Matthias Kaussen and Rolf Rosenstein, two students of electro
engineering in Aachen, Germany, founded Ka-Ro electronics as an
electronics manufacturing service in 1988. Just a year later in
1989, the young entrepreneurs were able to introduce semi-automatic
surface mount technology into their manufacturing service.
The investment in the first fully automated SMT machine at Ka-Ro
took place two years later and lead to an enormous increase and
improvement in production. After establishing Ka-Ro as a GmbH
(limited company form) in 1992 the expansion of the manufacturing
services continued and in 1993 Ka-Ro installed the first fully
automatic SMT line (Intelliplace 2500).