TRADITIONALLY INNOVATIVE - WHERE WE COME FROM
Our company‘s origins date back to the year 1860, and it owes its commercial breakthrough to the innovative capacity of its founder, Dr. phil. Carl Schleussner. He improved a photographic dry plate, invented by Dr. Richard Leach Maddox in 1871, to a point where it could be manufactured industrially to high quality standards.
„Dr. Schleussner‘s Gelatine Emulsion Plates“ became the company‘s first international market success. A second, ground-breaking innovation followed at the end of the 19th century when, in collaboration with Conrad Wilhelm Röntgen, the famous physicist, Dr. phil. Carl Schleussner developed the first special X-ray plates and established himself as a leading manufacturer of X-ray plates.
The Adox Fotowerke Dr. Schleussner company, which emerged from the original photographic plate manufacturing business, also proved to be extremely innovative: among other things, it produced the first roll films and cameras in Germany.
Since being established in 1951, today‘s Folex Group has acquired an excellent international reputation as a result of constantly expanding its outstanding competence in the field of coatings and repeatedly applying it to new materials and markets.
By acquiring the Technoplast coating company in Cologne in 1989, Folex extended its portfolio to include graphic arts products and materials for membrane switches. The technological changes of the 1990s prompted the development of media for digital printing and new materials for the printing sector. In 2013 the group expanded with the addition of the long established company Regulus which includes a digital printing portfolio as well as other products.
Despite all the changes we have experienced, the driving factors behind our work have remained the same to this day: we love to innovate, and we gear ourselves to the needs of our customers and markets.