90 years
Made in Germany

  1. Founding of the Heinrich Kopp company


    The chro­nic­le of the Hein­rich Kopp com­pa­ny began in Rein­heim (Oden­wald) in 1927. The small, spe­cial fac­to­ry estab­lished the­re main­ly pro­du­ced swit­ches for export. The mar­ket demands both in Ger­ma­ny and abroad neces­si­ta­ted a rapid expan­si­on of the pro­duct ran­ge, which is why Kopp kept adap­ting to the needs of its customers.
  2. Relocation to Sonneberg (Thuringia)


    The increased demand for space led to the relo­ca­ti­on of ope­ra­ti­ons to Son­ne­berg (Thu­rin­gia) in 1934. During this peri­od, pla­s­tic parts were used for the first time. Thanks to their out­stan­ding insu­la­ting pro­per­ties, they were soon incre­asing­ly manu­fac­tu­red and used by Kopp. Befo­re the war, the com­pa­ny expor­ted up to 85 per­cent of its pro­ducts, main­ly overseas.

    Despi­te the dif­fi­cult con­di­ti­ons during the war, the com­pa­ny mana­ged to defend its posi­ti­on and even to expand, with up to 500 employees bea­ring tes­tim­o­ny to this. At the end of the war and during the expro­pria­ti­on wit­hout com­pen­sa­ti­on in the Soviet-occu­p­ied zone, the fate of the com­pa­ny appeared to have been sea­led. Howe­ver, entre­pre­neu­ri­al acti­vi­ty then led to a rebuil­ding in Klein­blan­ken­bach in Kahlgrund.

  3. Kahl am Main


    After fur­ther loca­ti­ons in Alzen­au and Schöllkrip­pen, the decisi­ve step was taken in 1956 with the purcha­se of the pre­mi­ses in Kahl am Main and the start of con­s­truc­tion of Kopp’s own pro­duc­tion facilities.
  4. Founding of Österreichische Kopp Ges.mbh


    Foun­ding of the Öster­rei­chi­sche Kopp Ges.mbh sub­si­dia­ry in Dorn­birn in Aus­tria, in order to ser­ve the local mar­ket direct­ly to maxi­mum effect. Due to very suc­cessful acti­vi­ty and rapid growth, relo­ca­ti­ons beca­me neces­sa­ry, first to near­by Lust­en­au and then to the Aigen site in 1980. From Aigen, the Aus­tri­an mar­ket and various eas­tern Euro­pean count­ries were ser­ved and sup­pli­ed with goods from the logi­stics centre.
  5. Founding of the production plant in Tunisia


    The focus at the new plant is on the manu­al pro­duc­tion of com­plex solutions.
  6. Kopp in Kaplice


    Foun­ding of the Kap­li­ce pro­duc­tion site in the Czech Repu­blic. Sys­tem pro­ducts in the are­as of switch pro­gram­mes, socket strips and device sur­ge pro­tec­tion fil­ters were pro­du­ced at this location.
  7. Hildburghausen


    In 1992, a fur­ther sta­te-of-the-art pro­duc­tion faci­li­ty was built for the new­ly deve­lo­ped dis­tri­bu­tor instal­la­ti­on devices pro­duct line in Hild­burg­hau­sen (Thu­rin­gia).
  8. Kopp expands to Hungary


    Our sub­si­dia­ry in Hun­ga­ry was estab­lished in 1993. The Hun­ga­ri­an and Roma­ni­an mar­kets were ser­ved from the site in Vecsés.
  9. New logistics centre in Kahl am Main


    The con­s­truc­tion of a high-per­for­mance logi­stics cent­re at the main faci­li­ty in Kahl ope­ned up the pos­si­bi­li­ty of fin­ding solu­ti­ons to meet indi­vi­du­al cus­to­mer needs quick­ly and fle­xi­bly. A sta­te-of-the-art dis­tri­bu­ti­on sys­tem enables seve­ral thousand ship­ments to lea­ve the pre­mi­ses every week.
  10. International orientation


    The take­over by Actu­ant Corp. from the USA fur­ther streng­the­ned Kopp’s inter­na­tio­nal orientation.
  11. Acquisition of Dresco


    With the take­over of the Dutch mar­ket lea­der, Dres­co, the Actu­ant Group took an important step toward streng­thening its Euro­pean position.
  12. Winding up of Brunquell — Ingolstadt


  13. Sale of the production facility in Hildburghausen


    Sale of the pro­duc­tion faci­li­ty in Hild­burg­hau­sen from Hein­rich Kopp GmbH Manu­fac­tu­re of fuses and series instal­la­ti­on devices.
  14. Kopp Europe


    Within the con­text of its stra­te­gic rea­lignment, Actu­ant con­so­li­da­tes its elec­tri­cal pro­ducts seg­ment under the umbrel­la of “Kopp Euro­pe” and all Euro­pean acti­vi­ties are cen­tral­ly coor­di­na­ted and con­trol­led from the head­quar­ters in Kahl am Main.

