Immerse yourself in the world of Dr. Paul Lohmann®. Join us on an exciting journey through time to the history of the company, which began in 1886. Many events and people have shaped the company and made it what it is today.
The Company is Founded by Dr. phil. Paul Lohmann
On October 1, 1886, Dr. phil. Paul Lohmann founds his company on the premises of a small, abandoned chemical factory at Feuergraben in the town of Hamelin. He starts by producing reduced Iron (Ferrum reductum) for treating iron deficiency disorders.
Purchase of the Original Factory Premises in Hamelin
On June 2, 1887, Dr. Paul Lohmann buys factory premises from the pharmacist Dr. Victor Sertürner, grandson of the discoverer of morphine, for 13,000 German Mark.
First Trademark for Iron Preparations
In August 1902, Dr. Paul Lohmann registers his first trademark for Iron preparations. Early nutritional supplement preparations produced by the company include "Ferrum oxydatum cum Saccharo" (iron sugar), "Lecithin ferropon" and "Arsenic ferropon" (combined preparations of iron albuminate or iron peptonate).
Registration of the "Ra-Fä" Brand
Dr. Paul Lohmann's first brand, "Ra-Fä" (derived from the German term for Pied Piper of Hamelin), includes an entire range of different products, including medicines, chemical products, "medicinal and hygienic purposes", "pest control and pesticides", photo chemicals, nutritional supplement products, and even essential oils and casting compounds for dentists.
Award from the German Pharmacists' Association (Deutsche Apothekerschaft)
Dr. Paul Lohmann receives an award from the German Pharmacists' Association (Deutsche Apothekerschaft) for his Iron preparations.
Rudolf Lohmann Gains Power of Attorney
After Paul Lohmann's son, Rudolf Lohmann, has completed his apprenticeship in the Raths-Apotheke in Hamelin, he starts in his father's business and gains the power of attorney on December 27, 1919.
Iron Peptonate with Trace Elements
In the mid 1920s, the company's Iron-protein products are also available with their first trace element Manganese.
Patent for Soluble Calcium Compounds
On November 1, 1926, the company obtains a patent for "Medical preparations with soluble Calcium compounds" from the German State Patent Office (Reichspatentamt) under the brand name "Lohmanna".
The Second Generation Takes Over
Rudolf Lohmann takes over the company as sole proprietor.
World War II
During the 2nd World War, around half of the company's 40 employees are called up to serve in the army.
The factory suffers heavy damages from bomb strikes towards the end of the war. However, on December 1, 1945, the military regime officially grants the company permission to restart the production of Mineral Salts in "maximum possible quantity".
The Company Moves to Kirchohsen
To gain sufficient space for its further expansion, the company has to relocate and purchases premises in neighboring Kirchohsen. On March 11, 1955, Dr. Paul Lohmann passes away at the age of 96. A few weeks later, the company moves from Hamelin to Kirchohsen, which today is part of the Emmerthal municipality.
The Third Generation Takes Over
In August 1961, the company changes to a limited partnership. Dr. Ekkehard Lohmann becomes the co-owner and manages the company in 3rd generation together with his brother Dr. Hans Joachim Lohmann.
Patents for the Production of Metal Hydroxides and Metal Silicates
Registration of a patent for producing metal hydroxides as an important prerequisite for further development work.
Establishment of the Factory in Lueneburg
In 1972, another production site is founded in Lueneburg in Lower Saxony. In a favorable location close to the arterial roads of Hamburg, the factory focuses mainly on the production of Magnesium Salts.
Biological Sewage Treatment Plant goes into Operation
Start of an automatic sewage treatment plant at the factory in Kirchohsen.
100th Company's Anniversary
On October 1, the 100th anniversary of the company Dr. Paul Lohmann® is celebrated. The company employs 350 people.
Extension of the Factory in Lueneburg
A plant for the production of Iron compounds is set up.
