Corporate History

Top quality at reasonable prices

Since 1929, this philosophy has determined our range of products and services.
To celebrate our 90th anniversary, we would like to invite you to a journey through time.
 
During his training in a glass factory, the later co-founder Theodor Felix Kraus came into contact with glazier diamonds for the first time and learned how to repair them. The First World War forced him to interrupt his training, but after his time as a soldier in France and Russia, his way led him first to Sweden and back to France where he acquired further knowledge and techniques in the production of diamond tools. Upon his return to Germany, Theodor Felix Kraus was already considered a specialist in the field.
 
On October 1st, 1929, Theodor Felix Kraus and the businessman Willy Winter founded the Kraus & Winter company at Lindenstraße 5 in Hamburg. The entry into the commercial register took place only 8 days later on 9th October 1929. The first target groups were glass, laboratory and natural stone companies and supplied with the first diamond tools. In 1935, less than 10 years later, the partner Willy Winter retired and Theodor Felix Kraus continued the company as sole owner.
 
In 1938, the company moved to Hamburg-Lokstedt Lottestraße 9-11 in order to meet increased customer demands and broadening capacity. Over the years, production was expanded into more and more areas.
 
In 1956 the office was moved to its present location in Hamburg-Lemsahl, and extended in by an annex.
 
His son Felix-Gunter Kraus joined the company at a young age during his apprenticeship. As a result, the range of diamond tools for all areas was supplemented by his devices for optical glass processing. Thus the field of ophthalmic optics also became potential customers.
 
Theodor Felix Kraus died in 1974. His son took over the company in the same year and led it safely into the new age.
 
After 90 years of experience, our company still relies on sound know-how in the manufacture of diamond and later CBN tools, intensive research and development work, state-of-the-art production methods, as well as a team of motivated and qualified employees and recognizes them as an essential basis for consistently high quality, forward-looking production optimization and innovation in our company.
 
By using the latest technology in our company, such as CAD workstations, ERP systems for monitoring order, production and delivery processing, as well as careful final inspections, we can guarantee you on-time delivery and the highest quality standard, even for custom-made products.
 
Armed with these prerequisites, we look forward to a future far beyond 2019.  
 
Be a part of our advancement.
We will be happy to advise you.
 

KRAUS & WINTER
90 YEARS
DIAMOND TOOLS