2000 – up to date
Due to the high demand, an in-house Service department was established at BartelsRieger for the maintenance and repair of products that require servicing. In 2006, BartelsRieger received the Work, Safety and Health Award for its ASC 3500 product. That same year, the company received another advancement award for its portable breathable air supply product TAV. Both products are manufactured by our Mobile Breathing Air Supply division. The BARILINE product-family was expanded in 2016 with BARILINE HH and BARILINE PW. BartelsRieger then successfully registered a new patent for a pneumatic evacuation alarm system one year later. This system enables the person monitoring operations to send out an acoustic alarm signal that instructs the worker using the breathing protection apparatus to leave the hazardous area.
The eye wash bottle, a first-aid product, was then developed in 1956 in order to further expand the product range, and with this product being among the first of its kind on the market. New respiratory protection products were also continually developed – e.g. the ABEK filter, or the paint sprayer hood, which was jointly developed with one of Germany’s leading automobile manufacturers. In 1999, we introduced the first mobile breathable air supply unit to the market.
In 1912, the company was purchased by Carl Bartels and Fritz Rieger, who then gave it their names, and in 1917, the company’s headquarters were moved to Cologne. Operations were expanded in the 1920s to include the production of masks, respiratory protection filters and air-line breathing apparatuses. In order to be able to manufacture the respiratory protection filters, a chemical laboratory and an impregnation facility for activated carbon were set up alongside production operations.
The company was founded in Wuppertal-Barmen in 1861 as a rubber goods manufacturer. Even back at that time, the company was already producing ‘Respiratore’ (respiratory masks).