The family’s 2nd generation become partners in Kajo Neukirchen GmbH
Acquisition of IDS GmbH, Ettlingen, and its transformation into the
leading German enterprise for the technical operation of power
distribution networks and station automation.
Acquisition of Starkstrom-Gerätebau GmbH (SGB), one of Europe's
leading mid-sized transformer manufacturers.
The 2nd generation joins the management of Kajo Neukirchen GmbH.
Acquisition of the Willem Smit transformer factory, SMIT
Transformatoren B.V., Holland, which was established in 1913, and
its merger to create the SGB-Smit Group.
SGB-Smit Group sold to a financial investor
Establishment of a real estate portfolio and a real estate
Acquisition of surfactor Germany GmbH (formerly Coveright Surfaces
GmbH) and its expansion to become the world' s leading surface
Acquisition of Caigos GmbH, Kirkel, and its development to become a
leading GIS and asset management supplier in Germany
Acquisition of GÖRLITZ AG, Koblenz and its evolution to a smart
meter data management system supplier across Europe
Acquisition of the Finnish phenolic impregnation division of Dynea
Chemicals Oy and its renaming as surfactor Finland Oy
Acquisition of LGI Logistics Group International, Herrenberg, an
international contract logistics company specialising in production
logistics, distribution logistics and reverse logistics for the
automotive, electronics, industrial, healthcare and fashion sectors.
Acquisition of Systema Datentechnik GmbH, Potsdam and its
development to become one of Germany's leading IT systems companies
Acquisition of ITG GmbH Internationale Spedition + Logistik as an
add-on acquisition of LGI Logistics Group International for the
Acquisition of a forest in Finland and its conversion to sustainable
Establishment of surfactor Americas LLC, Seattle, Washington, to
expand surface solutions activities in the US market
Establishment of external management at KNG
Acquisition of Lahnpaper GmbH, market leader in the international
market for fibre products and security papers
Acquisition of swissphone systems GmbH, Leinfelden-Echterdingen,
software solutions provider for security applications in the public
Sale of the LGI Group to a Swedish family-owned group
Acquisition of LP Pacific Films, Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, a phenolic
impregnation company with its own resin production. LP Pacific Films
supplies the Asian markets with plywood surfaces and core films.
Inauguration of surfactor Germany GmbH’s brand-new service and
development centre at Schöppenstedt ("InnoLab") for the development
of innovative solutions for engineered wood-based surfaces.
Acquisition of the Swiss company TURAS AG as a system supplier for
mobile metering solutions of VIVAVIS AG.
Acquisition of CC Communicate Consult GmbH, Markt Indersdorf, for
the purpose of expanding the activities of Systema Datentechnik GmbH
in southern Germany.
Formation of VIVASECUR GmbH and assumption of market leadership for
emergency services control centres.
Acquisition of Anlagen-Montage Werder GmbH, Werder (Potsdam) as a
system supplier for switchgear of VIVAVIS AG.
Acquisition of 100% of the shares in Seeger-Orbis GmbH, Königstein.
Founded in 1917, they are the world market leaders in fastening
elements, retaining and snap rings, support and shim washers for the
automotive supply industry, the renewable energy sector and the
mechanical engineering industry.
Formation of VIVAVIS AG, Ettlingen, through the merger of EPS GmbH,
GÖRLITZ AG and IDS GmbH, all companies serving the power supply and
infrastructure services sectors.
Dr. Kajo Neukirchen establishes the advisory board of KNG and
enlists Edwin Eichler (entrepreneur, chairman of the supervisory
board of the SMS group GmbH, multi-supervisory board member and
former executive board member of Thyssen Krupp AG) and Dr. Michael
Ramroth (chairman of the executive board of Biotest AG) as advisory
Acquisition of 51% of the shares in data science specialists eoda
GmbH, Kassel, rounding off the portfolio of VIVAVIS AG.
Dr Kajo Neukirchen dies on 26th December at the age of 78 as a
result of a Covid-19 infection.
Strategies for the individual portfolio companies were further developed. The companies tripled their contribution to the Group’s earnings.
Overall, in 2021 the KNG Group achieved the best results in its corporate history, excluding extraordinary effects.
The second generation of the Neukirchen family adopts a new, value-based family constitution, which respects the wishes of company founder Dr. Kajo Neukirchen and his wife Erika Neukirchen, as well as providing scope for the aspirations of the next generations.
Servant Leadership is established as the leadership and cooperation philosophy of KNG, as it best reflects the leadership approach of all chief executives and facilitates the most modern form of sustainable corporate governance.
The family Values form the basis for the KNG Group strategy 2030. We will continue to develop our companies to make them the most attractive in their industry by 2030. Supported by a company-wide Cultural Change Program, we’ll make the vision “We’re shaping the city of tomorrow” a reality.
Despite the many and various market turbulences, we were able to secure all jobs. Profits were achieved (EBT) and market shares gained in all companies.
The Kajo Neukirchen Group faces up to its responsibility as a sustainable enterprise by acquiring a farm in Uruguay and planting a corresponding area of forest, through measures packages in all the portfolio companies and through the modernisation and realignment of our real estate portfolio.