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KOH-I-NOOR Holding

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KOH-I-NOOR HOLDING is the parent organization of a Czech holding group with worldwide activity. Within the group we can find production capacity in the CR, Russia or Bulgaria and trading capacity in more than 90 countries all around the world.

The cluster has over 2500 employees and yearly turnover exceeding 4 billion CZK and is a significant engine for economic growth in many regions. It also intensively cares for the environment and its protection and continually innovates its technological park and implements production processes with regard to minimization of their impact on the environment.

The concern stability is strategically based on four main business pillars, namely: consumer goods, engineering, healthcare and energetics + minor pillars represented by horeca and property. In each division we can find one or more key companies and several smaller companies cooperating in mutual symbiosis.

Portfolio

Consumer goods

In 1790 Joseph Hardtmuth, an architect at duke's court, began business that his grandson Franz later turned into one of the world's biggest companies producing and distributing graphic art supplies and office and school supplies of the highest quality.

Name used for the whole holding is taken from KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH company, a company which has been producing graphic art products for four hundred years and which counts among leading companies in this field. Distribution of the products is supported by a growing network of subsidiary companies as well as more than 100 stores in several countries.

 

KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH a.s.
F. A. Gerstnera 21/3
371 30 České Budějovice

Company ID. no.: 26055996, Tax ID.no.: CZ26055996

+420 389 000 200
sales@koh-i-noor.cz
www.koh-i-noor.cz

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Healthcare

The field of plastic profiling includes mainly development and production of disposable health, laboratory and veterinary supplies made under the respected brand GAMA.

Company named GAMA GROUP has been supplying mainly the Czech and Slovak market with its health plastic products of high quality for more than thirty years. The products include disposable consumer goods, laboratory supplies and technical aids for veterinary medicine.

 

GAMA GROUP a.s.
Mánesova 11/3b
370 01 České Budějovice

Company ID.no.: 45797463, Tax ID.no.: CZ45797463
 

+420 389 000 200
gama@gama.cz
www.gama.cz

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Energetics

Purchase, sale and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is managed by KRALUPOL a.s. company at more than 1000 points of sale.

Company named KRALUPOL a.s. supplies fuel of high quality through a wide network of gas stations with LPG points all over the country. It is also focused on distribution of propane-butane tanks of different sizes, LPG tanks and other technical gases.

 

KOH-I-NOOR ENERGY a.s.
Baarova 45
140 00 Prague 4

Company ID.no: 26028298, Tax ID.no.: CZ26028298

+420 315 705 105
info@kralupol.cz
www.kralupol.cz

 

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Automotive & Engineering

As for development and production of tools and forms together with production of pumping components, KOH-I-NOOR MACHINERY counts among the top companies in Central Europe with its size, know-how and quality of production.

Engineering segment of the division is represented by companies KOH-I-NOOR PONAS, KOH-I-NOOR RONAS, KOH-I-NOOR FORMEX and KOH-I-NOOR LPS, developing and producing tools and forms as well as producing pumping components. In this segment they are the top in Central Europe as for the size, quality and know-how. Individual companies have their own specialization with the aim to cooperate most effectively within the concern. Their domain are mainly complex technical components, plastic parts with metal inserts and optical parts.

 

KOH-I-NOOR MACHINERY a. s.
Baarova 769/45
140 00 Prague

Company ID.no.: 02394391, Tax ID.no.: CZ02394391

+420 461 723 201
info@kinmachinery.cz
www.kinmachinery.cz

 

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Horeca

KIN-HaR company keeps a network of three- and four-star KIN HOTELS in Frymburk, Třeboň and Zadov.

Due to their location and equipment, KIN HOTELS are able to focus on a wide range of customers' needs – on individuals, groups, recreation, relaxation, wellness and therapeutic holidays, the hotels are also suitable for seminars, sport workshops, business meetings, company meetings, and provide a wide offer of services and leisue time activities close to the accommodation.

 

KIN-HaR s.r.o.
Baarova 769/45
140 00 Prague 4

ID.no.: 25946803, Tax ID.no: CZ25946803

+420 731 422 520
info@hotelvltava.cz
www.hotelsvet.com

 

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Property

Famous Gallery Myšák in the centre of Prague is one of the most attractive real estates owned by the company.

Besides accommodation service and production or operation companies the company portfolio includes also lease of commercial space. Gallery Myšák can be found in a lucrative location and it shelters a famous confectionery Myšák as well as many shops and offices, including KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH flag-store.

