Conquering the world from Herne, Germany


The company RECKLI K.G. Wiemers and Co is founded on August 15, 1968 in Recklinghausen, Germany, by Hans-Jürgen Wiemers and Franz Ernst. The idea: structuring concrete surfaces using elastic formliners. Since then, RECKLI has built up a reputation for aesthetics, individuality and economic efficiency.


RECKLI’s first production site is built in Herne. The site is still being expanded due to ever increasing production needs.


RECKLI starts exporting into the Middle East. The first formliners are shipped to Saudi Arabia.


The company opens its first branch in France. It does not take long until the first liquid elastomers are shipped to enable the manufacturing of formliners on site.


RECKLI acquires the French competitor SOCECO and settles in Paris under the name SOCECO RECKLI S.A.S. Since then, France starts developing into an important and innovative market for patterned concrete.


During the newly developed photo-engraving-technique, graphics are milled into MDF-panel material supported by CAD which serves later as the model for a RECKLI formliner. One of the most beautiful examples of the application of this technique is the expansion building of the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France.


The company’s executive board is joined by Dr. Bernd Trompeter. He leads RECKLI for the following years together with long-term managing director Horst Kosjak.

RECKLI introduces the staining product Nawtone. The innovative coating system enables the design of concrete surfaces in color while the structure itself remains intact. The stained surface shimmers in different shades which, together with the structured surface, create extra optical depth.


The French designer Romain Taiëb designs 12 new patterns for RECKLI formliners to incorporate modern design trends.


Dr. Bernd Trompeter becomes sole long-term managing director of RECKLI.

The revised and redesigned formliner catalogue features all 250 standard formliners is supplied world-wide by RECKLI .

The surface design of the Jan Cremer Museum in Enschede becomes the birthplace of a new product line. RECKLI includes 3D formliners into the catalogue.


The subsidiary, US Formliner Inc., is founded in Atlanta, Georgia USA.


The subsidiary, RECKLI Middle East, begins production in Sharjah, United Arabic Emirates.

The revised website “” offers more information about company highlights, new products and the formliner catalogue.

58 new designs are entered into the databank of the visualization software Polantis. This enables architects to experience the RECKLI patterns digitally during the planning phase.

RECKLI redesigns their service-website ””. After its re-launch, architects and building developers can find precast concrete elements in their vicinity with only a few clicks. The suppliers of these elements of concrete can register on the website for free and upload pictures of their products.

RECKLI artico is introduced to the market. Surface retarder printed onto magnetic or plastic foil enables the washing out of concrete with millimeter accuracy. This allows designers to transfer almost any design onto the concrete surface. Artico is awarded special mention by the German Design Awards.

In co-operation with the photo-voltaic-specialist Heliatec, the first testing facility for solar concrete is built in China. Together with Heliatec, RECKLI works on the integration of organic solar modules into concrete surfaces. For 2015 it is planned to start testing in the manufacturing plant in Herne.


RECKLI employs 93 employees in Germany. The company is currently active in over 100 countries with direct presence through own employees and exclusive partners in 65 of them.

In addition to over 250 standard formliners, RECKLI also offers individual formliners produced accordingly to customer demands, 3D- and photo-engravement formliners and artico photo-concrete-foil for the design of interior and exterior fair faced concrete. RECKLI’s product lines also include surface refiners such as concrete retarders, final activators, acidification- and impregnation-solutions, surface-protection-systems and staining products for the design of concrete surfaces in color.