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Company history

Pludra's first company vehicle, 1963
Pludra's first company vehicle, 1963
Founder Michael Pludra and his son Thomas Pludra
Founder Michael Pludra and his son Thomas
BEFA Exhibition 1980
BEFA Exhibition 1980

1963:  More than 50 years ago, Michael Paul Pludra, and his wife start to sell funeral products in Frankfurt.

 

 

 

 

 

Through a great deal of hard work and stubborn perseverance, they are able to develop the company into a high-performance supplier of funeral products.

 

 

 

 

1980: This is the first year in which they have a display at the BEFA - and their first foreign sales partner for Austria is now on board. During the next few years, more sales partners in a range of other countries follow.

Aerial view of our factory in Celle
Aerial view of our factory in Celle
Our field sales representatives
Our field sales representatives

As time passes, the company continues to grow and Erni Pludra, the wife of Thomas Pludra, joins the company. Through her great dedication, she plays a significant contribution to ensuring the success of our company. Right up to the present, she has always listened to the wishes and concerns of our employees and made sure that the atmosphere at our company remains informal and warm-hearted.

 

 

1993: Our new factory is built in Celle. The premises in Frankfurt used until then have simply become far too small.

 

Michael, Thomas & Christian Pludra
Michael, Thomas & Christian Pludra
Christian Pludra, Erni Pludra & Thomas Pludra
Christian, Erni & Thomas Pludra

1997: An extension is added for producing urns. We now produce a range of different technical equipment in this building and continue to extend our sales activities across Europe.

2000: The production of our urns is running at full capacity in two shifts. A raw materials hall is now also added.

2004: The biggest funeral supplier’s customer service center of its kind is opened. A lot of events have been staged here in the meantime - with up to 1,000 guests.

2013: A whole series of events clashes:

  • 20 years in Celle.
  • 50th anniversary.
  • On July 1, Christian Pludra, representing the third generation of Pludras, joins the management team.
  • We now employ 45 members of staff.
  • In the autumn, we open Europe’s first shopping center exclusively designed for Funeral Directors. In an area covering 4,000 m2, you will find everything a funeral director needs. Alongside our own range of products, other companies from the trade are also represented with their own product displays.

2014: We have a 300 m2 exhibition stand at the BEFA in Dusseldorf.

2015: We considerably enlarge and modernize our urn production facilities. Our first robot is deployed in our paint shop.

2016: We take part in an exhibition marathon. We exhibit in Berlin (Germany), Bologna (Italy), Lyons (France), Gorinchem (the Netherlands), Ourense (Spain) and Philadelphia (USA). This allows us to win over many new international customers.

All the very best from Celle

and from the whole team