KARL BUBENHOFER AG – Swiss quality since 1908
Karl Bubenhofer establishes a painting and decorating business in Gossau in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen.
Alongside house painting, the company specialises in decorative painting in churches. In the period up to 1918, Karl Bubenhofer is responsible for the artistic interior design of a wide range of churches in Switzerland and in the region around Lake Constance in Germany.
Karl Bubenhofer sells the painting business and founds a paint factory.
The first factory building is constructed at the current site.
In the early days, the company produces primarily oil-based paints in white and a range of colours, plus mineral-based paints in white only. The mineral paints become the company’s best-selling products.
The family-owned business becomes a public company.
Bruno Bubenhofer joins the firm.
The company expands its range of water-based paints.
A new manufacturing building with a development laboratory is constructed.
The industrial paints division is set up.
Bruno Bubenhofer takes over the management of the company.
Start of sales activities for polymer-based plaster.
Erich Bubenhofer joins the company.
A range of ready-to-use mineral paints and silicate-based plaster is launched.
Production of powder coatings begins.
The Austrian company KABE Farben GesmbH is established.
Erich Bubenhofer takes over the management of the company.
The trading company KABE Pulverlack Deutschland GmbH (formerly GEWEKA) is set up as a joint venture.
Farby KABE Polska is founded in Poland.
Move into the new building that houses logistics and administration in Gossau SG.
Facade insulation is added to the company’s portfolio of products with the lamitherm® and wancortherm® brands.
The production and trading company Farby KABE Ukraine is established.
The new powder coating plant in Arnegg in the canton of St. Gallen comes into operation.
The company acquires a stake in KABE THERM.
Liquid paint production is expanded.
Fully automated production of plaster begins at Farby KABE Polska.
2012 - 2016
The fourth generation of the family joins the company: Andreas, Stephanie and Christoph Bubenhofer (left to right).
2012 - 2016
The company takes over KABE THERM.
The company acquires EKO-COLOR.
Powder coating production begins at Farby KABE Polska.
Stephanie, Andreas and Christoph Bubenhofer take over the management of the company.
The EKO-COLOR plant in Poland is expanded.
The powder coating technical centre in Gossau is renovated and a new high-tech powder coating system is installed.
The company takes over LACOVER.