Springtime scents fill the air. In Mannheim, the sun is shining softly on the Friesenheim Island between the industrial port and the River Rhine. Sails flap in the wind, hitting against masts and drawing the eye toward the headquarters of FUCHS PETROLUB SE. The humble enterprise that would become today's multinational company was entered in the commercial register almost exactly 90 years ago on May 30, 1931. The company's headquarters have actually been located near the banks of the Rhine in Mannheim since the end of the 1930s. It was from here that the many steps on the road to becoming a global corporate group were taken – initiated by company founder Rudolf Fuchs and continued both by his son Dr. Manfred Fuchs and today his grandson, Stefan Fuchs. A global corporate group, yes, but also still a family business that essentially works to the same principles today as back then: trust, integrity, reliability, and proximity to the customer.
Stefan Fuchs was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board in 2004, taking over from his father, Dr. Manfred Fuchs. In 2017, his father then also retired from the Supervisory Board, although he still makes his way to the FUCHS Family Office every day and maintains contact with his son. This crisp spring morning is no exception, and he is chatting with his son about the exciting times the company has seen over three generations, as well as what the future might hold.