Poly-clip System

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Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
Founded1922; 102 years ago (1922) in Frankfurt, Germany
Area served
Key people
Joachim Meyrahn
ProductsClip closure solutions
Number of employees
430 (2017)

Poly-clip System is a German family-owned company based in Hattersheim near Frankfurt am Main. Poly-clip System is the largest provider of clip closure solutions worldwide and is recognised as world market leader and hidden champion in this sector of the food industry and packaging industry.[1][2][3]

Company history

The founding of the Oswald Niedecker Metallwarenfabrik oHG in Frankfurt/Main dates back to 1 March 1922. The company initially manufactured tools for the processing and forming of sheet metal. From 1932 onwards, Niedecker has been a successful lead seal manufacturer in Germany and has already gained experience with closure systems; the basis of today's clip closure. In 1948, after the death of her husband, Elisabeth Niedecker took over the management of the company. From 1950, punched and formed parts, mainly parts for brakes for the automotive industry are produced. In 1952, Herbert Niedecker, the son of the founder, takes charge of the company and its 50 employees.

During an exchange at an exhibition in 1957, the idea of closing sausages with metal clips was born. The trademark poly-clip was registered in 1958. The parent company of today's Poly-clip System, Niedecker Verschlußtechnik GmbH (NVT), was then founded in 1959. In 1962, the company participated for the first time in the industry's leading exhibition IFFA in Frankfurt.[4] For reasons of capacity, the production of clips was moved to Gedern in 1970. In 1972, the registered trade mark poly-clip was announced worldwide. In 1990, lic. oec. HSG Frank Niedecker takes over the management and pushes the internationalization of the company. From 1991, the company appears under the brand name Poly-clip System. In 2003, Dr. Joachim Meyrahn[5] was appointed President/CEO.[6] In 2011, the company moved to its new headquarters in Hattersheim am Main.[7]

Developments and patents

In 1933, Oswald Niedecker received the Patent for his security seal.This closure can be applied without the use of tools and is tamper-proof, as the seal is destroyed when opened. In 1957, the reel clip (R-clip) was developed for closing sausage and similar products. This was followed by the development of a machine that enables the clean stripping of the sausage ends by means of a voiding separator(DE application 2550042  Herbert Niedecker: "Device for separating packages from a filled tube" filing date 18.05.1977) and the simultaneous closing of the two ends of a sausage(DE) Both processes combined in one automatic clipper revolutionized the worldwide production of sausages to the automatic production of portioned sausages as early as 1967 with the FCA 3401 automatic filling clipping machine. In 1999, the patent for a safety coating for clips was granted.(DE application 19532691  Frank Niedecker: "Lacquer-coated closing clip" filing date 06.03.1997) This SAFE-COAT safety coating ensures that the consumables clips are food safe on the customer's product.[8] In 2007 the new generation of reel clips, the R-ID clip, followed, which enables bacteria-proof clip closures.(US application 7666073  Heiko Schleucher, Klaus Hein: "Closure clip with round bottom" filing date 23.02.2010) The R-ID generation also includes the clip spool with transponder (RFID)(EP application 1987721  Klaus Hein, Dr. Joachim Meyrahn: "Clip storage drum provided with a transponder" filing date 05.11.2008) and the clipping machines with RFID technology, which recognize clip and closing tools and thus ensure overall safety in the production process.(EP application 1746030  Detlef Ebert, Dr. Joachim Meyrahn: "System comprising a clip machine and a clip supply and method of operating such a clip machine" filing date 24.01.2007) The company has a total of more than 800 patents.[9]


The product and service range consists of clipping machines, packaging machines and their automation, consumables and services.[10][11] The SGS Institut Fresenius certifies consumables, which are awarded the SGS Institut Fresenius quality seal. The core of the certification is the testing of the products for food safety (SAFE-COAT, ISO 22000, Halal).[12][13]

