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100 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

WE TURN DOWNTIME INTO PRODUCTIVITY

KUKKO is synonymous with solutions for non-destructive dismantling.

What began as a workshop in the cellar of a residential building on October 1, 1919 is today a global family-operated business in its fourth generation under the leadership of owner Michael Kleinbongartz.
Headquartered in Hilden, KUKKO employs 80 workers and sells its products in over 100 countries worldwide. Today, KUKKO is no longer just a manufacturer of pullers, but rather a solution developer which uses its expertise and creative vision to ensure that its customers and partners can keep everything running smoothly.

Our mission statement

In order to move successfully into the future together, we rely on a clear vision which requires us to work together.

We think ahead.
Thinking ahead is a tradition at KUKKO. A tradition of gaining experience, looking to the future, examining possibilities and implementing new ideas quickly and flexibly. This is how we create innovative solutions and continue to improve.

We are proactive.
We are committed and strong-minded. We accept changes. We solve our customers’ problems as quickly and flexibly as possible. We do not shy away from challenges but tackle them with enthusiasm. We focus on solving the problem.

We are reliable and honest.
We treat our customers, colleagues and employees with care and respect. We assume responsibility for our tasks, and we work diligently. Our customers, business partners and colleagues can count on us.

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KUKKO Global

KUKKO keeps the world moving and is itself always in motion. “One step at a time” is our strategy as we continue to expand around the globe. There are good reasons for KUKKO to move into new international markets: The demand for premium tools is increasing all over the world. Germany, the country of origin of the products we create, is highly valued abroad. “Made in Germany” stands for high problem-solving expertise and premium quality worldwide, and in many international markets the fact that we are a family-owned business is of key importance.

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Our history

Without our roots, we have no future.

The developer gene is in our DNA. Since the founding of KUKKO by Alfred Kleinbongartz and Emil Kaiser in 1919, we have launched many innovative products and tackled many challenges. We have turned downtime into productivity and have always continued to innovate. Strong roots are the basis for our future-oriented and forward-looking way of working.

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1919

Founding of Kleinbongartz & Kaiser oHG

1919
1919
1919
1919

1929

The incorporation of the district town of Lennep transforms Remscheid into a big city. The company headquarters gains geographical importance as a result

1929

1931

Start of production of pullers

1931

1948

Emil Kaiser gains insights from dialogue with the American military, which lead to numerous new product developments and patents

1948

1950

First KUKKO puller catalog in DIN A4 format

1950
1950

1970

Completion of the new production hall at Herderstrasse 8 with a production area measuring 1,400 m2

1970

1976

First trade show appearance in Cologne

1976

1980

Introduction of the 844 and 845 hydraulic puller systems to begin developing the UK sales market

1980

1981

Demolition of the old factory building and construction of a new two-story factory building on Königstrasse

1981

1996

Entry of the fourth generation with Michael Kleinbongartz

1996

1998

Future-oriented trade show appearance at Hardware Fair Cologne

1998

2004

KUKKO wins the German Tool Manufacturers Innovation Price at the Cologne Trade Fair

2004

2012

Relocation of production from Remscheid to Hilden

2012

2016

Create a green future with the combined heat and power plant

2016
2016
2016

2016

Reader Prize awarded to the European with top score of “very good”

2016

2018

The 486-1 is nominated for the 2018 Eisen Awards in the category “Innovation”

2018

2019

The company KUKKO celebrates its 100th anniversary

2019
2019

2019

With the launch of the digital product configurator, KUKKO is setting off into a new age of product recommendation

2019

2020

On the Eisenwarenmesse, KUKKO presents with a completely new stand a fair concept, that promises a new dimension of experience

2020

Careers

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