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multi metal distribution

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The tradition of success From the time of its registration on June 28, 1906, the Duisburg-based company was one of Germany's leading steel and metal traders. At that time its founder, the merchant Peter Klockner, already possessed an impressive iron, coal and steel empire, from which Klock-ner-Werke AG and Klockner Humboldt Deutz AG were later to emerge. Klockner & Co formed the core of this group, although even from the beginning it also operated as an independent steel and metal trader. Klockner & Co's strength has always been its closeness to the customer. In its year of foundation,...

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Foreword Dr. Thomas Ludwig | Gisbert Rühl Board of Management of Klöckner & Co AG Personal stories Those who were employed at Klöckner passionately think back Interview with Gustav Adolf Pflocksch The foundation 1906 – 1918 | The rise of a steel merchant We had people you could send on a camel through the Gobi Desert Interview with Peter Rütten Growth in times of crisis 1918 – 1940 | From national steel trader to international trading company We contributed to the fact that Mr. Henle could sleep with peace of mind Interview with Helmut von Rintelen In the grip of politics 1940 – 1953 | War,...

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Dr. Thomas Ludwig | Gisbert Rühl Board of Management of Klöckner & Co AG Peter Klöckner founded Klöckner & Co as a trading company in 1906. One hundred years ago he was already a farsighted entrepreneur with an ability to spot good business opportunities. In doing so, he frequently struck out along unaccustomed paths. At a time when the majority of companies in the Ruhrgebiet were concentrating primarily on production, Klöckner & Co already conducted trade with products on a large scale. From the beginning, steel trading was the most important cornerstone of Klöckner & Co. While the company...

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Personal stories Personal stories Gustav Adolf Pflocksch Mr. Pflocksch, what are your earliest memories of Klöckner & Co? I was born in Neudorf in 1910 and on the way to school I walked past Klöckner & Co’s first office building on Otto-Keller-Strasse. It was a three-story edifice and was located on the corner of a nondescript little street, Achterngasse. The building attracted my attention because of its well-kept façade. Its name was Klöckner Eisenhandel, Bergwerks- und Hüttenerzeugnisse (Klöckner Iron Trade, Mining and Metallurgical Products). You started at Klöckner & Co in 1933 and got...

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“Those who were employed at Klöckner passionately think back.” there very early and we weren’t home until 8:00 in the evening. The business was not divided up according to materials, but according to countries since the DIN book with the steel available was still thin. However, the telephone was not used much for foreign business in the past – there wasn’t even a telephone connection to some countries. Instead, one sent coded telegrams. The codes contained hundreds of standard commercial phrases that were expressed in five different letters in each case. Gustav Adolf Pflocksch (1910 – 2006)...

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The foundation | 1906 – 1918 The rise of a steel merchant 11 | A late foundation and its history 13 | The hour of the merchants strikes 15 | Widening horizons and offering more 17 | “A heavy blow” – the First World War

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industrial empire consisting of iron and steelworks, mills and factories. une 28,1906, the businessman Peter Klockner established the trading company Klockner & Co in Duisburg. The company quickly developed into one of Germany's biggest steel merchants, with numerous branches and a wide range of goods. The trading activities supported Peter Klockner's industrial a enterprises and formed the core of his . ...

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The rise of a steel merchant (1906 –1918) 1906 A late foundation and its history craft. Spaeter also provided him with an insight into steel manufacture. Klöckner’s training began in the cellar of the The rapid rise of Klöckner & Co had a merchant’s office, where he had to grind long prior history. When Peter Klöckner iron ore in heavy mortars. Later he worked at the blast furnaces in a steel- already been active in the iron and steel works. Thus he became familiar not only industry for 24 years. He had worked as with the material he was selling, but a merchant, had successfully put various...

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1906 The “Sanitätsrat” as group founder Peter Klöckner laid the foundation for his “industrial activity” in the modern steelworks in Europe. Soon, Klöckner – who received the mid-1890s when he put the iron and steelworks at Haspe back on its title of “Kommerzienrat” in 1905 – was called, half jokingly and half feet. This entrepreneurial feat achieved much attention – not least respectfully, “Sanitätsrat” (“councilor for company rescues”). from the banks which provided him with the necessary credit. With Haspe and Kneuttingen, Peter Klöckner had mines, iron- Klöckner purchased shares in the...

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1918 This solved Haspe’s financial problems, products cannot be sold”. The founding of Coal extraction | Klöckner & Co operated its own coal and iron ore mines. The mining work a viable condition. Klöckner streamlined was therefore more than simply the final started with the creation of a tunnel for the production and brought the individual conclusion of a series of company take- processing steps into precise coordina- overs. Rather, it was the beginning of one tion. The secret of his success lay in per- of Germany’s most important industrial fect organization. When the demand for iron and...

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1906 Thomas steelworks | In the Thomas process, of the steel producers Thyssen and Krupp. a connection to his important production steel was manufactured in so-called basic con- facility at Kneuttingen in Lorraine. Thus, verters and subsequently poured out. Air forced within a few years Klöckner had built up a widespread trading and marketing net- into the converter through channels at the bottom oxidized the steel. Stirring of the molten The first offices of Klöckner & Co were work. All branches possessed rolled iron steel (“puddling”) was no longer necessary, at Mercatorstrasse 98 in...

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