After the 2nd World War, it was again time for a generational change at Carl Klostermann Söhne. Grandfather Carl “junior” had died during the war, for uncle Heinrich it became more and more difficult to continue the responsibility of the company on his own. In 1945 he had been managing director for 25 years, and like his father, he had led the company through several crises and through a war. In the mid-1940s, his son Karl Klostermann took over the management of the company and introduced his brother Heinz, 8 years younger than him, to the business. Uncle Heinrich remained involved in the day-to-day business as an advisor, but slowly withdrew to enjoy his well-earned retirement. History seems to be repeating itself – because the two new bosses also faced many challenges that a post-war period brings with it…lack of supply everywhere and an almost non-existent market economy. It was the great luck of the company Carl Klostermann Söhne that the production machines acquired in the past were of the highest quality, were constantly well maintained and also the war damages could be repaired quickly. Once again there was a lack of raw materials, but above all of infrastructure for the sale of the company’s own products and a means of payment that the population could trust.
In 1948, when the young republic also gave itself a new currency with the DM, everything changed overnight. Even though Germany lay in ruins, a new hope could be felt. And Karl and Heinz were soon able to announce that the Carl Klostermann company could now once again provide its products in first-class “pre-war quality”.