After the second world war (during which time the business was destroyed on several occasions), Rudolf Stucken rebuilt the company and in 1950 he emigrated to Port Elizabeth, South Africa with his family to establish the wool trading firm Stucken & Co.
The Stucken family has retained a strong trading presence in Bremen, Germany through the company H.Stucken & Co GmbH. That presence continued when the speciality fibre departments of H.Stucken GmbH and C. Melchers & Co. of Bremen, joined forces to form Stucken Melchers GmbH, trading in rare, natural speciality fibres and Wools from various origins.
After successfully re-establishing the company after the devastating effects of the Second World War, Rudi Stucken immigrated to South Africa in 1950 and started Stucken South Africa as a greasy Wool trading house. In the 1960's, the South African trading company expanded its activities into Commission Wool washing and combing. A decade later, The Stucken Group became directly involved in Wool processing with the acquisition of Gubb & Inggs; making it a fully integrated Wool processing and trading organization.
During those formative years, the Mohair business developed and expanded, giving the Group an important second trading leg. In keeping with this growth, Gubb & Inggs established a combing operation for the Mohair fibre, becoming the first mill to process this fibre at origin.
(Image: Rudi Stucken, centre, in Port Elizabeth 1937)