Philosophy & Company History

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to our business partners and customers, and to welcome you personally in my capacity as managing director.

As the manager of a family business with more than 40 years’ experience, one of my top priorities is, understandably, optimum levels of customer satisfaction.

It is, I believe, extremely important that I vouch for the quality of our products in my own name, remaining at your disposal in person at all times in the unlikely event that any problems should arise.

Our company history is outlined in the text which follows, this including a description of many of our innovations.

In the hope that you will enjoy browsing through our internet début at your leisure, I would like to send you all my very best wishes from Jüchen,

remaining

yours sincerely

Georg Wellen

  Georg Nellen 
 

 

 

 


 

2005
Which got off to a good start with our new slogan

We started the new season with a modernised logo ("...mit einem Nellen-Zelt wie zu Hause" - “Feel at home in a Nellen tent“) and our renewed internet début…

The Think Tank

Nellen-Zelte – Nellen Tents

A company with more than 30 years’ experience

The married craftspeople Willi and Margarete Nellen started producing caravan awnings in 1969. The brand name Nellen-Zelte quickly became established thanks to the couple’s excellent skills and the outstanding results.

2004
This year proved yet another year of innovations for Nellen-Zelte: we succumbed to demand and expanded our product range, adding the panorama canopy and the thermo canopy (see “Original“ catalogue).

2003
Nellen-Zelte produces a special new awning design – “Alpenstar” – using the individual component construction system. Winter campers in particular are thrilled with this ideal awning, which is equipped with all the features the season requires: quick assembly/dismantling (approx. 3 hours), fully insulated, 100% stability and interesting design.

2001
Nellen-Zelte revolutionised the tent trade with an almost condensation-free awning, something campers had always hoped for, using thermo material, which is fast becoming the new awning material.

2000
In 2000, Nellen-Zelte focused its attention on developing a “winter-proof“ pavilion. Aluminium frames and PVC materials were used to create an as yet unequalled pavilion.

1998
Nellen-Zelte became the first company in the sector to use the “thermo tent roof“ – a new development which prevents the formation of a high level of condensation. An additional side-effect is the increased sound insulation during rain showers, for example. The tarpaulin’s outer layer consists of PVC, with its underside manufactured from 4mm thick closed-pore PVC foam, approximately 1500g/m2, in beige, grey or white. See pages 11 and 45.

1997
During this year, Nellen-Zelte used their innovative strength to the full. A caravan canopy was included in their range, to the delight of many campers, which can be transported with the camper van.

1994
In 1994, Nellen-Zelte developed a recirculating air awning heating system, expanding the range with an integrated gutter system for the mountain refuge, forester’s house, forester’s house (individual construction) and snow hut models.

1993
In 1993, Nellen-Zelte developed a ventilation plate for the mountain refuge, forester’s house/individual construction and snow hut tents, which guaranteed optimum awning ventilation.

1992
During this year, overwhelming customer demand led the company to produce the “mountain refuge” awning. This was a specific, all-inclusive awning, where the customer was able to select their preferred design from a wide range of accessory parts including interior lining and even wooden panelling without having to pay any extra charge.

1985
In 1985, Nellen -Zelte was the first ever company to present an awning with a laminated frame at the Caravan Salon in Essen.

1984
In 1984, Nellen -Zelte expanded their product range, adding caravan canopies to the selection on offer. In the meantime, Nellen-Zelte canopies achieve some of the highest sales figures in Europe.

1983
During this year, a componential awning was developed, this derived from the prefab house system. Prefabricated individual components were produced in accordance with the unit construction system, subsequently fully insulated and wood-panelled before being linked by means of a self-bolting aluminium framework. This allowed individual requirements in terms of size and equipment to be taken into account, saving both time and money in the process.

1976
During this year, Willi Nellen revived the idea of the camper van. He developed an awning with a quadruple-edged, aluminium frame. The stable frame even allowed the awning to be inhabited in winter without the need for additional supporting struts. Back then, this was a revolution in the tent sector, but has now become a much-imitated matter of course.

1973
Willi Nellen developed the first rear panel frame under the motto “The caravan may drive off, but the awning stays put.” The vision of the free-standing awning had become reality.

Nellen-Zelte: a self-generating philosophy

The early beginnings in needlework and sewing developed over the years, working to a distinct individual dynamic, complemented by metalworking and joiner’s workshops in the years that followed. The combination of all three crafts under one roof proved extremely advantageous, reducing costs and considerably improving the price-performance ratio.

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Joiner’s workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metalworking workshop