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Farewell to longterm owner and CEO Dr. Werner Pankoke

Bielefeld, Dec. 15th, 2023 – Farewell to entrepreneur Dr. Werner Pankoke after a fulfilled life in the style of a hidden champion.

Werner Pankoke, who was born on 29 March 1938 as the third child of Bielefeld dentist Dr. Wilhelm Pankoke, decided not to follow in his father's footsteps when he began his studies. Instead, he was drawn to Munich Technical University, where he pursued his grandfather Theodor Hymmen's engineering interests by successfully studying mechanical engineering.

After graduating with a degree in engineering and a doctorate in business administration, Dr. Werner Pankoke took over the management of the Hymmen family business in 1967. The mechanical and plant engineering company had been founded by his grandfather in Bielefeld in 1892. Dr. Werner Pankoke succeeded in establishing the company worldwide as an indispensable technology partner in the wood-based materials industry with the development of the continuous double belt press.

The entrepreneur generally worked in a secluded manner. Irrespective of this, he was recognized for his entrepreneurial activities by Prof. Hermann Simon's "Hidden Champion" award and by winning the “Challengers Award” at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, USA.

Dr. Werner Pankoke, father of two and grandfather of six, retired from the family business in 2002 when he handed over the management of the company to his son Dr. René Pankoke. He is now the fourth generation to run the Hymmen company successfully. Since then, Dr. Werner Pankoke has devoted himself to his private interests together with his wife and constant companion Dr. Christa Pankoke.

Last Saturday evening, Werner Pankoke passed away at the age of 85 following a stroke. The former and current employees of Hymmen hold him in high esteem. With great gratitude for a fulfilled life together, the family will say goodbye in a small circle.


Date Fair Location
03, 13-14, 2024 TCM Surfaces Conference Berlin
04, 22-26, 2024 Hanover-fair (OWL Gemeinschaftsstand) Hanover
07, 02-05, 2024 ForMobile Sao Paulo
08, 06-09, 2024 IWF Atlanta
09, 12-15, 2024 Intermob Istanbul
09, 18-19, 2024 Surface in Motion Conference Leipzig

Hymmen in the News

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[Translate to Englisch:] Engineered Wood - Projektierung aus einer Hand
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New Hymmen Digital Printing Patents granted in the US and China

Specialist Printing Worldwide, issue two 2020, S. 20-21

Specialist Printing Worldwide 4.2019, S. 8 ff.

SATURN Digital Printing Line - a breakthrough for waterbased production of decor paper
Automatic Color Calibration (ACC) for highest and sustainable decor quality

EUWID Special: Wood-Based-Panels, S. 52

Laminat-Magazin 2017

pages 102-105

Surface-Magazin 2015

pages 24-31

WIN No. 1 3.2017

pages 34-35

DDS August 2014

page 70

Holz-Zentralblatt No. 21.2018

page 490

WIN, 2.2018

pages 28-29

Laminat-Magazin 2018

pages 64-67

Besser Lackieren 15_2017

page 2

HOB 5.2017

page 17

PanelWorld May 2017

page 52

Parkett Magazin 3.2017

pages 42-43

material+technik möbel 02/2017

pages 22-23

Specialist Printing Worldwide, 1.2017

S. 22-24

Laminatmagazin 2017

pages 102-105

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