“The key to our success lies not alone in weaving speed, but also in the shortness of our innovation cycles”, says Ingo Kufferath, Managing Partner of GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG, commenting on the best gross profit from sales in the history of the company. In 2004, the non-listed joint stock company increased its group-wide turnover by 7.4 percent to 52.5 million Euro. GKD attributes this increase solely to exports to countries outside Europe. The owner-run technical weaving mill employs a staff of 499, 372 of them in the company’s headquarters in Dueren.