Our commitment

Everything we do is shaped by our commitment to fairness, continuity, sustainability and reliability. We are also fundamentally committed to looking after the environment and conserving resources on all levels.
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Social responsibility

We take our responsibility to society seriously. Besides sponsoring cultural, sporting and charitable activities, we also train young people to make a meaningful contribution in rewarding careers.
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Our working practices are centered around mutual respect, a constructive and collaborative approach and a cooperative management style.
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Tradition & future

We believe that a process of continuous evolution founded on traditional values offers huge opportunities for every individual, our products and services, and the company as a whole.
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item – one principle, unlimited possibilities

item is the pioneer and a global market leader in building kit systems for industrial applications. We have been designing and marketing construction solutions for machinery, fixtures and plants since 1976. Today, the item product portfolio includes more than 3,000 high-quality components designed for use in machine bases, workbenches, automation solutions and lean production applications.

Our founders

item was established in 1976 by two young and ambitious engineers, Gerrit Pies and Wolfgang Rixen. In the beginning, the startup company focused on designing, building and marketing specialist machinery. This highly specialized, cost-effective and high-performance machinery offered ingenious solutions for complex requirements.

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Our headquarters and partner network

Over 40 years ago, founders Wolfgang Rixen and Gerrit Pies laid the foundation for our company in a former laundromat in Solingen, Germany.

Our American headquarters were established in 2007 in Hagerstown, Maryland, where we continue to deliver quality and innovation. We also have a distribution partner network across the country, ready to serve you.

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