The history of Greiner Group began in 1868 with the opening of a so called „Greißlerladen“ (grocery and ironmongery shop) by Carl Albert Greiner in Nürtingen (Germany). More than 140 years later, Greiner Group is a global player in the foam and plastics industry.
The company is established by Carl Albert and Emilie Greiner in
Nürtingen, Germany. The young entrepreneur couple opens their
grocery store on 7th September 1868 selling among other products
soda water in bottles with homemade cork stoppers.
During his visit to the World Exhibition in Paris Carl Albert Greiner
finds and buys a cork cutting machine for the production of cork
stoppers. Soon after this his business expands to supplying other
beverage producers with cork stoppers.
Hermann Greiner (the second son of Carl Albert) is given the
task of setting up a “cork stopper factory” in Kremsmünster,
Upper Austria. Hermann Greiner begins production with 45
workers on the 1st of July 1899.
The cork exporting countries introduce exorbitantly high export
duties from 1950. The company responds by occupying itself
with plastic and foam materials.
In Nürtingen (Germany) a foam machine for the production of
PU soft foam materials is set-up.
Start of foam poduction in Kremsmünster
with a small, not yet automated foam machine.
The first injection molding machine goes
on line in Kremsmünster.
Production of the first petri dishes in Germany – the birth of
Start-up for laboratory products in Kremsmünster.
Restructuring as a holding company – Greiner Holding AG.
Greiner is the first company to recognize the potential of the
Eastern European transition countries as the Iron Curtain opens
and to use it to the full with a step-by-step opening of these
new markets. The first company in a transition country is
acquired in Hungary.
Each single company now acts as an independent business
unit following corporate restructuring on 1.1.1999. The Group
presents a broad and diversified corporate portfolio based on
its core competences in foam and plastics.
Greiner Bio-One International AG is established.
Greiner Holding AG acquires shares in Greiner Bio-One
The two new divisions Greiner Technology & Innovation and
Greiner Foam International are established.
Greiner Holding AG generates consolidated sales for the year
2010 of 821 million euros, Greiner Bio-One International AG
311 million euros. The two companies together employ some
7,400 people at 123 locations worldwide.
Greiner Foam International is founding a joint venture
in South Africa – the first Greiner location in Africa –
while Greiner Bio-One has its sights set on India.
The Greiner Group ended 2012 with a total of 138
locations in 31 different countries.