Corporate history

Our company has been in business for 115 years. A supplier to industry and trade, kiener + wittlin ag is active in the areas of steel and metal, industrial fasteners and tools.

Our past forms the foundation for our future. The competency, continuity and know-how we offer are the results of our years of experience in the business. This stable basis creates the space for new ideas and products: from tradition comes vision.


2020

2020
The sales office Zürich has been opened in Rümlang.

In a new building at the headquarters in Münchenbuchsee, a partially automated logistics system for fastening technology is put into operation.

2019The sales office central Switzerland has been opened in Hergiswil (NW)

2018The sales office Tessin has been opened in Camorino (Bellinzona)

2016The sales office Aargau (Unterentfelden) has been opened.

2014At the Münchenbuchsee site a fully-automatic high rack warehouse for long goods is put into service for the areas of bright steel, non-ferrous metals and tubes.

2014The sales office Western Switzerland has been opened in Noville (Villeneuve).

2008The owning Lustenberger family withdraws from operational business and controls the fate of the company in the administrative board.

1996The Valais branch moved from Susten/Leuk to Steg (near Visp) and a new office building and a warehouse has been constructed.

1991Following the death of the longtime chairman Werner Buri in 1984, Max Lustenberger takes over kiener + wittlin ag in a management buyout.

1988A sales office is opened in Basel.

1962A new office and warehouse complex covering an area of 46,000 square metres has been built in Münchenbuchsee, Bern.

1959Following the deaths of the two company founders, the company passes into the hands of Julie Kiener-Buri. Her brother-in-law, Werner Buri, takes over as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The Valais Branch ist opened in Susten/Leuk.

1919«J.G. Kiener + Wittlin» trade their horse-drawn cart for a truck formerly used by the imperial Austrian army.

1912Alois Wittlin enters the business as co-owner. A new building housing offices and an ironmonger’s is erected at Schauplatzgasse 23.

1905Aged 24 years Johann Gottlieb Kiener founded a ironmongery in Bern.