It all started with a small hardware store in the city center of Bremen where the businessman Hermann Francksen and his partner H. Kröger founded the trading company Kröger und Francksen in 1900.
In 1908 the first patent for the production of sliding door fittings by the inventor Paul Schriever was purchased and the first sliding doors sold.
On the 4th of January 1915 the company Hermann Francksen Baubeschläge was founded. After Hermann Francksen had initially dealt only with the sales of fittings, the company began with the production under the trademark Fortuna in own manufacturing.
In the 1920s the premises had become too small, the company relocated from the city center to the district of Bremen-Burg in 1928 – today´s location. Here the production could be further expanded in an existing factory building. Soon afterwards the first visits to trade fair shows took place such as to the Leipziger Mustermesse in 1929.
In 1936 Hermann Francksen retired. The factory was taken over by his eldest daughter Erna. With her husband, the chemist Dr. Hugo Schramm, new systems of sliding doors were developed and introduced.
Dr. Hugo Schramm turned away from the previous differential systems and patented the sliding door fitting as an endless system under the name TIGER. In addition to the sliding doors, Dr. Hugo Schramm additionally generated infusion ceiling rails for hospitals as a new successful product line in the 1960s.
With their son, the engineer Hartmut Schramm, a new era began in 1964: the consistent modernization of the production process together with a further development of the sliding door and gate fittings to the development of multi-lane railways. These lone-rail systems can still be found today as semi or fully-automated variants in many production facilities, such as painting lines in the window and door construction.
Together with his wife Ursel Hartmut Schramm successfully navigated the company through the 80s, when the presumably dead sliding door fittings experienced a true renaissance.
The quality of the products was significantly improved by deep groove ball bearings and many other new inventions. These were constant developments that made the company Hermann Francksen famous far beyond the borders of Germany.
Since the turn of the millennium MBA Ulrike Haake b. Schramm has been an active member of the management as the forth generation.
The expansion of production facilities in the same location has created space for innovation and internationalization. For more than 100 years now, the family brand TIGER is a synonym for quality made in Germany.