Hermann Sewerin GmbH
We are an internationally successful, technically innovative, family owned company with headquarters in GÃ¼tersloh, Germany. With top level products and services, we are the market technology leader and a partner to the gas and water supply industry. Together with our 85 years of experience in the development of measuring devices, the knowledge accumulated by our own measuring teams contributes significantly to our success. At the GÃ¼tersloh location, the innovative devices move through development, design, testing and production before they are finally ready for the market. Throughout there is a particular emphasis on high quality and functionality. And an important factor in our success is our production in Germany. We use our expertise for socially minded projects all over the world.
Sewerin - When innovation and tradition combine
We are an internationally successful, technically innovative, family owned company with headquarters in Gütersloh, Germany.
With top level products and services, we are the market technology leader and a partner to the gas and water supply industry. Together with our 85 years of experience in the development of measuring devices, the knowledge accumulated by our own measuring teams contributes significantly to our success.
At the Gütersloh location, the innovative devices move through development, design, testing and production before they are finally ready for the market. Throughout there is a particular emphasis on high quality and functionality. And an important factor in our success is our production in Germany.
In addition to the sale of measuring devices and services offered by our gas and water leak detection teams, the Sewerin group of companies offers stationary and mobile device maintenance service, development of emergency and leakage service vehicles and servicing and repair of home installations. In addition, a comprehensive program of seminars with our own test track rounds out our spectrum of services.
An extensive distribution network consisting of sales engineers, subsidiaries and distribution partners makes success on a global level possible.
Sewerin – Technologies for leak detection are our profession.
We are a community of people who preserve water and guarantee the supply of gas. In equal measure, the staff of all Sewerin group companies belongs to this community. Our central fields of water leak detection and gas leak detection instrument engineering are of equal importance to us. We are a medium-sized family-run company which feels very close to its tradition and its home in Gütersloh. We use our expertise for social projects throughout the world.
Our staff is the heart of the company. Justice and non-discrimination, credibility and reliability shape our cooperation. We are aware of the fact that mutual trust and loyalty are closely connected. We value our staff's qualifications and knowledge gained by experience. Our decision-making processes are transparent and comprehensible. Responsibilities are clearly defined.
We treat our customers, suppliers and competitors with respect and sincerity. Our products are developed in close cooperation with customers and research institutions. Thus we constantly extend and deepen our expertise.
Securing the regular market and the consequent internationalisation are important factors for our growth. At the same time we stand out globally due to our cultural openness. Our foreign subsidiaries play a crucial part in our internationalisation. We concentrate on those countries which, based on our market analyses, are important to us.
We want to achieve a leading market position in these countries. We want to make as much profit as we need for being able to finance our future growth with our own funds. We do not rule out acquisitions for our growth.
Innovation is crucial for our success. And due to this we play a leading part in our industry. An effective innovation process gives us the basis for this.
We concentrate on attractive products and customers. Our advice and service make our products unique.
SEWERIN - A family on the road to success
The 1st generation - the founders ...
In 1908, Hermann Sewerin, then 24 years old, established a small fitters workshop in Gütersloh. At first, he manufactured door locks, door handles, nameplates and sculptures for grave sites. After the First World War, Hermann Sewerin produced milk centrifuges ('Gütersloh Sahna') and carburettors for cars and motorcycles ('Einhorn').
Together with his brother Fritz, Hermann Sewerin manufactured a tobacco pipe called 'Sewerin's Vulkan (Volcano)', developed and patented by another of his brothers, Wilhelm. Hermann Sewerin established Vulkan-Werk GmbH to manufacture these pipes. The company was entered in the commercial register on 9 October 1923.
The frequent mining disasters that took place at that time inspired Hermann Sewerin to develop a 'gas indicator for indicating mine gases'. The Reichspatentamt (State Patent Office) granted a patent for the gas indicator on 8 October 1931. This invention laid the foundation for the significance the company enjoys today.
The 2nd generation - from trade production to industrial operation …
The company founder's three sons, Paul, Heinz and Willy Sewerin, joined the company in the early 1930s. In 1933 Paul Sewerin carried out the first systematic examination of a gas pipeline network by order of the Fulda Municipal Gas and Waterworks. The name 'Sewerin' became well known among gasworks. For this reason, on 30 December 1936, Vulkan-Werk GmbH became the Hermann Sewerin Company.
When Hermann Sewerin died suddenly in 1941, his three sons continued to run the company. After the Second World War it developed from a trade production operation into an industrial company. The range of devices and services offered primarily to utility supply companies continued to expand as the years went by.
The 3rd generation - innovation and change …
From the mid-1960s to the 1970s, the third generation joined the company: Peter Sewerin, the son of Willy Sewerin, and Hermann Sewerin, the son of Heinz Sewerin (†1975). Paul Sewerin died in 1980.When the company moved in 1991 to its new location on Robert-Bosch-Straße, not only was its appearance rejuvenated, but its organization was realigned with respect to the requirements of the next millennium. In 1998, after more than 60 years of service, Willy Sewerin retired.
The 4th generation - globalisation and new markets ...
The rapidly growing Chinese market has definitely opened and Sewerin has positioned itself in the 'Middle Kingdom' as a proven partner for gas and water suppliers. Dr. Swen Hermann Sewerin – son of Peter Sewerin and grandson of Willy Sewerin – has been with the company since July 2001 and became its CEO in August 2004. With the entrée of the 4th generation, the continuity of this family run company is assured.