Setral was originally founded by Jean-LĂ©on Spehner, Jean-Pierre LeprĂ© and Guy GrospĂȘtre in Strasbourg, France in 1969. Since the early days Setral was engaged in the central component when it comes to designing frictionless production processes: the high-performance lubricants.

Karl-Heinz Hensel took over the business in 1985 and led the company Setral to a first-class and dynamic growth phase by integrating new production processes and by continuously improving the product range.
In the following years, the production and storage facilities were expanded. Simultaneously, in the 90s research activities were intensified. New production facilities and new technologies accompanied the dynamic quantative growths in the last decade. During the past years the worldwide distribution network was expanded to guarantee global availability.

Setral at a glance

1969 Foundation of SĂ©tral S.A. in Strasbourg/France
1982 Foundation of the ECCO Gleittechnik GmbH in Martinsried/Germany
1984 Foundation of Setral Chemie GmbH in Martinsried/Germany
1985 Acquisition of SĂ©tral S.A. by ECCO
1988 Construction of a new production facility in Romanswiller / France
1990 Setting up of a second research laboratory
1992 Relocation of the subsidiary Setral Chemie GmbH from Martinsried to Seeshaupt/Germany
1993 Construction of a plant for the production of solid lubricants
1994 Construction of various test equipment such as RVT, DFBT in cooperation with universities
1997 Certification ISO 9001
2001 Foundation Setral / Austria
2003 Foundation Setral / Portugal
2004 Expansion of the research and development laboratories
2006 Comprehensive extension and conversion of production facilities in Romanswiller / France
2007 Planning and preparation for certification according to DIN EN ISO 14001; implementation in 2007
2008 Successful implementation of DIN EN ISO 14001
2008 Extensive investments in grease production and filling
2010 Joint venture with Bardahl in France
2011 New CD; implemantation of a worldwide intranet and relaunch of our new homepage
2012 Start of the implementation of a new ERP system
2012 Completion of the H1 product range for food & pharmaceutical industry
2013/2014 Construction of a new office and stock building in Romanswiller / France
2013/2014 Investment in new laboratory testing machines (e.g. rheometer, TGA)
2013/2014 Extension of the production capacity and potential (e.g. new grease boiler (1t))
2014 Go-Live of ERP
2014 45th company anniversary
2014 New production hall only for H1 products
2015 Kosher and halal certification for all H1/H2/3H lubricants

Expansion of the production with a own production area for H1 lubricants