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Company history

1879-1924
1879
In 1879, 24-year old Gustav Klauke and his brother found the Gustav Klauke company in Stephanstrasse in the Osterbusch area of Remscheid, Germany. At the time, the product range comprised high-quality pliers, which found a ready market, primarily in the watchmaker trade, due to clean hand forging. The company has 5 employees.

1906
The Gustav Klauke company is entered in the Commercial Register as a "General Trading Company". The factory space covers 1,200 m2.

1912
Hand-forged pilers have been dropped and replaced by forged pliers. Mass production has begun. The company has approx. 60 employees.

1924
The sons of the founder, Gustav Klauke II and Max Klauke, take over the management. The pliers product range is continued
1925-1959
1925
The first English language catalogue for the pliers range appears. From the outset, Klauke goes for high-quality tools for the international markets too.

1930
The sales market is expanded by translating the catalogues into French and Spanish. 

1948
Following the death of Gustav Klauke II, in keeping with old traditions, the company is managed by his son-in-law Gustav Diederichs together with Max Klauke. At the same time, Klauke is converted to a limited liability company.
1960-1979
1960
The increasing popularity of electrification creates the impetus for the decision to produce cable lugs and associated tools.

1965
Gustav Diederichs' son, Karl-Gustav Diederichs joins the company. There are now 45 employees.

1968
The production of traditional pliers is ceased. At the same time, the production of cable lugs and crimping tools is expanded. 

1978
Karl-Gustav Diederichs becomes sole Managing Director and oversees 85 employees.

1979
Gustav Klauke GmbH celebrates its centenary in Remscheid.
1980-1990

1980
Covering an area of 6,000 m2 , the original premises on Stephanstrasse are too small for continued company growth. In the Remscheid-Überfeld industrial area, land measuring about 17,000 m2 is acquired for the construction of new production, storage and office space.

1984
Production in the new halls is started on an area of over 4,000 m2 .

1988
The entire company moves into the new premises in Remscheid-Ueberfeld. The production and storage facilities now cover some 9,000 m2.

1990
To keep up with the steady growth, an adjacent 3,000 m2 piece of land is purchased. Thanks to an existing hall, a further 2,000 m2 production area is added. Klauke now has approx. 160 employees.

1991-1995

1991
Following the reunification of Germany, Gustav Klauke GmbH acquires HAW in Saxony, the current Bernsdorf branch covering a total area of 10,000 m².

1993
Klauke Austria is established in Vienna. In the same year, INDIS, headquartered in Creutzwald, is integrated into the Klauke Group as Klauke France. At the same time, Dr Peters is bought out by Klauke. This company produces connecting materials and tools.

1994
The first battery-powered hydraulic tool for connecting material is made.The development and distribution of special products for the plumbing and heating sector begin – accompanied by the first catalogue for this range of applications.

1995
Klauke attains ISO 9001 certification for the first time. This standard specifies the requirements for a continuously improved quality management system.

1996-1999
1996
Klauke is integrated into Textron , the American multi-industry group of companies. This gives the worldwide presence of Klauke and Greenlee products significant impetus. A new building with a further 5,000 m² of production and office spaces emerges on the neighbouring plot in Remscheid-Ueberfeld acquired in 1990.

1997
Klauke starts to market Greenlee Products in Europe. Hole-making, punching and cutting tools, as well as cable-pulling products are offered.

1998
Expansion of distribution activities through TEXTRON's Singapore office.

1999
Karl Gustav Diederichs retires. A new product platform for hand-operated and battery-powered hydraulic crimping tools with 6 and 12 tonnes of crimping force is introduced. SAP R/3 is introduced at the Klauke headquarters in Remscheid.
2000-2006

2000
The Klauke multi, the universal tool patented worldwide for crimping, cutting and hole-making is launched onto the market.Expansion of distribution activities through the TEXTRON office in Shanghai.

2001
Klauke UK, the sales office for Great Britain and Ireland is opened.

2002
The Klauke mini, an innovative, light and easy-to-use tool, is produced on a new hydraulic tool platform and introduced onto the market. Together with the geographical expansion, sales of the international plumbing business increases noticeably.

2003
The newly defined "Klauke Production Principle" is put into practice under LEAN and KAIZEN perspectives. The cooperation with "Voltimum", the central Internet portal for all information concerning modern electronic installation technology begins.