    In the cour­se of loca­ti­on stream­li­ning and con­so­li­da­ti­on, Kopp relo­ca­tes pro­duc­tion from Kap­li­ce (CZ) to Mess­a­di­ne, Tuni­sia and con­cen­tra­tes its switch pro­duc­tion at the Kahl am Main site.

    In line with the “Kopp Euro­pe” stra­tegy, “Öster­rei­chi­sche Kopp Ges.mbh” is ren­a­med “Kopp Aus­tria GmbH” and the elec­tri­cal pro­ducts busi­ness of the Dutch sub­si­dia­ry DRESCO is step­ped up and har­mo­nis­ed under the name Kopp Benelux.

  15. Core business and innovation


    Sin­ce Febru­ary 2011, Hein­rich Kopp GmbH and its affi­lia­ted sub­si­dia­ries have belon­ged to pale­ro Holding.
    Actu­ant dive­s­ted its­elf of all shares in Kopp as a result of a stra­te­gic rea­lignment of the Group.

    The reo­ri­en­ta­ti­on on a 2‑channel stra­tegy has been com­ple­ted. Kopp is also incre­asing­ly acti­ve in the indus­tri­al and OEM busi­ness, for exam­p­le with the PERCEDOS® char­ging sys­tem for elec­tric cars.

  16. Austria location in Aigen separated from the KOPP group of companies and sold


  17. Striving to achieve qualitative growth


    On 15 Janu­ary 2016, the alfanar Group took over all shares in Hein­rich Kopp GmbH and its sub­si­dia­ries from the pre­vious share­hol­der, pale­ro invest.

    Through the acqui­si­ti­on of Kopp, alfanar fur­ther expands its Euro­pean busi­ness. The objec­ti­ve is the fur­ther pro­fi­ta­ble growth of Kopp in the tra­di­tio­nal fields of busi­ness, the elec­tri­cal who­le­sa­le trade, the indus­tri­al and OEM busi­ness and the DIY store and mail order busi­ness, in the core countries.

  18. 90th anniversary of Kopp


    In 2017, we cele­bra­ted our 90th anni­ver­sa­ry! Over the deca­des, Kopp has con­tin­ued to deve­lop as a manu­fac­tu­rer of elec­tro­nic com­pon­ents. Our port­fo­lio has con­stant­ly evol­ved and been expan­ded to include new solu­ti­ons for our cus­to­mers. The events of the last two years in par­ti­cu­lar have crea­ted new syn­er­gies, eco­no­mic oppor­tu­ni­ties and com­pe­ten­ces. Our core are­as of indus­try, elec­tri­cal who­le­sa­le and OEM have achie­ved signi­fi­cant growth.

    Kopp has been manu­fac­tu­ring elec­tri­cal instal­la­ti­on mate­ri­als at its plant in Tuni­sia for 30 years, main­ly by manu­al assem­bly. At the begin­ning of the year, the sto­rage and pro­duc­tion area was almost dou­bled to accom­mo­da­te the neces­sa­ry capacities.

  19. Founding of the new „Energy & Home Automation„ division in autumn 2020.


    With the new divi­si­on, Kopp is clo­sing the gap bet­ween ener­gy appli­ca­ti­ons and Home Auto­ma­ti­on and the Smart Home and, as so often in its com­pa­ny histo­ry, is taking on a pio­nee­ring role in the sec­tor, becau­se until now the­re have been few to no com­ple­te solu­ti­ons in this very pro­mi­sing future mar­ket. The decisi­ve advan­ta­ge for elec­tri­ci­ans and solar instal­lers in using Kopp: Com­ple­te solu­ti­ons from a sin­gle source – from PV modu­les to inver­ters and sto­rage to e‑charging sta­ti­ons, inte­gra­ted into a com­pre­hen­si­ve Blue­tooth-based Smart-Home sys­tem and thus holi­sti­cal­ly energy-optimised.
  20. Opening/founding of the new trade representation office in Brazil


    In order to imme­dia­te­ly reach the Bra­zi­li­an mar­ket with the new Ener­gy divi­si­on, a trade repre­sen­ta­ti­on office was ope­ned in Brazil.