Our story

Milestones towards a groundbreaking future

1962
Foundation

The company KURT KERN KG FEINWERK_TECHNIK is established in Munich-Obermenzing in April 1962

foundation

1975
New Technologies

The company purchases its first Agie wire eroding machine (the first Bavaria), as well as its first CNC-controlled milling machine.

1981
Apprenticeship

KERN starts its apprenticeship program.

1983
Machine engineering

KERN receives an enquiry from IBM for the production of test membranes made from Vespel for microchip production. As no suitable machine is available, KERN develops and builds a high-precision CNC drilling machine. This project leads to the birth of KERN Machine Engineering.

1987
Westried

Gründung des Standorts Murnau-Westried
für den Unternehmensbereich Microtechnik. Der Maschinenbau gewinnt zunehmend an Bedeutung.

murnau westried

1996
Certification

to DIN EN ISO 9001
Market launch: HSPC

2000
Takeover
REVENUE (DM): 18.8
EMPLOYEES: 85

Günter Kern retires. Ekkehard Alschweig takes over the business and consistently builds the company into a technology business.

2001
Microdrilling

The legendary “hole in the hair” experiment cements KERN’s reputation as a pioneer in the field of micro-drilling. A 30 ym motor winding wire is threaded through a 50 ym hole in a human hair in collaboration with
the company Maxon Motor.

2005
Market Launch
REVENUE (€): 10.7
EMPLOYEES: 82

Market launch of the KERN Evo and
KERN Pyramid Nano.

2007
Expansion

Relocation of the Machine Engineering division to the Eschenlohe plant. This
15,000-square-metre facility makes industrial production of the KERN machines possible.
The company also strengthens its international focus by founding the subsidiary KERN Precision Inc. in Chicago,USA.

expansion 2007

2011
Market Launch

Market launch:
KERN Micro

2013
Fresh Focus
REVENUE (€): 18.4
EMPLOYEES: 131

Contract Manufacturing consistently focuses on key components and
complex series parts.
An increasing number of orders are received from the medical technology/
optics sector.

2016
Expansion

Subsidiary opens in
Zurich, Switzerland

expansion switzerland

2017
Market Launch
REVENUE (€): 30M
EMPLOYEES: 185

Market launch:
KERN MicroPRO

2018
Expansion

New sales and service
location in Shanghai, China:
KAP – KERN Asia Pacific

city

2019
Market Launch & Award

Market launch:
KERN MicroHD
Micro platform is completed

KERN receives the TOP 100 Award for outstanding innovation management and above-average innovation success

2025
Coming years

The consistent further development of Machine Engineering and Contract Manufacturing will be realised via technology projects.