History

The company’s history

Kiekert AG was established in 1857 in Heiligenhaus, Germany as a latch and metal fitting factory, and was called Arnold Kiekert and Sons (AKS) at that time.

 

Kiekert AG currently employs around 6.500 employees. The German automotive supplier is represented by development and production locations as well as sales offices in twelve locations in all important automotive regions in the world. In 2016, Kiekert generated a revenue of 870 million euro.


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2017

Kiekert expands its global presence with a joint venture with KwangJin in Korea.

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2016

The forward-looking i-protect technology will prevent car doors from unintentionally striking nearby obstacles and contribute to even greater safety and convenience in traffic situations.

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2015

E-Latch – the innovative, electrical opening side door latch combines an electrical latch with the advantages of a mechanical latch and allows a comfortable, keyless entry to the car.

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2015

The acquisition of the Chinese production plant in Zhengzhou and the opening of the sales office in Japan, Kawasaki, in 2015 are in line with the strategic market positioning of Kiekert and the steady expansion of Kiekert’s presence in Asia.

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2014

Kiekert opens its first subsidiary in São Paulo, Brazil.

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2014

The newly developed truck latch was specially designed for the needs of the worldwide truck market.

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2014

Kiekert opens its first location in Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia

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2014

Kiekert develops the LED latch for visible safety in the closure system

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2014

With the platform New Rear Compartment (NRC) Kiekert has developed the first modular rear compartment ledge platform.

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2013

Kiekert develops the safety innovation “Active Inertia Latch” with integrated, active crash barrier.

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2013

Kiekert opens its first development location in Korea

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2013

Kiekert, the world's largest latch production plant in Czech Republic is expanded by a new production area.

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2012

The publicly traded Chinese automotive supplier North Lingyun Industrial Group Co., Ltd.. takes over Kiekert AG and has supported the globalization strategy of our company since that time.

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2012

Kiekert sets the new global benchmark for premium latches – with modular power closing and double comfort pawls.

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2012

Kiekert doubles its production capacity of its plant in China, Changshu.

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2010

With the Beta latch, Kiekert develops a product specially adapted for the needs of the growing entry-level segment. Thanks to the strong market demand, the latch is developed into another modular closure system platform.

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2008

Kiekert opens the first production location in Asia with the factory in Changshu.

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2007

Dr. Karl Krause takes over the management of Kiekert AG as the chairman of the board and reorganizes the company along with a new management team and a globalization strategy.

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2007

Kiekert headquarters moved to Heiligenhaus, Germany.

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2006

Kiekert is taken over by the two London hedge funds Bluebay Asset Management and Silver Point as well as the US investment bank Morgan Stanley.

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2006

Kiekert develops the Alpha platform, the first modular closure system platform with which high-volume production and flexibility are brought into accord.

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2001

Kiekert brings the premium closure system with modular, electric power striker to the market.

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2000

Kiekert starts with an innovation in the new century: the electric comfort actuator for sliding side doors

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2000

The British finance investor Permira acquires the Kiekert company.

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1995

Kiekert opens its own production plant in the Mexican city Puebla for the automotive industry in the entire NAFTA region.

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1995

Kiekert develops the first latch module with the goal of decreasing the assembly effort of our customers.

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1994

The various parts of the company are amalgamated into Kiekert AG so they could go public in 1995.

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1994

Kiekert opens a research and development center for the North and South American markets in Wixom, USA.

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1993

Kiekert opens its first foreign location in Prelouc, Czech Republic, around 100 km east of Prague. After various expansions, Kiekert CS is currently by far the largest production plant for closure systems worldwide.

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1990

Kiekert Automatiktüren GmbH produces the entry-level doors for busses and lightrail vehicles, which are sold to the Austrian IFE group (a part of the Knorr-Bremse corporate group today).

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1990

Premiere of power closing, the innovative safety and comfort systems with pneumatic actuation.

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1990

Power chinching latch - Launch of the new safety and comfort system.

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1984

Worldwide breakthrough with the system latch, the integration of latch mechanics and central locking in one system. Today, system latches are installed in nearly every vehicle.

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1982

Horst Werner Sterzenbach, who acquired the company along with the Dr. Sterzenbach & Rau investment management corporation at the end of 1987, took over the chairmanship of the business management.

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1976

Kiekert took over the company Tack & Gabel (TAGA) in Wuppertal, a supplier for automotive closure systems.

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1974

Revolution of the latch market with the invention of the central locking system.

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1857

Foundation as a locking factory.