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Endurance Capital AG and AL-KO KOBER SE acquire the locations Eisenach and Treuenbrietzen of the Kohl-Group AG

Site Treuenbrietzen Site Eisenach
Site Treuenbrietzen Site Eisenach

As part of the succession plan, Kohl-Group AG had decided to split up the group and to sell its automotive division (Stanztech GmbH, UFE GmbH) as well as GTB and GTMB at the Treuenbrietzen site. Such processes require a long preparation period to ensure the continuity and positive development of the companies. Now the time has come to transfer the shares and real estate properties in Eisenach and Treuenbrietzen to a new shareholder.

Link: to the news release of Endurance Capital AG


120 years of Kohl & Sohn: anniversary celebration on 30.09.2017

The tour of the plant impressed some of the guests
The tour of the plant impressed some of the guests

On September 30,2017, on the occasion of the company's birthday, a large anniversary celebration took place on the company's site. The anniversary was celebrated with all employees and their families and the program left no wishes unfulfilled and gave young and old alike an interesting and colourful day.

To the article in the Rodenkirchener Bilderbogen


The Cologne Mayoress Henriette Reker in the course of her summer tour at Kohl & Sohn

Mayoress Henriette Reker with Hubertus Müller
Henriette Reker in conversation with Hubertus Müller (Managing Director Kohl & Sohn and CEO Kohl-Gruppe AG)

On July 28, 2017, the Cologne Mayoress Henriette Reker visited selected Cologne companies in the course of her annual summer tour, among others also Kohl & Sohn. During a company tour she could gain insight into the company's development and its 120 years of success.


Visit of the Prime Minister Ramelow and the Minister of Economy Tiefensee on 10/12/2015 in the UFE

The UFE welcomed on 10/12/2015 Bodo Ramelow (Prime Minister) and Wolfgang Tiefensee (Economy Minister) to a joint exchange of experience of the current situation and cooperation between business and politics. In addition to the topics recruiting personnel of executives and funding opportunities it dealt with the question of how the market segment "Automotive" (in particular, the medium-sized companies in the supply industry) in Thuringia can be strengthened and supported. During a company tour the gentlemen were able to get an overview of the range of production and the machines as well as on the history and planned future of the business.

Einzelzeile für die Schweißzusammenbaugruppe der Rückwand AUDI A3 Cabrio

Parts for the welding together assembly of the back wall AUDI A3 Cabrio
People forward from the left: Mr. Erdmann Commercial Director - UFE GmbH), Prime Minister Mr. Ramelow, Economy Minister Hr. Tiefensee, Mr. Michel (. Commercial Manager - UFE GmbH)


The Kohl Group mourns its principal shareholder and CEO Wolfgang Ohrem

Wolfgang Ohrem passed away on June 14, 2015 suddenly and unexpectedly.
On 11 July 2015, the funeral service with employees from all locations, business partners, family and friends took place in one of the production halls of Kohl & Sohn. Until his death Wolfgang Ohrem has led as a pragmatic and committed entrepreneur, the Group with its current four locations from humble beginnings in almost 60 years in the profession to its present size and importance.

(Go to article in Rodenkirchener Bilderbogen)  

Am Rednerpult Herr Jürgen Hartmann (Aufsichtsratvorsitzender der Kohl-Gruppe AG)

At the lectern Mr. Jürgen Hartmann (Supervisory Board Chairman of the Kohl Group AG)
Photo: Kneppeck Photography, Thumbstraße 57, 51103 Cologne 



The traditional Cologne company Kohl & Sohn is "Factory of the Year 2014" in the category "Outstanding small series production"


Since 1992, the business paper “Production” and the management consultancy A.T. Kearney compare annually the best industrial companies in Germany. Honored are companies that stand out significantly in spite of fluctuating markets by high flexibility and quality apart from the competition. Now Kohl & Sohn has received the prestigious award, which was last won by the former Deutz engine plant in Cologne Porz 20 years ago. The award ceremony took place in an evening event in Hannover on March 26, 2015.

Kohl & Sohn counters the high customer demands with an innovative production and manufacturing concept. The jury particularly praises the "highly efficient equipment and production facilities (e.g. 3-D laser cutting) trimmed on small series applicability". Another success factor, the "highly effective shop floor management system of their own development" is mentioned. All employees are involved in the production system K-Lean, in which creativity is promoted and rewarded. The key tool here is the structured communication between all areas and levels. Because: Kohl & Sohn sees the largest capital in the competence of its employees.

Das Kohl & Sohn Team

The Kohl & Sohn Team
2. From the left: Hubertus Müller, Board
3. From the left: Wolfgang Ohrem, CEO + Main shareholder († 06/14/2015)


Visit of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Kohl-group-site Treuenbrietzen. During the visit Minister Steinmeier got informed in his constituency by a company tour and in discussions with employees and the shareholders about the positive development of the past years.

Besuch von Frank-Walter Steinmeier
From the left: Wolfgang Ohrem, CEO + Main Shareholder († 06/14/2015)
                Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister
                Volker Kempa, Board + Shareholder


Besuch von Frank-Walter Steinmeier In der mechanischen Bearbeitung der GTMB GmbH vor einer Fräsmaschine mit dem zu bearbeitenden Werkstück

In the training room before booking engine 1951

In the mechanical processing of GTMB GmbH before a milling machine with the workpiece to be machined

Im Werkzeugbau der Stanztech vor einem aufgeklappten Werkzeug In der Stanzerei der Stanzteck bei der Teileausbringung vor einer 630 t-Presse

In the tool construction Stanztech before an opened tool

In the stamping of Stanztech when parts spreaders in front of a 630 ton press


Fair Blechexpo in Stuttgart

Fair stand of Kohl Group AG

From 05th-08th November 2013 the Kohl - Group AG took part at the International Trade Fair for Sheet Metal Working - Blechexpo - in Stuttgart. At almost 85,000 m2 gross exhibition space with 1,153 exhibitors from 32 countries around the world and 32,599 trade visitors from 96 nations, the Blechexpo represents the world of industrial sheet metal work.                                                                

The Kohl Group AG has impressed many visitors this year with an unusual representation of the trade fair exhibits. With our motto "We shape ideas" components were arranged from current customer projects in an artful manner and were integrated into the stand furniture. With this concept, our aim was to present the interested public our understanding of 100 years of tradition and modernity in sheet metal processing. The numerous positive feedbacks show that we have achieved this.

We thank all customers and interested parties for visiting our stand.