Start of Internationalization
1985: Jacques Chirac at the
mk trade show booth in Paris
1984 began with a new name. Maschinen- und Apparatebau
H.J. Kitz had transformed into Maschinenbau
Kitz GmbH. Doris, who until then had handled
all the business affairs herself, became the limited liability
company’s new commercial director alongside
That year brought a business milestone that validated
founder Hans-Josef Kitz’s decision to take the company
in a new direction. As mentioned above, Kitz
started series production of his conveyors in the 70s
in order to find a new core business for his company.
In 1984, the company’s managers and employees celebrated
the thousandth conveyor sold.
The models sold that year where the mk 2075, 2100
and 2150. However, the company stayed true to its
roots of producing customer-specific machines. Out of
that production hall in Bergheim came a machine for
producing bubble wrap, a rotary-transfer machining
center, various interlinking equipment and a cyclic
storage system for testing machines.
In 1985 Maschinenbau Kitz GmbH cemented its international
presence with an appearance at a trade
show in Paris, where they received a prominent visitor:
The future French president and then mayor of
Paris, Jacques Chirac, visited the mk booth. At this
time, mk’s orders included sunroof assembly lines for
two automotive corporations. The 80s also saw a
boom in the sale of tanning beds, and mk supplied
transportation and assembly carts for their production.
Old records show that the mid-80s were also a time
of collaboration with Niederkassel artist Viktor Bonato.
mk supplied him with equipment for one of his
mirror pieces. Company founder Hans-Josef Kitz was
himself a talented illustrator and a lifelong art lover.
1984: The company celebrates its 1000th conveyor.
1984: Launch of newly constructed Plant 2