About us

A PIONEER THINKS AHEAD.
FOR EVERY SOLUTION.

Rhenoflex is the world’s leading supplier of reinforcement materials. We make innovative mobility solutions possible for the footwear and lifestyle market.

We constantly strive for improvement in order to enable our customers to launch excellent products on the market.

Since 1952, we have been driven by our passion for quality, innovation and speed.

Whether thermoplastic materials for toe, heel and lateral stiffeners, or anatomically optimized reinforcements for virtual reality glasses, handbags and suitcases for the lifestyle sector – when only the best will suffice, Rhenoflex is the preferred partner.

SEE THE BIG PICTURE.
BE THE BEST.

The holistic Rhenoflex approach.
When developing complete solutions, not just producing reinforcement materials, you need to be able to grasp the production process from start to finish and optimize each step along the way.

Our profound knowledge of all necessary functions, combined with our chemical expertise, open and customer-focused mentality, and constant communication with our customers’ production and design centers makes us uniquely qualified to offer perfect, tailor-made solutions.

Higher quality
Faster to market
More innovative products
More flexible in development

SERVICE.
FORWARD-THINKING.

Innovation

In-house research and development
Strategic cooperation with universities and companies
Customised product and process solutions

Dynamic

Fast worldwide distribution
Quick response times
High level of process expertise

Customer proximity

Local points of contact
Technical support and training for manufacturing
Outsourcing solutions

Quality

Consistently high quality
Continuous quality management
Customized solutions

MANAGEMENT.

Frank Böttcher
CEO
Since October 2017, Frank Böttcher has headed up the Rhenoflex Group as CEO. He came from Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Germany GmbH, where he was Managing Director. Previously, he worked for DKR Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kreislaufwirtschaft und Rohstoffe mbH, first as COO and then as CEO .

For more than 16 years, he has held C-Level and Management Board positions in international corporate groups. Frank Böttcher holds a degree in business administration for Foreign Trade and Foreign Economics from the University of Applied Sciences Worms.
+49-621-5709-6349
Dr. Gunter Scharfenberger
CTO
Dr. Gunter Scharfenberger has been part of the Rhenoflex Management as CTO since January 2019. He came from the Freudenberg Group, where he most recently worked for Freudenberg Performance Materials as Head of R&D Global Apparel Division. Within his remit, he coordinated the topic of "Sustainability" for the Apparel global division as well as the Technology Platform Nonwovens for Freudenberg SE. In total, he worked within the Freudenberg Group for more than 15 years.

Dr. Gunter Scharfenberger holds a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.
+49-621-5709-6344
Lars Glöckner
CFO
Lars Glöckner has been part of the Rhenoflex Management as CFO since January 2019. Previously, he held the positions of Deputy CFO, Head of Mergers & Acquisition and Business Development.

In addition, Lars Glöckner is responsible for the strategic orientation and further development of the Business Line Lifestyle, and is also responsible for the IT area. Prior to joining Rhenoflex in September 2017, he spent 10 years with Ernst & Young in the Transaction Advisory Services Division, most recently as a senior manager and authorized signatory.

Lars Glöckner holds a degree in business administration from the University of Mannheim.
+49-621-5709-6916
Eric Pan
General Manager Asia
Since 2006, Eric Pan has been part of the Rhenoflex Management as General Manager Asia. Previously, he was the owner and managing director of long-term business partner Norya International, which he founded in 2000. Eric Pan is an engineer from the University of Science and Technology in Taichung City, Taiwan.
+852 2786 8471

THE FUTURE NEEDS A PAST.

Made in Germany for over 60 years. The Rhenoflex Group develops, produces and sells the world’s leading solutions for
the footwear and lifestyle industry. Waste-free, biodegradable, ecologically optimized.

The business units of the Rhenoflex Group are divided into footwear and lifestyle solutions. The company is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which is also where the European production site is located. Further sites are located in France, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and, since 2018, in the United States. The Rhenoflex Group has its own sales network in more than 20 countries.

  • 1952 Founded as a subsidiary of Giulini Chemie GmbH
  • 1955 License agreement with Rhenoflex France S.a.r.l.
  • 1984 Acquisition of Rhenoflex France S.a.r.l as a subsidiary
  • 1997 Acquisition of Gurit Worbla as a subsidiary
  • 2005 Opening of production facilities in China
  • 2012 Expansion of production facilities in China
  • 2015 Founding of the independent Rhenoflex GmbH
  • 2016 Founding of the Rhenoflex Hong Kong Ltd. subsidiary
  • 2016 Purchase of NORYA
  • 2018 Reorientation of the Rhenoflex Group with a new
    company structure

DYNAMICS.

