Our History

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2. Mai 1891Foundation of Roeper
19. Februar 1901Granting of an imperial patent
Even in 1906 Roeper offered a full range of natural ingredients
Own branch in Calcutta and Khartoum
1918August Gerrens becomes Director of C.E. Roeper GmbH (he was working for Roeper for 65 years)
Even during the war many products were still available
1951Claus Gerrens becomes partner (active until 2003)
1969During the late 1960s to early 1970s business with lacquer raw materials and resins declined, while food additives such as Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum and Locust Bean Gum gained importance in Roeper's business.
1975Roeper expands export business to non-German-speaking countries.
1978Relocation of our warehouse from Cremon to the newly built warehouse in Porgesring.
1.1.1989New office in Allermöhe
1990Carsten Gerrens joins C.E. Roeper GmbH
1994First Iso-Certification
1996Construction of second warehouse (3200 m2)
2001- Internationalization : Establishment of our office in China
- Completion of warehouse 3
2002Internationalization : Establishment of our office in Russia
2004Internationalization : Establishment of our office in Poland
2012Construction of Application Kitchen
2014Office Extension
C.E. Roeper GmbH fantastic new website goes online!
2016125 years C.E. Roeper GmbH

Paris calling

Paris – London, 18.03.1891"For the fist time, Paris and London are connected by a telephone line established via a communication cable."

FC Liverpool

Liverpool, 15.05.1892FC Liverpool is founded in Great Britain.

The first Diesel engine is runnin

Augsburg, 10.08.1893Rudolf Diesel's first test engine is made to run autonomously in his machine factory in Augsburg.

Edison's Kinetoscope Peepshow

New York City, 14.04.1894The Kinetoskop Peepshow invented by Thomas Alva Edison is exhibited in New York City.

Mintonette - a new ball game

Holyoke, Dezember, 1895William G. Morgan, Sports Director of YMCA, introduces the new ball game "Volleyball" (formerly called "Mintonette").

World Premier of "La Bohème"

Turin, 01.02.1896Giacomo Puccini's Opera is premiered at the Teatro Regio.

Dockers end strike action

Hamburg, 06.02.1897Hamburg dockers are defeated in one of the biggest labour dispute strikes of imperial Germany

Wireless Future

Cuxhaven, Juni, 1898Jonathan Zenneck's experiments clear the way to modern wireless telegraphy.

Foundation Stone Ceremony

Moscow, Mai 1899The biggest catholic church in Russia is built in Moscow: The Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Nobel Foundation established

Stockholm, 29.06.1900It is assigned to honor people with particular achievements for the benefit of mankind in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and efforts for peace.

Women's rights

Norway, 25.05.1901Norway is the first European country to grant women's suffrage on local level.

Cuba achieves independence

Kuba, 20.05.1902With the accession of Tomás Estrada Palmas Cuba achieves formal independance of the USA.

Foundation of Kraft/Kraft Foods

Chicago, September, 1903

Foundation of FIFA

Paris, 21.05.1904Belgium, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain found the World Football Asscociation called FIFA in Paris.


Germany, 27.09.1905Albert Einstein claims there is a mathematical interrelation between inertia and energy.


Berlin, 03.10.1906During the International Consumer Electronics Fair, the hitherto existing distress signal CQD is replaced by the signal SOS, which is valid to this day.

Separation of Church and State

France, 02.01.1907France enacts a law to separate church and state.

Airship hovering for 7 minutes

Fort Myer, 04.08.1908At its first attempt, Signal Corps Airship No. 1 stays airborne for 7 minutes.

Founding of Hansabund

Berlin, 12.06.1909The Hansabund is founded to represent the interests of trade, commerce and industry.

George V. is crowned King of Great Britain

Great Britain, 06.05.1910

Outstanding vintage

Germany, Oktober, 1911German wine-growers are delighted about an outstanding vintage.

Titanic on maiden voyage

Southhampton, 10.04.1912

Alphabetic Brainworks

New York, 21.12.1913The world's first crossword is published.

Opening of the Panama Canal

Panama, 15.08.1914

First Release of PNAS

USA, 15.01.1915The first issue of the weekly magazine "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" is published

Founding of BMW

Bavaria, 07.03.1916

New standards are set

Germany, 22.12.1917The Standards Committee of the German Industry is founded - the predecessor of the DIN

Proclamation of the State of Bavaria

Munich, 08.11.1918


Versailles, 28.06.1919The German delegation signs the Peace Treaty of Versaille.

Coal Crisis

Germany, 08.01.1920Lack of coal shuts down Siemens factory with 35.000 workers.

Art Theft in Hamburg

Hamburg, 06.01.1921A Rembrandt painting worth 2 million Reichsmark was stolen.

