Researcher and entrepreneur with heart and soul

The electrodeposition of iron, lead and tin was always a matter of interest for Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter – already in 1908 he was granted his first patent for a phenolsulfonic acid electrolyte.

After many years of professional experience also in managerial positions with electrochemical companies, he established his own “Electrochemical Research Laboratory” in Leipzig in September 1912.

In order to be in the vicinity of his customers, which were mainly rolling mills, the company was relocated two years later initially to Cologne and in 1915 to Berlin. During the First World War Schlötter put more effort into the area of metal substitute materials, where the electrodeposition of tin was a special matter of interest.

In the 1920s, Schlötter constructed customized plants for zinc plating of strip steel and wires as well as the then largest plant in Europe for manufacturing printing plates on behalf of the Ullstein publisher in Berlin.

In 1925, the Research Laboratory started to develop a process for the deposition of bright nickel. Due to his innovations Dr. Schlötter was appointed honorary professor at the Technical University of Berlin in June 1929.

In 1932, the intensive research work on the deposition of bright nickel resulted in the US Patent 1.972693, which was very important for the industry.

In the field of the electrodeposition of tin, Schlötter achieved a breakthrough in 1934 with the development of the first bright tin bath.

In 1944, Schlötter decided to relocate his laboratory because of the increasing air raids. He accepted the offer by the WMF AG to transfer his laboratory and equipment to Geislingen/Steige.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter
(1878-1946)

Corporate building in Berlin
(1915)

Patent for deposition of bright nickel –
US-Patent 1.972693

Corporate building in
Geislingen/Steige