A further milestone in the company’s history was the arrival of Michael Stock, a graduate industrial engineer. In 1989 he became second managing director and in 1997, after Friedrich-Wilhelm Kohlhage retired due to age, he took over as the sole General Manager of the company. The Kohlhage family, however, remained associated with the company, especially through a 49% shareholding.
Under the leadership of Michael Stock, the old company location was also dissolved in 1997 and moved completely to Kuentrop. What then followed was a steep growth of the company: in 2000, the 3-shift operation was introduced, in 2003, the ISO EN 9001 certification was completed and in 2010, the ISO16949 and ISO TS 14001 certifications were obtained, enabling the company to meet the extremely high requirements demanded by the automotive industry. Of course, Michael Stock was not able to achieve this growth alone. He had good supporters: Since 2007 Sven Lehecka (MD KOHLHAGE Connection Technology) and Marc Schreiber (MD KOHLHAGE Fastening Technology) have been on board and together the three have further built and expanded the company.
In 2010 Mr. Stock left the operative business and handed over the operational responsibility to the Managing Directors Lehecka and Schreiber. Until 2020 he was actively involved in the company as a shareholder jointly with the Kohlhage family. In the middle of 2020, the Kohlhage family took over the company’s shares and has since then been represented in day-to-day business by Maximilian Schreiber, the grandson of Dr. Kohlhage.
And then? Lehecka and Schreiber renamed the two companies. It was in 2012. They were then called KOHLHAGE Automotive GmbH and KOHLHAGE Fasteners GmbH. Since 2016 KOHLHAGE Automotive Tube (Kunshan) is active in China and supplies to customers from the Asian region. The buildings, which were mentioned at the beginning, were also built in the years after 2010. For the time being, the last milestone in the growth of the traditional company KOHLHAGE is the newly founded KOHLHAGE E-Tech in the year 2018. With the new company, innovative products and an efficient work force, KOHLHAGE has made the first big step into a business field which will bring about a massive change in Germany and the world in the coming years. We are talking about electric mobility and the changes that will accompany it: for the employees, for customers and also for the company.