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The RAPA family business

RAPA is a company with a long tradition and a forward-looking approach. RAPA’s success story began as early as 1920 – and in a very straightforward way. In Selb, at Badershof, the technician August Pausch founded a small craft business together with the merchant Hans Rausch. Their abbreviations “Ra” and “Pa” also gave the company its name.

From generation to generation

But it didn’t stop there. From small beginnings, RAPA has developed from generation to generation, expanding its product portfolio and penetrating new markets. Internationalization was also driven forward. The administration, production and logistics departments are housed on a 45,000 square meter site at the company headquarters in Selb. RAPA now operates nationally and internationally and has a plant in North America and its own sales office in China. Since 1920, RAPA has successfully grown from a traditional family business to a global medium-sized company with almost 1000 employees worldwide. Nevertheless, RAPA is and remains an independent family business, now managed by the fourth generation and 100% family-owned. This ensures that RAPA is inextricably linked to the Pausch family of entrepreneurs. Dr. Roman Pausch manages the family business in a dual leadership role together with Karin Wolf, who is responsible for commercial matters. The management duo is responsible for the fortunes of the company, in particular its further development, future strategies and visions.

Organizational structure

In 2020, RAPA started with a new corporate structure and has been operating under the RAPA umbrella brand ever since. RAPA SE is the holding company, the strategic umbrella of the RAPA Group and coordinates the central tasks in the areas of IT infrastructure and finance. The operating business is located in the subsidiaries RAPA Automotive, RAPA Healthcare and RAPA Industry. Operational responsibility lies with the respective managing directors of the individual subsidiaries. The divisions are given entrepreneurial freedom and operate independently in their markets. By focusing specifically on its customers, markets and core competencies, RAPA strengthens its customer focus and increases its agility.

With the structural adjustments, RAPA is facing up to the changing market challenges and laying a solid foundation that will enable stronger growth and secure the company’s successful future. As a result, a much broader range of services will be offered in future. With this step, RAPA is decisively advancing its goal of successfully positioning itself as a technology and engineering partner. As a broadly positioned and diversified medium-sized group of companies, the name RAPA stands for pioneering spirit, technical innovation and a progressive mindset – and has done so for 100 years now.

Whatever the future brings: RAPA remains RAPA.

100 years

Family business

3 Brands

Automotive, medical technology & manufacturing industry

1000 employees


216 million


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