World Grain - May 2018 - 102
Fourth-generation takes over leadership of Filip
GUETERSLOH, GERMANY - With its 100-year anniversary
quickly approaching, the fourth-generation has taken over leadership
of Filip GmbH, a company specializing in cleaners for plansifter
The brother and sister team of Mirko and Tatjana Filip are now
leading the company, which was started in 1919 by their great-grandfather Vinzenz Filip. Even back then, the company specialized in the
production and sales of brushes, cleaners and brooms for mills. "The
aim of the company founder was 'to always deliver the best of the
best,'" said Tatjana Filip. "This is what it says in the product catalog
from 1923. We have maintained this claim over the years to this day."
Filip specializes in the development, production and sales of
cleaners for plansifter sieves. It manufactures and sells sieve cleaning brushes, sieve cleaners with studs and pan cleaners for all standard types of plansifters.
"The typical Filip shape - the triangular form - has proven to be
Filip sells to individual mills as well as through a well-developed
network of foreign representatives. It also supplies mill construction
companies and large manufacturers of sieve cloths and frames.
Originally located in Zeitz of the former German Democratic
Republic, the company moved to the former West Germany for political reasons. Martin Filip, Mirko and Tatjana's grandfather, took over
the business, eventually handing it over to their father, Dieter Filip.
In his 20 years leading the business, Dieter Filip developed the
company's top sellers and built it into a global player, said Mirko
Filip. Sadly, Dieter Filip passed away at the beginning of April. Until
shortly before his death, Dieter was available as a consultant to his
children and advised them in product development and management.
"We miss our father painfully. Dieter was well-connected in the
mill industry and had an incredible know-how with regard to sieve
cleaning," Mirko Filip said. "He liked to pass on his extensive
knowledge to us. My sister and I are going to continue the company
in its fourth generation exactly in his spirit: competent, cooperative
and always customer oriented."
Tatjana Filip has been with the company for 25 years and handles order processing, purchasing and human resources. Mirko Filip
joined the company last year, having worked in marketing and business development outside of Filip. He is in charge of marketing,
Left: Filip has a new facility in Güetersloh, Germany, with office, production
and warehousing space. Right: The sister and brother team of Tatjana and
Mirko Filip have taken over leadership of Filip GmbH. Photos courtesy of Filip.
production, business and product development.
High-quality and perfect workmanship are the cornerstones for Filip,
Tatjana Filip said. Using high quality pays off in the mill, she said, because
excellent sieve cleaning means no unnecessary machine downtimes.
Safety of its products is also important to Filip. For example, its
sieve cleaning brush housings are made of polyurethane that is considered safe and intended to come into direct contact with food.
"The materials processed by us are resistant even under extreme
temperature and humidity conditions and protect the sieves from
sticking," Mirko Filip said. "In addition, they are resistant to fats
Filip works closely with its customers and is continually adapting
its products to meet the latest requirements in the mills, Tatjana Filip
said. For example, when the company became aware of the trend
toward plansifter sieves without back wire, it designed the triangularshaped "double cleaner with tongue."
"This tilts and rotates in the sieve frame, cleaning the sieve mesh
and the base of the sieve at the same time," she said. "Since it was
launched on the market, we have continued to develop and improve
the product. It has become one of our bestselling products."
Nylon is becoming increasingly popular as brushing material as
opposed to natural hair, Tatjana Filip said, which is why all of Filip's
brushes are available with white and black nylon bristles.
Looking ahead, Mirko Filip said they plan to grow markets in regions where the company is still underrepresented, including Spain
and Africa. They are investing in international brand building and
have revised the company's website, refreshed the logo and expanded its online presence.
"We want to make even greater use of the internet as a communication and sales channel," he said. "In addition, we are adapting
our internal business processes even more closely to the digital age."
Due to growth in the last several years, including new large mill
groups as customers and new distribution partners, Filip was in
need of more space. It has built a new 2,000-square-meter facility in
Güetersloh, Germany, close to its prior headquarters.
May 2018 / World Grain / www.World-Grain.com