 

Gallery MYŠÁK a.s.
Vodičkova 710/31
110 00 Prague 1

ID.no.: 63999731, Tax ID.no.: CZ263999731

+420 222 513 713
info@gallerymysak.cz
www.gallerymysak.cz

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History

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1790

Joseph Hardtmuth establishes a company for production of stoneware in Vienna and invents a method to produce man-made graphite.

Joseph Hardtmuth establishes a company for producing stoneware in Vienna. There he invented a method to produce a man-made graphite. The production started as a test only but in 1795 he really started to produce lead and in 1802 he expanded by starting mass production of graphite pencils, red chalk and some types of coloured leads. The plant was later managed and expanded by Joseph Hardtmuth's descendants.

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1848

Strategic move of the production plant into the new premises in České Budějovice.

Strategic move of the production plant into new premises in České Budějovice. Since 1853 the business was managed by Joseph's grandson Franz who was able to significantly innovate many production processes thanks to his studies abroad and he started the system of dividing graphite leads into grading 8B – 10H. During his management the name KOH-I-NOOR was accepted too.

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1894

Naming the company after the biggest yellow diamond called KOH-I-NOOR, which is a part of British crown jewels' decoration.

Name of the biggest yellow diamond on Brittish crown jewels KOH-I-NOOR was accepted as a part of the company's name. This name was originally used for an iconic yellow pencil 1500 but after the pencil's great market success, Franz Hardtmuth accepted the label KOH-I-NOOR also as the name of the company itself. At the same time he came with the revolutionary concept of dividing lead according to the hardness into grading 8B-10H and later it was adopted by other producers.

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1900

The yellow graphite pencil 1500 won a Grand Prix Award in Paris worlwide exposition and became the most famous pencil in the world.

The yellow graphite pencil 1500 won a Grand Prix Award in Paris worlwide exposition and became the most famous pencil in the world.. The whole company was before the World War I. extraordinary big in terms of production and export measures. It had commerce representation in almost 70 countries all around the world and thus it was the biggest pencil factory employing 1510 workers here and abroad, producing 90 milion pencils a year.

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1948

After the company was put under the state ownership in 1945, another ordeal comes with legal processes concerning the brand name iniciated by external companies.

After the company was put under the state ownership in 1945, another ordeal comes with legal processes concerning the brand name iniciated by external companies. The situation was appeased by Carlsbad Agreement in October 1960, based on agreement between president Novotny and members of Hardtmuth family, where the brand name disputes were settled up. Helpful was also a transfer of production under a fictive company called Bohemia Works.  Besides graphic art supplies it sold a wide range of products.

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1992

Privatization after 1989 made the company private again and it was transformed into a joint-stock company.

Privatization after 1989 made the company private again and it was transformed into a joint-stock company. But this change concerned the plant in České Budějovice only, so the owners had to face a demanding job to build everything from the beginning again, mainly the export sale.

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1994

When the management was replaced, Ing. Vlastislav Bříza has become the head manager and the company has started to flourish again.

When the management was replaced, Ing. Vlastislav Bříza has become the head manager and the company has started to flourish again. The export network has been successfully expanded to Russia and Germany and the turnover significantly increased in 1996 and other plants were purchased. In 1997 subsidiary company KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH TRADE managed from Pelhřimov took charge of the inland sale.

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2004

New arrangement of individual companies into a holding structure of KOH-I-NOOR holding.

New arrangement of individual companies into a holding structure of KOH-I-NOOR holding. It was necessary to establish a flexible management structure for individual divisions undergoing dynamic development. This dispersing over more fields of business provided the necessary stability and economic security for the company's further growth. Ing. Vlastislav Bříza was awarded the prestigious prize called EY Enterpreneur in 2014, which proves the above mentioned success and growth.

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2018

KOH-I-NOOR holding in figures:
2500 employees, turnover 4.1 billion CZK, business activities in 90 countries.

KOH-I-NOOR holding in figures: 2500 employees, turnover 4.1 billion CZK, business activity in 90 countries. The core business are consumer goods industry, health service, automotive, engineering and energetics. Other activities are horeca and immovables.

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KOH-I-NOOR holding a.s.
Baarova 769/45, 140 00 Prague 4

Telephone:
+420 389 000 200

E-mail:
info@kinholding.eu

Company ID.no.: 260 80 991
Tax ID.no.: CZ26080991