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Joint-stock company
IndustryInformation services, in particular for the oil and gas industry; engineering and sensor technology.
Founded1981 (1981) in Lingen (Ems)[1]
FounderHermann Rosen
Key people
Herrmann Rosen[1]
Revenue430 million EUR (Services)[3] (2016)
Number of employees
More than 2,800[3] (2016)

ROSEN Group is a family business, headquartered in Stans, which specializes in the research, development, production, and operation of inspection devices for pipelines and other complex technical systems. The company offers its products and services to the global oil and gas industry as well as other business sectors.[4] In addition, the corporate group develops ‘intelligent plastics’[5] or functional polymers for various applications.



After completing his studies of measurement and control technology, Hermann Rosen founded an engineering company in Lingen (Ems) in the mid-1970s.[6] Initially he worked with devices and services related to measuring technology for the agricultural sector, among other things.[7] The foundation of the ROSEN Group was laid in 1981 with the start of the H. Rosen Engineering GmbH.[1] The company worked for customers from the oil and gas industry and offered mainly services for pipelines. In 1988, the company relocated to the industrial park in Lingen (Ems).[8]


In the 1990s, the current ROSEN Group founded a number of branch offices abroad. The locations included: United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Malaysia and Australia.[6]

In 2000, the company moved its headquarters from Lingen to Stans in Switzerland. In the following decade, the network of branch offices expanded to include locations in The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Russia, Brazil, and Colombia.

Despite the relocation of headquarters and corporate expansion, Lingen remained an important location. In 2006, a separate plastics production was established. In September 2012, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, David McAllister, opened ROSEN Group's Innovation Center.[9] One year later, a new logistics center using the Kanban system was opened in Lingen.[10][11]

In October 2013, the company carried out the longest nonstop inspection run until that time in the Nord Stream Pipeline (1,224 km).[12]

Hermann Rosen has managed the corporate group[13] since its inception. Only for the time period from the beginning of 2013 to the end of 2014, Friedrich Hecker acted as CEO.[14]

The Present[edit]

Business Segments[edit]

The corporate group conducts business in three business segments:[15]

  • The Asset Care division is mainly concerned with pipeline inspections all over the world. In addition to pipelines, the corporate group also inspects other industrial plants and systems, such as tank systems and pressure vessels, refineries, wind power plants, trains, or tankers. The required inspection devices – among other things, pigs for the internal and unmanned inspection of pipelines – are developed and manufactured inhouse.[16] The big data volumes generated during an inspection are processed, analyzed, and provided to the customers for their decision-making process. The services offered exceed mere inspection and diagnosis. They also include the development of specific programs for maintenance and repair planning as well as for the integrity of technical plans and systems.
  • The Enhanced Materials division deals with special plastics – such as polyurethanes or elastomers – in connection with sensor technology and monitoring electronics. Among other things, this division develops and produces special coatings for improved protection of pipes against corrosion, abrasion, or environmental impact. In addition, this division also develops so-called smart plastic systems: polyurethanes are equipped with sensors or electroactive polymers used for purposes of sensor technology, energy generation or actuator engineering.[7][17]
  • The Process Control division advances the development of new technologies and services, such as a brand-new, non-contact electromagnetic acoustic measuring procedures to measure the flow of multiphase media in pipelines of the oil and gas sector and other industries (ROSEN EMAT Flowmeter).[18]

The company reports its vertical range of manufacture to range from 85[3] and 90%.[19]


The company is represented at the following locations:[20]

Headquarters: Stans (Switzerland)

Operating units:

Technology & Research Center:

Management and Personnel[edit]

Hermann Rosen (2015)

Founder Hermann Rosen manages the corporate group as President and Chairman of the family board. He is responsible for the long-term strategic focus of the company.[24] ROSEN Group employs more than 2,800 employees (last update: 2016)[3] Over 1,000 employees work at the company's original location in Lingen (Ems) (last update: end of 2015).[25]



Every two years since 2012, the company organizes an international symposium (ROSEN Energy and Innovation Forum): Decision-makers from the global oil and gas industry discuss pivotal issues in an interdisciplinary atmosphere.[26]

Educational Activities[edit]

ROSEN Group is very active in the STEM area to provide advancement for children, youth, and university students. Since 1995, the company has been endowing the Advancement Award for Physics (Förderpreis Physik) of the University of Osnabrück.[27] Together with other companies from the Emsland region, ROSEN Group supports university students through the Emsland Scholarship (Emslandstipendium).[28] In addition, ROSEN Group is also one of the patrons of the German national scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium).[29]

