|In 2017 König & Meyer invested in a new distribution center, and its ISO 9001/14001-certified factory employs state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.
König & Meyer Celebrates
Advanced technology keeps German stands & accessories maker at the forefront.
FOR 70 YEARS, the K&M brand has stood for high-quality music stands, hardware, and accessories. From classic to pop, from the smallest rehearsal room to the largest stage, König & Meyer offers the industry’s widest variety of music stands, music lights, guitar stands, keyboard stands, band and orchestral stands and chairs, microphone stands, speaker and lighting stands, benches and thrones, sound reinforcement and multimedia equipment, and related music product accessories.
The company’s origins trace back to the 1930s, when toolmakers Karl König and Erich Meyer set up a company to produce ice skates and measuring gauges in Zella Mehlis, East Germany. When Russia occupied East Germany after World War II and began confiscating private companies, König & Meyer risked everything and relocated its business in Wertheim, West Germany in 1949. The first factory in Wertheim opened with just eight employees.
The original factory is very different from König & Meyer’s current operations, which reflect the company’s heavy investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. As a result, K&M factories are outfitted with the most technologically advanced computer-aided design (CAD) systems, laser cutting machines, welding robots, and CNC-operated machines to maintain precise tolerances while ensuring employee safety and minimal environmental impact.
"Our greatest asset is unquestionably
the exacting skills of our workforce.”
A key to the company’s long-running success has been an emphasis on vertical integration. From start to finish, almost every component part and finished product is produced in-house. By maintaining absolute control over every facet of the production process, K&M is able to offer a five-year warranty as well as a ten-year replacement part policy. Currently employing 270 people, the company is certified to the most demanding ISO 9001 standard for quality management and ISO 14001 standard for environmental management.
K&M’s high-quality manufacturing operations are linked to one of the industry’s more imaginative design teams. Many K&M designs have been hailed as classics, such as the 210/9 microphone stand, the 101 music stand, the In-bell B&O stands, the Spider Pro Keyboard stand, and the 214/6 speaker stand. Various products are registered for design or utility patents. Every year K&M introduces numerous new innovative products at trade shows worldwide. Customer feedback and industry needs are always at the forefront of its design process.
Management at König & Meyer take pride in their gleaming factories and their well-regarded product, but an equally important key to the company’s success is a team of skilled and dedicated employees. “Our greatest asset is unquestionably the exacting skills of our workforce,” explained CEO Gabriela König, who represents the König family’s third generation.
Currently König & Meyer products are sold in more than 80 countries on five continents, and nearly 60% of production from the Wertheim factory is exported. Introducing new products to the market while ensuring the entire line of catalog products is always available is the family-run company’s central objective and the key to its success going forward. To continue to offer its customers the best possible service and respond quickly and flexibly to orders and requests, the company invested in a new distribution center in 2017 with more than 7,500 pallet spaces.
As an international market leader, König & Meyer will continue to expand its top market position with exceptional “made in Wertheim” quality products and excellent service. And for its 70th birthday, K&M will host a number of events to celebrate the anniversary with customers, suppliers, friends, and all employees.