SHAPE YOUR PERFORMANCE.

Shoe collections are changing faster than ever. Our close collaboration, fast response time and process expertise put you in the lead.

Speed is relative. The relatively most important part of modern development and product processes.

Let’s face it: Collections are changing more rapidly than ever, with production cycles becoming ever shorter and more individualized. Our answer to this? Extremely close collaboration, fastest possible response times and maximum process expertise.

QUALITY.

SHAPE YOUR PERFORMANCE.

Quality is key. Our advanced production technology, high technical expertise and quality control ensure unmatched quality consistency and functionality.

Quality is the result of attention to detail.

The best employees. The highest technical expertise. Modern production processes. In-house quality control. Decades of experience.

Yet we're never content, because we strive for continual improvement, to ensure the superiority of the products that you develop.

INNOVATION.

SHAPE YOUR PERFORMANCE.

Innovation is what drives success. We are constantly evolving cutting-edge developments to support you in creating unique shoes more efficiently.

Ideas set you in motion.

Intensive product and process development at Rhenoflex. Close strategic cooperation with universities, institutes and market partners along the entire value chain. All for a single goal: to help you create your unique products even more efficiently.

SUSTAINABILITY.

SHAPE YOUR PERFORMANCE.

Resources are limited. Our unique Rhenoprint process and greenline materials let you take your individual, sustainable approach.

100% waste-free production with Rhenoflex.

Intensive product and process development at Rhenoflex. Close strategic cooperation with universities, institutions and market partners along the entire value chain. All for a single goal: to help you create your unique products even more efficiently.


Rice, straw and leather scraps as sustainable raw material components. Completely recyclable materials. Careful use of resources. If we didn’t do it this way, we wouldn’t have any future.

DYNAMICS.

SHAPE YOUR PERFORMANCE.

Shoe collections are changing faster than ever. Our close collaboration, fast response time and process expertise put you in the lead.

Speed is relative. The relatively most important part of modern development and product processes.

Let’s face it: Collections are changing more rapidly than ever, with production cycles becoming ever shorter and more individualized. Our answer to this? Extremely close collaboration, fastest possible response times and maximum process expertise.

QUALITY.

SHAPE YOUR PERFORMANCE.

Quality is key. Our advanced production technology, high technical expertise and quality control ensure unmatched quality consistency and functionality.

Quality is the result of attention to detail.

The best employees. The highest technical expertise. Modern production processes. In-house quality control. Decades of experience.

Yet we're never content, because we strive for continual improvement, to ensure the superiority of the products that you develop.

INNOVATION.

SHAPE YOUR PERFORMANCE.

Innovation is what drives success. We are constantly evolving cutting-edge developments to support you in creating unique shoes more efficiently.

Ideas set you in motion.

Intensive product and process development at Rhenoflex. Close strategic cooperation with universities, institutes and market partners along the entire value chain. All for a single goal: to help you create your unique products even more efficiently.

SUSTAINABILITY.

SHAPE YOUR PERFORMANCE.

Resources are limited. Our unique Rhenoprint process and greenline materials let you take your individual, sustainable approach.

100% waste-free production with Rhenoflex.

Intensive product and process development at Rhenoflex. Close strategic cooperation with universities, institutions and market partners along the entire value chain. All for a single goal: to help you create your unique products even more efficiently.


Rice, straw and leather scraps as sustainable raw material components. Completely recyclable materials. Careful use of resources. If we didn’t do it this way, we wouldn’t have any future.

ON SITE. FOR YOU.

Leadership. Certified.

ISO 9001: Standard for quality management

Defines the minimum requirements for a quality management system.

ISO 140001: International standard for environmental management

Focused on continual improvement as a means to achieving defined environmental performance objectives.

BS OHSAS 18001: Occupational Health and Safety Management

This standard sets out the minimum requirements for best practices in occupational safety management in the workplace. The focus is on protecting people, occupational safety and preventative healthcare.

ISO 50001 Energy management

The main objective of this standard is to continuously improve energy efficiency within the company.

AEO

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