Our secret? Relationships of one person to another, diligence, honesty and much lifeblood. All these are things that mean a lot to senior owner Georg Nolte to the day. Things that his grandfather has given him to take along. His name was Georg, too, and he produced polishing discs in Rheda-Wiedenbrück from 1923. In 1932 he took over the Westphalian Furniture Factory in Delbrück. The cornerstone for a furniture dynasty was laid. A second plant in Brilon was added in 1937.
Georg Nolte had three sons. Konrad, the eldest, had inherited the entrepreneurial spirit of his father. As the “Henry Ford of the furniture industry” he introduced assembly line production at the end of the 1940s and this way revolutionised this branch of trade. The spirit for change and innovative strength are amongst our strong points even today.
In 1955 Konrad Nolte founded the furniture production in Germersheim, followed in 1958 by Nolte Küchen. Everything started in rented premises, with 60 staff at the time. Today we are Germany’s second largest kitchen brand with around 1.100 employees and we have extended production to our site in Melle.
Nolte Kitchens are always perfect in form and function, with lines clearly structured in height and width. Practical organisation systems mean that everything is always in its place. Nolte Kitchens available in South Africa.
SUSTAINING OUR FUTURE
It is not only the quality, design and functionality or our kitchens that count for us. Protecting the environment is a really big issue. It starts with obtaining our wood based materials and carries on right through to production and logistics. And when we recycle our waste wood for heat production we have come full circle.
Since September 2010 we have been PEFC- as well as FSC® certified. This means we hold both certificates for sustainable, socially acceptable forestry and have in fact been the first German kitchen manufacturer to do so. Maybe you ask yourself what these certificates mean? In a nutshell you could say: Our wood based materials are sourced under fair conditions – and that means fair for man and nature. Forestland worth protecting is a taboo for us, as are plantations of natural forests, genetically modified cultivation or illegal logging.
We also set examples where electrical power is concerned. Like all the other companies of the Nolte Group we have been receiving clean energy from hydropower in the River Rhine since January 2012 and put ourselves out for climate protection in doing so.
The energy is certified with the independent “Green Electricity Label” and a part of the cost is reinvested in new local, renewable facilities, which is a further contribution to energy transition. A co-operation with the company “Pfalzwerke”, unique and trend-setting in terms of volume, makes this possible.