About us

The top address in Hamburg for valves and fittings since 1932

Company's founder Fritz Barthel

As a manufacturer and distributor of valves and fittings for shipbuilding and industry, sampling systems and industrial plants for nearly 85 years we are an experienced and long-standing partner for our customers. Our family-run company is now in its third generation. Still, we are guaranteeing our customers quality, flexibility, innovative approaches and solutions as well as reliability.

We also like to look back to our beginnings these days. In line with the motto “better a small master than a big servant” Fritz Barthel founded his company Fritz Barthel Armaturen on 1st April 1932 in Hamburg-Altona. Before that, Fritz Barthel worked as an engineer for several years for a well-known shipyard as well as for a manufacturer for fittings in Hamburg. Thanks to this career the first orders and customers were various Hamburg and other North German shipyards. For the first few years, Fritz Barthel distributed his products from his own apartment with a basement storage – by bicycle. Through his many years of experience in shipbuilding and his lively spirit of invention Fritz Barthel enabled his company to adjust wishes of customers accordingly and meet their specific needs. With success: new market segments and fields of employment in the industry were opened.

The quality of our products, the development of customised solutions and our services have given our company an excellent reputation – far beyond Hamburg borders, too. Today, our customers include many well-known German and international shipyards and industrial companies from a wide variety of sectors. To our customers as well as to our suppliers we maintain long-term partnerships – based on mutual trust and appreciation together with a reliable cooperation. In fact, long-term relationships with our customers and client are not just hallmarks of our work – they are rather an important value which is anchored in our company.

Nowadays, 85 years after we were founded our family-run company employs around 80 staff members. Since 1932, our values did not change: quality, flexibility, innovative approaches and reliability are still pillars of our company and our day-to-day work. Moreover, we are constantly expanding our product range and adapt our products according to the requirements of the markets. Based on your or our drawings: we manufacture fittings that suit your individual needs. In addition, the comprehensive range of products we store is usually available ex stock.

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