History

Looking back at our origins points to our future direction.

From a forge to an international machine manufacturer.

Experience our history.

1816

A forge for constructing carts was opened by Franz Adam Kraft in the Westphalian town of Mastholte

1843

Agricultural business was expanded by Gerhard Kraft

1876

Johann Kraft starts to produce and trade agricultural machinery

1908

Gerhard Kraft continued to expand the agricultural machinery and carts business

1950

From G. Kraft Maschinenbau GmbH, Ferdinand Kraft sen. founded a specialist company for the construction of specialist machinery

1963

The entire agricultural business was converted to become production space

1976

Ferdinand Kraft jun. becomes the Managing Director

1979

Container construction started for the Rietbergwerke company

1980

The production of specialist machinery was expanded for wood and plastics used in the furniture and window industries

1984

Serial production of machinery started for the wood industry

1987

Foundation of Sudahl Industrie Elektric GmbH by Ferdinand Kraft and Johannes Sudahl

1988

Takeover of Kampmeier Maschinenbau GmbH

1991

The production area was expanded

1992

Foundation of Kraham Bauschlosserei GmbH by Ferdinand Kraft and Jörg Hammer

1993

Takeover of H. Hünemeier Sondermaschinenbau und Handel GmbH

1994

A fire destroyed the manufacturing hall, the paint shop and the storage area at G. Kraft Maschinenbau GmbH

1994

Construction of a new production hall and an administration building

1994

Kraft Fensterbaumaschinentechnik GmbH was refounded

1995

Sudahl Industrie Elektric GmbH was renamed Kraft Steuerungstechnik GmbH

1997

The production area was expanded

2003

Kraft Fensterbaumaschinentechnik GmbH was renamed Kraft System- und Anlagenbau GmbH

2005

Takeover of Maschinenfabrik August Gruse GmbH

2007

Completion of the new administration building

2008

Completion of the new assembly hall

2008

Consolidation of Kraft Steuerungstechnik GmbH, H. Hünemeier GmbH, Kampmeier GmbH and Kraft System- und Anlagenbau GmbH to form G. Kraft Maschinenbau GmbH

2011

G. Kraft Maschinenbau GmbH acquires all patent rights, utility models and trademark rights owned by Wemhöner Systems AG

2014

Construction of a new assembly hall

2016

Markus Hüllmann takes over the majority shareholding in G. Kraft Maschinenbau GmbH

2017

Construction of an assembly hall to expand the production area

2018

Foundation of the subsidiary "Kraft Machines Inc." in the USA