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Industry Kitchen appliance
Founded Germany
(1846 (1846))
Founder Robert Krups
Products Kitchen appliance

Krups is a German kitchen appliance manufacturer part of the Groupe SEB. It is named after its founder Robert Krups. It is often confused with the Krupp conglomerate.

The company also produces a large variety of household appliances. Krups competes with De'Longhi, Sunbeam, Braun, Russell Hobbs, Bosch and Black & Decker.



The company began in 1846 manufacturing precision scales and mainly industrial balances, in Wald, now a district of Solingen in North Rhine-Westphalia. This was the company's main "bread-and-butter" for the next 110 years.

  • 1951- Following the 1950s postwar reconstruction and economic boom in Germany, Krups moved into the lucrative consumer appliance arena.
  • 1959- Releases the highly popular 3Mix (German, Drei-Mix) mixing machine- soon a fixture in almost every second West German household.
  • 1961 Releases the ONKO coffee machine- Which was available as the F468 until 2014.
  • 1965- launches first slicer- highly popular in Germany where sausage (wurst) and cheese are consumed as staples.
  • 1983- first coffee machines released
  • 1990- Krups employs 3000 people in four German factories, one in Limerick, Ireland with annual revenue of DM 541 million. Coffee machines make the bulk of sales of 40% Germany and 30% in USA.
  • 1991 Krups undertakes joint venture with Nestlé to produce the Nespresso machine.
  • 1996- 150th anniversary.
  • 2001- joins Groupe SEB following bankruptcy
  • 2005 Group SEB reorients Krups market as a premium brand and employs designer Konstantin Grcic.[1]
  • to date Krups headquarters are located in Solingen and Offenbach am Main.


Krups manufactures several espresso makers, including the "Vivo F880", pictured here.
Krups coffee grinder (European market)
    • Nescafe Dolce Gusto
  • Electric Knives
  • Electric Slicers
  • Espresso Machines
    • Fully Automatic Espresso Machines
    • Pump espresso machines
    • Coffee/Espresso Combination Machines
  • Food processors
  • Grill
  • Ice cream makers
  • Juicers
  • Kettles
  • Kitchen scales
  • Sandwich/Panini and Waffle makers
  • Toasters & Toaster ovens
  • Electric mixers
  • Hand mixers


  • Krups Irish factory in Limerick closed in 1999, formerly employing 800 people.
  • The Krups Type 223 Coffina Super coffee grinder was used as a prop in the 1979 film Alien as part of the Nostromo spacecraft and also in Back to the Future as 'Mr. Fusion'.

See also[edit]


  • 1. Kevin N. Otto, Kristin L. Wood. Product Design. Pearson Education India. 978817758821. pp281
  • Robert Krups, North America 1986. Krups / 10 years in America: Quality... by design, 86/87. 32 pages/.

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