ROLEC is represented in the United Kingdom and Ireland by enclosures specialist OKW Enclosures Ltd which is based in Fareham, Hampshire. Our sales team is on hand to offer expert advice on the integration of our enclosures and suspension arm systems into your equipment. Let us know what your requirements are and we will suggest the best housing solution to meet your needs. We can also provide the enclosures fully customised and ready for mounting your equipment. Let us know your specifications and we can provide a competitive quotation.
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ROLEC is an innovative and highly specialist manufacturer of enclosures, command/HMI enclosures and suspension arm systems for industrial applications.
Here you can learn more about ROLEC, how we work, our philosophy, history and our future. And, what we do to make a contribution to protecting the planet. Join us on a journey that narrates the story of industrial enclosures, and discover where the journey is leading.
We are a medium-sized family company, managing our global business from our German headquarters in Rinteln an der Weser. Our team of around 100 employees delivers pioneering new developments, superb product quality and excellent customer service.
One of our particular strengths is customising our enclosures so they are fully ready for customer installations. Using our state-of-the-art CNC machining equipment we manufacture enclosures to our customers’ precise specifications. We can deliver finished products at short notice and just-in-time on request.
All of our products are centrally stocked and are available for fast delivery in the UK and Ireland. Samples are available on a sale-or-return basis to help with your evaluation. That’s standard service from ROLEC.
ROLEC is conscious of its financial and social responsibilities. Values have always been extremely important to us in our interactions with staff, customers and partners. Attainment of our business goals becomes possible only through collaboration with all of them.
We have outlined our principles under the title “ROLEC – Today and Tomorrow”. We use them as the foundation for defining our mutual actions now and in the future.
ROLEC's core competences are found in developing first-class enclosures.
Our main focus is on delivering the best customer advantages possible during the development and production phases for our enclosures. We constantly strive to provide custom solutions in order to satisfy the changing needs of our customers with the highest level of service at all times. Customers, markets and our special skills are the benchmark in everything we do. ROLEC is persistent in pursuing the objective of being the innovation leader in the markets we have chosen.
We are here today thanks to our customers.
When a customer has a question, we listen carefully. When a customer has a special need, we try to meet it. This is how we constantly improve our products, our services and our long-term business relationships. ROLEC provides its customers with first-class products and services. We support customer wishes with on-site presence to the greatest degree possible with support from our global network. We create true added value for our customers' applications.
We develop and supply innovative solutions in collaboration with our customers and suppliers.
Our solutions in high quality enclosures ensure that our customers' applications receive the best support possible and deliver long-term value retention. Our enclosures not only enhance the quality of customer products, they also improve the design and technology. Our product lines and product solutions are developed with the help of active global research in technology, and are developed through communication with our international partners. We are interested in cooperation opportunities and projects for expanding into new business opportunities. When developing new innovations we focus on our core/main business segments.
A good supplier can become a strategic partner - and therefore a key factor to our success.
We are always interested in establishing long-term, reliable business relationships with our suppliers. We rely on our suppliers. Accordingly, that also means we expect quality, punctuality and reliability. Both sides profit from mutual innovations and enhancements, yet this only becomes possible through good supplier relationships. The cost-benefit ratio of our suppliers must have a healthy relationship to our long-term concepts regarding quality and service. Suppliers who are decisive to our business and equally trustworthy can become strategic partners.
We are close to our customers and understand their needs.
ROLEC's products are available everywhere where there is a need and the right market conditions. We actively analyse and enter markets all over the world. In every nation in the world, ROLEC respects the people, their special culture and their natural environment. All ROLEC products are marketed internationally. We are excited about finding new cooperation opportunities - wherever in the world there is a new market to be entered. On the global market, we act fast and take long-term perspectives into consideration.
Motivated employees are our most valuable success factor.
Open, respectful interaction with each other is the prerequisite for long-term successful development of our company. ROLEC promotes a continuous improvement process with consistent advancement of training and education among our staff. In exchange, we expect all employees to contribute their personal skills to the company as best they can. We encourage each individual to make recommendations and show initiative to that end. When mistakes take place, we talk about them openly. We interpret them to be lessons to learn together for the future. Personal goals and business targets are always marked by joint interests. Our employees represent our greatest potential, which helps us to clearly stand apart from the competition.
Our managers have additional duties to assume.
