Karl and Gertrud Eischeid launch the KEIL Werkzeugfabrik
What Steve Jobs can do, Grandpa Karl has been able to do for a long time. The first drills are produced in the garage, the office moves into the children's room in the family home. Even back then, the name KEIL represented the values of family and community - KEIL, short for Karl EIscheid from Loope, a district of Engelskirchen.
Out of the garage into the first company building
Success demanded space. The company gets its first own location, the children get their room back. Later, production is expanded several times.
The undercut anchor sees the light of day
A customer has a problem, Grandpa Karl has the will to solve it. With inventive talent and expertise, he develops the undercut anchor and the associated drilling system. Some scoffed that he was creating a loss-maker, but Karl believed in his product.
The anchor proves itself in practical tests
Every new technology needs courageous people to try it out. In 1990 builders rely on the undercut system for the first time to fasten façade panels. They are rewarded with quality and durability.
Time for something new: The second generation takes over
Family business means responsibility. Karl’s daughter Petra and her husband Jürgen Bergfelder have been working at KEIL for years. Now they assume responsibility for management.
Off to new shores as KEIL Befestigungstechnik
In the beginning there was the drill production, but the successful product undercut anchor demands more attention. The KEIL Werkzeugfabrik is sold. The company continues as KEIL Befestigungstechnik.
The third generation
Every twenty years, there is a generational change in the family business. Gerda Söhngen takes over the business from her parents Petra and Jügen Bergfelder.
She brings Christian Schmidt on board as a sparring partner. Under them, KEIL treats itself to a makeover.
Move to Olpener Strasse
New bosses, new location, always Engelskirchen. The new headquarters, merging production and office building shows what KEIL can do: The ceramics façade is a ventilated rainscreen façade with KEIL undercut anchors.
KEIL celebrates 30 years of undercut technology
If you do the maths carefully, you can see that 32 years have passed since Grandpa Karl's invention in 1988. Unlike with façade fastenings, KEIL is not as precise when it comes to celebrating.
KEIL's façade anchor is award-winning
Safety is most important when fastening façades. When others recognise that KEIL does a good job at it, all the better. The team is happy about the award as Brand of the Century and the German Innovation Award.
Aus bester Familie
Our story is published in the volume "Aus bester Familie" (engl.: "From the best family").