1899–1949

Historie

1899-1949 1950-1979 1980-2008
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Franz Klöckner founds a switchgear production company in Cologne, Germany.

 

1899

  The newly-founded company makes hand starters with a new safety function for use in DC machines.

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Hein Moeller joins the firm in 1911, becoming its chief engineer and sole director.

 

1910s

  Hein Moeller succeeds in developing the world's first three-phase oil contactor – a pioneering technical innovation.

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Greater customer proximity is achieved thanks to decentralising the sales organisation. Assembly-line production is introduced at the Moeller works.  

1920s

  Improvement of oil-immersed contactors using new materials. Motor-protective circuit-breakers and bimetal relays are added to the product range.
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Contactor relays are mass produced at six factories. The 'long weekend' is introduced.  

1930s

  Production of the first switchgear devices with a service life comparable to that of the machines in which they are deployed.

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Moeller starts to deliver switchgear to electrical wholesalers and undergoes a change in name to Klöckner-Moeller. Felten & Guilleaume Carlswerk is founded in Kleedorf, Lower Austria.

 

1940s

  Moeller begins to use Andorit (a transparent plastic) as an insulating material in power distribution board housings.

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