Ghandi sentenced to prison

India, 18.03.1922Mahatma Gandhi is sentenced to six years of prison for civil disobedience

Diesel Engine comes into operation

Berlin, März 1923Company MAN develops the fist road vehicle with a Diesel engine.

Children's hour on Saturday

Norway, 20.12.1924The world's oldest audio transmission "Lørdagsbarnetimen" is broadcasted for the first time.

"The Gold Rush"

New York, August 1925World Premier of Chaplin's classic in Strand Theatre.

Winnie Pooh is born

London, 14.10.1926The classic children's book Winnie Poo is published.

New York – Paris. Nonstop.

New York, 20./21.05.1927Charles Lindbergh flies nonstop from New York to Paris.

Horse-drawn to Paris

Paris, 04.06.1928The famous horse-cart driver Gustav Hartmann ("Eiserner Gustav") arrives in Paris.

Opium Law put into effect

Germany, 10.12.1929The prototype of the Narcotics Law bans the use and possession of Cannabis.

Match Monopoly

Germany, 28.01.1930Match monopoly stipulates that matches may only be sold by the German Match Monopoly Enterprise within the German Empire and subsequently within the Federal Republic of Germany.

Empire State Building

New York, 01.05.1931President Hoover opens the Empire State Building, the highest building in the world at the time.

Bridging the waters

Sydney, 18.03.1932Inauguration of the world's longest arch bridge

Tune in

Berlin, 18.08.1933 Introduction of the fist table-top radio during the 10th International Consumer Electronics Fair

Foundation of Voluntary Fire Brigade

Rechterfeld, 28.01.1934

First ascent of Gunnbjörns Fjeld

Greenland, 16.08.1935 Greenland's highest mountain (Gunnbjörns Fjeld, 3694 m) is ascended for the first time.

Inauguration of the "Rügendamm"

Rügen/Stralsund, 05.10.1936

World Exhibition in Paris

Paris, 25.05.1937Grand Opening of the World Exhibition in Paris "Arts et Techniques dans la vie moderne.

Creating a city

Wolfsburg, 26.05.1938 Foundation Stone Ceremony for the city of Wolfsburg and the VW plant

Foundation of Hewlett Packard

Palo Alto, 01.01.1939

No more naked legs

USA, 15.05.1940The first 5 million nylon stockings are on offer.

Breakthrough with Penicillin

London, 12.02.1941The first patient is treated with penicillin.

Catchy Christmas Tune

USA, 21.11.1942Bing Crosby hits number one of the Billboard Charts with "White Christmas.

Lebanon receives a national flag

Lebanon, 07.12.1943

Information carrier

Kanada, 17.12.1944Canadian Scientists discover DNA as the genetic information carrier

Harry S. Trumann elected US President

USA, 12.04.1945Harry S. Trumann is inaugurated 33rd President of the United States of America.

Hungary's new money

Hungary, 01.08.1946Hungary introduces the Forint as its new currency.

Initial issue of "Der Spiegel"

Germany, 04.01.1947

Danes introduce the letter Å

Denmark, 22.03.1948

Foundation of the Tokio Stock Market

Tokyo, 01.04.1949

First population census in Germany

Germany, 13.09.1950

First Photokina opened in Cologne

Cologne, 20.04.1951

Elizabeth II. crowned Queen

Great Britain, 06.02.1952

Price reduction on the Beatle

Wolfsburg, 02.01.1953VW reduces the price for the Beatle by 200 German Marks to 4.200 German Marks.

Germany wins the FIFA World Cup

Bern, 04.07.1954

Disney opens theme park

Anaheim, 17.07.1955Walt Disney opens his first Disney Theme Park.

Wedding in Monaco

Monaco, 19.04.1956Prince Rainier III. marries actress Grace Kelly.

This is the army!

Germany, 01.04.1957The first conscripts of the German Army receive their call.

Central Index of Traffic Offences

Flensburg, 02.01.1958The Central Index of Traffic Offences is set into operation.

Invention of Malefiz

Essen, 21.12.1959

Children have rights

Germany, 09.08.1960The Federal Republic of Germany enacts the first Youth Employment Protection Act.

A chimp out in space

Cape Canaveral, 31.01.1961Mercury-Redstone 2 heads out to space with a chimp on board.

"…too old-fashioned."

Europe, 14.01.1962After test takes at the record label DECCA, the Beatles are turned down because "guitar groups are old-fashioned".

True Colours

Europe, 03.01.1963Walter Bruch presents his invention - colour television PAL.

A free mind

Stockholm, 22.10.1964Jean-Paul Sartre refuses to accept Nobel Prize in Literature

Opening of the Mont-Blanc-Tunnel

France, 19.07.1965

John Lennon affronts Americans

London, 04.03.1966John Lennon's teasing line "We're more popular than Jesus now." affronts Americans.

