KATHREIN-Werke KG is a perfect example of a world market leader based on tradition. Engineer Anton Kathrein founded the company in 1919 as a one-man enterprise, in a cellar in Rosenheim, Upper Bavaria.
Kathrein was the inventor of a surge arrestor, which was able to significantly reduce the huge losses suffered by electricity companies as a result of lightning strikes. When radio became a mass media in the 1920s, Kathrein put his knowledge of circuit technology to good use and offered a good-value, self-assembling wire antenna, helping the company to break into the rapidly growing market for antenna systems.
Today, KATHREIN is the world's oldest and largest antenna manufacturer and a leading high-tech company in communications technology. The KATHREIN corporation has over 6,700 staff and is led by Dipl.Ing. Anton Kathrein – the third generation to head the family company.
If there were a world market for meeting customer requirements, PASS Stanztechnik AG would certainly be a candidate for market leader. This specialist in the production of CNC punching tools, based in Creußen, Upper Franconia, sees itself not as a tools supplier, but as a partner of the sheet metal processing industry, and defines itself by its service quality.
On this basis, the company, founded in 1982, has worked its way to a leading position in the development and production of special tools for customer requirements outside the usual standard applications within just a few years.
The 115 staff at the Creußen site and the company's representatives around the world see themselves as pioneers for the over 4,000 customers, for whom the premium quality precision tools open up new applications, markets and fields of business.
Schwan-STABILO is an internationally active corporation which has fully signed up to the world of pens. The company's history reads like a chronicle of innovative writing instruments, some of which are famous around the world today. The first copying pencil to write in colour was produced by Schwan-STABILO and put on sale in 1875.
In 1927, the first make-up pencil for eyebrows revolutionised women's lives. The “STABILO BOSS” highlighter caused just as much of a storm when it was introduced in 1971. This “pen for reading” is still the world's best-selling highlighter to this day.
Since 1855, the former “Schwan Pencil Factory” has become a globally successful corporation which is still owned by the fifth generation of the family even after its conversion to a holding company. With the help of over 4,400 staff worldwide, annual sales in the high hundreds of millions are achieved.
Großkötz, 1931: Alois Kober is just 23 years old when he founds his own little metalwork shop. From the very beginning, he has plenty of guts and even more entrepreneurial spirit, laying the foundations for what will become the AL-KO KOBER GROUP.
That little metalwork shop is today a globally active corporation with over 4,200 staff, present with new ideas in many different markets, and is still growing. A new customer centre opened in June 2012 in Kleinkötz, near Günzburg. It provides a state-of-the-art workplace for around 70 staff.
The product portfolio ranges from lawnmowers to vehicle components and even air-conditioning systems for laboratories. This variety is based on simple basic principles: quality, innovative spirit and well-thought-out functionality are combined with contemporary design, convenience and reliability.
This consistent company philosophy has won the AL-KO Kober Group many renowned awards, including the “iF product design award”, the “red dot design award” and the coveted “Top 100 Award” for the most innovative small and medium-sized companies in Germany.
As the world's leading specialist for drives and control systems, Bosch Rexroth ensures the precise, safe and efficient movement of machines and plants all over the world. Bosch Rexroth technology ensures precise control and the necessary power and dynamism in roles as diverse as the production of cars or chocolate bars, modern steelworks, historic theatre technology or enormous wind energy plants.
With around 38,400 staff in 80 countries around the world and headquarters in Lohr, Lower Franconia, the company focuses particularly on the development of energy-efficient solutions. With its help, factories consume less energy and mobile machinery produces significantly lower emissions.
Bosch Rexroth brings together worldwide application experience from 44 sectors in its Mobile Applications, Industrial Applications and Renewable Energies business units. The company has enjoyed above-average growth for many years and achieved sales of EUR 6.4 billion in 2011.
Millions of consumers benefit from the innovative power of Krones AG every day, without even knowing it. Based in Neutraubling, the Krones Group plans, develops and produces machinery and complete plants for process, filling and packaging technology, as well as intralogistics.
Every day, many millions of bottles, cans and plastic containers are filled and processed in Krones plants around the world. For breweries, winemakers, beverage manufacturers, the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry and many other sectors, reliable Krones technology has become a crucial link in the goods' journey to the consumer.
The worldwide success of the company and its over 11,500 staff all comes down to the combination of specialist expertise in mechanical engineering and knowing precisely what customers need. Many new innovations have ensured that the company, founded in 1951, has always remained one step ahead of the competition when it comes to technology. Today, Krones holds an innovation pool of over 2,200 registered patents and utility models.