Fields of application

Originally developed for the meat processing industry and the butcher's trade, the clip closure system is used in both the food and non-food sectors.[14] The clip closure system is also widespread in other industries that process or pack paste products. Other important areas of application are dairy products, convenience products, bakery and confectionery products, pet food, Sealant|sealants and adhesives as well as civil explosives.[15] In addition to tubular bags which are closed with a clip at each end (sausage shape - clip-pak® or clip-tube® with resealable dosing attachment), bags are also closed with a clip, e.g. for packaging whole poultry.[16][17]


The machines and consumables are produced at four locations in Germany, Austria and Brazil.[18] Poly-clip System belongs to a group of companies with over 1000 employees worldwide. The group of companies has 28 distribution companies in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.[19] Furthermore, there are sales partners in almost all countries of the world.[20]


  • Florian Langenscheidt, ed. (2017), Aus bester Familie (in German) (1. ed.), Hamburg: TEMPUS CORPORATE GmbH – Ein Unternehmen des ZEIT Verlags, pp. 328–331, ISBN 978-3-945627-16-7{{citation}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  • Z. Savic, I. Savic (2016), Sausage Casings (in German) (2. ed.), Wien: VICTUS International GmbH, pp. VII, ISBN 978-3-200-04539-2{{citation}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  • Florian Langenscheidt, Peter May, ed. (2015), The Best of German Mittelstand – The Family Businesses (in German) (1. ed.), Köln: Deutsche Standards EDITIONEN GmbH, pp. 256–259, ISBN 978-3-942597-47-0{{citation}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  • Florian Langenscheidt, Bernd Venohr, ed. (2014), Lexikon der deutschen Weltmarktführer (in German) (2. ed.), Köln: Deutsche Standards EDITIONEN GmbH, pp. 479–482, ISBN 978-3-86936-656-2{{citation}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  • Florian Langenscheidt, Peter May, ed. (2014), Lexikon der deutschen Familienunternehmen (in German) (2. ed.), Köln: Deutsche Standards EDITIONEN GmbH, pp. 796–800, ISBN 978-3-86936-530-5{{citation}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)

In the media



  1. "Poly – clip System GmbH & Co. KG" [Poly – clip System GmbH & Co. KG] (in german). Die ErfolgsStrategie. Retrieved February 27, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  2. "Meyrahn, Dr. Joachim (Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG, Hattersheim am Main), CEO / GF" (in German). DDW Die Deutsche Wirtschaft GmbH. Retrieved February 27, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  3. "Unbekannt, aber einzigartig – Deutschlands mittelständische Weltmarktführer" [Unknown, but unique - Germany's medium-sized world market leaders.] (in German). ZEIT ONLINE. August 11, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  4. "The leading international trade fair for the meat industry". Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  5. "Masthead". Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  6. "Meyrahn, Dr. Joachim (Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG, Hattersheim am Main), CEO". die-deutsche-wirtschaft.de. DDW Die Deutsche Wirtschaft GmbH. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  7. "Neue Firmenzentrale bezogen" [New company headquarters moved into] (in German). Onlineauftritt des bei Holzmann Medien GmbH & Co. KG erscheinenden Fachmagazins "Die Fleischerei". February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  8. "Guaranteed to be food safe!". Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG.
  9. "Profile". polyclip.com. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  10. Füllwolfen vereinfacht Prozesse [Filling mincers simplify processes] (in German). Fleischwirtschaft. July 12, 2018.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  11. "Excellence in Clipping". Homepage polyclip.com. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  12. "SGS Institut Fresenius". Homepage polyclip.com. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  13. "POLY-CLIP SYSTEM". SGS Institut Fresenius. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  14. More than 120 standard spices. Fleischwirtschaft International Nr. 06. December 4, 2014. p. 031.
  15. "Applications". polyclip.com. Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  16. "Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Clip Closure Solutions". June 18, 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  17. Siegeln und Clippen mit einem Gerät [Sealing and clipping with one device] (in German). afz - allgemeine fleischer zeitung. September 18, 2013.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  18. {"PROFIL". Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  19. ADDRESSES. Poultry International. May 2016.
  20. {"Poly-clip System International". Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved June 18, 2019.

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