1973 enlargement and new buildings were built
1980-1988 Market introduction of Patrizierhouses, romantic series, with interior decoration and lighting included; big city houses as well as the Vollmer Black Forest Hospital.
1992 Introduction of CAD/CAM in the contruction and mould making departments
1995 Third price at the county contest for women and familiy oriented companies
2000 Qualitiy Management is officially introduced: first certification after VDA 6.1; Millenium
2002 Introduction of the Euro
2004 Reorganisation of office organisation and EDP-System
2005 Presentation of Pope Benedikt XVI Birth Place
2006 First time in the Vollmer Company’s history, the 60th Company’s anniversary is celebrated with two open factory days
2008 Vollmer offers about 1000 aricles for model railway
2014 Viessmann bought a license and continues the distribution of Vollmer products

The number of aricles, of personnel and sales are growing. Soon new buildings are necessary.

Today the Vollmer company is a modern and future oriented company, which produces in Europe about 1000 articles.