The company has undergone an exciting journey and development since it was founded in 1920 by Mr Otto Lauenstein in Wernigerode under its first name "Lauenstein & Co. KG". As early as 1930, the company achieved a worldwide monopoly position with the manufacture of the world's first tempering machine. Only nine years later, the 95 employees had achieved another impressive goal: 750 of those machines had been sold.
The company grew and expanded until it was renamed CHOCOTECH Wernigerode GmbH in 1990. After successful restructuring, Mr Helmut Sollich became the partner of CHOCOTECH GmbH in 1992. This means CHOCOTECH is still part of the SOLLICH Group today.
Since 1990, the company has continued to grow. A major step in this process was the establishment of the CHOCOTECH CANDY DIVISION in 2000 after the takeover of the Ernst company. Since then, the company has enjoyed great success with its international customers. The product range is broad and well adapted to the market.
The foundation of the company by Mr. Otto Lauenstein in Wernigerode,
1st name of the company: "Lauenstein & Co. KG"
First foreign exhibition and first series production
of praline wrapping machines in the world
Worldwide 1st tempering machine
(patents secured the company monopoly position)
On 28th of March 1939, the 750th tempering machine was delivered.
The company had about 95 employees
Restart and issuance
of the “Industrial Pass”
New building of an assembly hall on the old
company premises Georgiistraße in Wernigerode
A new start with SOLLICH KG
100% shareholder of CHOCOTECH as of 01.01.1992 Mr. Helmut Sollich.
Start of production and administration at the new location at Dornbergsweg 32 in Wernigerode on 23.10.1995 and official opening ceremony on 24.11.1995
Strengthening CHOCOTECH by building up the CHOCOTECH CANDY DIVISION
Official opening of a 3500 m2 plant extension and the CANDY DIVISION laboratory “CIC” with 600m2
Presentation of ECOGRAV® at Interpack in Düsseldorf, a raw material weighing and dissolving system for energy savings
Expansion: New Production Hall
The team at Interpack 2017
The booth at Interpack 2017
Expansion: New Customer and Service Center
Some of the production team
in front of the Machining Center
Chocotech becomes a centenarian