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About Schlegel

SchlegelGiesse is the International Division of London quoted Tyman PLC, providing innovative and high quality engineered components for the fenestration industry.

The Division operates in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America. It is headquartered in Bologna and besides in Italy, it has manufacturing operations in the UK, Germany, China, Brazil and Australia, along with sales and distribution units with light assembly facilities in Argentina, France, Greece, India, Spain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Schlegel International products are sold into residential and commercial applications all over the world under the Schlegel brand for sealing solutions to aluminium, PVCu and timber applications and the Giesse brand for hardware systems in aluminium doors and windows.

Since 2016 SchlegelGiesse is a combined business of Schlegel from the UK and Giesse from Italy. The international division of Tyman PLC is one of the world market leaders in sealing systems for different sectors and an important player in the field of high-end hardware solutions to the aluminium fenestration industry. Schlegel International cooperates with sister companies ERA (UK) and AmesburyTruth (USA) and together they serve customers across the globe.

The name Schlegel comes from the German immigrant Charles F. Schlegel, who started a narrow loom weaving business in Rochester, New York in the late 1880s. As a weaver of hem bindings for women’s skirts, the company soon started producing textile trimmings for horse-drawn buggies and the early car industry. The first patented brush pile sealing products for automobile doors and windows were developed in the 1930s. After the war, Schlegel expanded into making seals for all types of doors and windows. With new synthetic compounds available in the 1950s, the still family run Schlegel business started to make Poly-Bond brush pile weatherstripping and extruded plastic profiles. In the 1960s Schlegel introduced finned brush pile products and a continuous moulded polyurethane process for Q-Lon foam seals. Opening new factories in Europe, Schlegel became a multinational. In the late 1980s the Schlegel family left the business. The automotive division was sold and Schlegel focused on building materials. Linear UK, producer of pile weatherstrip, was added to the group. In 2006 Schlegel became part of Lupus Capital in the UK, in 2013 renamed to Tyman PLC. In the following year, brush pile manufacturer Vedasil in Brazil was acquired. Whilst working with customers to design dedicated solutions for their applications, existing processes and products are continuously improved and new compounds explored.

In March 2016, Schlegel International acquired Giesse and moved its headquarters from the UK to Italy. Both Schlegel and Giesse have a long and particular history influenced by various people, products, technologies and cultures. Over time, several businesses have been integrated and new products developed and added. Two complementary worlds of sealing systems on one side, and hardware solutions on the other side, have now come together to form a unique combination. Schlegel International is fully concentrated on supplying high quality engineered components to the international door and window market.

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