75 years - Gummiwerk KRAIBURG celebrates anniversary
Since its foundation in 1947, the company has become one of the leading manufacturers of rubber and silicone compounds.
This year mark a special milestone for our company that is worthy of celebration: our 75 years of existence. 75 years full of experiences and memories. 75 years of successful company history. An anniversary that fills us all with joy and pride.
The story began with the development, processing and finishing of elastomer compounds which were further developed and optimized over time by people of different generations.
As well as successful company mergers, it is, above all, the employees themselves who, in the truest meaning of the words, “write history” with their high level of dedication and wealth of ideas.
Take a look at yesterday, today and tomorrow
The anniversary is an occasion for us to dive deeper into the history that brought us to where we are now, and to dare to take a look at what’s next. Our goal is to meet the needs of the current time, to solve the challenges we’re faced with and to shape the future. With our employees. And with you.
We invite you to come together with us and take a look at yesterday, today and tomorrow.
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FOUNDATION YEARS – the 1940s and 50s
Gummiwerk KRAIBURG opened for business in Kraiburg-Hart in 1947. Under most difficult conditions, dismantled machine parts buried under the rubble of the Second World War were transformed into rolling mills for manufacturing rubber compounds.
1947 Legal registration of the company Gummiwerk KRAIBURG GmbH in the Traunstein commercial register. The first products included ball rubber and patching rubber for repairing tires.
From 1950 Expansion of the production operations, establishment of several representations within Germany and of the first business contacts abroad.
1957 Transformation into Gummiwerk KRAIBURG GmbH & Co. KG.
ECONOMIC UPSWING AND EXPANSION – the 1960s
Consistent and high quality, customer service and a seamless supply were what secured the Gummiwerk a firm place on the market in the 1960s. The economic upswing phase was characterized by investments and the modernization of systems, production line expansions and capacity increases.
1963 Completion of the plans for a new hall to achieve a better production process.
1964 Gummiwerk KRAIBURG had its first successful expansion into another European country. A new plant was founded in Geretsberg/Austria.
1965 The last conversion work was completed and the new plant was put into operation.
1968 Acquisition of a new plant in Tittmoning, which is the site of KRAIBURG Elastik and KRAIBURG STRAIL today, and head office for the KRAIBURG Relastec administration.
1968 Foundation of GEZOLAN AG.
THE SUCCESS STORY CONTINUES – THE 1970s
THE SUCCESS STORY CONTINUES
Gummiwerk KRAIBURG was on a constant growth trajectory. The company expanded into Switzerland with the opening of GEZOLAN AG. This growth paved the way for the later internationalization and diversification into other business areas, which are occupied by today’s divisions.
1971 Opening of a subsidiary in Switzerland, known today as GEZOLAN AG.
1976 Destruction of the factory in Geretsberg by a major fire. Just a few months later, the dedication of the workers helped to completely rebuild the plant.
1979 The establishment of KRAIBURG Corp. began with HI-Rail Corp. as the trading branch in Chicago/USA.
GROWTH AND CONSOLIDATION – the 1980s
GROWTH AND CONSOLIDATION
The 80s until the mid-90s were characterized by high investments in the existing plants, as well as developing and expanding into the different applications and markets. The increased participation in domestic and foreign trade fairs supported the company’s positive business growth. The increased numbers of employees – especially in the Waldkraiburg plant – made it necessary to build a new plant, which was opened ceremonially in October 1989.
1987 The foundation stone for the new plant was placed.
1989 Just two years after the foundation stone was placed, the company moved out of the city center and into Waldkraiburg’s industrial region. The company’s new headquarters become a symbol of the “New KRAIBURG”, which looks to the future full of creativity.
INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION AND SITE DEVELOPMENT – the 1990s
INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION AND SITE DEVELOPMENT
Company participations in Europe and the foundation of new production facilities in America and Asia allowed the company to expand its areas of business to achieve a top position around the world.
1991 Foundation of the KRAIBURG Relastec in Salzwedel, to actively implement and anchor the developed process for the sustainable manufacture and recycling of KRAIBURG products.
1992 Expansion of the compound activities through participation in the company JEVSA in Barcelona. One year later: Expansion of the roller manufacture activities through participation in LIGUM in Jablonec/Czech Republic.
1993 Start of a new production operation in Lisbon/USA for railway crossing panels.
1994 Start of production for tire retreading in Nilai/Malaysia in partnerships with Goodway Rubber Industries. Certification of the business according to the standards DIN ISO 9001 and 9002.
1996 Thermoplastic elastomers have been in development at Gummiwerk KRAIBURG since as early as the 1980s, which is also when the European market was tapped into. With the foundation of KRAIBURG Malaysia in 1996, the new, promising business area was developed in the Asian market as well.
1997 Ceremony for the 50th anniversary of Gummiwerk KRAIBURG. The most successful year since the company was founded, with a turnover of DM 300 million.
1998 Groundbreaking for the new social building.
INTERNATIONALIZATION AND SPIN-OFF COMPANIES – the 2000s
FOCUSING ON CORE COMPETENCES AND EFFICIENCY IN DIVISION K – the 2010s
NEW STRUCTURE AND STRONG PARTNERSHIPS - the 2020s
NEW STRUCTURE AND STRONG PARTNERSHIPS
Founded 75 years ago as a small mixing company, Gummiwerk KRAIBURG has now made a name for itself in the area of rubber compounds. The company develops and produces individual solutions to meet the demands of today and tomorrow. Gummiwerk KRAIBURG’s compounds impress thanks to their consistently high quality and reliability.
In its effort to stay abreast of future trends, the company relies even more on proven success factors – the expertise of the staff and strong partnerships.
2021 Support of sustainable technologies by commissioning charging stations on company premises.
75 Years KRAIBURG – The Anniversary Logo
KRAIBURG is a family business with tradition for 75 years, always in tune with the times and continuous development. The 75th anniversary logo celebrates the great success of the company with the ability to innovate, adapt and improve.