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History

Foundation
Drolshagen 1970 - following the vision of becoming worldmarket leader
1970Jan 01

The foundation of the Krah group

Foundation of the M. KRAH Elektrotechnische Fabrik GmbH & Co.KG as a „Management Buy-Out“ by Mr. Theodor Hermann and Mr. Rainer Fiala. Start of the production of wire-wound resistors for the industry. 

Employees: 20

Turnover: 600.000 DM

1975Jan 01

Expansion to Italy

With the plant in Italy the sales activities within Europe could be widened. 

1976Jan 01

Enhancement of the general management team

Eckhard Hermann joins KRAH 1976 as a managing partner.

from left to right: Eckhard Hermann, Rainer Fiala, Theodor Hermann

1980Jan 01

First delivery to the automotive industry

Development project with the customer Bosch for VW (Golf 1). 

Opening of a new market segment for KRAH-resistors. Start of a rapid increase in turnover. 

1983Jan 01

Expansion to Switzerland

Foundation of the Widap AG Switzerland for the production and trade of resistors and resistor components. 

1990Jan 01

Automated production in Drolshagen

Production in Drolshagen with about 250 employees and 1,000 home workers. Start of the automation process with the initiation of the first automated assembly line. 

1991Jan 01

Foundation WITEC

Foundation of WITEC Widerstandstechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Dömitz, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Acquisition of a part of a nationally-owned enterprise with 60 employees. Production of resistors for the industry. 

 

1992Jan 01

Expansion to Slovenia

Foundation of Resistec UPR d.o.o. & Co. k.d. by taking over the production of the company Iskra. Start of production in Ljubljana. 

1999Jan 01

Expansion to Brazil

Foundation of KRAH-ICE-BRASIL Ind. e Com. de Comp. Eletrônicos Ltda. in Timbo, Brasil.

1999Jan 01

Expansion to China

Foundation of the first Joint-Venture in Shanghai, China with a Chinese partner.  

1999Jan 01

Milestone 1,000 employees

Since 1999 more than 1,000 employees belong to the KRAH Group.

2006Jan 01

Foundation of ATHOS

Foundation of Athos Elektrosysteme GmbH as a merger of the cable-rewinder divisions of the companies Holzschuh and Atlanta. Worldwide production and sales of cable rewinders. For more information: Website ATHOS

2009Jan 01

Foundation of KRAH Knittlingen

KRAH Elektrotechnische Fabrik GmbH+Co.KG opens a new plant in Knittlingen, Baden-Würtemberg. 

Employees: 20

2010Jan 01

Milestone 1,500 employees

Since 2010 more than 1,500 employees belong to the KRAH Group. 

2010Jan 01

Milestone € 100M Sales

Since 2010 the KRAH Group has a turnover of more than € 100M per year. 

2012Jan 01

Expansion to India

Foundation of the first Joint-Venture (KRAH Woory India - KWI) in India with the Korean partner Woory for the production of resistors for the Indian automotive industry. 

2013Jan 01

Foundation KWK

Foundation of a Joint-Venture with the companies KSI and WIDAP for the production of resistors for the Indian market. 

2014Jan 01

Acquisition of HighTech

Acquisition of Hightech in Limeira, Sao Paolo. Expansion of the product portfolio with spark-plug connectors. 

2015Jan 01

Foundation of WIDAP, Munich

Foundation of the Widap electronic components in Munich as distributor for electronic components. 

2015Jan 01

Milestone € 150M Sales

Since 2015 the KRAH Group has a turnover of more that € 150M per year. 

2016Jan 01

Acquisition of WIKO

Acquisition of WIKO in Klötze, Saxony-Anhalt for the expansion of the production of suppressors. 

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