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Innovations From 1947 to Today

 

1947

Marc Kern, with the help and support of his wife, set up a small workshop at Hunigenstrasse in Konolfingen with the aim of starting a letter folding and inserting machine business. The first draft of the machine later became the prototype.

1957

Kern AG Incorporated, Mr. Marc Kern as President and sole shareholder.

1964

An electronic department is established. The world’s first fold-inserters with optical reading (KAE - Kern Automatic Electronic) are delivered to customers. The manufacturing plant is enlarged to meet the growing demand for Kern equipment.

1968

Kern leads industry innovation with the first "online" system incorporating cutting, folding and inserting as a single process. Kern gains international recognition and market leadership in the field of document delivery.

1982

A wholly owned subsidiary, Kern GmbH, is established in Germany.

1983

A wholly owned subsidiary, Kern Limited, is established in the UK - rapid market growth is achieved.

1984

The world's first modular inserting system is launched - the K2000. In excess of 1500 units are sold world wide in the period up to 1995.

1994

K3000 Megamailer is launched as the first inserting system to achieve 26,000 mail pieces per hour - creating yet another example of world class innovation and technology leadership.

1997

The next step towards global expansion leads Kern to the United States. Kern International Inc. is founded, enabling Kern to establish a direct presence in the large U.S. market.

2000

The Kern 3000 Megamailer was officially included in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest document inserting machine in the world.

2005

Print ‘05 in Chicago – The world premier of the Kern 3500 Dual-Channel Inserting and Mailing System.
Kern is recognized with the Innovation Award by the German Print Industry for the Kern SB4 Smart Binder.

2006

Kern is awarded its second iF design award for its excellence in product design. The 2006 recognition was given for the new design of the Kern 3500 Dual-Channel Inserting and Mailing System.

2008

Kern introduces the K2600 Inserting System, built on 25 years of inserting knowledge and expertise.