Our commitment

Everything we do is shaped by our commitment to fairness, continuity, sustainability and reliability. We are also fundamentally committed to looking after the environment and conserving resources on all levels.

Social responsibility

We take our responsibility to society seriously. Besides sponsoring cultural, sporting and charitable activities, we also train young people and integrate them into working life.


Our working practices are centred around mutual respect, a constructive and collaborative approach and a cooperative management style.

Tradition & future

We believe that a process of continuous evolution founded on traditional values offers a huge opportunity for each and every individual and for the company as a whole, its products and services.

item – one principle, unlimited possibilities

item is the pioneer in building kit systems for industrial applications and a global market leader. It has been designing and marketing construction solutions for machinery, fixtures and plants since 1976. Today, the item product portfolio comprises more than 4000 high-quality components designed for use in machine bases, work benches, automation solutions and lean production applications.

Our founders

item was established in 1976 by two young and ambitious engineers, Gerrit Pies and Wolfgang Rixen. To begin with, the startup company focussed on designing, building and marketing specialist machinery.

The highly specialised, cost-effective and high-performance machinery from item offered ingenious solutions for complex requirements.

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Our headquarters

Over 40 years ago, the two founders Wolfgang Rixen and Gerrit Pies laid the foundations for our company in the rooms of a former launderette in Solingen.

Today, Solingen is home to our new European headquarters, which opened in 2016. At this site alone, which covers an area of 67,500 square metres, more than 200 members of staff work hard to ensure our international business partners and customers always receive their goods on time.

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