1952 - Natale Ferronato founds Natale Ferronato & Co. with the
purpose of producing cold bonded quality abrasives near
Zürich, Switzerland mainly for grinding and polishing
applications on stone and cast iron.
From the very first days of operation, Natale Ferronato
continuously questioned existing methods and relentlessly
pursued new and innovative processes and products.
This mind-set and commitment to innovation added value for customers and created
customer satisfaction that became the heart of the company activity… this
philosophy continues to drive KGS today.
1962 - Introduction of sintering production methods.
1964 - Sales of first sintered diamond cutting blades in Switzerland.
1970 - Natale Ferronato passes the management responsibility to his
wife Maryse Ferronato for health reasons
1980 - Sandro Ferronato, today‘s President and CEO, joins the company.
1985 - Rebranding of the company to KGS DIAMOND deriving from the
German description: “Diamantwerkzeuge für Keramik, Glas und Stein”.
Diamond Tools for ceramics, glass and stone.
Distribution of the first Flexible Diamond Abrasives.
1988 - 1997: KGS subsidiaries are founded in The Netherlands, Hungary, France and Spain.
1991 - Acquisition of a diamond tool factory in Budapest / Hungary.
1993 - Creation of a specialised factory for flexible diamond abrasives in Elburg / The Netherlands.
First patent for a unique flexible diamond abrasive for wet and dry grinding and polishing
applications. Applications on metal and high-tech materials are being developed.
1998 - Acquisition of a fabrics metallisation plant in Châtel-Saint-Denis / Switzerland.
1999 - KGS subsidiary founded in the United Kingdom.
2002 - KGS subsidiary founded in Guangzhou / China.
2004 - Acquisition of WINTER Diamond Tools & Machines Ltd., Germany.
2005 - KGS subsidiary founded in Sydney / Australia.
2006 - Acquisition of Alfred Ernst Müller GmbH in Germany.
2008 - KGS manufacturing plant created in Lanheses / Portugal.
2011 - KGS branch office opened in Stans / Switzerland.
2012 - The latest KGS DIAMOND subsidiary founded in Columbia / SC – USA.