Schlötter celebrates Opening of new Plating Shop


"Noone is able to work in one place for 85 years, but together it is possible," said Thomas Haberfellner, Director Sales and Service, while congratulating Dorothee Feinle and Elisabeth Staffa on their work anniversaries at the official opening of Schlötter’s new inhouse plating shop on September 22, 2017.

Management, colleagues and Geislingen’s mayor Frank Dehmer honoured Elisabeth Staffa for 40 years and Dorothee Feinle for even 45 years of service to the company. Elisabeth Staffa trained as a bookseller before joining Schlötter in September 1977. She worked in the IT department for more than 25 years before moving to the chemistry sales department in 2015. Dorothee Feinle took up her job with Schlötter in September 1972, directly after completing her training as a chemical-technical assistant. She became a member of Schlötter’s service laboratory where she has been working ever since. The service lab team analyses about 17,000 bath samples per year.


"It is something very special when people decide to spend such a long time with Schlötter. After all, it is the employees who are central to the success of a business," Thomas Haberfellner said.


A special 105 Year Anniversary Gift


With the opening of the new inhouse plating shop, the Geislingen-based company, which was founded in Leipzig in 1912, treated itself to a special birthday gift: on an area of 360 square meters, the new plating shop offers a comprehensive range of services both to Schlötter’s own R&D team and customers who can provide parts for sampling. The new plating shop features a line for pretretament and about 50 different electrolytes in volumes ranging from 50 to 400 litres, which is an increase of 30% in comparison to the previous facilities.


Following surfaces are can be deposited:


  • cathodic corrosion protection (zinc and zinc alloys) including subsequent post-treatment
  • cyanidic copper and silver
  •  plating on plastic, starting with an activation in the gaseous phase and subsequent decorative plating
  •  electroless nickel and tin
  • trivalent and hexavalent chrome
  • tin and tin alloys
  • acidic copper


A PCB line is currently being planned and will be taken into operation in 2018. The plating shop also features a modern control system, an efficient air supply and exhaust system including heat recovery and a high-quality LED lighting.

Schlötter invested around 1 million euros in the construction of the new plating shop which was planned and built by Schlötter’s own engineers. Customers visiting Geislingen will not only gain an impression of the look and feel of Schlötter-plated surfaces, but also of the quality of a plating plant supplied by Schlötter.

Congratulations also to Schlötter’s Manuel Keiper: exactly on the day of the opening, he learned that he had successfully earned his master’s certificate (Meister) as an electroplater.