2004
The Klauke Group celebrates 125 years in existence in Remscheid with a big party. The Klauke Service-Mobil vehicle for on-site assignments for customers is introduced. The vehicle fleet is continuously expanded over the next few years.The activities of Tempo Europe Limited are fully integrated into Klauke.

2005
Greenlee products from the testing, measuring and inspection device range are introduced and distributed through Klauke.

2006
Klauke supports the "Electrical brands. Strong partners" initiative for increasing brand awareness and becomes a member of "E-CHECK", the seal of approval for electrical installations and devices. Klauke supplements its existing product range with professional manual tools for the commercial and industrial sector.

2007-2012
2007
The distribution company Klauke Russia is established in Moscow.A new central logistics centre is put into operation in Remscheid.

2008
The Klauke India sales office is opened in Bangalore.Utilux Europe, with sites in Slovakia and Great Britain, is bought out and integrated into the Klauke Group.  

2009
The battery-powered hydraulic crimping, cutting and universal tools of the Safety Plus Generation are launched on the market. Klauke is certified for the first time according to ISO/TS 16949 (quality management system of the automotive industry) and ISO 14001 (environmental management system).

2010
Klauke receives the FACHMETALL QM Context Award. This is in recognition of the continuously high quality of tested materials.

2012
The distribution office in Bangalore (India) is expanded to industrial premises with assembly capacity, Service Centre and warehouse.Development of activities according to the Lean Management Concept for Marketing/Sales and Administration. The innovative "blue connection" system for the standardised crimping of compacted, multi-stranded conductors according to VDE 0295 Class 2 is introduced onto the market.At the Dolny Kubin site (Slovakia), a second production and administration building is constructed and occupied.
2013-2016

2013
Klauke Slovakia and Klauke UK introduce SAP. All Klauke companies in Europe are now migrated to SAP. Klauke Iberia, the distribution company for Spain and Portugal is opened in Madrid. Klauke opens a new production facility in China close to the city of Nantong. Greenlee celebrates its 150th anniversary. The TEXTRON Award for Occupational Health and Safety has been awarded to Klauke Germany for the second time and to Klauke Slovakia for the first time. The award is given for the low accident rate over the previous three years.

2014
toThe Klauke micro, the world's first electromechanical crimping tool with PowerSense technology is launched on the market. The distribution company Klauke Polska is opened close to Warsaw. Our distribution company Klauke France has been active in the market for 25 years. In Chihuahua (Mexico), a production facility for our Assembly Solutions segment is commissioned. The first time it took part in the competition, Gustav Klauke GmbH beat a large number of contenders to win the 2014 Training Prize in the category "Companies with more than 250 employees".

2015
Klauke launches sale of HDE products in EMEA and India. Introduction of the new Klauke mini for the electrical and plumbing trades. The Klauke Ideas Management Scheme celebrates its tenth anniversary and receives an award from the German Institute for Ideas and Innovation Management. Klauke supports the "Ecurie Aix" team from RWTH Aachen University by providing tools and cable lugs.

2016
Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0 are trends which Klauke has already incorporated into the Next Generation to set new standards. The new battery-powered hydraulic tools have a Bluetooth interface for mobile data read-out and tool configuration. Klauke Bernsdorf has been producing high-quality tools for 25 years.

2017-2019

2017

As of 01.04.2017, Dr Burkhard joined Gustav Klauke GmbH as a new Managing Director. On 04.05.2017, the ceremonial opening of our new production site in Gelnica/Slovakia took place, so that production is now extended to another location in Slovakia with about 2,000 m². Klauke also opens another hall in the "Auf dem Knapp" industrial estate to expand the logistics area. Klauke Spain moves to its new facilities in Madrid. 

2018

In May 2018, Klauke India celebrates its 10th anniversary and also moves to new premises. Mid-2018 Klauke Austria also celebrates its 25th anniversary. In July 2018, Gustav Klauke GmbH is acquired by Emerson and is now part of the "Professional Tools" division.

2019

Klauke Remscheid celebrates its 140th anniversary. Globally unique: In April, the Orange Line series of battery powered hydraulic cutting and crimping tools are presented offering protection from electric shock up to 1000 V.