Changing sides

Sweden, 03.09.1967Sweden switches from left-hand traffic to right-hand traffic.

Implementation of Value-Added-Tax

Germany, 01.01.1968

Crossing the Atlantic in a papyrus boat

Safi, 25.05.1969Thor Hyerdahl attempts to cross the Atlantic in a papyrus boat.

Opening of the Abaton

Hamburg, Oktober 1970Germany's first repertory cinema opens in Hamburg.

No smoking, please!

USA, 02.01.1971USA bans cigarette promotion on the radio.

Margrethe II. is crowned Queen

Denmark, 15.01.1972

First mobile call

New York, 03.04.1973Martin Cooper makes the world's first call with a mobile phone.

Germany wins the FIFA World Cup

Germany, 07.07.1974

Founding of ESA

Paris, 30.10.1975

Buckle up

Germany, 01.01.1976Germany stipulates the use of seatbelts on front seats.

World Premier: Star Wars A New Hope

USA, 25.05.1977

Beautifully tied

Tehran, 12.02.1978Opening of the Iran Carpet Museum

"The Times" back after the strike

Great Britain, 13.11.1979After a strike that has been lingering for eleven months and twelve days, "The Times" is printed again.

Simbabwe is a member of UNESCO

Paris, 22.09.1980

Solar Power

Adrano, 16.04.1981The world's first solar power plant is put into operation in Sicily.

Making the world smile

Pittsburgh, 19.09.1982The string symbol :-) is suggested to indicate a joke in E-Mails.

Windows to the World

Las Vegas, 10.11.1983Windows 1.0 is announced on Comdex.

Next Collection Tomorrow

Germany, 06.01.1984Federal Mail gives up on night postal collection.

Boris Becker wins Wimbledon

London, 07.07.1985Boris Becker is the first German and the youngest tennis player to win Wimbledon.

"Phantom of the Opera"

London, 09.10.1986World Premiere

Déjà vu

Germany, 01.01.1987ARD broadcasts Helmut Kohl's New Year's adress of the previous year.

Ancient Venus

Stratzing, 23.09.1988The "Venus of Galgenberg"- a statue 30.000 years old - is found.

Shopping night every Thursday

Germany, 05.10.1989For the first time shops may stay open on Thursday nights.

Germany wins the FIFA World Cup

Rome, 08.07.1990

Discovery of "Ötzi"

South Tyrol, 19.09.1991

Casting the net

Germany, 01.07.1992Mobile Communications D-Net is put into operation.

Armenia's new currency

Armenia, 22.11.1993Armenia introduces the Dram as new currency.

Opening of the Eurotunnel

Calais/Folkstone 14.11.1994

Maiden Flight of Airbus A319

Finkenwerder, 25.08.1995

Reelection of Bill Clinton

Washington, 05.11.1996

Online Gaming

USA, 30.09.1997"Ultima Online" is the first major online game.

Losing her head again

Copenhagen, 06.01.1998For the second time, thieves saw off the head of the famous sculpture "Little Mermaid".

First Local Elections in Iran

Iran, 26.02.1999

Slow and Steady wins the race

Brisbane, 28.11.2000The eighth drop of the Pitch Drop Experiment, which was started in 1927, falls.

Germany is bewitched

Germany, 22.11.2001"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" comes to German cinemas.

Opening of the "Mathematikum"

Gießen, 19.11.2002

Water level rising

China, 01.06.2003Three Gorges Dam at the Jangtze closed.

Social Network

USA, 04.02.2004Mark Zuckerberg starts Facebook as a communication platform for his fellow students.

Up in the air

India, 26.11.2005Vijaypat Singhania from India is the first balloonist reaching a height of 21.297 m.

Emsland causes blackout

Westeurope, 04.11.2006Blackout in Western Europe after an overhead power line in the Emsland was shut down.

Seven Wonders

Lisbon, 07.07.2007The new Seven Wonders of the World are choosen in Lisbon.

Two become one

Germany, 01.05.2008For the first time in history, Labor Day and Ascension Day have the same date.

Yes we can!

Washington, 20.01.2009Barack Obama is inaugurated first afroamerican president of the United States of America.

12 Points go to Germany

Oslo, 29.05.2010With Lena Meyer-Landrut, Germany wins the Eurovision Song Contest.

Mission to Mars

Cape Canaveral, 25.11.2011Mars-Rover "Curiosity" heads out to Mars.

In the red

Germany, 07.12.2012Financial Times Germany is closed down.

New 5-Euro bank note

Europe, 02.05.2013

Germany wins the FIFA World Cup

Rio de Janeiro, 13.07.2014

Royal baby-fever

London, Mai 2015Princess Charlotte was born.


Hamburg, May 2016Virtual Reality comes closer

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