KIWO Competence Around the World: With Quality Comes Trust
For decades, KIWO products and services have been setting the standards throughout the industry.
KIWO anticipates trends and developments, proactively developing creatve product and service solutions for improved productivity and profitability for our customers.
In all aspects of our business, KIWO employees are actively engaged in supporting our customers.
For customers around the globe, KIWO is a reliable partner. This reliability results in trust. And trust is the basis for a strong and successful partnership.
With this principle in mind, KIWO has earned a strong market position in nearly all of our business segments.
Well over 100,000 customers, spanning every continent, use our products and service for their success: chemical systems and technological systems for screenprinting, textile printing and adhesives in wide ranging applications.
Assured quality and market oriented business is one KIWO's strengths. A quality built upon our ISO 90001 recognized quality management system.
From a small enterprise to a mid-sized company – a timeline of our growth
The early years
In the second half of the 19th century, Germany developed from an agricultural into an industrial state.
In 1893, both Kissel + Wolf, and the lacquer manufacturer Albert Rose were founded.
Up through the 1930's, Kissel + Wolf, then located in Mannheim, developed into one of the most important wholesalers of glues.
During World War II, the business in Mannheim was completely destroyed.
A new beginning
In 1956, the business was acquired by the Eisenbeiss family. With only a handful of employees, a production facility was built in the town of Wiesloch, near Heidelberg, with the production of adhesives comprising the main business.
New business perspectives
Following the business initiatives of Richard F. Eisenbeiss, new areas of growth in the production of chemical products for the screenprinting and textile printing industries were developed. High quality products such as AZOCOL emulsions and the PREGAN und PREGASOL lines soon became top sellers around the world.
In 1963 Albert Rose Chemie was acquired. The activities as textile printing supplier were strengthened.
The systematic growth in applications and customer education provided a further impulse towards product development.
KIWO brought numerous innovations to the market and influenced the entire industry. In doing so, KIWO became a worldwide leader in chemical systems for screenprinting.
KIWO oriented itself to fulfill the demands of the market using the synergy of three branches of industry: screenprinting, textile printing and adhesives.