To support its international employees and their children, ROSEN Group established a bilingual inhouse daycare (ROKIDS) in Lingen in 2007,[30] the first of its kind in the Emsland district.[31] In the fall of 2015, ROSEN Group's bilingual elementary school (ROBIGS) opened its doors in Lingen.[32] An extracurricular program for school children and youth was established in early 2016 (ROYOUTH).[33] The daycare, elementary school, and extracurricular program have since been organized under a separate subsidiary.[34]


In 2011, ROSEN Group received the Emsländischer Unternehmenspreis corporate award in the category corporate development.[35] 2015, ROSEN Group won the Global Pipeline Award presented by the Pipeline Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for its RoMat PGS service. Novel measuring technology allows the determination of carbon steel line pipes’ yield strength for the first time. Measured yield strength of line pipe is used to determine the pipe grade of every pipeline section referring to technical standard API 5L.[36][37][38]

In 2012, the inhouse daycare in Lingen received the Arbeitgeberpreis für Bildung (Employer Award for Education) in the area of early childhood education.[39][40][30] Furthermore it was honored with the title "House of the little researchers" (Haus der kleinen Forscher) several times.[41] In 2016, the German Choral Association (Deutscher Chorverband) awarded the Caruso Award to the facility.[42]


  1. ^ a b c Information on company management according to the corporate website, accessed on 20 March 2017.
  2. ^ van Bevern, Carsten: Rosen-Gruppe investiert am Lingener Standort. In: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, 22 March 2014, accessed on 20 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Heumer, Wolfgang: Im Emsland sind die Molche los. In: vdi nachrichten, 09 September 2016.
  4. ^ Please refer to the information on the business purpose of Rosen Swiss AG (Company number CHE-109.856.315), Commercial register of the Canton of Nidwalden, last update 20 March 2017. See also Rosen Technology and Research Center GmbH: Jahresabschluss zum 31. Dezember 2014. Published in the commercial register on 15 February 2016. See also Die ROSEN Gruppe. In: Wirtschaft aktuell, January 2017.
  5. ^ On the historical development of these plastics and on the term at issue, please refer to Braun, Dietrich: Kleine Geschichte der Kunststoffe. Hanser, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-446-43685-5, p. 282 f.
  6. ^ a b Information on the history of the group, unless otherwise specified, according to Rohre, die den eigenen Verschleiß anzeigen. In: Lingener Tagespost, 22 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b Hess, Robert: Hiesige Molche für die Pipelines der Welt. In: Obwaldner Zeitung, 26 April 2015.
  8. ^ Website of the industrial park.
  9. ^ Lingen: Ministerpräsident McAllister eröffnet Innovation Center von Rosen. In: Ems-Zeitung, 18 September 2012. Müller, Burkhard and Pertz, Thomas: McAllister: Rosen begann wie Gates. In: Lingener Tagespost, 18 September 2012.
  10. ^ van Bevern, Carsten: Rosen in Lingen wächst weiter. In: Ems-Zeitung, 05 July 2013. Rosen-Gruppe investiert in Lingen. In: Meppener Tagespost, 05 July 2013.
  11. ^ . Brief description of the system by the manufacturer (Würth). Accessed on 08 May 2017.
  12. ^ Weltrekord für den längsten Inspektionslauf aufgestellt. In: Lingener Tagespost, 10 October 2013. Weber, Lukas: Rohrputzer und schlauer Kriecher. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 07 March 2014, accessed on 11 April 2017. In zehn Tagen durch die Röhre auf dem Ostseegrund. In: vdi nachrichten, 04 July 2014. Detailed comments by Plaziat, Jean-Francois; Voronov, Andrey; Paeper, Stefen: Interne Inspektion als Qualitätskontrolle der Nord Stream-Pipelines. In: bbr Leitungsbau, Brunnenbau, Geothermie,vol. 65 (2014), No. 3, p. 28–35.
  13. ^ Firmengründer im Interview. Rosen will sich noch breiter in der Hochtechnologie aufstellen – und plant in Lingen eine bilinguale Grundschule. In: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, 03 April 2013, accessed on 29 March 2017.
  14. ^ Sesselwechsel. In: Handelszeitung, 31 January 2013. van Bevern, Carsten: Vom TÜV Rheinland zur Rosen-Gruppe. In: Ems-Zeitung, 03 April 2013. Friedrich Hecker ist nicht mehr CEO bei Rosen. In: Lingener Tagespost, 07 May 2015.
