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  Typical KERN!
Mechanikus Gottlieb KERN founded his company in 1844 and manufactured the most accurate balances of its time. His business became the core cell of the internationally famous, southern German precision balance manufacturing.

Over 169 years of experience and the devotion to quality has enabled us to become specialists in the weighing field with the KERN brand standing for precision and reliability. We are an independent, medium sized family business, in its 6th generation, registered in southern Germany.

KERN is DIN ISO 9001:2008 accredited and globally active.

Working with KERN is easy, and our commitment to satisfy our customers never stops. Perhaps this is why our roots can be traced so far back in history.

Discover the KERN route to success: fast - competent - reliable - versatile!
  KERN History – a short abstract
 1844 KERN is founded – precision balances are produced   1863 A proud Gottlieb Kern with his staff      1880 Pharmaceutical balance with Aesculap    1923 Inflation – KERN wages are paid with self printed currency    1980 The electronic balance ousts mechanical devices    1994 Accredited for weights DAkkS laboratory (ISO 17025)    2000 New premises in Balingen    2002 Existing QM system certification in accordance to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 standards    2007 Approval for the Manufacture of Medical Products (DIN EN13485 and 93/42/EEC)    2008 Approval for manufacturer's inital calibration (2009/23/ECC)    2009 Approval for the manufacture and sale of height rods (DIN EN 13485 and 93/42/ECC)    2012 Verification point for non-automatic balances and test weights    2012 New customer portal goes live

Detailed history of Kern as pdf-file (1,5 MB)
  KERN Facts & Philosophy
The foundation stone for today's medium-sized company was laid by Gottlieb KERN in 1844 when he founded a precision workshop.

The name of our historic family-owned company stands for continuity and continuous growth.

Years of experience and a comprehensive product range are of extreme benefit to customized special wishes.

The traditional close relationship to local trade is our fast and exhaustive line to the user. Consultation, sales and service from one source is efficient and reasonably priced.

We have had a relationship with many of our dealers for decades. Our most longstanding customer has been selling KERN BALANCES successfully for more than 140 years.

The customer-friendly and efficient cooperation with the specialized trade guarantees competent and fast consultation for our customers.

The delivery range includes the complete spectrum of weighing techniques, mainly industrial balances, laboratory balances, test weights and DAkkS calibrations. It shouldn't be possible to find anybody with more experience. Particularly in the medium and reasonably priced area. And this gives us strength when it comes to sturdy and uncomplicated balances.

KERN offers everything one needs - as standard.
  … anything else?
How the scale learned to weigh! Come and experience KERN history in the Zollernschloss in Balingen. Our tip - give us a visit sometime in the Museum of scale and weight (german)

You can find out more about the history of the engineer, business man and pastor - Philipp-Matthäus Hahn at the Philipp-Matthäus-Hahn-Museum in Onstmettingen (german)