Profitable growth, global customer proximity and sustained leadership in innovation: a clearly defined strategy with which GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG, an owner-managed non-listed joint stock company based in Düren, Germany, has been booking successful results year after year. And 2007 was no exception, with this leading international manufacturer of high-quality technical meshes topping the positive business results of the previous year. The record results of 2006 were exceeded by 13.5 percent. 83.2 million Euro turnover as against 73.3 million Euro in 2006 is an impressive new record high. The main factors in this massive two-figure growth rate, both in Germany and globally, were the successful expansion of the new corporate division for capital equipment and engineering, CAPITAL EQUIPMENT, and the initial market penetration of the innovative mesh systems Mediamesh® and Illumesh®. The number of employees rose from 610 to 663, 401 of these working in Düren.