The KATHREIN-Werke KG is an example for a global market leader aware of its tradition. It was back in 1919, when engineer Anton Kathrein founded the corporation as a sole trader business in a cellar in the Upper Bavarian city of Rosenheim. Anton Kathrein invented a surge diverter capable of considerably reducing the immense losses power companies suffer after being struck by lightning. When radio had developed into a mass medium in the mid-1920‘s, Kathrein used his knowledge of transmission technology and offered an affordable, easy-to-assemble wire aerial, enabling the company to achieve its breakthrough on the rapidly growing aerial system market. Today, Kathrein is the world’s oldest and largest aerial manufacturer and a leading hightech company is the field of communication technology. The Kathrein corporate group in a family-run business (3rd generation), managed by Graduate Engineer Anton Kathrein.
If there was a world market for satisfying customer requests, the PASS Stanztechnik AG from the Upper Franconian Creußen would be a candidate to lead this very market. The company specializes in manufacturing CNC punching tools and the staff does not consider the company a tool supplier, but a partner of the sheet metal working industry. The employees define themselves by their service quality; and under this premise, the company that was founded in 1982 worked its way up to a leading position in the development and production of special vehicles that are customized beyond standard requests. The 115 employees in Creußen and the company representatives worldwide consider themselves as those paving the way for more than 4,000 customers as far as high-quality precision tools are concerned that tap new applications, markets and business segments.
Schwan-STABILO is an international group of companies, which has dedicated themselves to the world of pens. The company‘s history is a chronicle of innovative writing instruments, some of which are known worldwide today: In 1875 Schwan STABILO introduced the first color copy writing pen. 1927 brought the first make-up pen for eyebrows to the female world. Equally startling was the introduction of the highlighter “STABILO BOSS“ in 1971. This “reading pen“ is still the world‘s best-selling highlighter. Since 1855, the company expanded from the former Schwanpencil factory into a globally successful corporation. After the conversion into a holding company, it is still owned by the family, meanwhile in the 5th generation. With over 4,400 employees worldwide, an annual turnover is generated well into the triple-digit millions.
Grosskoetz in 1931: Alois Kober was just 23 years old when he founded his own small locksmithery. Right from the beginning, he had proven to possess both courage and entrepreneurial spirit, which was the cornerstone for the later 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 was opened in June 2012 in Kleinkötz, near Günzberg, providing an extremely modern workplace for around 70 staff. The range of products varies from lawn mowers to vehicle components to laboratory air conditioning. This diversity is based on a simple basic principle: Quality, innovational spirit and elaborate functionalities are combined with contemporary design, convenient handling and reliability. This consequent company philosophy bestowed countless renowned awards upon the AL-KO Kober Group, such as the “iF production design award”, the “red dot design award” and the much soughtafter “Top 100 Award” for the most innovative mediumsized enterprises in Germany.
Bosch Rexroth is the world‘s leading specialist in drives and controls all over the world ensuring precise, safe and efficient movement of machinery and equipment. Whether it is the production of cars or chocolate bars, modern steel mills, historic theater technology or huge wind turbines technology from Bosch Rexroth controls and accurately provides the necessary strength and dynamics. With approximately 38,400 employees in 80 countries around the world and with headquarters located in Lohr, Lower Franconia, the enterprise places special emphasis on the development of energy efficient solutions. With their help, factories use less energy and mobile machinery factories emit far fewer emissions. Bosch Rexroth integrates global application experience from 44 industries into the business units, Mobile Applications, Industrial Applications and Renewable Energies. The company has been growing above average for years now, and achieved sales of Euros 6.4 billion in 2011.
Millions of consumers benefit each and every day from the Krones’ innovative capacity – without being actually aware of it. The Krones group is based in Neutraubling and plans, develops and manufactures machinery and complete systems for process, filling and packaging technology as well as intra-logistics. Around the world, millions of bottles, cans and formed containers are both filled and processed every day by means of Krones facilities. As far as breweries, wine presses, beverage companies, chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry and many more are concerned, reliable technology from Krones has become the key link of goods on their way to the consumer. The global success of both the company and its more than 11,500 employees rests upon the combination of special knowledge in terms of mechanical engineering and precisely understanding what customers need. Countless innovations have paved the way for a continuous technical lead of the company that was founded in 1951. Today, Krones carry an innovation potential of more than 2,200 registered patents and registered designs.