Start with partner webinars in English and German
Relaunch of our new Website
New important patent registration of a new technology
Manufacturing of the 20th tool with IMW (In Mould Wrapping) technology.
GK Tool invests in a new universal machining centre from DMG Mori. A DMC 270 U with linear pallet changer.
Production and commissioning of the first Decoject series tool for India.
May: Exhibition stand at the Moulding Expo in Stuttgart.
October: GK Tool shows three moulds for all-in-one applications at the K trade fair in Düsseldorf.
Patent application for a combined edgefolding and trimming technique in source flow embossing tools.
Production of the first series tools with the patent-pending technology.
Presentation of the Decoject IMG technology at the K trade fair.
Manufacturing of first production tools with In Mould Wrapping technology.
Manuel Widmer joins the company as managing director and majority shareholder, thereby securing the company’s succession.
Start of the lightweight construction era: Presentation of the technology “GK LIP fibre”.
Foundation of the LIPAseries team for lightweight construction projects.
Presentation of the Varysoft technology at the K trade fair. A combination process of injection moulding, thermoforming and PUR foaming.
Invention of the Dolphin process.
Invention of the Duo-Lamination process.
Metal foils are formed and back-moulded directly in the mould for the first time.
Development of a world first: a tool for back injection lacquered foils.
First series tools with integrated decorative trimming (pinching).
Georg Kaufmann TechCenter AG is founded as an independent testing and development centre.
Start of the construction of tools for the series production of textile back-moulded components. Pillars and footwell trims for BMW, Daimler and Audi were produced.
Orders for prototype and production tools for Nicolas Hayek’s “Smart”.
In cooperation with the German machine manufacturer KraussMaffei, the Injection Compression process is developed.
The company moves to Busslingen into the purpose-built company building. The production area is increased to 2’000m2. The first test moulds for the new back injection technology are built.
Conversion of the sole proprietorship Georg Kaufmann into a family limited company.
First orders from the automotive industry:
Production of a radiator grille for the Audi quattro and production of front ends for the VW Golf.
Order to build a tool for catalytic converter heat shields for the German, Swedish and Italian car industry.
Entry into the production of vehicle interior trim. Construction of the press tool joints for the luggage compartment trim of the 3-series BMW Touring.
Construction of lighting for racing bicycles.
Investment in a die-sinking EDM machine for the production of complex hollow forms.
Creation of the logo that still exists today.
First contacts with large-scale industry were established.
Construction of a tool for the production of the polytropic chair model of the company Stoll Giroflex AG.
Georg Kaufmann and his brother Jo found the company with an investment of 40,000 Swiss francs.
They create concepts and manufacture press tools and back injection moulds.