  15. ^ Please see ROSEN Gruppe in Lingen (Ems). Spitzentechnologien zum Schutz von Mensch und Umwelt, p. 4 f. Accessed on 30 March 2017. See also Overview of the ROSEN Group (charts from a presentation at CFK-Valley Stade Convention 2015), specifically p 15. Accessed on 08 May 2017.
  16. ^ Frische, Tim-Oliver: Mit Nutzmolchen weltweit auf Pipeline-Tour. In: Deutsche Logistik-Zeitung, 18 September 2012.
  17. ^ See also the corporate information on Intelligent Plastic Systems, accessed on 30 March 2017.
  18. ^ Schaudwet, Christian: Lingener Rosen-Gruppe wird Messtechnik-Anbieter. In: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, 26 April 2016, accessed on 30 March 2017.
  19. ^ Rohre, die den eigenen Verschleiß anzeigen. In: Lingener Tagespost, 22 March 2014.
  20. ^ ROSEN Gruppe in Lingen (Ems). Spitzentechnologien zum Schutz von Mensch und Umwelt, p. 11 f. Accessed on 30 March 2017. Section Our Locations of the corporate website, accessed on 30 March 2017.
  21. ^ Information about this location on the corporate website. Accessed on 08 May 2017.
  22. ^ Information about this location on the corporate website. Accessed on 08 May 2017.
  23. ^ ↑ Regarding this location, see Rosen aus Lingen investiert 5 Millionen Euro. In: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, 01 March 2015, accessed on 30 March 2017.
  24. ^ ROSEN Gruppe in Lingen (Ems). Spitzentechnologien zum Schutz von Mensch und Umwelt, p. 7, accessed on 30 März 2017.
  25. ^ ROSEN Gruppe in Lingen (Ems). Spitzentechnologien zum Schutz von Mensch und Umwelt, p. 26, accessed on 30 März 2017.
  26. ^ van Bevern, Carsten: Zweites Energie- und Innovationsforum in Lingen. In: Lingener Tagespost, 4 July 2014. Online: 150 Gäste aus 20 Nationen: Zweites Energie- und Innovationsforum in Lingen. In: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, 07 July 2014. Accessed on 08 May 2017.
  27. ^ Universität Osnabrück: Verleihung der Förderpreise im Akademischen Jahr 2014/2015. Preisstifter und Portraits der Preisträger. Accessed on 11 April 2017. ROSEN Gruppe verleiht erneut den Förderpreis für Physik an der Universität Osnabrück. In:, 13 March 2017. Accessed on 11 April 2017.
  28. ^ Roggendorf, Wilfried: Erste Emslandstipendien vergeben. In: Lingener Tagespost, 30 January 2015. 31 Stipendien werden 2017 im Emsland vergeben. In: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, 19 September 2016, Accessed on 11 April 2017.
  29. ^ Unterstützung für begabte Studenten, In: Lingener Tagespost, 21. Dezember 2012. Rosen fördert sechs Studenten, Lingener Tagespost, 12. November 2013. Stipendiaten besuchen Rosen-Gruppe. Lingener Tagespost, 13 November 2013. von Bevern, Carsten: Studenten fällt die flache Hierarchie auf. In: Emsland Kurier, 16 December 2013.
  30. ^ a b von Bevern, Carsten: 10000 Euro für Kita der Firma Rosen. In: Lingener Tagespost, 17 October 2012.
  31. ^ van Bevern, Carsten: Jetzt sechs Rokids-Gruppen. In: Lingener Tagespost, 05 December 2014.
  32. ^ Rosen-Schule hat Betrieb aufgenommen. In: Lingener Tagespost, 08 October 2015.
  33. ^ See Gymnasiasten aus Haselünne tüfteln. In: Meppener Tagespost, 24 January 2017.
  34. ^ ROSEN Group’s ROYOUTH brochure, p. 14 f. Accessed on 11 April 2017.
  35. ^ Mit Kompetenz zum Erfolg. In. Ems-Zeitung, 30 September 2013.
  36. ^ API 5L is a standard of the American Petroleum Institute.
  37. ^ Description on corporate website. Accessed on 1 June 2017. Borja Martinez, Daniel Molenda and Markus Brors: Calculating Pressure. In: World Pipelines, January 2015, pp. 45–49, see p. 46.
  38. ^ ROSEN Group wins ASME Global Pipeline Award 2015. In: Pigging Industry News. October 2015, p. 7.
  39. ^ Award website.
  40. ^ Müller, Burkhard and Pertz, Thomas: McAllister: Rosen begann wie Gates. In: Lingener Tagespost, 18 September 2012.
  41. ^ ROKIDS ist erneut „Haus der kleinen Forscher“: Achtungserfolg mit 93 %. Company press release of 20 May 2016 at Accessed on 11 April 2017.
  42. ^ Franke, Johannes: „Caruso-Preis“ an Lingener Kita Rokids verliehen. In: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, 20 June 2016. Accessed on 11. April 2017.

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