The Fourth Generation

Since the turn of the millennium, MBA Ulrike Haake, née Schramm, has been an active member of the management as a fourth generation descendant of Hermann Francksen.

To date, this period has seen the expansion of the production facilities in Bremen-Burg, providing space for increased production, R&D and internationalization. Thus continues the over 100 year old tradition and family brand TIGER, a synonym for quality – made in Germany.

Ulrike and Jens-Christian Haake

The Third Generation

With their son, the engineer Hartmut Schramm, a new era began in 1964, which saw a consistent modernization of the production process together with further developments of sliding doors, gate fittings and multi-lane railways. These lone-rail systems can still be found today as semi or fully automated variants in many production facilities, such as painting lines in window and door construction.

Together with his wife Ursel, Hartmut Schramm successfully navigated the company through the turbulent 80s, when “presumed dead” sliding door fittings experienced a true renaissance. Product quality was significantly improved by the introduction of deep groove ball bearings and many other inventions.
This consistent commitment to improvement along with inventive solutions, brought the Hermann Francksen company fame and recognition, well beyond the borders of Germany.

Hartmut and Ursel Schramm

The Second Generation

In 1936 Hermann Francksen retired. The factory was taken over by his eldest daughter Erna. With her husband, the chemist Dr. Hugo Schramm, new sliding doors systems were developed and introduced to the market.

Erna and Hugo Schramm

Dr. Schramm later turned away from the then current differential systems and patented a new sliding door fitting as an ‘endless system’ under the name TIGER. In addition to his sliding door innovations, Dr. Schramm produced infusion ceiling rails for hospitals, which became a new and successful product line in the 1960s.

The factory in Bremen Burg

Founding and early years

It all started with a small hardware store in the city center of Bremen, where the businessman, Hermann Francksen and his partner H. Kröger founded the trading company Kröger und Francksen in 1900.
In 1908 the first patent for the production of sliding door fittings by the inventor Paul Schriever was purchased and the first sliding doors sold.
On the 4th of January 1915 the company Hermann Francksen Baubeschläge was founded. Initially, Hermann Francksen only dealt in the sale of fittings but this subsequently expanded into their own manufacturing and production under the trademark – Fortuna.

Herman Francksen and daughter

In the 1920’s, as the company grew, their premises in the center of Bremen became too small and so, in 1928, the decision was made to relocate to Bremen-Burg, which remains the home of the company to this day. In Bremen-Burg, preexisting factory buildings facilitated the expansion of production. It was not long after this that the company first started exhibiting at trade fairs like the Leipziger Mustermesse in 1929.

Hermann Francksen hardware factory

Sponsorships and community involvement

We support the regional protection of biodiversity through a flowering meadow sponsorship and together we ensure that the BEE is ALWAYS FULL! With the sponsorship, unused areas are transformed into flowering meadows. There, a large number of animals find sufficient food and a species-appropriate habitat. More information at

Bee and Flower sponsorship
Recycling certificate