• Organization TypeGoods Supplier, Service Providers
  • HeadquartersGermany
  • Founded1896


Founded in 1896 in Magdeburg, the company is now run by the fourth generation of the same family, directed by Thomas Hoernecke, in Oberstenfeld, Germany. Since 1962, the main focus of their business has been the development, production and sale of security products for the protection of individuals. We have specialised in the manufacture of protective spray agents and less than lethal irritant sprays. Their original TW1000 products, for personal self defence and for use by security forces, have matured into a versatile, highly functional, range of devices. Over 100 years of experience in medical and security research, are their guarantee for the high quality of the substances used today and the performance of their spray systems. In addition to the production of chemical products, they develop and manufacture specialist technical equipment, for example, for use in training and simulation, as well as prototypes and high quality CNC milled parts to customers specifications. Their overarching goal is that their products provide protection to the people using them as safely and reliably as possible. Their quality policy results from a far-reaching concept and aims to preserve their prominent position in the European market and to live up to their reputation as a reliable provider. Hoernecke has been a family owned company for four generations. Tehir goal is to continue that tradition, by the production of sustainable and high-quality products. Sustainable development means taking into account environmental concerns on an equal footing with social and economic considerations. Managing a sustainable business means leaving their children and grandchildren an intact ecological, social and economic framework. They cannot have one without the other. Customer satisfaction, compared to that of their competitors, is helping us secure the future of their company. They achieve that satisfaction by consistently delivering high quality products and services. Keeping to promised delivery dates and responding quickly to enquiries. The needs, expectations and ultimate satisfaction of their customers is paramount to us. The most important asset, are their employees. They all work together as a team and jointly contribute to achieve their goals. They operate in a friendly, trusting atmosphere where staff meetings are held regularly and employees can ask for meetings to discuss personal problems. Their employees are important to us and to show their appreciation for their work, they operate a profit-sharing scheme. History: Their 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, they now also specialize in the development and manufacture of high-quality technical products and components.
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Company Offices

  • Germany (headquarters)
  • Oberstenfeld
  • Chemische Fabrik GmbH & Co. KG Industriestrasse 26