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Conquering the World from Herne

The history of RECKLI started in 1968 with the idea of forming concrete both aesthetically and economically. Nearly 50 years later, the RECKLI name stands for freedom of design in shaping concrete.


Hans-Jürgen Wiemers and Franz Ernst founded the company RECKLI K.G. on 15. August 1968. Wiemers and Co. in Recklinghausen. Their idea: They want to structure concrete with the help of elastic formliners. Since then, RECKLI formliners stands for aesthetics, individuality and economic efficiency.


RECKLI’s first production halls emerge in Herne.  Since production levels continuously rise, it continues to be expanded until today.


RECKLI starts to export to the Middle East and ships the first formliner to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


The company establishes its first branch in France. Liquid synthetics are shipped soon as well, to produce the formliners directly on site.


RECKLI purchases the French competitor SOCECO and has since been established as SOCECO RECKLI S.A.S in Paris. From then on, France develops into an important and innovative market for structured concrete.


Thanks to the introduced photo-engraving technology, images are transferred on to board material in a computer-supported process through a milling technique, into which the formliner is then cast. An especially attractive referential object is the extension building of the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse.


Dr. Bernd Trompeter becomes a member of management and directs RECKLI jointly with the long-term managing director Horst Kosjak for the following years.

RECKLI includes the staining product NAWTONE in its product range. Concrete surfaces can now be colorfully designed with this new innovative coating system. Because the surface structure remains intact, the treated surface shines in numerous colorful nuances and is given more visual depth at the same time.


The French designer Romain Taieb designs 12 new patterns for RECKLI, that pick up on modern design trends.


Dr. Bernd Trompeter assumes a sole management position. 

The reworked and newly designed formliner catalog showcases the 250 standard patterns that RECKLI offers worldwide. 

The façade design of the Jan Cremer Museum in Enschede becomes the core cell for a new product development: RECKLI includes 3D formliners in its catalog.


The subsidiary company US Formliner is founded in Atlanta, USA.


The subsidiary company RECKLI Middle East commences operations in Sharja, United Arab Emirates.

58 designs are added to the database of the visualization software BIM. Architects can now already visually experience the RECKLI patterns during their initial planning on the computer. 

RECKLI revamps the service website Following the relaunch, architects and owner-builders can discover a precast plant in their proximity with just a few clicks. The operators of the plants can register on the site for free and upload photos of reference objects.

Introduction of RECKLI artico. Foils printed with surface retarders enable a pinpoint washing out of concrete. That way, nearly any design can be applied to the concrete. Artico was distinguished with the special award of the German Design Awards.

In cooperation with the photovoltaics specialists Heliatek, the first test plant for solar concrete is commissioned in China. RECKLI collaborates with Heliatek on the integrating organic solar modules in building façades.  A trial setup at the plant in Herne is planned for 2015. 

RECKLI publishes the first edition of its in-house magazine FORMLINER.


The RECKLI product artico is awarded the special mention special award of the German Design Award. 

The first edition of the in-house magazine FORMLINER wins the silver award of the Architects’ Darling Award at the Celler Werktag.  

In Herne, the trial setup of a solar module in the building façade is inducted.


RECKLI employs 93 staff members in Germany. The company is active in around 100 countries, with its own staff and exclusive partners in 64.

In addition to more than 200 standard formliners RECKLI produces formliners according to customer’s desires and also ships 3D- and photo-engraved formliners as well as artico photo-concrete-foil to design exposed concrete surfaces in internal and external areas. Moreover, the product range encompasses high-quality surface refiners such as retarders, deactivators and acidification products, impregnation and protective systems as well as staining products to colorfully design surfaces, 

The reworked and newly designed formliner catalog showcases the 200 standard patterns that RECKLI offers worldwide. 

RECKLI receives the Innovation Award Concrete at the Betonwerksteintagen International event for its research project on solar concrete.