From the kitchen into the wide world
Everything began in the mid-eighties in Karl-Josef-Schäfer's home kitchen: To manufacture a bend for a ventilation made of plastic, he heated a PVC tube in the oven and then formed it with a bicycle tube.
The result was impressive, and so Karl-Josef proudly demonstrated it to his former boss Horst Severyns. Both men quickly realized the necessity of founding a company which would develop machines for the production of bends - this was foundation date of HoKa (Horst & Karl).
The developed blow pipe procedure was patented and is the central component of HoKa's manufacturing process to date. Today, the company is equipped with the latest in technology and markets its ventilation fittings of thermoplastics throughout the world.
- 1986: Relocation to a larger industrial hall in Siegburg (approx. 400 m²). Employees: 2
- 1990: Investment in the first injection moulds.
- 1992: Relocation to Hennef in the Reutherstrasse (800 m²).
- 1995: Extension of the hall area (1,100 m²)
- 1998 – 99: Extension of the production, storage and office area (2,500 m²)
- 2002 – 2004: Increase of area size by additional 2,400 m².
- 2004 – 2008: Extension of the company and its associated areas (11,600 m²). Employees: 20
- 2009: Investment in three new Engel injection moulding machines with clamping forces of 90, 300 and 600 tonnes.
- 2010: Investment in a fourth Engel injection moulding machine with a clamping force of 900 tonnes.
- 2011: Investment in a new production hall for the injection moulding division with 1,350 m² and the development of the logistics centre
- 2012: Investment in a new Wissner 3-axis processing centre with a machining surface of 4,050 x 2,050 mm. Employees: 40
- 2013: Many new products, a new price list, new packaging - even more performance and transparency for our customers. Employees: 45
- 2014: Increase of team size: Now 55 members
- 2015: The team grows to 64 employees
- 2016: Company areas are extended to 16,000 m²