Schmitz Cargobull mourns the loss of company owner Peter Schmitz

Schmitz Cargobull mourns the loss of company owner Peter Schmitz

The Supervisory Board, Executive Board and employees of Schmitz Cargobull AG mourn the loss of Peter Schmitz, who died on 9 November at the age of 84 in his home town of Altenberge in German
As a graduate engineer specialising in vehicle construction, Peter Schmitz joined the then Schmitz-Anhänger GmbH & CO. KG as Managing Director in 1973, representing the third generation of the entrepreneurial family. After its transformation into a public limited company in 1998, Peter Schmitz managed the company as Chairman of the Management Board until 2003. From 2003 to 2013, he was responsible for the company's development as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He was reappointed to the Supervisory Board from 2017 to 2019.

Visionary and constructive mastermind

Continuing the family tradition, Peter Schmitz’s name stands for innovation, quality, and customer-centred solutions. With his spirit of technical innovation and commitment to continuous improvement, he has played a key role in constantly expanding Schmitz Cargobull's position as a technology and market leader for trailers. Around two dozen patents in trailer and semi-trailer construction speak for his technical expertise. 

One of his most revolutionary innovations is the invention of the FERROPLAST insulating panel, which forms the basis for Schmitz Cargobull's market leadership in refrigerated vehicle construction. Following his strategy of "growth through renunciation", he spearheaded major restructuring measures at the Altenberge and Vreden production plants in the 1990s with great professionalism.

Peter Schmitz will be remembered as a visionary and constructive mastermind who created the technical foundations for customer-orientated solutions with his innovative and quality-driven ideas. With his knowledge and commitment, he made Schmitz Cargobull a leading company in the industry.

Peter Schmitz always had an open ear for employees and customers and was close to the daily business. His company principles, his striving for constant improvement and progress, as well as his friendliness and approachability, will never be forgotten.

Our deepest sympathies go to his family. The memory of Peter Schmitz will live on in the Schmitz Cargobull family.

Over Schmitz Cargobull:
Met een jaarproductie van ongeveer 61.000 trailers en ongeveer 6.900 medewerkers is Schmitz Cargobull AG Europa's toonaangevende fabrikant van opleggers, trailers en motorwagenopbouwsystemen voor temperatuurgecontroleerde lading, general cargo en stortgoederen. In het boekjaar 2021/2022 werd een omzet van ca. 2,3 miljard euro bereikt. Als pionier in de sector ontwikkelde het bedrijf uit Münsterland al vroeg een alles omvattende merkstrategie en hanterde het hoge kwaliteitsnormen op alle niveaus: van onderzoek en ontwikkeling tot productie en servicecontracten, trailertelematica, financiering, levering van onderdelen en handel in gebruikte voertuigen.


Het Schmitz Cargobull pers-team:

Anna Stuhlmeier: +49 2558 81-1340 I anna.stuhlmeier@cargobull.com
Andrea Beckonert: +49 2558 81-1321 I andrea.beckonert@cargobull.com
Silke Hesener: +49 2558 81-1501 I silke.hesener@cargobull.com