PFLITSCH history

One hundred years of company history - hundreds of committed employees - thousands of practical solutions. This is what characterises PFLITSCH, as well as inventiveness, ingenuity and ambition.

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1919-07-01 00:59:12


Ernst Pflitsch founds the electricals factory Ernst Pflitsch & Co., which manufactures components such as lighting accessories, terminal strips and switches for the ongoing electrification of Germany.

1920-12-31 16:36:53


India becomes the company’s first export market: Ernst Pflitsch’s school friend Marx, who is involved in construction of the country’s power supply system, imports brass parts, terminal strips and special switches. 

1936-01-01 09:05:46

Company logo

Ernst Pflitsch recognised the importance of marketing early on (although the term hadn’t yet been coined) and designed a logo to uniquely identify PFLITSCH’s products. Taking the symbols for direct and alternating current and stylised versions of the letters P and F, he created the logo that would later be integrated into the distinctive hexagon and still advertises the PFLITSCH brand today.

1938-01-01 09:05:46

Company premises

Shortly before the start of World War II, the in-laws sold the firm’s original site in Linge. Ernst Pflitsch found a new location in Hückeswagen, 20 km away, right on the River Wupper and close to the railway line. This site already accommodated the buildings of a former textile mill that met Pflitsch’s needs. Following alterations and conversion work, the production shop, tool store, office, toilets and warehouse were set up here. Behind the factory workshop, the family built a home, which still stands on the company premises.

1938-02-01 01:40:32

Hans Georg Pflitsch

The second generation of the family company was ushered in when Hans Georg Pflitsch took control.

1947-01-01 16:20:41

Otto Pflitsch

1947 saw the company founder’s youngest son, Otto Pflitsch, join the company. The technically-minded tinkerer with commercial ambitions began, as a salesman, to take care of the firm’s wholesale clients. His close contact with customers gave him a good feel for the electricals market, for which he repeatedly came up with and developed new ideas. Under his direction, PFLITSCH found its very first regional sales and distribution representatives in the Eifel, Hamburg and Nuremberg.

1952-01-01 09:05:46


In 1952, PFLITSCH brought its first cable entry to market. Otto Pflitsch soon replaced the putty that was commonly used at the time to form a seal round the cable with a rubber ring that was pressed against the cable when a union nut was tightened. This cable gland, dubbed the “Opeco” (Otto Pflitsch Ernst Co.), quickly became a success.

1956-01-01 16:20:41

SVD hose gland

By 1956, PFLITSCH had developed several types of metal hose gland, such as the “SVD hose gland Dicht”, in which a brass clamping ring replaced the usual soldering of metal spiral hoses.

1965-01-01 16:20:41

UNI Dicht cable gland

The UNI Dicht cable gland laid the foundation for the patented UNI Dicht modular system, which meets a wide range of requirements and can be customised for any application.

1971-01-01 00:00:00

Harald Pflitsch

Harald Pflitsch became the third generation to head up the family company. He joined the company after completing his degree in Business Administration and Engineering, and focused on sales and corporate development.

PFLITSCH history

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