Our history

Discover our story

Sustainably family run since 1948

Transparency, honesty, reliability, trust and sustainability are the founding values of our company culture, which are reflected in the way we treat our customers, our mutual respect for fellow employees and in the quality of all our products. Our years of experience have confirmed that these values are vital in order to continue to drive innovation in the future. These values motivate our employees every day to care for the most important asset of our company - our customers.

Franz Josef Wälder

1948


Foundation of Ketten Wälder GmbH
Production of agricultural chains and construction of the first factory hall

1950


Start with automatic chain production

1977


H33 certification by the trade association

1980


Relocation to the present company building

1995


Start of production of stainless steel chains

2001


Creation of cromox®

2008


Extension of production and warehouse area to over 5,000 m2.

2016


In addition to the annual investment in plant and equipment, the company purchased state-of-the-art 5-axis machining centres.

1948


Foundation of Ketten Wälder GmbH
Production of agricultural chains and construction of the first factory hall

1950


Start with automatic chain production

1977


H33 certification by the trade association

1980


Relocation to the present company building

1995


Start of production of stainless steel chains

2001


Introduction of most new products, including the development of the Niro product range

2008


Extension of production and warehouse area to over 5,000 m2

Foundation of cromox®

2016


In addition to the annual investment in plant and equipment, the company purchased state-of-the-art 5-axis machining centres.

Nothing is more constant than change

Since its inception, Ketten Wälder has undergone numerous changes in order to meet the product and quality requirements of its ever-growing clientele. While agricultural chains were in demand by our customers in the early days, today we are able to offer customised, stainless, chemical-resistant product solutions of the highest quality. In 1950, we replaced traditional, manual chain forging at an open fire with our first automatic production line.

Since then, our product range has been continuously adapted to current market situations, including globalisation. This has allowed us to always be able to meet the demands of our customers as well as show them new, improved possibilities.

In 1995, our product portfolio was significantly expanded to include stainless steel chains in our product range.

Through regular investments, innovations and development ideas, we have been able to constantly improve the selection and specification of our range. In 2008, this gave rise to the launch of our own brand cromox, which has since stood for the highest quality in stainless steel.
We build on cromox and are 100% certain of its reliability. Nonetheless, we constantly strive to continuously improve ourselves and our products for our customers.

We live the progress. Franz Maximilian Wälder