Our company’s history

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Family-owned and run since 1948

Transparency, honesty, reliability, trust and sustainability have been the fundamental values underpinning our company’s culture from the very beginning, and are reflected in the way we treat our customers, our mutual respect for fellow employees and in the quality of all our products.

Years of experience have confirmed to us that these values must be consistently pursued in order for us to continue to set new standards in the future.

These values motivate our employees every day to care for our company’s most important asset – our customers.

Franz Josef Wälder

1948


Foundation of Ketten Wälder GmbH
Production of agricultural chains and construction of the first factory hall

1950


Start with automatic chain production

1977


H33 certification by the trade association

1980


Relocation to the present company building

1995


Start of production of stainless steel chains

2001


Creation of cromox®

2008


Extension of production and warehouse area to over 5,000 m2.

2016


In addition to the annual investment in plant and equipment, the company purchased state-of-the-art 5-axis machining centres.

1948


Ketten Wälder GmbH founded

Production of agricultural chains and construction of the first factory production building

1950


Automatic chain production begins

1977


H33 certification by the trade association

1980


Relocation to the present company building

1995


Start of production of stainless steel chains

2001


Introduction of most new products, including development of the stainless steel product range

2008


Extension of production and warehouse area to over 5,000 m²

Registration of cromox® brand

2016


In addition to the annual investment in plant and equipment, the company purchased state-of-the-art 5-axis machining centres

Nothing is more constant than change

As with a lot of other companies, since its inception, Ketten Wälder GmbH has undergone numerous changes in order to meet the product and quality requirements of its ever-growing client base. While our customers mainly required agricultural chains in the early days, today we are able to offer customised, stainless, acid-resistant product solutions of the highest quality. In 1950, we replaced traditional, manual chain forging over an open fire with our first automatic production line.

Since then, our product range has been continuously adapted and developed to reflect current market developments, including globalisation. This has allowed us always to be able to meet the demands of our customers and to show them new, improved options.

In 1995, our product portfolio was significantly expanded to include stainless steel chains in our product range.

Regular investments, innovations and development ideas have enabled us to improve the diversity and technical specification of our range on a constant basis. In 2008, this culminated in the successful launch of our own cromox® brand, which has since represented the highest quality in stainless steel.

We have confidence in our cromox® product range and are 100% convinced of its reliability. Nonetheless, we strive continuously to improve our performance and our products for our customers.

We live the progress.

Franz Maximilian Wälder

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