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As a globally leading specialist, Kathrein has unique know-how: their business fields cover a wide range of communication technologies. They produce intelligent solutions for the connected world – and clearly aim to remain a step ahead.

In the 1920s, Kathrein identifies the potential of a new medium. Since the beginning of the new century, the technical development of radio has rapidly been gaining impetus. In October 1923 “Deutsche Rundfunk” (German Radio) gets started with its first programme from Voxhaus in Berlin. There are only a few listeners at the birth hour of radio in Germany. But the number of listeners and the demand for reception antennas rise with the programme offering. Driven by curiosity and an unshakeable faith in his technical knowledge, Kathrein enters the new production sector. He initially offers lightning protection for elevated antennas, and shortly thereafter medium-wave wire antennas which are easy to mount. From the very outset he opts for top quality, which he institutes as a major characteristic of the company.

Kathrein’s success story extends over almost an entire century of technology history. It all began in the small workshop of company founder and engineer Anton Kathrein in 1919. Under the leadership of his son Prof. Dr. Anton Kathrein, the company has grown into an internationally active enterprise. Since his father’s death in 2012, Anton Kathrein has been at the helm of an experienced management team, leading the company into the future.

Kathrein’s success is based on a definite ability to sense technological opportunities and business potential. Entrepreneurial foresight, smart and timely decisions, creative agility and daring perseverance are the main pillars of the company history. They have facilitated technological innovation at the company since the start and transformed the then one-man operation into one of the leading international specialists. Kathrein, as a family-owned business, has stood for comprehensive customer care and responsibility towards employees, society and the environment for three generations.

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