The HILGER & KERN GROUP

Innovative industry partner

Three powerful brands and more than 90 years of experience determine what we are today: the HILGER & KERN GROUP. We provide our customers worldwide in more than 40 countries with innovative metering and mixing technology as well as industrial technology.

We have been cooperating with medium-sized companies as well as with global players for many years in a partnership-based cooperation. DOPAG and METER MIX® metering and mixing technology is used in the automotive and electronics industries as well as in aerospace and renewable energy. Hilger u. Kern Industrial Technology supplies companies in Germany with V-belts and components for machine and plant engineering.

We are looking forward to the continuous further development of our product portfolio and international growth are also important for us as motivated and qualified employees. In addition, we focus on the quality of our products and excellent customer service.


Get to know us and our three brands:

DOPAG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality, automated metering and mixing technology. DOPAG systems process single and multi-component media such as adhesives and sealants, silicones or greases and oils and are used in various industries such as automotive, electronics or aerospace.

For more than 25 years METER MIX® has offered metering and mixing machines for manual applications of lubricants and multi-component adhesives. METER MIX provides solutions for a wide range of applications, from bonding and sealing to greasing and electronic potting. The company has been part of the HILGER & KERN GROUP since 2014.

In the fields of driving technology, industrial electronics and vibration technology, Hilger u. Kern Industrial Technology offers a comprehensive product portfolio. This includes V-belts and their components as well as maintenance equipment. The focus of Hilger u. Kern Industrial Technology is on the individual consulting of customers in Germany.


Our history

1927 - 1976

In 1927, the engineer Walter J. Hilger founded a trading company near Heidelberg. In 1928, Wilhelm Kern started to work there. At that time, the company successfully distributes spark plugs, V-belts and paint spray equipment imported from the USA. In times of the emerging automobile boom, this was a successful business.

After the death of Walter J. Hilger, Wilhelm Kern took over the company in 1936 and built the Hilger u.  Kern GmbH. He decided to give up the automotive spare parts and concentrated his sales activities on the industrial companies. Hilger u. Kern recognized the potential of V-belts: They couldn’t only be used for vehicles, but also excellently for power transmissions in machinery and plant engineering.

In the following years, the V-belts and the paint spray equipment proved to be an extensive way of increasing customers from various industrial companies. Hilger u. Kern contributed significantly to the introduction of the V-belts into the industry and developed until the middle of the 50's to be one of the largest V-belt distributors in Germany.

In the beginning of the seventies, Hilger u. Kern started its activities in metering and mixing technology. At this time, Reiner Kern is leading the company in the second generation. Together with three business partners, he founded DOPAG Dosiertechnik und Pneumatik AG in Cham, Switzerland. The core business consists initially of the production and distribution of metering and dispensing valves as well as drum pumps and barrel pumps for automotive suppliers. Numerous new product launches and the registration of various patents followed. Later, the product range was extended by multi-component metering and mixing systems.

1989 - current

Since its beginning, DOPAG has gained many more important and international customers. The metering and mixing technology has become the leading business segment of the HILGER & KERN GROUP. It’s brand has also gained in importance on the global market with the expansion of the international sales network. In 1989, the first foreign subsidiary in France was established. At the beginning of the new millennium further subsidiaries followed. In 2004, Great Britain and Italy joined. The USA followed in 2009 and China in 2010. Since 2014, DOPAG has a subsidiary in India. Others will follow soon.

In 2014, the HILGER & KERN GROUP completed its product portfolio in the field of metering and mixing technology and took over the activities of METER MIX Systems Ltd. in Rushden, Great Britain. METER MIX® Systems produces metering and mixing machines for the manual processing of single and multi-component materials. Founded in 1989, the company is the market leader in England. METER MIX® is also continuously expanding its global business.

In 2017, the HILGER & KERN GROUP celebrates its 90th anniversary. Today, it’s an international operating and family owned company group. The main segment of the business activities is the field of metering and mixing technology. For the two brands DOPAG and METER MIX®, the group will continue to strengthen its global activities in the coming years.  In addition, DOPAG will further expand its range of automated metering and mixing technology. For all customers in Germany, Hilger u. Kern Industry Technology offers an extensive product range in the three segments driving technology, industrial electronics, and vibration technology.

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