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Our History

A century of innovative metalworking solutions

Discover our journey from a small industrial supplies business to one of the leading international machine tool suppliers


Founding of the original business in Königsberg

In 1923, Gerhard Knuth founded the business, which started as a shop for hardware and small machines in Königsberg, Germany. The business recorded great growth and employed 23 people by the time WW2 started. Operation continued until 1944, but 1945 the business had to close due to WW2.


Reestablishment in Neumünster

In 1946, Gerhard and his son, Karl, start up their business in a former sauerkraut production and fish smokery facility in Neumünster. Their initial portfolio included tools, ball bearings, and small machine tools.


Another generation

In 1983, Karsten Knuth entered the family business and expanded the product portfolio by adding conventional machine tools from Taiwan. The demand for metal working machines quickly increased and took the lead over woodworking machines.



In 2002, KNUTH opened their new Service and Technology Center on an area of over 2.000 m² This center performs all testing of KNUTH machines according to ISO 9001 quality standards, and all service calls are coordinated here.

In 2010, the construction of this large new facility was completed. It includes an office building complex plus over 16.000 sq.ft. show rooms and warehouses.


KNUTH has become a full-range supplier for the metalworking industry

The continuously expanded portfolio covers every need, from CNC and conventional machining technologies to a wide variety of sheet metal working technologies. Today, KNUTH is a leading machine tool supplier for virtually any machining and metalworking needs

2010 - 2015

KNUTH becomes an internationally renowned brand

The company expanded and built a worldwide distribution network of branches and dealers. Today, the KNUTH Group is actively doing business in 45 countries and has subsidiaries in USA, Russia, Romania and South Africa.


The next generation is ready to go

Philip and Kristian Knuth represent the 4th generation to lead the family business.