About Us

About Us

1956: The Aerosol Can becomes a part of Everyday Life

Staehle was significantly involved in the development of the aerosol can, especially during the economic boom in Germany in the 1960s, filled with, for example, hairspray (“fluid hairnet”) that conquered private households. Today, Staehle is one of the leading producers in Europe and serves a wide diversity of industries: chemo-technical industry, cosmetics and medicine, automotive industry, sanitary, household and foodstuffs. For more than five decades, the family-run business – currently in the third generation – has maintained an excellent name as a producer of high quality and consumer-safe three-piece welded aerosol cans – made in Germany. The quality is achieved through the continual optimisation of machine technology and a
perpetually perfected know-how.

About Us
1899 Founded as a can and poster factory in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt.
1902 The young enterprise is now owned by the Staehle family.
1926 Metal posters, cans for the pharmaceutical industry, cigar and cigarette tins, tin cans, shoe cream tins, repair kit tins as well as cans for putties were being produced when Gustav Staehle invents the world’s first vacuum floor polisher. His pioneering product for the cleaning industry is named “columbus” – after all one, like the famous person it was named after, had treaded new ground. This first early diversification grew to become a renowned business in its own right and one that today offers a complete programme for the cleaning of interiors.
1928 Became a limited partnership. Gustav Staehle is the general partner, his father and two sisters are limited partners.
1936 Staehle operates a wall-to-wall production with a well-known cigarette company until 1939. An unusual situation at the time. During the Second World War, a part of the production is relocated to a “bomb free” area. A wise precaution as the remaining machinery, along with the production buildings, was extensively destroyed in a heavy air-raid. Rebuilding began immediately after the war.
1952 Manfred Staehle joins the company.
1956 Setting up of an aerosol can production whereby the welding techniques used allowed for pressures of up to 12 bar.
1957/58 Foundation of “Verband Metallverpackungen” (VMV – The Association of Metal Packaging) and “Interessengemeinschaft Aerosole” (IGA – The Aerosol Interest Group). Staehle has been a member of both bodies right from the beginning.
1964 A coup: acquisition of the aerosol can contract manufacture belonging to the “Firma Dieckmann” in Ulm.
1964 Building of a new plant for the manufacture of aerosol cans in Schifferstadt/Rhineland Palatinate. The move is made in June 1965.
1969 Gisela Staehle joins the company.
1971 Production space in Schifferstadt is expanded.
1974 Development and sales of entirely new products made out of tin – metallic art and radiator coverings.
1978 Final relocation of the aerosol can manufacture to Schifferstadt and the closing of the works in Neu-Ulm. A step with consequences:
1979 A major fire destroys the complete aerosol can production facility in Schifferstadt.
1979 Interim production in an Italian plant during the holiday months tides over the time needed for rebuilding.
1980 After the rapid rebuilding process, production begins on modern machinery.
1981 Sales offices open in Scandinavia.
1985 The 15 bar can allows for an even finer spray.
1985 – 1995 Staehle Engineering concentrates know-how.
1987 Sales offices open in England and France.
1991 Founding of the BASCO company – a coil-cutting centre.
1993 Sales offices open in Poland.
1995 Certification of Staehle GmbH in accordance with the DIN EN ISO 9001 standard.
1997 Development of the “TINBOX”, a patented CD box.
1999 After joining columbus in 1987, Jörg Peter Staehle now becomes a managing director.
1999 100 years have passed. A party celebrating the company’s jubilee looks back at a turbulent and successful time.
1999-2000 The metal printing plant in Stuttgart is reorganised, the building, including the printing lines, is modernised and, as a consequence, an integrated workflow from lithography via CTP (Computer to Plate) to printing is established.
2001 The 18 bar can is introduced.
2002 Marc Oliver Staehle joins the company.
2003 Staehle joins the International Packaging Association (IPA).
2007 The development of the 22.5 bar can is completed.
2008 Acquisition of the “Metallverpackungen Müller & Bauer GmbH & Co.KG”, a company located in Metzingen, Germany.
2011 Development of the innovative “Shaped Can”.