About Us

The Growth of a 122 Year Company

In 1899, Franz Thumb opened a small canvas manufacturing company in Hamburg, Germany and founded Spettmann. His goal was simple, to provide the best quality canvas products for his customers at a fair price. The foundation was laid very early when Franz Thumb developed a seafaring canvas able to withstand any kind of weather. The same can be said about the high-quality awning systems that have secured the company’s position in the market for decades. Spettmann has been delivering that same concept for over 122 years, a tradition that is still continuing today.

Our brand offers quality, functionality, and timelessly elegant design. Our unique advantage is the ability to combine proven technologies and innovative concepts. We forge new paths in artistic formation, state of the art technology and fabric design, without sacrificing tradition. Sustainability is the focus of our enterprise philosophy. Our awnings can be restrung many times because the drives and body components are extremely durable, using weather resistant materials; they stand for high quality and longevity.

Our products are manufactured using the finest German engineering and state of the art equipment, surpassing the toughest quality and safety requirements worldwide. Spettmann has been defining quality, experience and tradition for over a century. We developed the first Water Resistant fabric and invented the first Hidden-Spring lateral arm retractable awning. In order to stay competitive and continue to be innovative, we have grown larger than ever, as a result we have invested substantially into the latest, most technologically advanced equipment in the world.

We also have 3 shipping points for North America; California, Ningbo, China and Hamburg, Germany and two new state of the art manufacturing facilities located in Ningbo and Qingdao, China. There we manufacture our product parts and components from raw materials, using our own extrusions and forge all our parts to provide a stronger and more durable product. We will continue to provide our customers with the best quality, technology, and competitive prices from all our global locations. Thank you for choosing Spettmann as your next shade product!

For over a century, Spettmann has been offering the highest grade of shade products in the industry, there are many benefits in choosing Spettmann products, our German engineering and innovation has given us the ability to manufacture everything from raw materials and forge our parts and components not cast. Forged construction offers strength and durability which will allow you to enjoy your Spettmann shade product, trouble-free, for many years to come.

In addition to high grade construction, our simple functionality allows you to enjoy your Spettmann product anytime, without difficulty. The Spettmann brand offers a familiar name along with peace of mind, lasting strength, unique styles and most of all quality. We know choosing a new awning can be confusing, that is why at Spettmann U.S.A. we have a network of dealers available in your area who can assist you in making the right decision, from choosing the right color fabric, to the installation. Our referral system ensures a hassle-free experience.