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The TRIDELTA-History

The historical roots of the Tridelta Thermprozess GmbH are closely connected with the over 110 years lasting history of manufacturing of technical ceramics in Hermsdorf and related sites. In 1889 Kahla AG, the manufacturer of china, founded a porcelain plant in the small town of Hermsdorf - an outstanding place due to the abundance of wood and an attractive location with regard to transport links.

Before 1989, the TRIDELTA Thermprozess GmbH belonged to the technical area of the main ceramic plant in Hermsdorf as the subdivision of sintering technologies.“TRIDELTA” (derived from the bell-shaped delta insulator developed in Hermsdorf in 1898) as a part of the company name stands for its own long-standing tradition and experience in development, design, production, assembly, and bringing into service of customized fully equipped industrial furnaces, thermal aggregates, thermotechnical devices, and special equipment.

In 1992 the Tridelta GmbH (the legal successor of the Ceramic Plants of Hermsdorf with production facilities in Hermsdorf, Sonneberg, Veilsdorf, and Auma) became a part of the Jenoptik Group. The subdivision of sintering technologies was hived off as the “Tridelta Thermprozess GmbH” on April the 1st,1993 with the aim to offer the existing knowledge to the free market besides the work on intercompany orders.
In 1996 the business segment insulators at the plants in Hermsdorf and Sonneberg and the business segments thermal processing and wear resistant ceramics in Hermsdorf were merged to the “TRIDELTA Technische Keramik GmbH”, and taken over with majority interest and reorganised by the CERAM group – the second-largest manufacturer of ceramic high-voltage insulators in the world. With this step the privatization was fully accomplished.

In October 2000 the majority of interest of the Tridelta Thermprozess GmbH was acquired by the RMW Beteiligungsg.m.b.H., Vienna. Today Tridelta Thermprozess GmbH is acting as a medium-sized, powerful and flexible enterprise, having an enormous potential of theoretical knowledge and experience at its disposal.

Günter Ruhs managed the department of kiln production in the turbulent days of the "Wende". Transfering the experience gained over decades and with tireless commitment he led it, together with excellent staff, into the private sector. In February 2004, Ruhs, who set a significant course in the development of kiln technology due to his knowledge and practical skills, handed over the responsibility for the management of the company to Frank Burgstedt.

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