REHAU Founder Passes Away at 95

REHAU is mourning the loss of company founder and honorary president Helmut Wagner, who recently passed away at the age of 95 in Switzerland surrounded by his family.

Helmut Wagner
Helmut Wagner

"The great sympathy for the passing of our father comes from many regions of the world. We are very touched by this as a family," says Jobst Wagner, Helmut Wagner’s son and president of the REHAU supervisory board. "It shows the great legacy that Helmut Wagner has left behind as one of the pioneers of modern industry, a courageous creator and unwavering visionary. We will honor the memory of Helmut Wagner by resolutely continuing his impressive work. His entrepreneurial spirit will continue to guide us."

Helmut Wagner has been shaping the world of plastics since 1948. His founding of his company in the city of Rehau, Germany, marked the beginning of polymer product manufacturing and the success story of a family-owned company that is still strongly characterized by the pioneering spirit of its founder. 

After five decades of successful development, in 2000 Wagner handed over the management of the corporation to his sons: Jobst Wagner became chairman of the supervisory board and Dr. Veit Wagner became vice chairman. The third generation is already active in shaping the family business. In 2015, Rehau’s city council paid a special tribute to the founder of REHAU: Helmut Wagner was appointed the first honorary citizen since the end of World War II. 

Today REHAU is an independent, privately held company with 20,000 employees at more than 170 locations worldwide.

"We owe this in particular to the vision and courage of Helmut Wagner," says William Christensen, CEO of the REHAU Group. "In deep mourning and sincere gratitude for the achievements of our founder, the REHAU family is especially united in these days."


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