Both Production Sites gain GMP Certification
In 1994, the company receives its first GMP certificate from Hanover district authority. In the 1990s, many older plants are renovated and a mandatory quality policy is established, with the aim of ensuring constant high quality.
The Fourth Generation Takes Over
In turn of the year 1997/1998, Dr. Ekkehard Lohmann hands over management of the company to his sons Hans-Martin Lohmann and Jürgen Lohmann. One year later, Dr. Uwe Günther and Torsten Cuno join the company as managing directors.
Both Production Sites are Certified to DIN EN ISO 9001
During further intensive quality assurance, the company is certified to DIN EN ISO 9001 by TÜV Nord in 2004. In the same year, the Responsible Care Declaration of the German Chemical Industry Association is signed.
Offices open in Singapore and New York
In 2005, the company opens an office in Singapore, which coordinates business in the Asian region. The company also has its own office in the state of New York since 2005.
The new R&D labs open
With its new lab facilities, the company multiplies its lab capacity by five. Developments focus primarily on food supplements and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Integration of Product Lines Taken over from Boehringer Ingelheim
From now on, Mineral Citrates and Aspartates from the Boehringer Ingelheim company are produced and sold by Dr. Paul Lohmann® in Emmerthal. The company incorporates existing production systems from Ingelheim and Blanquefort (France) at its site in Emmerthal.
125th years Company’s Anniversary
125 years Dr. Paul Lohmann® - The company celebrates the anniversary with employees, retirees, representatives, customers, business partners and friends. The company employs 460 people.
Opening of new Sales Offices
In 2015, the company opens a sales office in Eindhoven. The colleagues are responsible for the customers in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. At the same time, the new office building in Emmerthal is completed and dedicated. One year later, the sales office in Paris is opened. The colleagues are responsible for the customers in France.
Certification According to FSSC 22000/ISO 22000
Dr. Paul Lohmann® receives the FSSC 22000/ISO 22000 certificate for the first time. This important certification for the food division is an investment in the future.
Our ethical standards and environmental aspects of our activities are regularly assessed by an external auditor in a Social Compliance Audit, the so-called SMETA 4-Pillar-Audit, according to Sedex requirements.
Salts for Biopharmaceuticals and Production Line for Minerals Low in Endoxtoxins
In October, our DPL-BioPharm products are launched, which are developed specifically for biopharmaceutical applications. In the same year, the new GMP-certified production plant for the manufacture of low-endotoxin products is put into operation.
Disinfectant from Emmerthal for Sana Clinics
In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic the supply of disinfectant to hospitals is of crucial importance. To ensure the demand at all Sana Hospitals nationally, the Hospital Group has entered a cooperation with Dr. Paul Lohmann®. The company provides 27,000 litres disinfectant in 25l canisters to the Sana Group.
EcoVadis Silver Medal for Dr. Paul Lohmann®
EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings. EcoVadis’ scorecards provide detailed insights into four aspects: environment, labor & human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. Dr. Paul Lohmann® belongs to the top 25 % of all rated companies awarded with an EcoVadis Silver medal.
One year later Dr. Paul Lohmann® receives the Gold medal.
Magnesium Citrate Malate for Food Supplements
According to the Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/418 amending Directive 2002/46/EC for food supplements our new Magnesium Salt is permitted for the fortification of food supplements.
Lohtragon® Brand Launch
Dr. Paul Lohmann® synergizes its high performance metal salt range for industrial applications under the new Lohtragon® brand.
As e-mobility is becoming increasingly important, Dr. Paul Lohmann® decided to set up a charging station infrastructure at the production sites in Emmerthal and Lueneburg. With this measure, Dr. Paul Lohmann® wants to support both employees and visitors with e-vehicles and e-bikes.
Lohmann Performances GmbH
In the course of the further development of the Lohmann group of companies, Dr. Paul Lohmann® decided to spin off and bundle the essentially commercial processes into Lohmann Performances GmbH. Since October 1, 2022 the departments Controlling, IT, Payroll, Finance and Human Resources are acting on behalf of Lohmann Performances.