He died - completely at peace with himself - at the age of only 60 after a serious illness which he endured with great patience and humility.
The deceased - after the also much too early death of his father Karl Spliethoff and company co-founder - joined the commercial management of the company as a banker at the early age of 28.
Together with today's senior boss Paul Rampelmann, he successfully and creatively led our company into the present day.
Paul Spliethoff will leave a lasting mark not only with products in the fields of steel construction, motor equipment and equestrian sports, but also as a person.
"Encourage and challenge", that was his motto: for our independent thinking, for our independent work, for the training of the many young people, for our products and for our will to innovate in all areas of our company.
He treated his business partners fairly and with respect, and over the years they often became good friends.
His Westphalian humour, his quiet laughter, his joy in people and his always active sense for business and its development opportunities will accompany us forever.
Multi-faceted - also socially - committed, faithful, loyal, responsible and entrepreneurial with a pioneering spirit and a big social heart for so many people: this is how we will keep Paul Spliethoff in living and very good memory.
We owe him a great debt of gratitude for all that he achieved with his strength and passion.
His life and his human work are an incentive and a mission for the future, which we will shape together in his spirit!
The management and all employees of the
Rampelmann & Spliethoff GmbH & Co. KG Beelen
Platz Max GmbH & Co. KG Oelde