Our management team is responsible for the motivation and development of all team members. They contribute to the display of socially-, culturally- and environmentally-oriented consciousness. All managers direct their personal initiative to the overriding goal, and are measured in relation to the responsibility placed upon them. The management team have national and international networks, and each one of them is correspondingly mobile. Every member of management contributes to the standing positive image of the ROLEC brand - both internally and externally. All of our managers and employees come together to form a strong team.
ROLEC is a living example for the particular strengths of a traditional family company.
ROLEC's continuation as a family-run company has top priority. Our family business philosophy offers personal development opportunities to a special degree. It requires personal dedication, responsibility and willingness to cooperate from each and every individual. This not only involves the maintenance of successful tradition and personal bonds, but also flexibility, quick decisions and addressing individual needs. Our entrepreneurial action accounts for the special responsibility to our environment and to society in the broadest sense. The ROLEC style is genuine, straight-forward and directed at continuity. Borrowed and equity capital have always had a solid, healthy ratio at ROLEC. Consequently, long-term value development is more important to us than short-term profits. Efficiency, profitability, implementation of resources and the right kind of value creation are necessary for maintaining the company's financial strength intact over the long term. They should also secure long-term independence from outside lenders. As an independent family company, ROLEC guarantees permanent value development.
At the age of 26, Friedhelm Rose began working independently as an entrepreneur. He initially focussed on building switchgears. Sales increased year on year. The company was profitable as soon as 1964.
1967 marks the beginning of the "age of enclosures". One of Friedhelm Rose's customers was looking for an empty enclosure for a switch. At the time, nothing of its kind existed. No one had invented it yet. So, Friedhelm Rose gave it some thought and developed the original idea for sealed enclosures. He modified a limit switch box, integrated a small terminal block into it and added cable glands on the outside of the enclosure. The first enclosure was born. The new "enclosure" product group developed progressively.
At the beginning of 1970 the Rose company moved into a new, bigger building. That same year, the company's founder Friedhelm Rose developed an ingenious concept for sealed enclosures with fastening channels that are separate, yet still integrated into the enclosure. This idea constituted the cornerstone for a market segment that was the first of its kind anywhere. Since then, this idea has been copied many times all over the world. Today, it has become the unwritten standard for mass produced enclosures.
The company's rapid growth made new investments necessary, which Friedhelm Rose was only able to make in conjunction with a strong financial partner. He merged the company with Industriegas of Cologne. Today's Phoenix-Mecano originates from that business. The partnership initially progressed splendidly, and business was better than ever. However, more and more differences arose. There was a great deal of friction regarding questions of how employees should be managed and treated. While motivating employees though personal, humane treatment and participation in company achievements represented an important factor to success for Rose, his partners saw things another way. With a heavy heart, Rose signed an exit agreement, which also laid out a competition ban. This departure looked like it might end Friedhelm Rose's work as an inventor of industrial enclosures.
Friedhelm Rose used his unplanned freedom to discover the world. First, he travelled through the USA for eight months. In that time, he saw more states than most Americans do in their lifetime. After that, he undertook a great adventure. Commencing in Porta Westfalica, he began a one-year journey through Africa, some of which was not very well developed at the time. He crossed the Sahara, the Congo and East Africa. After his trip, he returned to the USA. In Florida, he founded "Rose of Vero Beach, Inc.". The company erected and sold turnkey homes. At times, he also operated a plantation of orange trees and familiarised himself with life as a farmer.
However, despite all his success in the USA, his heart still hung on developing new enclosure ideas. Thus, the enclosure pioneer registered a new patent in 1985: An enclosure with only one channel in each corner, which could be used for both wall mounting and lid fixing. However, the patent would do him no good without a company to produce the enclosure.
So, he sold everything he had in Florida and invested the majority of his capital in a new company: ROLEC Gehäuse-Systeme GmbH. He made the daring move to start all over again at the age of 51. Decisive for his decision to get back into the enclosure business was a conversation he had with his son Matthias. The latter joined the new company in 1986 as an equal partner.
In 1987, ROLEC moved into the newly built premises in Rinteln. In 1989, his daughter Betty Rose joined the family business. She had learned her craft with the company Bernstein in Minden. And so began the story of a company that rewrites itself over and over again.
The Rose family decided to explore new paths in enclosure technology right from the start with its new company ROLEC Gehäuse-Systeme GmbH. Developing and delivering new user-friendly technical solutions has always been top priority at ROLEC. And thus, ROLEC has set numerous milestones in enclosure development since its foundation.
