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

Krups is a German kitchen appliance manufacturer. It is part of the Groupe SEB. It is named after its founder, Robert Krups.[citation needed]

The Krups company is often confused with the Krupp conglomerate.[citation needed]

The company produces a large variety of household appliances.[citation needed]

Krups competes with De'Longhi, Sunbeam, Braun, Russell Hobbs, Bosch, and Black & Decker.[citation needed]

The Krups headquarters are located in Solingen and Offenbach am Main.[citation needed]


Krups juicer.
Krups "Vivo F880" espresso maker.
Krups coffee grinder (European market).

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.[citation needed]

Key events in the Krups company history have included the following:

  • 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 nearly 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.
  • 1979 - The Krups Type 223 Coffina Super coffee grinder is used as a prop in the film Alien (1979) as part of the Nostromo spacecraft, and also in Back to the Future as 'Mr. Fusion'.
  • 1983 - Releases first coffee machines released
  • 1990 - Employs 3000 people in four German factories, as well as one in Limerick, Ireland, with annual revenue of DM 541 million. Coffee machines make up the bulk of sales of 40% Germany and 30% in United States.
  • 1991 - Krups undertakes joint venture with Nestlé to produce the Nespresso machine.
  • 1996 - 150th anniversary.
  • 1999 - Krups Irish factory in Limerick, formerly employing 800 people, closed.
  • 2001 - Joins Groupe SEB following bankruptcy
  • 2005 - Group SEB reorients Krups market as a premium brand and employs designer Konstantin Grcic.[1]

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  • 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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