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KARL BUBENHOFER AG – Swiss quality since 1908

Milestones in our history

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.


1908

1926

Karl Bubenhofer sells the painting business and founds a paint factory.


1926

1932

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.


1932

1947

The family-owned business becomes a public company.

Bruno Bubenhofer joins the firm.


1947

1954

The company expands its range of water-based paints.


1954

1964

A new manufacturing building with a development laboratory is constructed.

The industrial paints division is set up.


1964

1968

Bruno Bubenhofer takes over the management of the company.

Start of sales activities for polymer-based plaster.


1968

1977

Erich Bubenhofer joins the company.

A range of ready-to-use mineral paints and silicate-based plaster is launched.


1977

1978

Production of powder coatings begins.

The Austrian company KABE Farben GesmbH is established.


1978

1986

Erich Bubenhofer takes over the management of the company.


1986

1988

The trading company KABE Pulverlack Deutschland GmbH (formerly GEWEKA) is set up as a joint venture.


1988

1995

Farby KABE Polska is founded in Poland.


1995

1999

Move into the new building that houses logistics and administration in Gossau SG.


1999

2003

Facade insulation is added to the company’s portfolio of products with the lamitherm® and wancortherm® brands.


2003

2005

The production and trading company Farby KABE Ukraine is established.


2005

2007

The new powder coating plant in Arnegg in the canton of St. Gallen comes into operation.

The company acquires a stake in KABE THERM.


2007

2008

Liquid paint production is expanded.


2008

2012

Fully automated production of plaster begins at Farby KABE Polska.


2012

2012 - 2016

The fourth generation of the family joins the company: Andreas, Stephanie and Christoph Bubenhofer (left to right).


2012 - 2016

2013

The company takes over KABE THERM.


2013

2014

The company acquires EKO-COLOR.


2014

2016

Powder coating production begins at Farby KABE Polska.


2016

2017

Stephanie, Andreas and Christoph Bubenhofer take over the management of the company.

The EKO-COLOR plant in Poland is expanded.


2017

2018

The powder coating technical centre in Gossau is renovated and a new high-tech powder coating system is installed.


2018

2019

The company takes over LACOVER.


2019

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KARL BUBENHOFER AG
Hirschenstrasse 26, CH-9201 Gossau SG
Phone: +41 71 387 41 41

www.kabe-farben.ch | info(at)kabe-farben(dot)ch

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