History

The founding father's vision: speciality lubricants of maximum quality

Theodor Klüber, the company's founder, had the vision to develop and manufacture speciality lubricants that should offer unique quality. He pursued this goal persistently and with a view to the future.

The systematic expansion of our business, a global presence from the beginning, and the proactive cooperation with customers in nearly all branches of industry have been vital factors for our success.

1929

Theodor Klüber sets up a retailing enterprise for mineral oil products in Munich.

1929
1938

Theodor Klüber establishes a mineral oil processing plant and starts the production of oil mixtures.

1938
1950

Production of speciality lubricants starts.

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1958

First foreign subsidiary set up in Belgium.

1958
1959

"Mineralölfabrik Theodor Klüber" becomes "Klüber Lubrication".

1959
1962

The first production plant abroad is taken into operation in Austria.

1962
1966

Takeover by the Freudenberg Group of Weinheim.

1959
1971

Klüber Lubrication sets up first subsidiary on the American continent in Brazil.

1971
1976

The first company of Klüber Lubrication in Asia is set up in Japan, another follows in Hong Kong a few years later.

1976
1981

Klüber Lubrication Australia Pty. Ltd. is set up.

1981
1983

As Klüber Lubrication (Pty.) Ltd. South Africa is set up, Klüber Lubrication is now in a position to serve customers worldwide from a company on their own continent.

1983
1995

Klüber Lubrication acquires Summit Industrial Products Inc., Tyler, USA, a specialist supplier of compressor oils.

1995
1998

Opening of new research and development center at the Headquarters in Munich.

1998
2002

Klüber Lubrication strengthens its position in the textile industry by taking over the North American manufacturer of needle and sinker oils Madol®.

1959
2003

In Mexico, Klüber Lubrication takes up production at the new Querétaro site with its highly advanced facilities.

2003
2004

Freudenberg Chemical Specialities is set up in Munich, forming Freudenberg's new chemicals business group. Freudenberg Chemical Specialities comprises Klüber Lubrication München KG, Chem-Trend, Howell, Michigan, USA, and OKS Spezialschmierstoffe GmbH, Munich.

2004
2006

By setting up a subsidiary in Russia, Klüber Lubrication is now represented with its own sites in all four BRIC countries.

2006
2008

Klüber Lubrication starts operation of the group's most advanced production plant at Shanghai Industrial Park.

2008
2011

Brand relaunch: With a strong brand presence, our innovative vigour, our staff, our processes and our procedures, Klüber Lubrication is well equipped to meet and master the challenges of the future.

2011
2012

Change of company name: From Klüber Lubrication München KG to Klüber Lubrication München SE & Co. KG

2012