Herkula history

HERKULA always in motion

The company history of HERKULA goes back to the year 1894. The company´s place of origin is Krefeld (Germany). Since the 1950s the tireless commitment, farsightedness, determination and sense of responsibility of Mr. Bodo Franke has led to an exceptional industrial success story and to international awareness of our company. Since Mr. Bodo Franke died, at 25th of January, 2012, the company, which is now fully owned by the charitable foundation "Stiftung Bodo und Jutta Franke Deutschland", is managed in this spirit.

The milestones of the corporate development are summarized in the following timeline:


Opening of a second R&D laboratory in Aachen


Worldwide sales directly from our production site in St.Vith


Our laboratory has successful eliminate all ecological-critical solvents, binders and additives in numerous solvent-based Herkula products. Moreover we developed solvent-based gravure printing inks for the cable industry which are non-hazardous to health and environmentally friendly.

Furthermore the year 2015 was marked by an active presence at international fairs such as WIRE South East Asia in Bangkok, Cable & Wire India in New Delhi, SVIAZ/ EXPO COMM in Moscow, WIRE South America in Sao Paolo, Kunststoffen in Veldhoven (The Netherlands), and MIDEST in Paris.


Certifications of the managements systems ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 have been extended by AIB Vinçotte International SA Brussels until December 18th, 2017


From now on the Herkula Internet presence has a new face. www.herkula.com not only has a neat design, but also got a completely new content. The extensive rejuvenating cure has been done in order to present our products and the company Herkula in a modern, informative and customer-oriented style. Just take a look at the following pages. You will surely appreciate our new face!


On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Belgian Herkula company, the laboratory has been renewed completely and equipped with numerous more measuring and testing equipment.

Bernard Sproten assumes the company management.


Launch of Tight Buffer materials for Fiber to the Home (FTTH)


Thermostable UV resins (150 °C long term stress) was brought onto the market


Development of flame retardant UV resins (FRNC, ZH) for glas fiber industry


Marketing of water-based ring-marking inks for PVC and PE


Herkula is certified to ISO 9001:2000


Herkula is certified to ISO 14001


Almost complete replacement of solvent-based inks by UV inks for grain printing


Herkula is certified to ISO 9001


Spread of grain printing (wood imitation) on plastics


Beginnings of the printing of panels with solvent-based inks and later UV inks


Presentation of UV-curable inks for optical fibres


Introduction of UV-curable coatings


Opening of the “Farbwerke Herkula St. Vith S.A.” by King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola.


Foundation of the “Farbwerke Herkula St. Vith S.A.”


Introduction of solvent-based and water-based coatings for plastics, such as PVC, ABS, PP, PA and others for the automotive industry


Development of special inks and varnishes for ring marking, gravure and offset printing for PVC and PE insulated wires and cables


Production of gravure printing inks and inks and varnishes for PVC films


Marketing of inks and varnishes for industry


Registration of the brand “Herkula – water-soluble ink” with the Imperial Patent Office 93340.


Founded in Krefeld, Germany as a manufacturer of weatherproof, mineral-based inks

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