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1954 – 1964 | Founding and expansion

1954

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Josef and Heinrich J. Kesseböhmer begin manufacturing baskets and riddles for potato-sorting machines built by Becker & Co., Dahlinghausen.

1959

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Adding a PVC-coating system enables Kesseböhmer to expand into production of plastic-coated decorative items and sales and display stands.

1961

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The first new building (1500 sqm) expands production capacity for presentation and display systems.

Sales 1961: DM 1 million

40 employees.

1962

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Fluidized-bed coating system for plastic coating goes into operation.

Early 1960s

Collaboration with major manufacturers to develop a versatile range of fittings for kitchen cabinets (later for bathroom and bedroom units too).
1965-1976 | Specialization

1965

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The first electroplating plant in Dahlinghausen becomes operational.

Mid-1960s

First export contacts.

1968

Strong growth in demand for Kesseböhmer display systems. Kesseböhmer display stands are used for POS display of products from Henkel, Nestlé, Coca Cola, Vileda, Bosch and many other leading brands, including Tempo tissues. Bohmte factory is rebuilt.

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1969

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Bohmte plant opened. A new, advanced powder-coating system expands surface-coating capacity in Dahlinghausen.

The first INTERZUM in 1969 – with Kesseböhmer

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Early 1970s

Continuous expansion of production capacity in Dahlinghausen and Bohmte.

Sales 1970: DM 12 million
250 employees

1972

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1975 bis 1990

Beteiligung an der Firma DWD-Drahtwaren, Deizisau/Stuttgart. Herstellung von Körben für Geschirrspüler und Roste für Kühlschränke.

1976

Expansion of the Bohmte plant, including a new fluidized-bed coating system.
1977-1990 | Expansion and diversification

1979

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On the death of his father, Josef Kesseböhmer, Heinrich J. Kesseböhmer takes over as head of the company

Sales 1979: DM 35 million
300 employees

1980

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The Bohmte plant installs a powder-coating system.

Mid-1980s

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Development and launch of “Chrome Line” for the furniture industry.

1989

Electroplating system in Dahlinghausen rebuilt.
1991 – 2000 | Export - made in Germany

1991

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Renovation and expansion of an historic half-timbered building in Dahlinghausen as a showroom for Furniture Fittings Systems.

Sales 1990: DM 100 million
740 employees

Mid- 1990s

Export – Made in Germany.

1997

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Oliver Kesseböhmer joins the company management.

1998

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Acquisition of a company in Weilheim near Stuttgart expands the product portfolio to include advanced systems for office ergonomics and built-in fittings for caravans. Takeover of a components supplier for furniture fittings in Herrnhut in Saxony.

Sales 1998: DM 200 million
1000 employees

1999

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Takeover of the shopfitting systems supplier STOREbest in Lübeck to complete the product range for the Store Fixtures and Product Display business unit.

2000

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The Bohmte plant is expanded by around 7,000 sqm.

2001 – 2015 | Kesseböhmer as global player

2001

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Plant in Dahlinghausen expanded by around 12,000 sqm and the adjacent west site completed (car park, new access to main road, rainwater storage reservoir).

2004

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50th anniversary of company founding

Direct sales in 52 countries. Five production plants – all of them in Germany.

Sales 2004: DM 352 million / EUR 180 million
1,450 employees

2006

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Lübeck factory expanded by 12,600 sqm.
New powder-coating machine begins operation.

2007

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Modernisation and upgrade of Herrnhut plant.

Sales in 2007: EUR 250 million
1,750 people employed in the Kesseböhmer group

2008

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Construction start for an additional electroplating unit in Bad Essen-Dahlinghausen.

2008 / 2009

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Construction of new electroplating plant including new 4.5 MW wood-fired power station to provide renewable energy.

2009

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Toplifter founded in Hungary/Budapest as a joint venture with long-time business associate Häfele, integration of Huwil Toplifter product range.

2010

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Bohmte: Purchase of a neighbouring plot with a 4,000 sqm production plant.

2011

Heinrich J. Kesseböhmer dies in a tragic road accident.

Over 2,000 employees in the group
Sales in 2011: over EUR 300 million

2012

Sales: EUR 370 million
Total number of people employed in the Group: 2,100,
including 161 trainees and apprentices

2014

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Bohmte plant expanded by 9,200 sqm production floor and 2,300 sqm highbay distribution centre