Our Story

2012

Break up to Asia

Kromberg & Schubert establish 2 Joint Ventures in China and grows to over 26.000 employees in total.

2010

Emerging from the Economic Crisis

Kromberg & Schubert take over more plants from competitors in Romania and Botswana.

2004 - 2009

Years of Expansion

Kromberg & Schubert establish another 6 plants abroad and grow to 20.000 employees.

2002

100 years of Kromberg & Schubert

Around 7.000 employees celebrate 100 years of Kromberg & Schubert.

2001

Foundation of Kromberg & Schubert GmbH Cable & Wire

A new player in the “Cable and wire“ sector: Kromberg & Schubert GmbH Cable & Wire, with its headquarters in Rhede.

2000

A Year of Takeovers:

  • A competitor in the cable harness sector with two locations in Brazil
  • Heininger & Cie. AG in Köniz near Bern, a major competitor in the Swiss cable market

 

1997

Logistics & Pro­duction Location in Dubai

The first lo­gis­tics and pro­duc­tion location in Dubai, another in Buenos Aires are constituded. They supply to the vehicle production of Mercedes-Benz Argentina as well as a production location in Slovakia.

1990

Pro­duction Relocation

Production is relocated from Wuppertal to Rhede.

1975

75th anniversary is celebrated.

Number of employees rises to 1.700.

1973

Hans-Otto Kromberg

Hans-Otto Kromberg joins the company as the third generation of the Kromberg family.

The first foreign companies established in Ireland and Switzerland.

1960 - 1969

Decade of Expansion

Continuous ex­pan­sion and growth of the plant in Renningen.

New pro­duc­tion plants in Witten / Ruhr.

1969, Kromberg & Schubert has 1.300 employees.

1959

Second location is established.

Max Wünsche joins the company as Director. Renningen, close to Stuttgart, is founded as the first location outside Wuppertal.

1958

† Otto Kromberg

After the sudden death of Otto Kromberg, his wife Gerda manages the company. The number of employees reaches the pre-war level of around 700.

1952

50 year anniversary of  Kromberg &
Schubert with approx. 380 employees.

1948

Reconstruction of plants and rebirth of the company.

1943 - 1945

Destruction of Plant & End of the War

In 1943, large parts of the plant were destroyed in air raids, in 1945, almost 80% of all plant and facilities had been completely destroyed.

1940

Production in the War Years

Changeover of production to serve the war economy: Kromberg & Schubert have to produce field wire and torpedo harnesses.

1937

† Paul Kromberg

His son Otto becomes the managing partner of the limited partnership, now with more than 500 employees.

1932

Technical Milestone & new Business Sector

Kromberg & Schubert becomes one of the leading suppliers in the field of communications technology.

Pro­duc­tion of the first pre-assembled cable harness for the automotive industry. New customers are now Adler, Daimler, DKW, Opel, Stöwer and Borgward.

Construction of the central production plant on a piece of land between two rail tracks – Kromberg’s „life’s work“.

1924

Over 200 employees for the first time.

1916

† Ernst Schubert

Paul Kromberg is now sole proprietor of the company. The name of the company is retained.

1906

Expansion

Relocation and initial ex­pan­sion in Wuppertal.

1902

15. April 1902: Founding of Kromberg & Schubert

Paul Kromberg & Ernst Schubert establish the company in Barmen (now Wuppertal).

By the inspection of the commercial register a tradition of Kromberg & Schubert - short: Kroschu - start: The Purple Guideline. This tradition influences the whole company story.

Already in this time the manufacturers mark their products with a coloured thread. So you can see till today who produced the cable.