We connect tradition to the future
© SPANNRIT GmbH
For over 50 years we have drawn on a healthy mix of tradition and innovation.
Over the decades, through our targeted expansion within the footwear component market, we have built up unique expertise - a constant guiding force in our product development. Our portfolio ranges from wooden heels to tension sleeves for insert pins, and from the manufacture of outer soles to industrial injection molding. Our commitment throughout, to individual, high-quality solutions translates into corresponding value for-money-results.
Through in-depth professional consultation, we incorporate our customers’ extensive experience in their craft into the development of state-of-the-art technical solutions. Thus the heritage of craftsmanship, backed by the latest science, is integral to the development of the whole SPANNRIT insole range.
© SPANNRIT GmbH
His hobby made to profession.
Roland Katzer, the idea giver of the third generation.
Everything started with an allergy to solvents.
If something should be more efficient, it´s best to get a stranger to the industry. Someone who questions the expiries. And logically thinks over.
Roland Katzer made this with Spannrit. As an across beginner he took over the family enterprise in the third generation. „This must be better anyhow qualitatively“, imagined the 43-year-old when he stuck together the insole components for his customers by hand. The trigger was his allergy to oil and solvents. The technology fan fiddled around, until he and his machine engineer had optimized the production processes till the smallest detail. Eight patents originated out of this. Even today they are used in almost all products.
Today, 18 machines are computer-aided and take over the part of the work that even the most skilled hand would not be able to achieve with this precision. All insoles are made of universal materials without transitions or edges. The blank insoles are then individualized by hand. Each one for each individual order. Only computer-aided where it makes sense. Everything else in manual labor.
More than 60 years of history.
Ideas from today are innovations of tomorrow.
The history of SPANNRIT GmbH
2016 - Expansion of the production hall
2015 - Individual insole design by ironing technique
2014 - 3D lasts and insoles
2013 - Introduction of microwave-heatable insoles
2012 - Introduction of the memopur.senso program.
2010 - Expansion of storage and dispatch hall.
2010 - Capacity increase for memopur® by a third.
2008 - Expansion of the logistics center.
2007 - Reconstruction of a modern production facility on 700 square meter plot.
2006 - Purchase the most modern polyurethane plant for insole production.
2005 - Expansion of SPANNTEC® Collection.
2004 - Introduction of the SPANNTEC®-memopur® program.
2003 - New development of orthopedic logistics program.
2002 - Completion of the office extension.
2001 - Further growth as the orthopedic department doubles in size once more. Beginning of a 300 square meter extension for the administration department.
2000 - The size of the orthopedic department is doubled.
1999 - Further expansion of the orthopedic program.
Completion of the building expansion.
1998 - Expansion of our orthopedic program.
Start of a 1200 square meter building expansion.
1997 - Launch of our patented air chamber system for footbeds.
1995 - Launch of our own development: Sunbed-Comfort cork insoles.
1994 - SPANNRIT starts producing blanks for use in orthopedic shoe technology.
1992 - Building expansion by 700 square meters on the ground and first floor.
1989 - Production of base parts for the shoe industry increases to about 10,000 pairs per day.
1988 - Expansion of the production hall on the ground floor.
1986 - A second floor is added above the manufacturing building providing storage space.
1985 - Expansion of production base.
More 10-station rotary tables and other injection molding machines are purchased.
1984 - Company renamed as SPANNRIT GmbH.
The third generation joins the business.
1969 - A new floor is added above the existing production building.
1966 - Start of production of the new injected polyurethane stiletto heel tips.
1965 - Purchase of four additional injection molding machines for the manufacture of plastic heels.
1963 - Extension of the production building by 50 %.
1962 - End of wooden heel production.
Extension of "SPANNRIT" range and move into world-wide exports.
1961 - Establishment of an automated turning shop dedicated to the manufacture of 100,000 pairs of brass heel tips per day.
1960 - The era of plastic-processing begins with the purchase of the first injection molding machine for plastic heel tips.
1959 - Trademark SPANNRIT is issued and incorporated into the company logo: company is renamed SPANNRIT KG.
1958 - Moved into new building near Kleinostheim.
First own patent and utility model registration.
1955 - The second generation (Agilhart Katzer) enters the business.
1951 - Company founded by Franz Katzer in Aschaffenburg: "Holzfabrik Frank Katzer" (wood heel factory).