Together with carefully selected employees, each one of whom lives his and her job one-hundred per cent, several new products were developed and registered for patent right in the first decade after the company was founded.
Thanks to the company's positive development, things quickly became cramped at the headquarters. New staff in administration, expansion to the machine pool and new product developments led to ROLEC massively expanding its headquarters. A new office wing and new production halls were created. Simultaneously, the development of new enclosures, suspension systems and control enclosures did not remain idle. Numerous new developments displayed the family company's innovative prowess.
At the turn of the year 2010/2011, ROLEC's development department presented an entirely new product under the leadership of the father of enclosures, Friedhelm Rose. This was the first series of round industrial enclosures. Its name: aluDISC. An enclosure featuring a form reminiscent of a wristwatch. A highlight of technical design. But that's not all. A short time later, product developers revealed another hit design: profiPLUS – a designer suspension system that uses the shape of the Earth and its rotation around its own axis as the basis for a ball joint system.
ROLEC has also always enjoyed experimenting and innovating when selecting materials. After originally starting with aluminium, programmes using ABS and polyester were added over the years. However, it was an entirely different material that Friedhelm Rose had disregarded: stainless steel.
Of course, there has been a large market for stainless steel enclosures for many years. However, they are usually anchored using holes in the enclosures wall, which can lead to leakages. Another anchoring method consists of mounting straps on the exterior side of the enclosure, which is not particularly aesthetic. The idea: ROLEC's proven single-channel technique. Thus, Rose developed inoCASE together with his team. An enclosure concept featuring four fixing channels in the enclosure corners which are separated from the sealed interior. These fixing channels are used to mount the enclosure and fit the lid simultaneously. An idea that is as ingenious as it is simple. And inoCASE has yet another highlight: its size. At 70x100x50 mm, the smallest series production model in the inoCASE series is surely the smallest stainless steel enclosure in the world. Thus, this ROLEC product is finally providing the corresponding space for the technology of the smallest dimensions. Until now, the enclosures available on the market were often much too large for electronics applications. ROLEC has already announced a new product innovation, which is likely to be yet another landmark in control enclosures. Another design highlight from the innovators of Rinteln.
As a family company, with the second generation now also developing and producing enclosures, we do of course reflect upon the future. We would like to leave our children and grandchildren with an ecology, economic situation and social fabric that is as sustainable as possible. We are of the opinion that one cannot be had without the other. That is why at ROLEC we place environmental perspectives on the same level with social and economic perspectives. Thus, we constantly ask ourselves what we can do as a producer of enclosures to act as environmentally friendly as possible in our daily work.
In today’s world, optimal waste management is no longer an urgent necessity alone, it is also a success factor that should not be underestimated. It makes a sustainable contribution to efficient operational procedures and profitable cost structures.
That is why ROLEC places its trust in a specialist in water and recycling management: REMONDIS. The company has a broad range of services covering virtually every field. The central focus is on establishing closed material cycles. For processing materials and returning them into the business cycle is the best path for a sustainable future from an economic and ecological perspective.
REMONDIS’ special expertise is underscored by its sustainability certificate. The certificate was developed based on the DIN EN ISO 14040 eco balance in collaboration with the independent institute ATZ. The certificate can be used to identify the savings attained in primary raw materials, energy and greenhouse gas emissions through the processing of waste and residual materials. The entire service chain can be implemented into the analysis – from logging the waste and transport, sorting and preparation to utilisation of the respective fractions. Ergo, a partner who thinks like we do.
The public utility companies in Rinteln meet their ecological obligations by actively promoting and implementing environment friendly technologies and consulting with their customers accordingly. One example of this is the Rinteln-Deckbergen solar park. The Rinteln public utility companies furthermore participate with other public utility companies in a green energy pool. The pool is assessed and awarded by the certification organisation TÜV NORD CERT. Moreover, they invest in certified emissions reductions projects all over the world – for sustainable protection of our planet. It’s not always about the price.
We invested in energy-efficient technology years ago, installing a block-unit power station on our company site. It generates power and heat simultaneously. This power-heat coupling has proven to be the ideal solution for the rather enormous demand for power and heat for enclosure processing. The block-unit power plant saves our company a significant volume of energy, thereby also effecting a clear reduction in consumption costs.
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