Acquisition of the textile parts manufacturer SOLIS in Florence, Italy
KERN-LIEBERS acquires Florence textile parts manufacturer SOLIS. The company is liquidated and its machines relocated to the Czech Republic and China. The SOLIS brand is continued as a second brand in China for the sale of textile machine parts.
Foundation of KERN-LIEBERS KNITTING PARTS
As part of a restructuring process, the "textile machine parts" business unit is converted into the independent company "KERN-LIEBERS KNITTING PARTS GmbH", and relocated to a newly built, 12,500 square meter production hall at the Schramberg-Sulgen location.
The power and constant force spring, wire spring and fineblanked/stamped part divisions become independent business units that serve their markets largely autonomously and globally with the support of foreign plants.
The floor space at company headquarters is now 52,000 m².
German training center for toolmakers in Taicang, China
Working together with another German company, KERN-LIEBERS establishes the German Training Center for Toolmakers at the Taicang location near Shanghai, a project designed to win skilled workers trained to German standards for the German companies based in Taicang. The training is to the standards of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the German dual studies system. Every year, about 200 young people compete for one of the 60 training positions offered each school year.