Krohne Messtechnik GmbH
KROHNE is a global leader in design, development and manufacturing of process instrumentation, providing measurement solutions to all industries worldwide. KROHNE is a worldwide technological leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of accurate, reliable and cost-effective measuring instruments for the process industries. The company focuses on forming partnerships with its customers to provide them with the most reliable and innovative solutions available in the marketplace. With flow, level, temperature and pressure measurement as well as process analytics, KROHNE offers the whole range of process measurement instruments.
While today being a global supplier for process instrumentation and automation, KROHNE started as a small enterprise a century ago: Ludwig Krohne began to produce variable area flowmeters in Duisburg, Germany, in 1921. The main customers were companies from the metal industry in the Ruhr area who needed measuring devices for hardening furnaces.
The small family enterprise moved from rented facilities to company-owned buildings in 1936. As Ludwig Krohne and his son Karl both lost their lives during and in the aftermath of the second world war, Ludwig's wife Anna run the company in the post-war years.
In 1949, Anna Krohne asked her 28 year old grandson Kristian Rademacher-Dubbick to join the company. Although he had to sacrifice his profession as a painter for this new task, he soon took over responsibilities and under his leadership KROHNE – with an initial workforce of only 8 people – grew and became a leading innovative company for measuring devices. His unwavering will and his unconventional ideas helped to solve many application-specific problems of our customers, which has been the focus of our activities ever since.
Starting in the 1950s, many German companies began to enter new markets abroad, and KROHNE consequently followed its customers. Over seven decades, our strong commitment abroad has led to a workforce that is 80% based outside Germany.
In 1979, Kristian Rademacher-Dubbick relinquished his position of Managing Director and became Chairman of the Advisory Board. He could still be seen regularly in many international KROHNE subsidiaries, and he gladly followed the outstanding development of the company. Kristian Rademacher-Dubbick died in 2014 at the age of 92 years in Duisburg.
His successors have continued his heritage: the portfolio has been continuously expanded with new measurement technologies, engineered solutions and project lifecycle services to meet the changing requirements of our customers. We have established local contacts in over 100 countries, and built a network of production facilities to serve our customers in all regions of the world. New markets and industries were opened up, and KROHNE was rewarded with large international instrumentation projects.
KROHNE has advanced from an instrument manufacturer to a provider of industrial measurement products, solutions and services, while remaining an independent company owned by the Rademacher-Dubbick family.
In January 2020, Michael Rademacher-Dubbick, who successfully led the KROHNE Group for 25 years, became chairman of the advisory board. As of 2020, the KROHNE Group is led by Dr Attila Michael Bilgic (CEO), Ansgar Hoffmann (CSO), Stephan Neuburger (CBDO) and Ingo Wald (CFO). The generational change ensures that the KROHNE Group will continue to be successfully positioned to meet the challenges of the market in the future. 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of KROHNE, and the aim of the new management team is to strengthen the foundation and to set the course for the next 100 years.
Dr Attila Michael Bilgic, Chief Executive Officer and Speaker of the board
Areas of responsibility: research and development, intellectual property, production, quality management, marketing and product management
Ansgar Hoffmann, Chief Sales Officer
Areas of responsibility: sales and information technology.
Stephan Neuburger, Chief Business Development Officer
Areas of responsibility: business development
Ingo Wald, Chief Financial Officer
Areas of responsibility: finance and human resources
KROHNE offers local contacts for instrumentation projects in over 100 countries. When establishing local subsidiaries, we have been following the principle “local business, local people”. This means we rely on local people, also in management, and build up local engineering and application know-how to provide the best service for our customers.
The basis for innovation
The innovative technologies we employ for your benefit are based on our extensive R&D activities: 8% of the >4000 KROHNE employees work in research and development. This high proportion reflects our orientation towards innovation, and is enabled by our structure as a family business.
Next to sensor physics, the focus is on device communication and enabling technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) in process industry, e.g. ethernet communication to transmit process and device diagnostic data for evaluation and process optimisation.
In addition, KROHNE conducts basic research in various areas of physics, and we maintain numerous partnerships with universities worldwide.
KROHNE Technology Day
The “International KROHNE Technology Days” is an discussion and exchange forum for all R&D topics within the KROHNE Group in the format of an internal conference. At the “TechDays”, employees from all R&D sites meet to share and discuss the research and development activities within the KROHNE Group. The format provides the basis so they can share and connect their projects, results, ideas and enthusiasm, while guest speakers from universities, customers and partners provide enriching impulses and different perspectives.
