Our company was founded in Magdeburg in 1896 by Carl Wilhelm Hoernecke (1856-1926). Under his son Carl Valentin Christoph Hoernecke (1892-1973), the company developed into a major chemical-pharmaceutical manufacturing operation.

The medicines produced included stomach powder, calcium supplements and medical bath additives. Many of the trade names are still well known in Germany today. The company also manufactured various brands of liquorice bonbons. Because chocolate was scarce, these products enjoyed great popularity.

After the Second World War, political events led to the establishment of an additional factory near Stuttgart. Here, in 1962, Peter Hoernecke discovered new possibilities arising from the combination of active agents in aerosol spray bottles. Based on his own research, he began to develop spray substances and devices for personal self-defence use. The “Original TW1000” brand has been on the market since and has matured into a versatile range of devices to meet the needs of individual users.

The company is now led by Thomas Hoernecke, the fourth generation of the Hoernecke family to do so. Today, the company is one of the leading international suppliers of irritant spray devices for self defence and law enforcement. With the establishment of a technical division, we now also specialize in the development and manufacture of high-quality technical products and components.

From our plants in Oberstenfeld near Stuttgart, HOERNECKE products are sold all over the world.


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to ISO 9001:2015


Certified according
to ISO 14001:2015