Chronicle – The milestones of our company
The Wilhelm Frank company was founded in Stuttgart, Germany. The key to success of our company founder Wilhelm Frank was a revolutionary idea: The Roto N Tilt&Turn hardware – the first industrially produced hardware with which you could not only turn, but also tilt a window (3-handled operation).
At the Leipzig Exhibition, Wilhelm Frank presented another world first that was to become a household name and that still sets standards today: The Roto loft ladder.
Company relocation to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
Wilhelm Frank developed Tilt&Turn hardware technology with
2-hand operation, which is still used today on modern windows: The Roto Rekord.
Manufacturing facilities destroyed
Production started in Leinfelden.
The company set out on the road to becoming Europe’s leading hardware manufacturer.
Roto Oke hardware for large sashes is launched.
Roto Rekord for steel windows is developed.
Development of the aluminium hardware system.
Development of the Roto Axial with a connecting-rod concealed in the overlap. The first modular window hardware available.
Development of the Roto loft ladder with flat roof hatch.
Wilhelm Frank developed the first top-hung roof window worldwide. The Roto roof window.
Roof window production started.
Transition from visible overlap hardware systems to the
rebate-fitted Centro hardware system.
Development of the aluminium loft ladder.
Launch of spiral staircases.
Production of the INTRO renovation window system began at the Leinfelden plant.
Roto Lož (Slovenia) hardware assembly plant founded.
Roto Faulquemont (France) roof window and loft-ladder production plant founded.
Takeover of Lapp-Finze AG in Kalsdorf (Austria).
Roto Frank of America Inc. founded as sales and distribution subsidiary.
Launch of the Centro 100 hardware system.
Launch of the Roto Fentro shutter hardware.
Deutschmeister in Bad Mergentheim, Germany founded for the production of INTRO replacement windows and insulating glass.
Production of roof windows and loft ladders started in Chester, Ct. (USA).
Takeover of the Columbus Treppen GmbH in Neusäß (Germany).
Company founder Wilhelm Frank died.
Takeover of the Elzett hardware factory in Sopron (Hungary).
Launched the Roto Safe multi-point door lock system.
Started production of the new timber roof window system in Faulquemont (France).
Started production of PVC roof windows in Bad Mergentheim.
Set up the hardware production in Lövö (Hungary).
Roto Frank AG Leinfelden was certified in accordance with DIN ISO 9001.
Deutschmeister in Bad Mergentheim started production of made-to-measure renovation roof windows.
Launch of the Centro 101 hardware system.
New company structure of Roto Frank AG.
Launch of the top-third pivot roof windows.
Launch of the completely new Roto NT Tilt&Turn hardware system with silver surface finish.
Introduction of new business divisions: Solar thermal heating & photovoltaic conversion.
Launch of the Roto E-Tec product range with a large selection of electronic components for windows and doors.
Roto Door product range extended with electronic components.
Wilhelm Weidtmann GmbH & Co. KG integrated into Roto Frank AG.
Launch of the hardware product range Roto Patio Life for easy operation of large Lift&Slide elements.
Roto celebrates its 70th anniversary.
Two divisions, one world: The new brand appearance.
Roto expresses its position as an international leader in innovation and quality and its ambitious focus on the future through a suitable brand appearance. This includes a corporate design coordinated within the Group and the shaping of the two business segments. Architectural hardware technology will become Roto Window and Door Technology and the building element sales company will be called Roto Roof and Solar Technology in future.
Roto integrates the Gluske BKV GmbH located in Wuppertal, Germany, in the Group as of 1 October. In future, the door and window specialist will be called Roto Gluske BKV GmbH. Its product portfolio includes glazing packers, door hinges and main-door thresholds.
Launch of the new Roto Safe 600 lock generation.
Acquisition of the Canadian hardware producer Fasco in order to strengthen the presence and significance in North America.
Roto Handles product range extended with the classic modern range of handles Roto Samba.
Acquisition of the Brazilian hardware Producer Fermax for tapping into the enormous growth potential of the Latin American window and door market.
Roto Drive&Control product range extended with the completely concealed swing door drive for main entrance doors Roto E-Tec Door Drive.
Resistance is not useless!
Launch of the burglary protection campaign for security-equipped facade and roof windows Roto Quadro Safe in Germany.
Presentation of a water-tight zero barrier solution for main and balcony/terrace doors, consisting of the “Roto Eifel TB” threshold with the “Texel” automatic floor door-gasket as well as the new weather profile strip “Design”.
Acquisition of the Deventer Group, Berlin, Germany, one of the leading specialists in sealing profiles manufactured from TPE (thermoplastic polymers) for windows, doors, gates, frames and glazing.
Takeover of the industrial division of the Danish manufacturer Peder Nielsen (PN) in Brønderslev, Denmark.
The company is a leading supplier of hardware systems for outward opening windows and doors, which can predominantly be found in Scandinavia and Great Britain.
Roto Sliding product range extended with Roto Patio Inowa, the smart hardware for tightly sealed sliding systems with innovative closing motion across the frame Profile.
Roto Sliding product range extended with Roto Patio Alversa, the universal hardware for minimum effort in Parallel Sliding and Tilt&Slide systems. For the first time in the market, Roto has launched hardware for a Parallel Sliding system with tilt ventilation.