We have been extensively involved in the research, development and production of foam fire extinguishing compounds, which have been used successfully in fire extinguishing systems and fire extinguishers at home and abroad, for more than 80 years.
In close co-operation with end-users and test institutes, we have developed a wide range of different products in accordance with national and international standards and individual specifications.
Thanks to decades of experience, we have well-founded, expert knowledge at our disposal, with which we help our customers to solve their particular problems and provide advice when selecting a suitable foam fire extinguishing compound.
Our company’s history dates back to the
19th century when local Hamburg chemist
Dr. Richard Sthamer decided to set up his
own business manufacturing chemical and
pharmaceutical products. In January 1886
he founded Fabrik chemischer Präparate in
Billwerder (now part of Hamburg) on the river
Bille, the same site where our company is
located to this day.
1920In the 1920s, initial attempts were made exploring the use of saponin as a foam former in the firefighting sector. This resulted inthe company entering a new market, a market in which we are recognised and held in high international esteem – the production of fire extinguishing foam concentrates.
1936Only a few years later Erich Sthamer, son of the company’s founder, began leading the development of protein based air foam concentrates. The respective patent dates back to 1936. In the following decades there would be many new developments protected by patents.
1950 - 1980At the beginning of the 1950s Jürgen Sthamer joined the company, marking the third generation of the family business. A new era in foam concentrate manufacturing began with the first successful development of a synthetic, alcohol-resistant, gel film-forming foam concentrate. Further developments in synthetic and protein-based foam agents followed during the 60s, whilst the 70s revolved predominantly around combining fluorinated agents with protein foam concentrates, in order to create new, more effective products.
1980 – 2000Oswald and Henning Sthamer joined the company in the 1980s, as the fourth family generation. This period was marked by the rapid growth in environmental awareness of society. Through new developments, modified methods of production and the use of new raw materials, the business succeeded in creating new, more environmentally friendly foam concentrates which, in 1995, led to ownership of a new patent.
2000 – todayA vast global customer base places their trust in and relies on our product quality and the competence and reliability of the companyand our team. Intensive research and development continues to be a top priority at Dr. Sthamer. Our aim: High quality fire protection products, first-class customer service, exceptional responsibility toward our environment.
Research and DevelopmentAll our products are designed and seen through to the production stage by our on-site Laboratory, where we employ the latest analytical methods and technologies. By closely monitoring the marketplace we are able to implement requests for new or altered products within the shortest possible time, whilst maintaining close contact with our customers, suppliers and research institutes. In order to sustain steady progress and to develop new and improved products, our scientists continue to research new raw materials and processing technologies.Quality ManagementAll our products and services are subject to continuous innovation. Motivated and qualified staff are equally as important to us, as the use of high-quality raw materials and modern analysis and production technologies. Constant inspection ensures that only products in full compliance with legislative specifications and our strict internal standards are ever dispatched.ApprovalsDr. STHAMER products meet the requirements of national and international standards and are acknowledged by numerous approval bodies.