According to these principles Karl Scharfenberg founded the company 1961. Today the third generation administrates an internationally active and independent company.
High vertical range of manufacture, concentration on one production site and short channels of supply ensure the reliable and confident cooperation with our business partners.
Based on mutual confidence WKS aspires to a long-term partnership with customers and suppliers. Common and permanent success is the target. Bureaucracy must be narrowed down to minimum because bureaucracy does not mean professionalism, but reduces flexibility and causes unused opportunities.
On October 13, 1961 Karl Scharfenberg founded Werkzeugfabrik Karl Scharfenberg as an individual enterprise in Stadtallendorf, supported by his wife Frida. This was preceded by the attempt to establish a business in the home Thuringia after the end of World War II. However, the conditions of a socialist-communist-dominated economic policy were found to be incompatible with the ideas out of a striving for independence entrepreneur. The plan for leaving the home was taken and made preparations to flee.
In western Germany, in Stadtallendorf suitable buildings for establishing an industrial plant were found. Through contacts with tool manufacturers Karl Scharfenberg started manufacturing of tools for car maintenance. Soon he had extensive experience that led to the development of existing and development of new tools. In parallel with the ongoing expansion of the production program was the expansion of the company. In 1964, the operation was a hall, which was associated with a doubling of the area, expanded.
3 Years later
In April 1964 Manfred Scharfenberg, the son of the founder, began his work in his parents’ company. He supported with its commitment to further development of the company. The customer base was steadily increased and the range of tools grew continuously. At the suggestion of the clientele the conditions for the production of screwdrivers were created.
Parallel investments were made in its own hardening and electroplating. With the commissioning of these two systems, a high degree of independence and flexibility was achieved. The high vertical integration allows WKS to date also to cooperate very confidentially with customers as needed; such as the development of new products.
In January 1989, the third generation has entered the corporate management with Michael Scharfenberg. Through the continuous optimization of manufacturing processes on the one hand and the training and recruitment of employees, maximum customer orientation and flexibility is ensured even today.