Consistency and transformation: three generations, one passion.

ARKU’s history is a family story spanning three generations: it is the story of how a craft tradition meets innovation. How a constant passion for precision and a craft became a state-of-the-art world market leader.

In 1928, the master craftsman Albert Reiss founded a sheet-metal working company in Haueneberstein in Baden. His son Artur developed this inheritance into an industrially-oriented machine-tool factory. In the initial years after Artur Reiss took over the metalworking company, it was based in Kuppenheim, where his parents-in-law lived. The company name ARKU originated from this period: Artur Reiss KUppenheim.

Albert Reiss has been the managing director since 1986. In recent decades of ARKU’s changing history, the company has developed into the market and innovation leader for leveling systems.

Milestones in our history.

Take a journey through time. Discover the most important points in ARKU’s company history with our interactive timeline.

  • Bühl Außen


    Opening of a new production site in Bühl. The increase in area of assembly and storage hall amounts to 3,000 m2. With this plant ARKU increases the production area by 50%. 

  • Coil-Laser-Trumpf-ARKU


    Launch of the coil laser lines in
    cooperation with TRUMPF. 

  • EdgeBreaker 6000


    ARKU introduces the EdgeBreaker® 6000 deburring machine for punched and laser cut parts.

  • ARKU Inc.


    ARKU Inc. moves into a new, larger facility on East Kemper road inCincinnati, OH (USA). Outfitted with the latest in leveling and deburring technology. 

  • ARKU 90 years


    ARKU celebrates its 90th anniversary.

  • Ebenheit messen mit dem  ARKU FlatJack®


    The launch of FlatJack® - User-independent parts flatness testing.

  • ARKU Entgratmaschine: EdgeBreaker® 4000


    The ARKU EdgeBreaker® 4000 - One of the new deburring machines from ARKU.
    In 2015, ARKU introduced its new deburring machines product line. The various models deeper and round a diverse range of parts and materials and reflect ARKU’s reaction to its customers’ needs.

  • ARKU einer der 50 innovativsten Mittelstandsunternehmen Deutschlands


    11th place for ARKU in the ranking of Germany’s 50 most innovative mid-sized companies:
    ARKU was voted one of Germany’s 50 most innovative mid-sized companies. The survey is carried out annually and analyzed by Wirtschaftswoche. ARKU ranked 11th.

  • Neue ARKU Montagehalle


    Inauguration of the new assembly hall in Baden-Baden.
    At 4 4 million euros, this is the largest single investment in ARKU's history. The premises are expanded by 1,600 m². Relocation of the apprentice workshop and expansion to 400 m². 85th anniversary celebrations.

  • Gründung von ARKU Leveling Systems in Kunshan, China


    Founding of ARKU Leveling Systems in Kunshan, China.
    ARKU has more than 130 employees worldwide. The corporate design and logo were completely revised.

  • ARKU Hochleistungsrichtmaschine HiCap® PLUS


    Development of the HiCap® PLUS high-performance leveler with cassette changing system.
    ARKU also turns 80 this year.

  • Präzisionsrichtmaschine ARKU FlatMaster®


    Development of the FlatMaster® hydraulic leveler:
    The leveling gap control and the integrated overload protection make the machine unique. The FlatMaster® is the result of more than 40 years of experience in mechanical engineering.

  • 2004

    Founding of the subsidiary in the USA.
    ARKU Coil Systems Inc. is established in Cincinnati.

  • Antriebskonzept ARKU EcoPlan®


    The patented EcoPlan® drive concept is presented at the EuroBLECH expo.
    Levelers now achieve up to 30% more performance.

  • Albert Reiss


    Albert Reiss, the son of Artur Reiss, becomes the Managing Director of ARKU after completing his degree.
    The company has expanded and focuses exclusively on mechanical engineering.

  • ARKU Haspeln und Vorschübe


    Metalworking companies begin to use coils.
    ARKU expands its product range to include winders and feeders. Small-series production of precision levelers transforms into customer-specific systems manufacturing.

  • ARKU Präzisionsrichtmaschinen


    ARKU build the first precision leveler.
    The beginning of machine construction. The first customers with a clock industry in Switzerland (Jura) and the typewriter industry (largest customer: Olympia).

  • ARKU Metallwarenfabrik


    Artur Reiss transforms the craftsman’s establishment into a metalworking factory.
    After relocating to Kuppenheim, the company is renamed ARKU (Artur Reiss KUppenheim).

  • Gründung ARKU


    The founding of ARKU:
    Albert Reiss completes his journeyman years, becoming a master craftsman and returns to Haueneberstein. He founds a sheet metal workshop which later becomes ARKU.

Additional information.


7251 E. Kemper Road
45249 Cincinnati, OH / USA
P: +1 513 985 0500
F: +1 513 985 0580



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