KRONEN was founded in 1978 as a merchandising company for hotel- and restaurant equipment and accessories. The development and production of own machines for the fruit, vegetable and salad industry was started in 1992. By this, the products could quickly be established on the international market.
In 1998 KRONEN was taken over by the current Managing Director with the strategy of the further export orientation, which led to a considerable growth in sales and number of employees.
In 1999, with Stephan Zillgith as Technical Manager, Dipl. Ing. degree (FH), the next generation entered the company. In 2004 he took co-responsibility as Managing Director joining the management of the company.
Since 2004, KRONEN has been developing and producing its machines in a new production- and administration building with own show room and training facilities in Kehl-Goldscheuer close to the French border.
As an innovative and internationally operating enterprise KRONEN made further progress in establishing itself even more successfully on the international market, making it necessary to double the production area to 5000 m² in total. In September 2008, KRONEN celebrated the official opening of the new production hall and its 30th anniversary with a special live-concert and event for business partners and customers.
In 2011, KRONEN Corp. was founded in Cohoes/New York operating as distribution company for the US American market.
In 2015, operations moved to new premises in Madison/Wisconsin. The company currently employs 5 people, who are responsible for sales and customer service for KRONEN in the USA.
In 2018 KRONEN had a ‘double’ anniversary: 40 years of KRONEN and 20 years of Zillgith/KRONEN. In September KRONEN invited the industry to a special Gala Evening and Customer Day for celebrating this anniversary.
At the same time the extension of the Management Board was announced: In addition to Rudolf Hans Zillgith and Stephan Zillgith, Eric Lefebvre and Johannes Guenther, both having been executives at KRONEN for many years, become the new members of the Management Board as well as company Associates.
Today, KRONEN employs 100 people and is a globally operating producer and supplier of machines and processing lines for the catering, specialty, fresh cut and food industry with worldwide representations in more than 80 countries. Our products are delivered to more than 100 countries around the world.
The close cooperation with our customers and partners obliges us to preserve traditional values such as quality awareness, but also to recognize and implement the changed challenges of the global market creatively and offensively.
We put high efforts in delivering individual solutions adapted to the demands of the customer in an optimum way. Furthermore it is the target of KRONEN to move on with innovations for our customers’ purposes and benefit. We offer consulting and planning in close cooperation with our suppliers and research institutions from Germany and around the world.