Fitter and master mechanic Jakob Kachelmann founded an art and construction metal works in the „Castle blacksmith on Jakobsberg“ in Bamberg. He specialised in the repair, modernisation and fabrication of tower clocks (including the tower clock of the Bamberg cathedral).


Relocation of the workshop to the Bamberg mill quarter (Geyerswörthstraße). Use of water power for lathes and milling enabled the mechanical production of gears.


Andreas Kachelmann, oldest son of the founder, became partner in his father’s company, that then became „J. Kachelmann & Sohn“.

In the 1920s the company changed over to the repair of gearboxes and couplings from all makes of vehicles and became the special company for manufacturing automotive spare parts – at this time the only one in all of north Bavaria.


After the death of the founder, Jakob Kachelmann, his youngest son, also named Jakob, entered the company and took over the commercial management. Jakob is 17 years younger than his brother Andreas. The company now had fully established itself in machine construction and in custom (large) gearbox construction.


Starting in 1938 the location in the Bamberg city centre ran out of space, despite the purchase and rental of surrounding real estate. The construction of the factory in Strullendorf began.


During World War II, Kachelmann developed, together with the „shipbuilding electrical systems“ of Siemens, the drive for the submarine air mast snorkel.


 The final months of the war led to catastrophic damage, both in the factory buildings in the Bamberg city centre and in Strullendorf. Directly after the war Kachelmann repaired the signal towers of the German Railway which had been destroyed in the war.


An enormous demand for large gearboxes prevailed in the German economy. This led to a significant increase of construction at Kachelmann in Strullendorf. Fabrication halls 2, 3 and 4 were erected.


Relocation of the entire technical and commercial management to Strullendorf. In addition to a four-story administration building, three fabrication halls were erected. Finally the entire production was also moved to Strullendorf. Kachelmann gearboxes are being used worldwide in plant construction.


Jakob Kachelmann founded the 1st subsidiary in Austria, the  KACHELMANN GETRIEBE Austria – the Rietz/Tirol factory.


The company was taken over by the Weiler company. Custom gearboxes continued to be produced at the Strullendorf location; the extruder and calender gearboxes areas were expanded.


Karlheinz Kachelmann and his wife, Christl, took over the Rietz/Tirol factory


The Karlheinz Kachelmann family bought back the factory in Strullendorf. The modernisation of the outdated machine parks followed; two new assembly and production halls were erected. The hardening shop was modernised, new ERP software introduced. Prototype production of wind power drives began. Helicopter handling systems were developed for the German navy.


Takeover of the renown Austrian gearbox manufacturer Noricum Cless in Graz.
Further development of agitator upper and lower drives for boilers up to 100 m³.


Production in Strullendorf was reduced to large gears and gearbox assemblies.


Andrea Kachelmann became Managing Director of Kachelmann Getriebe Vertriebs- und Konstruktions-GmbH, responsible for development, design and production of custom gearboxes up to 20 tons for all branches of industry. Company provides worldwide service for KACHE