90 years
Made in Germany

  1. Founding of the Heinrich Kopp company

    1927

    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)

    1934

    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

    1956

    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

    1973

    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

    1987

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

    1991

    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

    1992

    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

    1993

    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

    2000

    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

    2002

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

    2003

    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

    2003

  13. Sale of the production facility in Hildburghausen

    2007

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

    2009

    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

    2011

    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

    2014

  17. Striving to achieve qualitative growth

    2016

    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

    2017

    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.

    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

    2021

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