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  • Kalkhoff is a German bicycle manufacturer based in Cloppenburg; it was founded in 1919 by Heinrich Kalkhoff as a family business

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  • Founded as a first small workshop in Kalkhoff's parents' house, the company grew steadily
  • By 1939, more than 700,000 frames for bicycles were produced
  • The war forced the company to convert to the production of military equipment
  • After the end of the second World War, Kalkhoff initially manufactured everyday goods such as trailers and boilers
  • Only in 1950 did bicycle production resume with the production of bicycles for leisure and everyday use
  • During the 1950s' bicycle boom, Kalkhoff expanded to 1200 employees and daily production reached 5000 frames
  • In 1968, Heinrich Kalkhoff left the company and turned management over to his sons Karl, Heinz and Berthold Kalkhoff
  • Increased competition from abroad led to a downturn in business which eventually led to insolvency and bankruptcy in 1986
  • Kalkhoff was acquired in 1989 by Derby Cycle Corporation
  • Production of Kalkhoff bicycles continues at the Derby Cycle factory in Cloppenburg, Germany

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