Process Control Valves-Albert Stübbe Vlotho
Friedrich Stübbe first registered the Albert Stübbe Vlotho Company over 75 years ago on 18th March 1925.
The company initially specialised in leather punching and the manufacture of leather shoe uppers and rubber soles, and revolutionised the industry with the introduction of a machine which enabled the Stübbe company to produce shoes whose soles only needed to be glued under the uppers. No longer were tucking or stitching required.
In 1949 the first grey cast iron stop valve with a soft seat was developed and manufactured in the ASV Stübbe foundry.
In parallel with their already successful shoe machinery manufacture, in 1950 the company began the development of plastic injection moulding machines with the objective of not only marketing them, but also for use in their own production of soles from hard-wearing rubber, polyurethane and polyethylene.
During this time ASV Stübbe were at the forefront of technological development, with the introduction of such revolutionary products as the ‘Cirrus Board’, made from polystyrene and used as an insulating material, now known as ‘Styropor’; a curved conveyor belt; new non-slip rubber soles with shock absorbers in the heels; ‘health’ soles and ‘climatised’ soles; own-brand adhesives, etc.
In 1961, ASV Stübbe patented the first thermoplastic ball valve, a completely new type of valve in a one-piece design, which was to form the basis for their now extensive range of valves and flow meters.
In 1969, the machinery manufacturing section of the company, which by now had 1760 employees, was sold to the Demag AG company.
The revenue generated from this sale was used for new developments in the field of thermoplastic valves, measurement and control engineering, and thermoplastic pumps.
In July 2003, Fritz-Günther Pape (who once completed an apprenticeship as a toolmaker in the old Stübbe machine factory), retired as Managing Director, and handed the reins of the Company to Klaus Warneker, under whose guidance, around 300 employees in the Vlotho plant will concentrate on what has become the company’s core business – design and manufacture of first-class thermoplastic valves, pumps, measuring devices and injection moulding tools.
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