• Marcus T. R. Schmidt (Speaker)
  • Michael Wenzel
  • Christian Frank
  • Rainer Eberlein

Founded in 1910 Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC currently has approximately 2,100 employees at three locations in Germany.

History to 1945

In the 19th century Hermann Fürchtegott Zülch established a cigar factory in Osterholz- Beck. His sister Flora Fürchtegott Zülch married the East Frisian businessman Bernhard Reemtsma, who also went into the tobacco business. He took over in 1910, a small cigarette factory in Erfurt.

Bernard and Flora had three sons: Hermann, Philipp and Alwin. 1918 Hermann developed a machine for the production of cigarettes and thus replaced the manual work. 1923 Philip moved as the new head of the company, the production of cigarettes into the then still Prussian Altona- Bahr field. In 1926 the company's ( internally developed ) first mixing drum in operation, a carousel-like machine that various tobaccos mixed homogeneously under air flow.

The rapid rise of the company in the Weimar Republic and the Nazi era was based on modern production and marketing methods, but especially on aggressive expansion policy and close contacts with those in power in politics and business. Within a few years Reemtsma acquired the cigarette factories Manoli (Berlin), Büssum ( Bussum / NL), Josetti (Berlin), Jasmatzi (Dresden), Batschari (Baden- Baden), Delta (Dresden), Garbáty (Berlin), Constantin (Hannover) and Yenidze (Dresden) and also collaborated in 1929 with the largest competitors House New castle, which was eventually taken over completely in 1935 also. 1930 sparked the aggressive policy of repression for Reemtsma in Berlin acting independently employee the Reemtsma scandal, which had a legal repercussions, but without consequences for Reemtsma. Mid-1930s were about two-thirds of the German cigarette production controls and the influence of the company went far beyond the tobacco industry also. After the German occupation of Crimea Reemtsma benefited from forced labor.

History after 1945

After the surrender of Germany, the management of the company was transferred to the British and American occupied zones trustees and exercised in the French zone by the occupation authorities. The establishments in the Soviet zone were expropriated. After the repeal of the trusteeship in 1948, the two brothers Hermann Fear God, and Philipp Fürchtegott their activity in the HF & Ph. F. Reemtsma GmbH resumed.

The administration was re- built in 1952 to designs by Godber Nissen on the premises of private villa Reemtsma.

In 1957, Reemtsma majority owner of the Baden Tabakmanufaktur ( Roth- Händle, Reval ( cigarette brand ) ).

Since 1957, Reemtsma also involved in gifted education. The Reemtsma Begabtenförderungswerk was founded, which still students supported financially today.

With the introduction of the brand Peter Stuyvesant in 1959, a new plant in West Berlin ( Wilmersdorf ) was opened.

1963 acquired the Reemtsma Group 75 percent of the Carstens KG cellars.

1965, the Group generated approximately DM 3.4 billion and employed 7,200 staff.

In 1971, expanded again with a new factory in Langenhagen near Hannover, production capacities.

Jan Philipp Reemtsma, who had inherited the shares of his late father in 1959 in the GmbH, sold his shares in 1980 completely to Tchibo Frisch- roasted coffee AG in Hamburg, the majority shareholder was it.

Even before the formal reunification in 1990 took over a Reemtsma cigarette factory in East Germany. Further expansions followed initially to Eastern Europe (including Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Russia) later to Asia and the Middle East (including Cambodia, Indonesia and Iran).

2002, Imperial Tobacco acquired 90.01 percent of the shares of Reemtsma. The investment is now expanded to 100 percent.

2004 pulled the Reemtsma headquarters of the park road in the residential area of Hamburg- Othmarschen in the modern industrial area of Hamburg -Bahr field. The site of the former headquarters belongs to the family Heart ( Tchibo ) and is being converted to condominiums with a spa since 2008.

Since 2007, Reemtsma awards to journalists the Liberty Award.

As part of the restructuring measures through the acquisition of Altadis, the Berlin plant was closed in 2012. Reemtsma has thus two more works in Langenhagen and Trossingen. The factory in Langenhagen to be expanded. The production of the Berlin plant will be relocated to the existing plant in Tarnovo Podgórne. In the global restructuring of the Group 6 of the 58 plants so far are closed, and about 2,500 of the 40,000 jobs eliminated.

Photo Archive

The photo archive with about 70,000 recordings - from the cigarette manufacture, the history of the company and from the tobacco countries - give an insight into the long tradition of tobacco cultivation and processing into a industrially manufactured mass-produced, was handed over to the Museum of Work. The archive will be gradually made available to the public.


  • Cigarettes Cabinet
  • Davidoff
  • Gauloises
  • John Player Special ( JPS )
  • R1
  • Route 66
  • West
  • Peter Stuyvesant
  • Gitanes
  • P & S
  • Lambert & Butler
  • Duet
  • Traditional brands ( cigarettes) R6 ( 1921)
  • Harvest 23 ( first produced from the harvest of 1923 and released in 1924 )
  • Salem No.6
  • Virginia No.6
  • Badische Tabakmanufaktur Reval (1957 )
  • Roth- Händle
  • Diamonds Halpaus cornerstone
  • Güldenring
  • Josetti Juno ( cigarette brand )
  • Waldorf -Astoria cigarette factory Astor ( cigarette brand )
  • Turning and Stopftabake Route 66
  • John Player Special ( JPS )
  • West
  • Fairwind
  • Drum ( world's best-selling Rolling Tobacco )
  • Van Nelle
  • Gauloises
  • Black Hand
  • Golden Virginia
  • Cigarillos Fairwind
  • Route 66
  • John Player Special ( JPS )
  • Other tobacco products Rizla (cigarette paper)
  • Cañuma (cigarette paper)
  • Muskote (cigarette paper)
  • Filter, filter sleeves, Maker

Not made ​​for the German market products see Imperial Tobacco.

Brewery investments

In the 1970s, Reemtsma had acquired shares in breweries as part of a diversification strategy in the direction of luxury food group, but most rejected again soon:

  • Dortmunder Union Brewery
  • ( Sold in 1985 to Joseph in March ) Tucher Brewery Nuremberg
  • Henninger Brewery Group (1980 ), 1987 also sold on March
  • Hannen brewery
  • Bavaria- St. Pauli Brewery

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