Hiller Objektmöbel GmbH
75 Years of Hiller
A German family business celebrates its 75th anniversary in November 2011. Its history is closely linked with its location in Kippenheim and the Black Forest, strongly reflecting the development of German society since the Second World War. Chairs and tables made of wood, steel and plastic have been the core business of Hiller Objektmöbel GmbH since 1957. And now, following the merger to form Schneeweiss AG Interior, the range of services encompasses all stages of production and logistics from planning and consultation via development and design to manufacture and distribution. The degree of vertical integration is 75 percent. Today, the Hiller name represents innovation, tradition and flexibility. The company is one of three leading manufacturers of commercial furniture in Europe.
In August 2010, the Hiller Group becomes Schneeweiss AG Interior. The new type of enterprise increases the leeway to ensure flexible capital adjustment to the continued expansion of the group in the long term and competitively further expand vertical integration, creative innovation and export volumes. At the same time, company directors Jürgen Dreher and Alexander Allgaier want to continue the exceptionally respected tradition of preserving the owner-operated family business. In autumn 2011, they acquire all shares in the company; as board chairman, Jürgen Dreher becomes the majority shareholder.
Looking back at 75 years of Hiller Objektmöbel, he praises the achievements of his predecessors: "In Hiller, we have a perfect existing basis for taking on strategic expansion and generating growth. Hiller is the nucleus of Schneeweiss AG Interior. Without the companies' philosophy and the creative innovations of Rolf Hiller, there would be no Schneeweiss AG."
For the board chairman, there is nothing more satisfying than reflecting on the development of the company from the standpoint of today. He is particularly proud of the progress made in the last seven years, in which sales grew from 19 to 41 million euros and the number of employees rose from 150 to 285. This also succeeded in silencing initial critical voices. The company is now even in a position to produce shop fitting collections for Hugo Boss or VIP lounges in the arenas in Kaiserslautern and Mainz.
For the future, Dreher hopes that young people in particular will be motivated by the development of his company and translate even more visions into reality: "With Schneeweiss AG Interior, Hiller has been transformed into a 'World of Inspiration' which throws open the doors to young creative minds with a feel for the future and a sense of tradition."