Visit of DHBW CAS

March 2019 | Students welcome

On March 13, we received a visit from the students of the study program Integrated Engineering of the DHBW Center for Advanced Studies.

As part of his master's degree, our colleague Tobias Steinbach organized an event for his fellow students. In this so-called lecture series, which every student has to organize, the students visit various companies and trade fairs to find out about current topics such as digitization and Industry 4.0.

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Water fountain

March 2019 | Water is life! KUHN GmbH donates a water fountain to the Höpfingen Elementary School.

The local school in Höpfingen places a high priority on making healthy water availabe to children to drink. Supplying drinking water free of charge at schools is particularly important. Drinking water not only promotes children’s ability to concentrate and perform, but most importantly is good for their health.
This is what motivated school principal Susanne Lindlau-Hecht and the managing directors of KUHN GmbH, Jürgen and Michael Kuhn, to cover the costs of a water fountain where children can easily refill their water bottles “as they walk by.”
Since its founding, KUHN has always been closely involved in the topic of water. The company’s goal is to supply people with clean drinking water. For this reason, company management was happy to agree to acquiring a water fountain for the local school in Höpfingen.
Our tap water is the most closely monitored and must meet very strict minimum thresholds of purity. The water fountain meets the highest hygienic standards. This means children at the school can fill their bottles with chilled or unchilled water and enjoy it.
School principal Susanne Lindlau-Hecht thanked KUHN GmbH for procuring the water fountain. “Over the long term, we hope that children will use fewer disposable plastic water bottles and thus avoid waste. This means every living and working person benefits from this, and so does the environment.
‘To our health!’ Let’s drink to that with fresh tap water.”

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Partner in UAE

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AL MARDAS Technical Services is the new KUHN partner in the United Arab Emirates. Following a visit to KUHN in November 2018, two KUHN employees were sent to Dubai in February 2019 to discuss the final details of a successful cooperation.
We look forward to partnering with AL MARDAS and look to the future with confidence

Delegationtrip

February 2019 | Delegationtrip to India

At the invitation of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Berlin, our managing director Dr. Michael Kuhn joined a business delegation of Federal Minister Svenja Schulze on its journey to India. At the same time, the third German-Indian Environmental Forum took place in New Delhi. The objective of this trip was to expand environmental dialogue with this important emerging country and to support projects of German companies in the field of environmental technology and sustainable industrial production. In addition to a reception by Indian Minister of Science and Technology HE Harsh Vardhan, various meetings and discussions were also on the itinerary.

Former company president Günther Kuhn turns 80

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On the occasion of the 80th birthday of former managing director Günther Kuhn, we would like to present important milestones from his impressive career and lifetime of achievement.

After completing a three-year apprenticeship as an electrician at the Breunig company in Hardheim from 1953 to 1956, Günther Kuhn joined his father’s plumbing business. With a fully qualified electrician in its ranks, the firm was able to offer electrotechnical work. In the same year, his father, company founder Franz Xaver Kuhn, was forced to reduce his involvement in operations for health reasons.

In 1963 he and his father Franz and brother Josef founded KUHN OHG as a general partnership. A year later, in 1964, Günther Kuhn passed his master craftsman examination, allowing apprentices to be trained at the company. In 1966 the property in the Mantelsgraben industrial zone in Höpfingen was purchased, where the company headquarters are located today. In the following years the current office building, as well as the first factory building were built. The company gradually moved from the old company premises on the Hauptstrasse in Höpfingen to the newly constructed buildings at its new Mantelsgraben site.

In 1975 KUHN GmbH posted revenues of more than DM 1 million for the first time.

In 1979 KUHN GmbH was founded with Günther and his brother Josef as managing partners and their uncle Norbert Kuhn and Gerhard Hilpert with power of attorney (Prokura). Under their leadership the company steadily expanded and became well-known in its industry and in the region.

After his brother stepped down from management in 1992, Günther Kuhn was managing director of the company by himself until 1997 when he handed over the reins to the next generation. His son Jürgen Kühn and nephew Michael Kühn took over management of the company with Günther Kühn continuing as a project manager in day-to-day operations. He continued in this capacity until 2001 and then had to reduce his workload for health reasons. Until 2011 he was still working on almost a daily basis for the company.

A key aspect of the company’s succession was strict separation of management responsibilities during and after Günther Kuhn’s tenure as managing director. Günther entrusted complete control of the company to Jürgen and Michael Kuhn and thus completely withdrew from all management activities. He was available to his nephew and son in their new managerial roles and offered advice, but only when requested to do so.

In his many years with the KUHN company there are of course many anecdotes which reveal Günther Kuhn’s character quite well. One example is when a fire occurred at a waterworks near Külsheim, 15 km from Höpfingen, and Günther arrived there before the local fire brigade to inspect what might have caused the fire because the KUHN company had carried out work there a few weeks before. Or when Günther visited a customer site in eveningwear and fancy shoes and jumped into the construction ditch to help his fitters complete a task – this happened on more than one occasion.

Günther Kühn was a man of many and versatile skills and was an expert when it came to pumps and electrical engineering thanks to his lifelong career with KUHN. Not only customers but also his fellow employees could count on his word, earning him the reputation of an upstanding and reliable businessman.

We wish to thank Günther Kuhn for his many years of devotion and commitment to the company as its president, project manager, and representative and extend the warmest congratulations to him on his 80th birthday.

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