The Röchlings, a family of entrepreneurs

1703

Johann Gottfried Röchling, progenitor of the Saarbrücken line of the Röchling family, which had many branches, was born in Dortmund-Wickede.

1730

Johann Gottfried Röchling moved to Saarbrücken and founded a business there.

1763

Count palatine Christian IV appointed Johann Gottfried Röchling director of two ironworks.

1774

A grandson of Johann Gottfried Röchling's, Friedrich Ludwig, became director of the Abentheuer Ironworks near Birkenfeld. Its owners were the Stumm brothers, later competitors of the Röchling family.

1822

Friedrich Ludwig Röchling set up a coal business in Saarbrücken. This enterprise was the starting-point of all subsequent Röchling enterprises.

1827

Carl Röchling was born.

1849

In Ludwigshafen, a branch of the Röchling family enterprise was founded. An important pillar of the international coal business.

1850

As well as the coal business, the Röchlings founded branches dealing in iron, and a banking business.

1862

Together with partners, the Röchlings purchased an ironworks in Pont à Mousson and shares in certain iron ore fields in Lorraine.

1872

Hermann Röchling, the seventh son of Carl Röchling, was born.

1881

Carl Röchling acquired a disused ironworks at Völklingen.

1896

The Völklingen ironworks became a 'GmbH' (limited company) and was given the name 'Röchling's Iron and Steelworks GmbH'.

1907

Carl Röchling was appointed a 'Geheimer Kommerzienrat' by the Prussian State. Hermann Röchling assumed the directorship of the Völklingen Ironworks.

1910

Carl Röchling died in Saarbrücken.

1918

Herrmann Röchling was appointed a Royal Prussian 'Kommerzienrat'

1919

A French court sentenced Robert and Hermann Röchling in absentia to 10 years' imprisonment in the dungeons. The list of charges made against them included the destruction of French factories.

1942

Hermann Röchling was among those in command of the German war economy. The positions he occupied included
• member of the Council of Arms
• chairman of the Imperial Iron and Steel Association
• director of the Iron and Steel Producing Industry Trust
• Imperial Representative for iron and steel in the occupied areas

1945

After the end of the Second World War, Röchling's Iron and Steelworks was placed under French sequestrator's receivership.

1948

Opening of the trial of Hermann Röchling, family members Ernst Röchling and Hans-Lothar von Gemmingen and directors Albert Maier and Wilhelm Rodenhauser in Rastatt. They were accused of war crimes.

1949

Pronouncement of judgement by the Court of Appeal (1st judgement, dated July 2nd 1948): Hermann Röchling, Ernst Röchling and von Gemmingen were given prison sentences. In addition, they were deprived of their civil rights and their entire private fortune was confiscated. Maier was acquitted, but Rodenhauser also received a prison sentence.

1951

Ernst and Hermann Röchling were pardoned.

1953

Hermann Röchling was awarded the Siemens Ring, the highest German award for services to science and technology.

1955

Hermann Röchling died in Mannheim. Since the end of the war, he had not been allowed to return to his homeland.

1956

The sequestrator's receivership came to an end. The Völklingen Ironworks was returned to the Röchling family.

1967

Dr. Hermann Röchling, a grandson of Kommerzienrat Hermann Röchling, stepped down as director of the company for reasons of health. For the first time, the directorship of the company was no longer in the hands of a family member.

1978

97 years after the brothers took over the Völklingen Ironworks in 1881, the family parted company with the works. The family's shares were sold for DM160m to ARBED (Aciéries Réunies de Burbach-Eich-Dudelange).

2004

Following the sale of their shares in Rheinmetall AG, the Röchling family completely withdrew from the steel business. In 2004, the world wide operating Röchling group proves its expertise in plastics with 54,000 employees spread over 54 locations in 20 countries. Active in two operational divisions, high performance plastics and automobile plastics they concentrate on the processing of high quality plastic into semi-finished products, parts and systems for numerous industrial purposes. Röchling stands for innovative products and the most modern technological procedures in the processing of plastics technology.

 
Carl Röchling 1827 - 1910
The Völklingen Ironworks 1895
Hermann Röchling 1872-1955
Hermann and Dorothea Röchling
The family Röchling
Hermann Röchling 1872-1955

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