1900. Early years.
|In 1900 Heinrich Kissling and Heiner Schumacher founded the company Schumacher & Kissling in Remscheid, the center of the German tool industry. Heinrich Kissling (* 11 December 1866) had previously worked in a forging mill and had the technical background. Heiner Schumacher financed the start-up projects and received a share of 25%.
In Remscheid Morsbachtal they consolidated two former hammer mills with new buildings and started to produce pliers, hammers, socket wrenches and bicycle tools on two water-powered forging hammers.
|Growing industrialization brought a vital impulse to tool producing companies in Remscheid. Thus, the work force at Schumacher & Kissling reached 49 people already in 1906.
The first catalogue was issued in 1907 and showed "Wrenches for bicycles, engines and automobiles".
1919. The name MATADOR arises.
|Already in 1914 the first catalogue in French language was published. It contained numerous tools for which Heinrich Kissling had filed his own patents (D.R.G.M. - "German Reich Utility Patent").
In 1919 the brand name "MATADOR" which still exists today was registered at the Commercial Register. Heinrich Kissling discovered this term meaning a bullfighter ("Matador de Toros") during a trip to Spain. He considered "MATADOR" to be an ideal synonym for strength and energy: "Wrenches and sockets in the very best quality and workmanship".
The two sons of the founder Heinrich Kissling, Oskar and Max, joined the company in the 1920s.
|Max (* 8 March 1897) started to work for MATADOR as a technician directly after graduation from school whereas after his officer training Oskar (* 3 May 1895) received a commercial education in Paris followed by some years working in London. In the early 1920s he became the Commercial Director at MATADOR.
In the following years many new patents were filed and MATADOR experienced a quick expansion.
Meanwhile, the company had 3 production sites in the region around Remscheid (Bergisches Land) and a plant in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
In 1933 business relations to DAIMLER-BENZ started which last continuously until today.
|1922: Presentation of a patented punch pliers.||First tap wrenches.||Be a MATADOR.|
|1914: First French catalogue.||Newspaper article about Heinrich Kissling.||First catalogue under the brand name MATADOR.|
|Letter from DAIMLER BENZ from 1933.|
1919. Patent "Reversible Ratchet".
|In 1919 our reversible rachet was patented as "Deutsches Reich Gebrauchsmuster" as the first of its kind.|
|Reversible Ratchet.||Reversible Ratchet - diagonal.||Improved Reversible Ratchet - diagonal.|
1937. First Socket Sets.
|In 1937 Heinrich Kissling visited the USA during a trip initiated by the Association of Tool Manufacturers in Remscheid. He brought with him the idea to produce socket sets which had already been well-known in the American market.||After his return he immediately started to produce these sets and MATADOR became the first company to introduce socket sets to the European market.|
|Advertisement during National Socialism period.
||Catalogue right before World War II
with focus on automotive tools.
|MATADOR`s commitment to quality.
1940. Times of war, destruction and new beginning.
|During war times Oskar Kissling was called up for military service and only at times he could attend to the company.
On 4 June 1943 at the age of only 48 years Oskar Kissling unexpectedly died from a heart attack.
Only 7 weeks later on 31 July 1943 the MATADOR factory was completely destroyed during an air raid on Remscheid.
|Heinrich Kissling and his family survived this attack in a shelter which was built in a hillside above the company premises and still exists today.
Grete Kissling, the widow of Oskar Kissling, and her two 7 year old children Jürgen and Karla (both * 8 May 1936) took refuge in Caldern (a village in the German State of Hessen) for 4 years.
After war in 1945 at the age of 78 Heinrich Kissling started to rebuild the company and could finish it short before his 80th birthday in late 1946.
1947. Beginning of the Economic Miracle.
|Heinrich Kissling, the founder of MATADOR, continued to manage the company together with his son Max Kissling until his death on 7 January 1953. He became 87 years old.
After reconstruction MATADOR experienced a long phase of expansion. Old customer relationships were resumed and MATADOR expanded its business especially outside Germany.
|In the domestic market industrial business was intensified and MATADOR increasingly established as a 1st tier supplier and partner of the automotive industry.|
1960. Further expansion.
|In 1960 after his technical and commercial training i.a. in England, Jürgen Heinrich Kissling joined the company at the age of 24 as an employee and later managed it in the 3rd generation as a Managing Partner until 2002.
In the 1960s - 1980s many investments were made which provided a basis for the company's economization and expansion. During that time for instance the old steel store house was relocated and replaced by a state-of-the-art tool design and construction area.
Besides the construction of machine tools which were needed for production, mainly special tools for the automotive industry were developed and tested here.
|Several new buildings, e.g. a new warehouse including a high rack warehouse built in 1970, as well as the installation of a fully automatic galvanic plant lead to a constant expansion of the production area which comprises 10,000 sqm today.
After the death of Oskar Kissling´s widow Grete in 1987 their former residential house was converted into an office building in 1990 with an area of approximately 450 sqm.
2002. The 21st century begins.
|In 2002 the corporate relationships were restructured and Peter Kissling (* 17 February 1969), the eldest son of Jürgen Kissling, took over the company shares. After completing his master studies of business administration in Würzburg, London and Saarbrücken Peter Kissling worked in a leading American business consulting company for 6 years and could provide important impulses. Jürgen Kissling left the company in 2002 and is no longer an active partner.||In 2008 the MATADOR logo was modernized: The hexagon nut held by a stylized wrench as well as the word mark "MATADOR Schraubwerkzeuge" symbolize the company's origin and its core competence.|
|Peter Kissling, Managing Director.||Expression of thanks to MATADOR.||Racing car with MATADOR sponsoring.|
|International Hardware Fair 2016.||Training center.||Aerial view of MATADOR in Morsbachtal.|