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History

History

1932 Master mechanic Johannes Käfer establishes the company as a mechanical workshop for dial gauges, located in Schwenningen a.N.
1936 A new manufacturing facility at our current location Hahnstr. 11 in Schwenningen has been built and inaugurated
1945 Company founder Johannes Käfer dies. Operations manager Johannes Jauch becomes a partner and managing director
1957 The company celebrates its 25th anniversary with the considerable number of 50 employees
1961 The company has 70 employees by now. The Management is moving into new offices
1971 Managing director Johannes Jauch dies unexpectedly. His successors are Mr Helmut Schlenker as Commercial Director and Mr Siegfried Jauch as Technical Director. They jointly run the Johannes Käfer company as equal managing partners
1979/80 The Käfer company meets the biggest expansion in its history. A two-storey building is constructed on the premises with a surface area of approximately 1500 m² and put into operation. The workforce is increased to about 100 employees
1982 The company celebrates its 50th anniversary
1984 The company changes its name from Joh. Käfer to Käfer Messuhrenfabrik GmbH & Co.KG
1988 The manufacturing area is increased by expanding the operations building 79/80. The workforce exceeds 125 employees
1989 Managing Director Mr Helmut Schlenker leaves management after reaching retirement age. Long-time authorised signatory Mr Manfred Jauch assumes commercial management duties
1994 Dial Gauge manufacturer E. Messner VS-Schwenningen is acquired
1999 Managing Director Mr Manfred Jauch leaves management after reaching retirement age. Authorised signatory Mr. Ulrich Schlenker becomes Commercial Director
2000 Technical Director Mr Siegfried Jauch leaves management after reaching retirement age. Managing Director Mr. Ulrich Schlenker is promoted from partner to CEO.
Long-time technical manager Mr. Ewald Kerentopf becomes Operations Manager
2003 Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000
2005 Wholly-owned subsidiary Käfer Dial Gauges (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. is founded
2007 Käfer Messuhrenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG celebrates its 75th anniversary
2010 Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008
2011 Long-time authorised signatory Mr Dieter Hildebrandt joins management
2012 Managing Director Mr Ulrich Schlenker leaves management at the end of the year.
2015 Our redesigned homepage goes live
2015 Authorised signatory Mr. Andy Käfer joins management
2016
Managing director Mr. Hildebrandt leaves management after reaching retirement age. Managing Director Mr. Andy Käfer is promoted from partner to CEO.
2018
Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015

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1953 | The mechanical workshop for Dial Gauges in Schwenningen a.N.

1959 | The management moves to new built offices

1982 | The company celebrates its 50th anniversary

1989 | Enlargement of the company building

Aerial view in 1998