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Alfred Kärcher was one of the inventors and entrepreneurs who contributed greatly to the progress of Württemberg since the beginning of industrialisation, along with other figures such as Robert Bosch, Gottlieb Daimler and Count Zeppelin. He showed great dedication and commitment in implementing his ideas.

In 1924 the 23-year-old Kärcher completes his studies at the Technischen Hochschule Stuttgart and then works for his father’s company, which he develops into an engineering office. In 1935 the engineer founds his own company in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt in order to develop his own product ideas in the field of heating technology and to bring them to market. With his own patent Alfred Kärcher builds, amongst other things, the so-called “Kärcher salt bath furnace” for tempering steel and hardening light alloys for industry.

In 1939 the company moves to Winnenden, where the family enterprise still has its headquarters. At this time the company manufactures pre-heating burners for aeroplane motors and cabin heaters, amongst other things. After the end of World War II the company concentrates on products for the most urgent of daily needs,  such as circular furnaces, handcarts and tractor trailers.

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