With one journeyman and two apprentices, Carl Gustav Putsch starts up a small forge for pliers in Cronenberg.
They forge carpenters' and farriers' pincers by hand in the cellar of his home .
After his father's death, Carl Putsch takes over the management of the operation.
27 employees produce about 7,000 pliers each week.
Ralf Putsch, who joined the company in 1987, takes over the management of the company. Exports are expanded significantly.
Sales branches are set up in USA, Russia and China.
KNIPEX celebrates its 125th anniversary.
KNIPEX has succeeded in doubling sales over the past ten years. 800 employees produce 45,000 pliers a day, which are sold in over 100 countries around the world.
A very high degree of importance is attached to the qualification and training of the employees.
Today, KNIPEX is the world's leading brand in pliers.
KNIPEX is given the regional apprenticeship award “Bergischer Ausbildungspreis 2013“ in September in recognition of the sustainable and fair procedure for selecting apprentices and the company’s high level of commitment which goes beyond the mere training mandate.
KNIPEX intensifies the service level on the Asian market and establishes a further subsidiary in Osaka in the form of “KNIPEX Tools Japan K.K.“.
KNIPEX receives the TÜV Rhineland’s “Employer of Excellence“ award for HR processes.
With the certification of the two environmental and energy standards to ISO 50001 and ISO 14001, KNIPEX operates a future-oriented environmental and energy management system. One of the goals is to reduce the use of energy per pair of pliers by 20 % by 2020.
The KNIPEX Group continues to grow.
The number of employees worldwide rises to a total of 1,500. In the Wuppertal-Cronenberg plant, 1,000 employees now produce some 40,000 pairs of pliers for over 100 counties.
At the same time the sixth distribution company is established in Mexico.
With the introduction of new and innovative solutions – particularly in the segment of specialised pliers for automotive, electrical and plumbing applications – the range is increased to 1,640 articles (2015/16 price list).
Successful recertification by TÜV Rhineland as “Employer of Excellence“ and first company in Germany to receive the “Training Centre of Excellence“ award.