History

2018

  • Opening of the AKG North American Research & Development Center in Mebane, North Carolina.
  • CATERPILLAR honours AKG India Private Ltd. with the platinum plaque of the CATERPILLAR Supplier Quality Excellence Program.

2017

  • CATERPILLAR honours AKG Thermotechnik Latvia with the platinum plaque of the CATERPILLAR Supplier Quality Excellence Program.

2016

  • CATERPILLAR honors AKG India Private Ltd. with CA­TER­PILLAR‘s Sup­plier Qua­lity Ex­cel­lence Program’s Gold level award.
  • Awarded as “Best Supplier 2015” in the delivery segment motor / cooler in recognition of our outstanding performance as a supplier for ATLAS in July 2016.

2015

  • 10th anniversary of SIA AKG Thermotechnik Latvia on November 25th, 2015.
  • Completion of the new office building of AKG Thermal Systems in Mebane, USA.
  • 10th anniversary of AKG Midwest in Mitchell, USA.
  • Start of production in the AKG do Brasil in Lorena, Brazil.
  • Awarded as "Supplier of the Year 2015" for the best performance in the delivery segment motor / cooler at Fa. Bernhard Krone GmbH.

2014

  • 25th anniversary of AKG Thermotechnik in Uslar on May 1st , 2014.
  • Expansion of the existing production area of AKG Thermotechnik in Izmir, Turkey.
  • Expansion of the existing production facilities in Coimbatore, India.
  • AKG do Brasil: Ground breaking of the new production plant in Lorena, Brazil.
  • Opening of the new AKG-standard-coolers customer center at the AKG Thermotechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Dortmund, Germany.
  • CATERPILLAR honors AKG Thermotechnik Latvia with CATERPILLAR‘s Supplier Quality Excellence Program’s Gold level award.

2013

  • Expansion of the existing production area in Taicang, China.
  • Expansion of the plant in Mitchell, USA.
  • Opening of AKG India Private Ltd. in Coimbatore on September 4th , 2013.

2012

  • Expansion of the production plant in Mebane, USA.
  • Expansion of the production plant in Dortmund, Germany.
  • Relocation of the Turkish plant to Izmir.
  • AKG was awarded the prize of the German economy in Latvia in 2012.

2011

  • The founding of the sales office AKG do Brazil in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • AKG India: Ground breaking of the new production facility.
  • AKG Taicang: Relocation to the new plant and start of production in China.
  • AKG of America celebrates 30th anniversary.

2010

  • Establishment of the AKG Korea Limited in Seoul, South Korea.

2009

  • AKG celebrates its 90th anniversary on July 27th, 2009.

2008

  • Establishment of AKG Japan Limited.
  • Establishment of AKG India Private Limited.

2005

  • Hartwig Pietzcker takes over AKG Group as managing partner after the death of Mr. Dirk Pietzcker.
  • Ground-breaking ceremony at AKG Midwest Inc. in Mitchell, USA on May 1st, 2005. Start of production in October 2005.

2004

  • Establishment of SIA AKG Thermotechnik Lettland.
  • Constructions of a new administration building – AKG of America in Mebane, North Carolina.

2003

  • AKG Thermotechnik International GmbH & Co. KG, the new distribution company, completes the AKG Group from January 2003 and will take over all sales activities of Autokühler GmbH & Co. KG and AKG Thermotechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Hofgeismar.
  • Start of production at the new production building in taicang with formation of AKG Thermal Systems (Taicang) Co. Ltd.
  • Reconstruction of the main administration building – AKG Group, Hofgeismar.
  • Relocation of AKG Thermotechnik, Dortmund, to the newly constructed production and administration building in Dortmund-Wickede.

2000

  • Expansion of production capacity in Hofgeismar. Construction of a 3,500 m² production hall and reorganization of the production lines.
  • Expansion of the production site in Uslar.
  • Expansion of the existing production area by extending facilties at AKG UK.

1998

  • Establishment of the production and distribution facility, AKG UK Ltd. in Tonyrefail / Wales, United Kingdom.

1997

  • Establishment of AKG Thermal Systems in Mebane, North Carolina, USA.

1996

  • Establishment of AKG (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. In Shanghai, China.
  • Establishment of Joint Ventures AKG SRF Endüstriyel Sogutucular San. Ve Tic. A.S. in Izmir, Turkey.

1992

  • Establishment of the production company AKG France Sàrl, Sarreguemines, France; Start of production.

1990

  • Establishment of a company in Sarreguemines, France and construction of a manufacturing center.

1989

  • Establishment of AKG Thermotechnik GmmbH & Co. KG, Uslar and construction of a new plant.
  • Start of production in June 1989.

1988

  • Conversion of the branch in Dortmund by establishing AKG Thermotechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Dortmund, and construction of a new factory. Start of production in January 1989.
  • Expansion of the sales center in the USA into a complete production center. Start of production in June 1989.
  • Establishment of a sales center in Singapore

1987

    • Expansion of the production center at Appenwier.
    • Expansion of the sales center in the USA into a complete production center. Start of production in June 1989.

    1986

    • Expansion of production capacity in Hofgeismar.
    • Construction of a Research and Development Center.

    1985

    • Founding of the AKG Thermotechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Hofgeismar. Start of production in 1986.

    1981

    • Expansion of the South German branch by the building of a new manufacturing center in Appenweier near Offenburg/Baden, close to the French border.
    • Establishment of AKG of America in Mebane/North Carolina, USA.

    1977

    • Mr. Dirk Pietzcker took over the company as managing director.

     

     

    1976

    • Signing of Joint Ventures in Yugoslavia.

    1972-1967

    • Under the leadership of Dirk Pietzcker, the breakthrough made the company one of the leading producers of heat exchangers in Europe.

    1962

    • Start of production of high-pressure heat exchangers in aluminum.

    1955

    • High proportion of exports and construction of manufacturing centers in India.

    1949

    • Development and production of the first standard cooler for the original equipment in the automotive industry.

    1946

    • Establishment of the current headquarters in Hofgeismar (near Kassel).

    1927

    • Hans Pietzcker takes over the management of Autokuler Dortmund and expanded the production of spare part radiators.

    1925

    • Hans Pietzcker, (grandfather of present managing partner Hans Pietzcker ) – at that time working in Osaka – buys the shares off his uncle Walter Pietzcker and becomes majority shareholder.

    1920

    • Walter Pietzcker becomes majority shareholder.

    1919

    • Founding of Autokühler Gesellschaft mbH (AKG) in Dortmund as a specialist company for the repair and production of replacement coolers.

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