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1919

Forges de Strasbourg Founded

The French company, Forges de Strasbourg, gets its start as a tool and steel structure manufacturer. Later the company creates a division, Strafor, devoted to the production of office furniture. Strafor...

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Industry
11/26/1928

Entrance into the International Market

The Steelcase trademark makes its first appearance in Argentina, with brochures for 1200 Line file cabinets printed in Spanish. This marks our entry into the international market.

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08/05/1974

Steelcase/ Strafor S.A. Joint Venture Formed

Steelcase, in a 50% joint venture agreement with Strafor-Facom (a division of Forges de Strasbourg), forms Steelcase/ Strafor S.A. This new arrangement allows for the manufacture of Steelcase chairs in...

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1980

Pohlschröder Joint Venture Formed in Germany

We begin a joint venture with Pohlschröder GmbH KG in Dortmund, West Germany. Pohlschröder began manufacturing metal safes in 1855, and now focuses primarily on office furniture, while also manufacturing...

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Company
1991

First to Filter Effluent from Paint Tanks

Steelcase Strafor becomes the first company in Europe with a new unique system of filtration of effluent from the paint tanks.

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Sustainability
05/1996

TNT™ Furniture System Introduced

TNT™, the newest furniture system from Steelcase Strafor with elegant styling for the European market, is introduced. TNT becomes Strafor's best selling desking system (pictured is TNT*, an evolution...

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Products
12/17/1998

Werndl® Büromöbel AG Acquired

Steelcase acquires Werndl® Büromöbel AG, Germany's second largest wood office furniture manufacturer. In April the following year, Steelcase will acquire the remaining 50% of Steelcase/ Strafor S.A....

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1999

Please Is Europe’s Best-Selling Office Chair

Please seating (pictured) launches in Europe. With independent support for both the thoracic and lumbar regions, Please is the only chair with two separate backrests. Other globally influential products...

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Products
2004

Think® Chair Introduced

The Think® chair is launched at NeoCon in the U.S. and at Orgatec in Germany. Marketed as "a chair with a brain and a conscience," this 99% recyclable chair is developed by a project team made up of Steelcase...

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Products
2006

Steelcase UK Partners with Green-Works

Steelcase UK forms a partnership with Green-Works, a not-for-profit social enterprise which provides redundant office furniture for re-use by schools, charities and community organizations. By re-distributing...

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Sustainability
2006

Steelcase International WorkL@b Opens in France

WorkL@b, the new Steelcase International Headquarters, opens in Strasbourg, France.  The facility is designed to foster innovation, support the international culture of the Company and improve employees'...

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Company
03/16/2015

Munich Innovation Center Plans Announced

On March 16, 2015, Steelcase announces the plan for opening a new Learning + Innovation Centre in Munich, Germany, to begin operating in mid 2016. In order to foster and accelerate innovation, this...

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1955

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