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Today the Jakob Hülsen GmbH & Co. KG is one of the leading companies for pipe elbow production in Europe. With more than 30 employees, Hülsen serves customers all over the world from its location in Tönisvorst on the Niederrhein. The company does not only stand for individual pipe mould production, but also for reliability, development and long-term orientation. On this page you can find out more about the history of the Jakob Hülsen GmbH & Co. KG.

1881 Founded his first workshop Jakob Hülsen in Krefeld.

The foundation stone for the company was laid Jakob Hülsen in 1881 by a coppersmith and pumpmaker: In the pulsating silk town of Krefeld, the craftsman began to manufacture vats and tools for dye works in his workshop. The first expansion takes place before the Second World War: Hülsen moves into a factory hall to carry out gas fusion welding for copper for the first time. A short time later he upgrades: The electrofusion welding process for steels is used for the first time for sleeves.

On course again quickly after the Second World War: Johannes Hülsen takes over the company

Although the Hülsen workshop was destroyed twice during the Second World War, the company continued to grow: Johannes Hülsen, son of the company founder, took over the workshop in 1937. It was mainly the manufacture of coal bath furnaces and vacuum systems that made the company stand out at that time.

Seamless pressed elbows production first took place in 1959

As early as 1959, almost 60 years ago now, the Jakob Hülsen GmbH & Co. KG was the first company to produce seamlessly pressed pipe bends in series. The company grows so fast that the managing director decides to build a new location for the company in Tönisvorst, close to Krefeld: At the current headquarters of the Jakob Hülsen GmbH & Co. KG, a spacious factory site with a modern factory hall and administration buildings is created. Almost at the same time Johannes Hülsen hands over the company to his son Heinz - the third generation of the family. 

Development and progress: pipe elbow production leads the company

The demand for seamlessly pressed pipe bends increases steadily from year to year and becomes the core business of the Jakob HülsenGmbH & Co.KG. The warehouses will be adapted, the machinery upgraded and the vertical range of manufacture significantly increased. The company also starts welding half-shell bends and other pipe fittings and is gaining an ever-increasing market share. Customers come from the shipping, sanitary and chemical industries. Sleeves are permitted to issue their own acceptance test certificates and can thus deliver pipe bends to systems subject to acceptance more quickly and unbureaucratically.

Competitiveness increased through further expansion

At the beginning of the 90s, Hülsen puts another press into operation. Now pipe bends up to a nominal diameter of DN 500 can be manufactured. In addition, a new steel plant is put into operation and both the warehouse and office buildings are extended. In the mid-90s, the family decided to share responsibilities: Under managing director Heinz Hülsen Ralf Hülsen takes over the technical management with focus on quality assurance, Ulrike Hülsen takes care of the commercial management. At the turn of the millennium, Hülsen obtained certification acc. to DIN EN ISO 9002:1994 and set the course for securing the European export market.

JHK stands for future and safety

Ulrike Thallner (born Hülsen) and Ralf Hülsen, the fourth generation of the family to manage the company, were appointed equal managing directors in October 2003. 2005 Alfred Thallner joins the company for marketing and sales. Today Ulrike and Alfred Thallner form the company management.

With Jakob Hülsen GmbH & Co KG, the family around founder Jakob has created an innovative, reliable and unique company for the production of pipe fittings from non-ferrous metals, which presents German industrial trade all over the world.

The Jakob Hülsen GmbH & Co. KG is based on two pillars: a reliable product range and professional services. Learn more about our services.

Almost 150 years of company history come about because we keep what we promise. Learn more about the corporate philosophy of the Jakob Hülsen GmbH & Co. KG.


Foundation of the first workshop by Jakob Hülsen Krefeld


First relocation to a large factory building

between 1928 & 1935

Introduction of gas fusion welding for copper


First application of the electrofusion welding process for steels


Johannes Hülsen takes over the company (2nd generation)


Start of series production of seamlessly pressed pipe bends made of non-ferrous metals


Move to the current company premises in Tönisvorst Heinz Hülsen takes over the company
(3rd generation)


Company anniversary: 100 years of Hülsen


Upgrading of the machine park

Recording of the welding of half shell arches and further pipe moldings


Construction of an additional warehouse for delivery and dispatch


Sleeves receive TÜV approval acc. to AD W0


Processing of the largest single order to date: three-stage vacuum cooking system


Commissioning of further press


Construction of another warehouse


Division into commercial and technical management


First participation at the TUBE Düsseldorf


Purchase of longitudinal seam welding machine


Certification acc. to DIN EN ISO 9002:1994


Ulrike Thallner (born Hülsen) and Ralf Hülsen take over the company (4th generation)


Alfred Thallner joins the company management as a Marketing and Sales supporter


Implementation of a new ERP-System with integrated state-of-the-art control system for production. 


Expansion of the welding department by the acquisition of a welding robot.


Opening of a new and modern logistics centre in Krefeld-Fischeln


Together, Ulrike and Alfred Thallner manage the fortunes of the company.