In 1980, at age 44, Volkmar Wywiol was looking for a way to go into business for himself – whatever it took! He wanted to live out his ideas, and his joy in creating, on his own terms. He took the plunge with the purchase of the tiny Sternchemie company, although its business field of “thread tapping aids” was small and completely unknown to him. The company cost DM 300,000 (€ 150,000), which he did not have, and no bank was willing to finance the start-up. But he managed to convince owner Joachim Schliemann to accept instalment payments over the next ten years. As security he made over to him the rights to his life insurance. Thin ice!
It started small with seven employees, of whom two were trainees. Today the company has over 350 employees in two operating units, working in shifts, and specialises in compounding, granulating, coating and packaging food ingredients and nutritional supplements.
In the Stern Technology Center over 100 technologists – grain scientists, dairy technicians, deli experts, master bakers and butchers, cooks, flavouring specialists, lecithin and enzyme experts – work together on the foods and feeds of tomorrow, true to our motto, “We Future Food”.
Today more than 100 million bars leave the plant every year, and more production capacity is on the way.
and applications technology for functional systems for food and animal feed, in Holland, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, India, Malaysia, China, Dubai, Kenia, Mexico and the USA. Over 600 people work in our foreign subsidiaries, and are a highly appreciated part of the Stern-Wywiol company family.