Tradition and progress: Pioneering sealing solutions for today and the future

History

KACO headquarters in Heilbronn.

For us, tradition and progress are not mutually exclusive: they're the path to success that we've been following for over 100 years. The cornerstone for what would become KACO was laid in 1914, with the founding of a factory for engine seals – the first specialised factory of its kind in Germany. Major technological milestones in the history of modern sealing systems are proof of clear, customer-focussed, and innovative thinking.

Today, we are one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of high-precision, practical sealing solutions for the automotive industry, with global reach. KACO employs more than 2,000 people at eight plants in Germany, Austria, Hungary, China and the USA, delivering its products around the world.

KACO is in a better position than ever. Its 100-year anniversary in 2014 was merely a stop along the way to the future development and success of the company.

Important stages along the journey

1914
Founded by Gustav Bach, Albert Hirth and Gustav Klein. The focus was on producing engine seals.

1941
Axial-working water pump seals are added to the development and production range.

1941
Start of rubber processing.

1966
Completion of the new administrative building in Heilbronn.

1976
Production sites built in Kirchardt and Lauffen.

1983
Foundation of KACO Dichtungstechnik Ges.m.b.H. in St. Michael/Lg. in Austria. It is expanded three times.

1991
Construction of new plant in Talheim.

1993
KACO becomes a member of the Brazilian Sabó Group.

1997
Foundation of KACO Hungary Kft., based in Enese, Hungary.

2006
Start of the fourth construction phase of the plant in St. Michael, Austria.

2009
Start of production at the Wuxi plant in China.

2014
KACO celebrates its 100 year anniversary.

2014
The ZhongDing Group becomes the majority shareholder of the KACO Group.

2014

The factory in Lincolnton, North Carolina (USA) becomes part of the KACO Group.

2014
The factory in Anhui expands the KACO Group network of factories as the second production site in China.

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