‘Kopschitz Kerzen’ has been the embodiment of a traditional family business for over 200 years. Founded in 1810 in Sudetenland (a native German-speaking region of the current Czech Republic), the official registration of the candle-factory ‘Kopschitz’ took place over a hundred years later in Opava, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
In the earliest years of the business, Eduard Richard Kopschitz and his children produced ‘Lebkuchen’ and other confectionary as well as candles.
After the Second World War the Kopschitz family made Rotthalmünster in Lower-Bavaria their new home.
Since 2013 the business has been jointly-managed by the fifth generation of the family: the brothers Dr. Alexander Kopschitz and Dipl.-Ing. Christian Kopschitz, MBA.
New pillar candle machine increases production throughput capacity by 3,500 candles per hour.
Dipl.-Ing. Christian Kopschitz, MBA joins the executive board.
New pillar candle machine increases production throughput capacity by 2,500 candles per hour.
Construction of a high-bay storage facility with a 3,500 pallet capacity.
New pillar candle machine increases production throughput capacity by 3,000 candles per hour.
Dr. Alexander Kopschitz joins the executive board.
Construction of the new 800 m² factory outlet store.
Expansion of the raw material tanks by 150,000 litres and modernisation of the powder production facility.
Installation of a fully-automated church candle machine with a throughput capacity of 1,500 candles per hour.
Modernisation of five pillar candle machines with a total throughput capacity of over 10,000 candles per hour.
Installation of a fully-automated tapered candle machine with a throughput capacity of 3,000 candles per hour.
Construction of an on-site high-bay storage facility with a 600 pallet capacity.
Commissioning of a new production facility in Lhenice in the Czech Republic.
Installation of a fully-automated taper and tree-candle machine with a throughput capacity of approximately 5,000 candles per hour.
Hans Kopschitz takes over the management of ‘Erich Kopschitz GmbH’.
Expansion of the production premises by 1,800 m² for both fully-automated production facilities and picking operations.
Expansion of the production premises by 800 m².
Expansion of the production premises by 1,200 m².
Expansion of the production premises by 600 m².
Expansion of the production premises by 500 m².
Construction of and relocation to a new production facility in ‘Am Goldberg’ in Rotthalmünster.
Following a long and eventually fruitless search for suitable premises in Wegscheid, the business moved to a rented property in ‘Kirchplatz’ in Rotthalmünster.
Following his release from a prisoner of war camp, Erich Kopschitz re-opens for business in Wegscheid in the Bavarian Forest.
Dispossession and flight due the events of the Second World War.
Continuation of business operation of the Sudeten Candle Factory by Hugo Kopschitz (eng.)
Eduard Kopschitz takes-over the business.
Foundation of the candle factory by the Hadwiger family in Troppau (nowadays: Opava, Czech Republic).