SELVE insights – the latest news from the people who make it happen
Have your questions answered by our expert team: SELVE management and sales staff will be on hand to update you on SELVE’s key areas in 2021:
- How was 2020 for SELVE, given the unprecedented circumstances?
- What is SELVE’s path now?
- What’s so special about SELVE?
10 FACTS ABOUT SELVE
SELVE is a modern yet long-standing family business based in the Sauerland region of western Germany. It is among the top providers of mechanical components, drives and controllers for roller shutters and awnings. We have an outstanding reputation in the industry, as well as being able to develop customised products as a reliable partner.
- Founded in 1866 in Lüdenscheid and still there today
- A family-owned business that lives for innovation
- Over a century of experience in roller shutter components
- The world market leader in roller shutter strap coilers
- In-house production of motors (since 1994) and controllers (since 2003) for roller shutters and awnings
- Nearly 6,000 products for roller shutters and awnings
- Developed and manufactured in Germany
- Around 225 highly trained employees across two sites
- Top-class service, expert consulting and short delivery times
- Over 3,000 satisfied customers around the world
We manufacture almost all of our products at our headquarters in Lüdenscheid in western Germany. From developing and producing metal and plastic injection-moulded parts and octagonal shafts to assembling motors and our SecuFix rigid shaft connector. Our strap coilers are manufactured at our second plant in Bad Arolsen using highly automated production systems. Since 2011, a 15-strong team of employees with disabilities has been working on assembling various components at our plant in Lüdenscheid.
We rely on innovative production processes.
In 2011, we completely reorganised our motor production according to lean principles.
Alongside self-adjusting production, this allowed us to massively increase production quantities while also improving quality.
Every drive can be assembled in a one-piece-flow process from A to Z. The shaft, gearbox, motor pack and mechanical or electronic shut-off are all assembled in less than a minute to form a finished drive unit.
At the end of production, we subject each and every drive to a full inspection to carefully ensure that it functions safely and efficiently.
SELVE is the world’s leading producer of strap coilers for roller shutters. Over 20,000 of these leave our factory in central Germany every day.
In recent years, after acquiring a number of automated production systems for mini coilers and coilers for new systems, we invested in another automatic system for producing mini spring cases at the end of 2017.
Almost 90 per cent of our strap coilers for roller shutters are now manufactured on connected and automated production systems that ensure high, reproducible quality.
This level of automation gives us a competitive advantage for the coming years.
We manufacture a wide range of plastic products on over 25 cutting-edge injection moulding machines with central granulate feed. Special handling systems and robots enable effective production in large volumes.
Typical products made in this way include end caps, belt discs and strap coiler housings for roller shutters. The latest generation of machines can even be used to produce high-precision parts like bearing shields and gearwheels for our drives. Our SecuBlock burglar-proof fixations and SecuFix rigid shaft connectors are made from fibreglass-reinforced, high-performance plastic.
Producing at such a high level of quality like this is only possible thanks to regular testing with specialist measurement equipment connected to the central CAQ system.
We even have our own tool shop, allowing us to react quickly to create, change or repair the tools we need.
Over 4 million metres of steel shaft leave our SELVE plant in Lüdenscheid every year.
Every minute, our modern roll formers turn 40 metres of galvanised strip steel into 40 metres of premium SELVE octagonal shafts, free of burrs and chips.
The shafts are available in 40, 50, 60 or 70 mm diameters in a standard length of 6 m. We continuously stock shafts in other fixed lengths of 0.50 m to 3.00 m and can deliver these at short notice. Telescopic shafts round off the SELVE portfolio. All SELVE products are produced with the famous ‘Made in Germany’ quality.