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50 years of BOPLA – the story of our company

We are looking back on 50 years of company history. Half a century full of exciting projects, interesting challenges and so many innovations in the field of enclosure technology.

In the course of all these years, BOPLA has succeeded in establishing itself as the enclosure manufacturer which stands for quality and innovative strength. This is something of which we are especially proud. Of course, we didn‘t write this success story all by ourselves, but together with our customers, colleagues and business partners, and that is why, once again, we want to say a huge THANK YOU:

  • THANK YOU for showing your interest in our products!
  • THANK YOU for putting your trust in us!
  • THANK YOU for working together with us!

Join us in looking forward to BOPLA’s trendsetting developments in the coming years, and in taking a look at the last 50 years:

 


1970

It all started in a small garage in the town of Bünde, in the East Westphalian part of Germany, where Günther Frankowski was working on the development of enclosures to protect electronic components.

When it became clear that the world was showing more and more interest in these unremarkable enclosures, he founded the Bündoplast company on January 14, 1970. The aluminium “Alument” enclosures were the young company’s first group of products.

Today we are BOPLA, one of the most important companies in the enclosure industry, and we develop plastic and aluminium electronics enclosures for customers all over the world.

 


1972

Introduction of the Element, Euromas ABS / Polycarbonate and Euromas Polyester product groups.


1977

In 1977, the company was taken over by the Swiss firm of Phoenix Mecano AG, a technological company which operates globally. Phoenix Mecano AG is present at more than 60 locations worldwide, on all six economically-relevant continents. Phoenix Mecano brands are divided into the following three groups:

  • Enclosure technology (including BOPLA)
  • Mechanical components
  • ELCOM / EMS

     


1978

Today’s company headquarters are set up in the Borsigstraße.

1985

Internorm - the first 19" enclosure in our product range.

1992

Introduction of the membrane keypads product sector.


1993

Start of production in Kecskemét, Hungary.

1995

Start of production in Frederick, Maryland, USA.


1996

In May 1996, the ground was broken for the construction of the new logistics centre. A 2,100 m² warehouse, a dispatch area which includes a 1,200 m² picking area, and a newly-built 1,100 m² incoming goods section, optimise materials and dispatch flow.


1998

The new logistics centre was opened on March 13, 1998. The completed warehouse complex is where the BOPLA enclosures and the comprehensive range of accessories are stored. The fully-automatic warehouse system contains 5,000 pallets and 23,000 small load carriers.


2004

Introduction of the new Bocard series of products, which can be adapted perfectly to almost every requirement.

2006

Introduction of the BOS-Streamline product group, the ergonomic hand-held enclosure.


2012

Successful environmental certification according to DIN EN ISO 14001:2009.

2013

The innovation on the market for enclosures: Bocube, the enclosure without screws!

2015

Start of production in Pune, India.


2017

NEW: BoPad – more than just a hand-held enclosure!

2018

BoLink adds to our product range with a series of intelligent enclosures for modern IoT sensor technology.


2018

Touch screens and displays are now also found in the modern enclosure technology sector. In order to make possible the professional integration of these sensitive components, we have added a generously-sized clean room area to our production department. In combination with our other services such as mechanical processing, ESD-suitable complete assembly and packing, this new service completes our “all-round carefree package”.


2019

We reach the “magic” number of 200 employees at our Bünde site.

2020

A really special year: We celebrate our company’s 50th anniversary!