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.
In the daily work and in our customer contact KGS Management and Employees work in accordance with the SWISS DIAMOND TECHNOLOGY® values. This means that we work in accordance with the following guide lines:
Provide the highest value to our customers, respond quickly to their actual demands and anticipate their future needs.
Being a highly trusted and valued partner/employer, caring about people, quality, relationships and the environment.
Respect each other and treat each other with dignity and develop our capabilities.
We expect everyone in KGS to take pride in their work, take personal responsibility and to perform to high standards.
We rely on each other to succeed.
We are guided by our long-term Vision which rests on the Ferronato Family Values, traditional entrepreneurial spirit and total financial independence.
Protect and preserve jobs, create new jobs and offer career opportunities.
We provide products, technologies and processes that meet the highest SWISS DIAMOND TECHNOLOGY® standards. Only the best results in quality and reliability are satisfactory. We are committed to the safety and health of our employees, the protection of the environment and the quality of life in the communities in which we operate.