König through changing times

History

From a one-man operation to a global enterprise: A story of success

Our founder and pioneer, Helmut König, came from a Hartberg bakery family with a long and rich tradition behind them. He was familiar with the wishes and problems of the bakery trade from his youth on and designed his first bakery machines to make the hard work in the bakery easier for his parents.

In 1966, during his studies at the Technical University in Graz, Helmut König founded „Maschinenfabrik Helmut König“ as a one-man company. The vision of the future graduate engineer was already clear at that time:

technology must exist to serve people.

König

The aim of our efforts must be to support bakeries at the production stage. This philosophy has continued to shape the company even after Helmut König’s passing in 1992, and serves as a guarantee that König will maintain its leading position on the global market.

1966
1966 Helmut König

Founding

Founding of the machine shop
by Dipl.-Ing. Helmut König.

1969
1969 Rex-Automat

Production Facility

Relocation of the production site to Graz-Andritz and the construction of the first Rex Automat prototype.

1971/72
1971 Rex Serienmontage

Rex Automat

Patenting & series production of the Rex Automat as well as the opening of the newly built plant in Graz’s Statteggerstraße.

1980
1980 Wienerstraße 91

Oven Production

Opening of an additional location in Graz’s Wienerstraße for the production of ovens.

1989
1989 Celldömölk Ungarn

Joint Venture

Joint venture with CELBA in Celldömölk, Hungary, which is now the subsidiary company König Kft.

2004
2004 Backvorführzentrum

Baking Demonstration Centre

Opening of KÖNIG’s baking demonstration centre in Graz’s Wienerstraße.

2005
2005 König USA

KÖNIG Inc. / Laminating Technology

Foundation of the sales company König Inc. in the USA and the subsidiary König Laminiertechnik in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

2006
2006 König NED

KÖNIG BV

Foundation of the sales company König BV in the Netherlands.

2007
2007 5000x Rex

5000 x REX

Delivery of the 5000th Rex divider and rounder.

2008
2008 König GER

KÖNIG Germany

Foundation of the sales company König Deutschland.

2010
2010 Technikum HQ

Demonstration Centre Graz

Opening of the new customer demonstration centre in Statteggerstrasse.

2012
2012 König RUS

KÖNIG Russia

Opening of the Russian face of König in Moscow.

2015
2015 König ITA

KÖNIG Italy

Opening of a König Technology Projekt-management GmbH office

2016
2016 50 Jahre König

50 Years of KÖNIG

König celebrates its 50-year anniversary

2017
2017 König ITA

KÖNIG Italy

New production facility for turn-key projects.

2018
2018 Metallguss Katz

Takeover of Metallguss Katz

Expansion of Austrian production through purchase of metal casting firm Metallguss Katz.

2019
2019 König + Fortuna

KÖNIG & Fortuna

The bakery machine manufacturer Fortuna becomes part of the König group.

2021
2021 55 Jahre König

55 Years of KÖNIG

König celebrates 55-years in business.

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