MADE BY PASSION,
MADE FOR PEOPLE,
MADE IN GERMANY

History

1957

On 5th May Hans Niehaus established HAN-Bürogeräte (Office Equipment). The business enterprise started with two employees in Bielefeld the production of wooden letter trays. Soon wooden card index boxes were added to the range.

1961

The first company building was erected and replaced the temporary production facility in Bielefeld. In the mid-60s Hans Niehaus already employed 10 members of staff in production and administration.

1970

By this time, the company already mantained 6 distribution warehouses and sales agencies in Germany.

1972

Production of wooden card index boxes started in Greece. A distribution initiative was launched to sell plastic card index boxes in Denmark. At this point 60 employees made up HAN’s workforce.

1975

The sale of plastic card index boxes, manufactured in Austria, started.

1980

The administrative building and shipping department were being constructed in Herford. Another production facility for HAN’s filing cabinets was completed in Verl near Gütersloh. HAN’s own delivery warehouse near Frankfurt was built.

1981

The administration moved from Bielefeld to Herford.

1984

In-house plastics production of letter trays, waste bins, and office sets started with company-owned machines for plastic injection moulding. HAN immediately received several design awards for these first productions.

1985

Plastics processing was extended significantly to a variety of filing systems and archiving products for the office. More than 50 new products were designed and manufactured.

1988

Plastics production was expanded into production hall 2.
A further construction phase was completed. Hall 3 was used as an expansion of the warehouse and shipping department.

1991

Generation change: Ralf Niehaus took over as CEO from Hans Niehaus.

1995

Contruction of a state-of-the-art dispatch centre with room for 9,000 pallets at the Herford headquarter. The French sales company HAN France was established.

1996

The sales Company HAN UK was established.

2001

Increasing export activities. Plastics production in Moscow was launched.

2006

HAN sets an example – especially since being „eco-friendly“ is no passing trend for us, but standard. Being environmentally friendly is a natural part of our life. The HAN KARMA range is manufactured from post consumer materials.

Awarded with the environmental certificate: DER BLAUE ENGEL (THE BLUE ANGEL). Innovative, attractive design to the highest standard.

2007

HAN celebrates it’s 50th company anniversary. 50 years of experience = highly qualified employees, extraordinary ideas, high design aspiration, and state-of-the art production engineering.

In short: a sound team and quality made out of a tradition for innovative, attractive, and frequently prizewinning products.

2010

HAN drawer box „i-Box“ receives 5 design awards.

2016

HAN was rewarded for its excellent brand activity in the category of Brand-Redesign. We are proud about this special award, which confirms our company’s dedication to a clear and successful brand policy. Further outstanding proof to our compelling brand strategy are further product design awards in various categories.

Today,

we have a staff of 70 employees who are innovatively and successfully driving our reliable brand. We are a full-range manufacturer with more than 1,000 innovative, design-oriented quality products for school, office, and home use.