Wilhelm Rump KG is a modern technical ship supplier providing ship owners, managers and yards with high quality technical equipment, spare parts and services since the year 1868.
The history of our family business is characterized by a long-term philosophy, each generation is like a team member in a relay race, taking over from the previous generation and handing on to the next generation. It is up to each generation to make sure that the company operates in the best possible condition and that the next generation has the best possible training and preparation to continue the work with success.
Wilhelm Rump (R1)
Ernst Rump (R2)
Wilhelm Rump (R3)
Dr. Kay Rump (R4)
Our story began in 1868, when Wilhelm Rump (R1) registered his company with the authorities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to start the supply of technical equipment for shipbuilding and ships. Already then a reasonable part of the business was based on agency agreements with continental and British manufacturers. Ernst Rump (R2) joined the business in 1889. R1 survived his son R2, who died at the age of 49 from injuries received during World War I, and managed the company until his death at the age of 78 in 1922. Afterwards the company had been held by different third parties before in 1931 the founder’s grandson, Wilhelm Rump (R3), bought it back and made it a real family business again.
A lot was destroyed in World War II, but with the help from British friends R3 managed to rebuild the company after the war. In 1948 Wilhelm Rump KG signed an important agency agreement with Hamworthy from Poole, England, (now “Wärtsilä Water Systems”) which has constantly been renewed and can thus be considered one of the oldest agency agreements in the industry still in effect.
In 1968, Wilhelm Rump celebrated the company’s 100 th anniversary and kept up an active interest in the company even after Dr. Kay Rump (R4) joined the firm and gradually took over the management responsibility.
In 2005 R4’s son Hubertus Rump (R5) joined the company and grew over the years into the role of the Managing Owner which he actively fills today.
He is managing the company together with Jens Pfeiffer who joined in 2016 as Managing Director. Following his career as an officer in the German Navy in which he also obtained a university degree in business administration (“Diplom-Kaufmann”). Mr. Pfeiffer held several management positions in the industry, both in the field of technical ship supply and for a leading manufacturer of high tech bridge equipment and software for ships. In May 2017 he has been elected Chairman of the German Ship Suppliers Association (Verband Deutscher Schiffsausrüster).
Over time our company was presented with several awards for our sustainable and successful business activities and for achieving ambitious goals together with our principals.
Since its foundation, Wilhelm Rump KG stands for high quality of service and products, focused always on the demands and needs of our valued customers. We strongly believe in sustainability in every aspect as well as trust and reliability.
We aim to save your time and thus support your efficiency.