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Quality since 1872

From being a rubber thread producer in a Westphalian province to becoming an internationally operative company – the OPTIBELT story hasn’t just been successful, it has also been eventful. The company can now look back on over 140 years of history which is reason enough to compile all the highlights of this impressive development for the anniversary year 2012. We have put together some facts for you here.



The most important chapters from the OPTIBELT success story – Passion meets precision. This is the guiding principle of OPTIBELT and is also the title of a fascinating success story. Why? Products that meet the highest demands can only be created through the unique combination of passion for technical progress and maximum precision in the manufacturing process.

The foundation for this was set in 1872 by Emil Arntz. He established the HÖXTER RUBBER THREAD COMPANY and soon found customers thanks to the convincing quality of his products. Spurred on by demand, the product range was quickly expanded: Brake pads for carriages, football bladders, hot water bottles and much more were developed and even exported to other European countries.

Between 1910 and 1912 extensive investments were made in the modernisation and expansion of the factory, so that over the decades the HÖXTER RUBBER THREAD COMPANY remained technically superior to its competitors. The Roaring Twenties were characterised by a wide variety of product innovations and improvements.

After the Second World War, in 1948, the company was fortunate enough to receive a licence to resume production. From then on everything went quickly: V-belts were included in the range under the name OPTIBELT and quickly became one of the company’s leading brands. Between 1951 and 1954 the production volume tripled due to high demand.

The following decade was characterised by continuous expansion. First in Europe, then from 1975 also overseas under the new name ARNTZ OPTIBELT KG and later into the Far East. Technical milestones at this time were the set constant raw edge V-belts as well as the worldwide unique maintenance-free optibelt RED POWER II.

However, even these products had already been further improved and superseded by new, higher performance innovations. Current top products included the belts SUPER E-POWER and RED POWER III. With these products OPTIBELT created the best conditions for the next 140 years.