History

1854

Conrad Krahnen and Wilhelm Gobbers laid the foundation of a textile company for manufacturing silk fabrics, which were used mainly in making special items for haberdashery.

1866

Setup of the first mechanical looms in the Lower Rhine region. At the time this was a bold venture, as mechanical looms were an absolute novelty and were nowhere near being fully engineered. Back then, the main driving belt went from the drive shaft of the steam machine down to the cellar vault. From there, the weaving machines on the first floor were controlled individually via bending rollers.

1893

Capacities were stretched in terms of production and labour and could no longer keep up with the rapidly rising demand for textiles from Krahnen and Gobbers.

1894

A new production facility was opened in Wassenberg, featuring 500 indirect steam-powered looms. By the end of the year, the company was operating a total of 1,000 steam looms.

1904

A new, pioneering production technology was introduced to coincide with the completion of the third weaving mill: All looms were now operated with small electric motors. This new technology permanently replaced the dangerous belt drive of the steam machine.

2000

Today’s modern looms can turn out 500 to 2000 metres of fabric per day. To put this in perspective, you can imagine that five of today’s looms produce as much as did 500 of the steam-driven weaving machines in use at the time of the company’s founding.

2010

In 2010, Krahnen & Gobbers is among the leading manufacturers of florist products for funerals, sympathy tributes as well as graveside decorations and accessories in Germany and northern Europe. Thanks to innovative marketing strategies and creative ideas, Krago has successfully solidified its position in the floral industry.

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