In Neustadt in the Black Forest, the merchant Carl Kromer and his brother Theodor, founded company that dealt with equipment for the watchmaking industry and the manufacture of castles.
For his innovative products in the field of lock industry, Theodor Kromer and Cie received the highest award in the industry at a world exhibition in Vienna.
Design and development of spring balancers and zero gravity balancers in the former MM class with up to 60 kg load capacity. The production technology allowed only constructions made of solid castings or sheet steel parts.
Expansion of the product range of weight compensators to weight load capacities of up to 136 kilograms. Weight load range for the spring trains: 0.5 kg to 5 kg. First use of a spring break safety device.
1928 died Theodor Kromer, a pioneer in the field of lock industry, almost ninety years, without direct descendants.
Although there were great economic difficulties in those days, Ing. Otto Sellin bought the company Theodor Kromer in April 1929 and continued to transform it into a GmbH in the sense of the founder.
In a bomb attack on November 27, 1944, the main plant in Freiburg was destroyed more than 90%. The clearing work, which began on the day after the destruction under the direction of Otto Sellin, bears witness to the tenacity and creative power of the company.
It was not until 1949 - due to the consequences of the war - that entrepreneurship was able to develop freely again. Tough work made it possible to revive business connections in Germany and abroad.
Renewal of the production facilities for the production of Kromer weight balancers. This measure accelerated the manufacturing process by up to 20%.
From 1972 - 1976: Complete overhaul and modernization of all Kromer spring balancers and weight balancers. By using modern plastics, the weight of the devices could be partially reduced by more than 60%.
Patent submission of the world's only high-security double-cable balancer type 7248. By using a second rope, the crash of the load can be prevented without external accessories in the event of a possible breakage of the suspension cable. The market launch of the new product took place one year later.
Another important milestone in the company's history was the takeover of the Handling Technology Division by the international operating Carl Stahl Group and the transfer to Carl Stahl Kromer GmbH in November 2000. Carl Stahl GmbH is also a family-run company from the Swabian town of Süßen (near Göppingen) engaged in the manufacture and sale of high quality steel wire ropes and equipment for handling loads.
Carl Stahl Kromer is growing steadily: 27 percent more sales and 35 percent more new orders than in the previous year. The square was also narrow in the Freiburg building, which is why the company moved in 2011 in the larger Gottenheimer new building.
Another milestone: Re-certification to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001: The successful application of a quality and environmental management system was again confirmed by the certification body of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH in February 2015.
Very satisfied and a little bit proud as well, Kromer looks back and celebrates his 100th birthday in the production of zero gravity balancers and spring balancers.
Not only customers enjoy the sustainable and durable products from Kromer, but also the environment. In addition to sustainable products, Kromer also compensates for its unavoidable CO2 emissions with environmental certificates, making it one of the first companies in its industry to be CO2 neutral.
Despite the difficult times due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, Kromer succeeds in developing a new product: the explosion-proof ATEX balancer type 7235 EX with a load range of 15-55 kg, suitable for tool support in areas where flammable gases and dusts can occur . With the new ATEX balancer, Kromer is opening up new markets such as the oil, gas and chemical industry.