30 years of "Manufacturing, Knowhow, Technology"
MKT looks back on 30 years of company history
Newly formed joint venture
together with long-time partner SSI North America (Surface Source International - leading North American distributor of high-quality decorative surfaces)
MKT North America, LLC
Expansion of plant 2 with a new hall
3,600m² additional production area, €5 million investment
(Laboratory, warehouse, maintenance department, new administration rooms)
Great company anniversary 25 years of MKT
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary, we had a big celebration with all MKT employees in Ohrdruf.
Takeover of the ABS edging business from Corbetta F.I.A. srl. Carugo (Italy)
as part of an asset deal takeover of their sales network in Italy
Second generation becoming management
On April 1st 2015 the descendants of the former shareholders Mathias Eschbach and Antonius Kroner assume control of leading functions. Together with Sven Kirchner (Commercial General Manager since 2012) they are forming the new general management. From now on Elke Gornik (daughter of Mathias Eschbach) will be the General Manager of Technology and Production and Tim Kroner (Son of Antonius Kroner) will be the General Manager of Technology, Research and Development.
"An era comes to an end"
At the turn of 2013/2014, Antonius Kroner is retiring after more than 20 years of being a managing partner. "An era is coming to an end" and the transition to a younger generation of MKT- management is complete.
Farewell and change of managing directors
After more than 20 years, Mathias Eschbach ends his management position at MKT and bids farewell into deserved retirement. Sven Kirchner and Thomas Streichardt are newly appointed to the general management.
Foundation of a MKT representative office
in Guérande, Frankreich
MKT France S.A.S.
Relocation of PRINTEC GmbH
to a new production site in Ernstroda, Thuringia
Completion of fire renovation plant 1
The fire restoration of the high-bay warehouse can finally be completed in spring 2008.
Major fire at MKT
On the night of Friday, November 2 in 2007 the newly built warehouse at MKT's main location (Plant 1) was completely destroyed by a serious fire. Around 40 tons of plastic granulate and finished goods with a value of between € 2 and 2.5 million went up in flames. Fortunately, nobody was injuried. The continuation of production took place immediatly, as did the construction work for the renovation.
Start of construction and set up of the new MKT plant 2
in the same industrial area "Ohrdruf-Herrenhof-Hohenkirchen", in close proximity to the main plant 1
65,000 m² area, 11,000 m² production area, € 25 million investment volume
New inline and offline printing lines, numerous new extrusion and cutting lines, administration rooms
Completion of expansion and modernization of plant 1
3rd extension of the main plant 1
by adding a new high-bay warehouse
hall space: about 1700m²
Takeover of PRINTEC GmbH
Development and production of printing inks, lacquers and pigment pastes
(founded in 2000 in Erolzheim, Baden-Württemberg)
2nd extension of the main plant 1
By building a new hall in 2003, the previous production area is extending to the double. Numerous investments in new production lines and equipment followed.
Start of expansion and modernization (Plant 1)
by adding a new hall for general maintenance work. The final completion of the hall took place in May 2000. The construction was necessary in order to create the spatial conditions for the further increase in capacity. Furthermore, a modernization of the outer facade and the creation of an employee and customer parking lot started.
New managing partner
With May 4th, 1998, Jakob Eschbach (previous co-founder and majority shareholder of MKT) sold his company share to Antonius Kroner, who has already been working for MKT as sales manager since January 1, 1992.
Acquisition of the factory site plant 1
On February 18, 1998, MKT acquired the business property that had previously been leased.
Meaning in numbers: 17,855m² area, 13,000m² thereof production area (initially built on: approx. 2,400m²)
40 million investment volume
Completion of the 1st production building
In the business years 1991 to 1993, the first production building was erected and completed on the land that had previously been leased.
Start of production in plant 1
At the beginning of 1992, MKT started production by partially commissioning the production building, which was still under construction. The main subject of MKT's business activity relates to the production and sale of plastic profiles. The used production process is essentially due to the technical development work of Mathias Eschbach.
Foundation of MKT by the brothers Jakob and Mathias Eschbach
with main plant and headquarters (plant 1) in the Thuringian town of Ohrdruf on the site of the former Ohrdrufer Seilwerke GmbH, in the newly opened industrial area.
Date of foundation: May 23, 1991
June 1st, 1991: Start of business operations with preparatory work for the later start of production
October 23, 1991 Entry in the commercial register under: HRB 102943