mk celebrates its 50th anniversary!
Today mk has more than 300 employees worldwide. The production area in the headquarters location in Troisdorf is more than 15,000 m². In the Conveyor Technology area mk has exceeded the mark of 100,000 conveyors sold. mk is one of the leading suppliers of mechanical modules and components for factory automation.
From the company, mk Maschinenbau Kitz, the mk Technology Group is formed as the umbrella brand for Maschinenbau Kitz GmbH as headquarters and its subsidiaries and sales partners worldwide.
Operative management transitions to the son, Stephan Kitz. The year before the operational processes of mk were certified by TÜV Rheinland in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000. Since then, this also officially certifies the effective and reliable procedures at mk.
Construction of the Technical Center for product development is completed. In the Conveyor Technology business unit, the number of standardized conveyor systems increases significantly - the firm wins awards for design.
At the 25th company anniversary the number of employees increases to 100 and the plant has been extended to 4,500 m². The business units, Linear Motion and Factory Equipment, supplement the portfolio, in addition, customer-specific transfer systems are implemented for factory automation.
Beginning of the internationalization of mk with the founding of the first subsidiary in the USA. Additional subsidiaries will follow, as will numerous sales partners and service partners.
Maschinen- and Apparatebau H.J. Kitz becomes Maschinenbau Kitz GmbH. The company breaks through the mark of 1,000 conveyors built.
With the system profile 2000 the cornerstone is laid for today’s modular profile technology system with more than 250 profile cross sections, and thus the Profile Technology business unit is established. In the same year the first conveyors are built on the basis of the mk profile technology.
There is no longer enough space - the firm moves into what is today’s Plant 1 in the Troisdorf-Bergheim industrial park. In a 1760 m² facility, complete machines and various conveyor systems are designed and produced.
The production area is increased to 500 m² through additional locations in Niederkassel Mondorf. With 25 employees, the first international orders are also processed.
The first mk conveyor is assembled and delivered. In subsequent years the conveyor technology area is expanded again and again. The first standardized conveyor series product line is produced.
Hans-Josef Kitz and his wife Frau Doris Kitz found the company, “Maschinen- and Apparatebau H.J. Kitz”. Together with one employee the firm focuses on contract manufacturing, and in addition to machine parts, also manufactures simple machines and apparatus. Business quickly outgrows the garage, a small production hall is rented.