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The Kerb-Konus biography

1946 Kerb-Konus-Vertriebs-GmbH is founded in Bielefeld
1949 The company is relocated to Schnaittenbach
1951 Acquisition of the American license for ENSAT
1959 Move into the first company-owned premises
1970 Construction of a new factory for the company's own production in Amberg
1974 The administration and sales departments move into a new company building at Liebengrabenweg in Amberg
1982 A plant is opened in Hadamar/Hessen
1984 Opening of the Sales Office in Osaka/Japan
KKV AG is founded in Alterndorf/Switzerland as a joint venture
1985 Foundation of KKE in Alcorcon (Madrid) Spain
1986 40-year company jubilee
Foundation of Precision Fasteners Inc. in USA
Foundation of Sofrafix in France
1989 Foundation of KKV Belgium in Vilvoorde/Belgium
1990 The joint venture Kerb-Konus-Fasteners Pvt. Ltd. is launched in Kolhapur/India
1992 Construction work starts on a new company location at Wernher-von-Braun-Straße in the industrial estate to the north of the town
1994 Certification to ISO 9001
1995 Foundation of Kerb Konus UK in England
1996 50-year company jubilee
1999 Certified to QS 9000 and VDA 6.1
2001 Certified to ISO TS 16949
2004 Foundation subsidiary Kerb-Konus Italy s.r.l.
2006 60-year company jubilee

The first decade: 1946

Just under a year after the end of the war, the company Kerb-Konus-Vertriebs-GmbH was founded on the initiative of Dr. Carl H. Eibes in Bielefield, with a view to establishing a foothold in what was then the British zone of occupation. Three years later, business activity was relocated to Schnaittenbach and then later to Amberg.

Schnaittenbach - Dr.-Carl-Eibes-Stra? D?e
Schnaittenbach - Dr.-Carl-Eibes-Straße

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The Ensat:

Through the acquisition of an American license, the company was now able to launch into the sale of self-tapping threaded inserts under the brand name "Ensat".

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The company moves into its own production facilities

Up until 1959, Kerb-Konus-Vertriebs-GmbH operated from leased premises. When, ten years later, the company had also grown too large for the premises it had established in Schnaittenbach, the entire operation moved into a new plant in Amberg in 1970. It was now possible for Kerb-Konus to launch its own  production and further development for threaded inserts. At the same time,  the company substantially increased its product range to include threaded  inserts for plastics and thin-walled moldings, and also acquired licenses for  the coating of screws and studs with plastics and micro-encapsulated  adhesives.

Amberg - Liebengrabenweg 11

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A healthy company

In 1974, the entire company including the administrative and sales department moved into the premises at Liebengrabenweg in Amberg. A period of general economic recession saw the launch of a whole new chapter in the company's history. Kerb-Konus switched to a totally new mode of operation in both the production and administrative sectors. A new sales concept involving the use of electronic data processing was developed, the company's own field sales service established, as well as new marketing and advertising strategies were implemented. The production area was almost doubled during 1984. The company succeeded in automating a large portion of its production processes, while continuing to offer increased employment – a concept which has proven highly successful

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By 1992, the company exceeded 200 employees, and the existing facilities were no longer adequate to accommodate its growing needs. After a careful and laborious planning phase, a construction project was launched at a new location in the Industriegebiet Nord. The industrial estate to the north of the town was intended to double the existing area available for both production and administration. 

On December 18, 1992, production at the current location was discontinued, and the move into the new premises got under way. On January 11, 1993 the company was fully ready to resume operation in the completed first phase of the new building complex at Wernher-von-Braun-Straße. 

Amberg - Industriegebiet Nord - Wernher-vonBraun-Stra? D?e 7
Amberg - Industriegebiet Nord - Wernher-von-Braun-Straße 7

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The success enjoyed by Kerb-Konus-Vertriebs-GmbH is due in part to its on-going endeavors towards the achievement of innovation, productivity and quality. It was by striving to attain these aims that the company succeeded in attaining the quality certification ISO 9001 in 1994.

In the company's jubilee year 1996, work started on the second building phase, laying the foundations for continued positive development and growth.

One of the main reasons for the success of Kerb-Konus-Vertriebs-GmbH is the permanent commitment innovation, productivity and quality. All those efforts led to the QS 9000 and VDA 6.1 certification.

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