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2017 Q4

GKTool invests in a DMC 270 U, a new universal machining center from DMG MORI with a linear pallet charger

 

2016

Presentation of the Decoject IMG technology at the K fair

 

2016

Patent Application for a combined wrapping and trimming technique in Back-Injection Moulding tools

 

2015

Patent Application for a combined wrapping and trimming technique in Injection Compression Moulding tools

 

2014

Manuel Widmer joins the company as managing director and majority shareholder and doing so ensures the course of succession

 

2013

Presentation of the Varysoft technology at the K fair. A combination of injection molding, thermoforming and PUR foaming

 

2013

Presentation of a production-ready tooling at the K fair, which combines organic sheet forming with long fiber injection molding.

 

2011

Establishment of the LIPA-series Team for lightweight projects

 

2010

Beginning of the lightweight construction era: Presentation of the GK LIP fibre technology

 

2009

First metal foils (films) are directly back-injected

 

2007

Invention of the Duo-Lamination Technology

 

2006

Invention of the Dolphin process

 

2003

First series tools with integrated cutting system for the decoration material (pinching)

 

2001

Development of tooling for back injection and back compression lacquered films, a world first

 

2000

Foundation of Georg Kaufmann TechCenter AG as an independent test and development center.

 

1998

Development of injection compression moulding process together with the German company KraussMaffei 1994 Introduction of the ISDN standards

 

1997

Orders for prototype and production tooling for Nicolas Hayek's "Smart"

 

1994

Introduction of the ISDN standards

 

1990

Start of serial production of back injection molding of texiles, such as pillar carpeting and footwell trim panels, for BMW, Mercedes Benz and Audi

 

1989

First test tools for the new back injection moulding technology. The company moves to Busslingen, increasing the production area to 2000 m2

 

1988

Conversion of the sole proprietorship Georg Kaufmann into a family-owned corporation

 

1987

Entry into the production of interior automotive trims, construction of pressing tools for the trunk trim of the BMW 3 Series Touring

 

1986

Contract for the construction of a tool for catalytic converter heatshields for the German, Swedish and Italian automotive industry

 

1984

First orders from the automotive industry: The prodution of a radiator grill for the Audi quattro and production of front-ends for the VW Golf

 

1981

Acquistion of die sinking EDM machine fro the production of complex molds

 

1978

Construction of lighting for racing bikes

 

1976

Creation of the GK logo which still exists today

 

1975

First contacts with large-scale industry. Construction of a mold for the production of the polytrop chair model for Stoll Giroflex AG

 

1972

George kaufmann and his brother Jo found the company with an investement of 40,000. Concepts and manufacturing of injefction moulding and passing tools