Mennekes Elektrotechnik GmbH & Co. KG is a leading manufacturer of industrial plugs and connectors with headquarters in Kirchhundem/ Sauerland region and in Neudorf/Erzgebirge.
The Mennekes company was founded in 1935 when Aloys Mennekes received the master craftsmen senior electrician certificate and set up his own business. Today Mennekes has over 800 employees worldwide and generates a consolidated revenue of about €100 million. The company's headquarters are still in Kirchhundem in the south of Sauerland with additional factories in Neudorf/ Erzgebirge ( Sehmatal community) and Nanjing (China). Mennekes has 16 offices in Germany, 80 offices worldwide and a number of international co-operations. The owner and current managing director is Walter Mennekes who is also board member of the Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie .
The roots of the factory business live in the "Glühauf" invention (a wall-mounted lighter) made after the war that allowed to open the first manufacturing factory in 1948. Shortly later in 1951 an aluminium casting metalworks was added, which functioned as foundation of a fabric that nowadays manufactures over 11,000 different products – including all standardized plugs and various industrial variants.