Cooperation with universities
KROHNE maintains numerous partnerships with universities worldwide, for example with:
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, RUB
Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara
Technical University Delft
Technical University Eindhoven
University of Technology Twente
University of Amsterdam
University of Wageningen
North China Electric Power University
Lunds Tekniska Högskola, LTH
KROHNE’S Integrated Quality Management System is based upon and complies with international ISO standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.
As a family-owned company, we uphold human values and this transpires in the principals on which we base our QHSE management and which go beyond regulatory requirements.
We strive to give full customer satisfaction by providing instruments and solutions which meet and exceed our customers’ expectations in terms of quality and service. We do so by implementing ISO 9001 in all our production and sales companies, enforcing strong product development processes, guarantying measurement accuracy through wet calibration and ISO 17025 certified systems, and monitoring our core processes including on time delivery through key performance indicators.
Health & Safety
The health and safety of both our staff and customers is our main priority. We aim to protect our customers and end users by providing products which satisfy the highest safety standards. We attend to our workers’ health and well-being by preventing injuries and illness in providing a safe and sound work environment.
Contributing to a sustainable world is an essential part of our QHSE mission and vision.
In sustainability we see the importance of Environmental Protection, Social Equity and Economic Growth. A large majority of KROHNE factories are certified according to ISO 14001. The means by which we address these topics are defined in the KROHNE Quality and Sustainable Development Policy and other corporate documents (see below).
Minimising weight of new designs without impacting functional properties or product lifetime, is one example demonstrating our pro-active approach towards sustainability: sustainable development is not just an ideal but a KROHNE reality.
KROHNE’S Senior Vice President Quality H&SE has a central and global role within the company with the responsibility of implementing and overseeing the KROHNE Group harmonized QHSE management system.
Further to this, each company within our global organisation has its own QHSE management system which allows adaptability to local regulations and stronger implication of General Managers.
At a corporate level KROHNE has introduced procedures and guidelines as a means of harmonising our practices and providing a framework for our employees worldwide on subjects such as Eco-Design, Product development, Project Management, Gift Policy, Whistleblowing, CFSI prevention, etc.
At a wider level the documents listed below are addressed to KROHNE staff and our customers and business partners likewise:
The KROHNE Quality and Sustainable Development Policy is founded on four pillars: Quality, Health & Safety, Environmental Protection, Social and Ethical Equity. This policy forms the basis of local QHSE policies of our subsidiaries worldwide and must be applied and integrated at all levels of the organization within the KROHNE group: production companies, sales companies and joint ventures.
The core principles of this policy can be found behind each letter of the company name:
- Human resources
- New technologies
- Environment and Ethics
As a social responsible company, KROHNE has established a Code of Conduct for Corporate Social Responsibility. We are committed to applying its principals throughout the KROHNE group and to promoting adherence to its content by our joint ventures and subsidiaries, worldwide.
We conduct our activities with respect of universally held ethical values and principals, we defend human rights and we reject corruption and bribery as stated in the UN Convention.
KROHNE Business Partners Code of Conduct is based on our CoC for Corporate Social Responsibility and our Quality and Sustainable Development Policy. Our documents are founded on 3 pillars: Integrity, Social accountability and Environment and Safety. We require of our business partners likewise to conduct their activities with respect of universally held ethical and social values and to pursue fair business practices.
Numerous international legislations have been established to limit the impact of chemicals and hazardous substances in order to protect the environment and the health of the population. KROHNE products are within the scope of the main regulations:
KROHNE complies with the European, Chinese and other ROHS directives regarding the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The detailed information about ROHS is available in our EU declarations of conformity.
KROHNE products comply with REACH regulation regarding the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals. The REACH declarations are either available on the SCIP database or can be found here
KROHNE supplies only non-chemical products which are intended uniquely for industrial purposes and therefore KROHNE products are only concerned by occupational exposure.
Based on the risk assessment of our products, factories have established product specific declarations available here
KROHNE adheres to due-diligence obligations regarding 3TG minerals originating from conflict affected and high risk areas. KROHNE does not directly purchase such minerals from conflict countries. However the origin of such minerals or components containing these minerals procured via our suppliers is beyond our control. For this reason we have adopted the Responsible Mineral Initiative and implemented a reporting template enabling to gather and record information on 3TG mineral sourcing from our main suppliers.
As a producer of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), KROHNE complies with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (2012/19/EU).
As defined in the directive, a producer is “Any natural or legal entity in a country (manufacturer or importer) who, irrespective of the selling technique used, places Electrical and Electronic Equipment on the market of a specific Member State”.
In each EU country where KROHNE has a sales company we comply by declaring quantities of EEE put on the market. To facilitate end of life handling of our instruments for our clients we have established contracts with local take-back schemes (TBS). When repair or upgrade of the end-of-life product by KROHNE Service is not possible, you may contact our TBS partners listed below for proper handling and recycling.