The founders (1912–1945)
1912: Eduard Nordmann and Fritz Rassmann establish Nordmann, Rassmann (NRC) in the city of Hamburg for the international trade of natural rubber. In 1912, the worldwide production of natural rubber was close to 100,000 tons, of which more than 20,000 tons moved via the port of Hamburg.
1914: With the breakout of World War I, the business almost comes to a standstill. Later, Fritz Rassmann does not return from the War.
1915: NRC adds another line of business: the international trade of raw cacao.
1923: The introduction of the German Rentenmark currency on November 1 ends hyperinflation and Eduard Nordmann is able to revive international trade links. Georg Nordmann, Eduard’s 17-year-old nephew, joins the company as an apprentice.
1938: Georg Nordmann becomes a junior manager and partner at NRC.
1940: The founder of the company, Eduard Nordmann, dies on August 14 at the age of 63. Georg Nordmann becomes the sole managing director.