More than 25 years of commitment, competence, and expertise have turned Konrad Friedrichs GmbH & Co. KG (KF) into one of the world wide leading manufacturers of cemented carbide rod material. KF was founded in 1987 in Kulmbach/ Germany – today an enterprise of 160 employees producing up to 1000 tons of carbide rods annually.

To fulfill the growing demand of carbide rod material we extended the KF carbide plant over several years. By the end of 2011 our grinding department and logistics moved into a second plant and the extrusion and sintering department were extended.

Today’s product range includes carbide rods without and with coolant ducts (straight or helical twisted with up to 6 coolant ducts), as well as cut to length material, preformed special parts and custom-made items. A comprehensive quality assurance system – certified to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 – ensures high-class standards of our products.

Our carbide grades K40UF, K40XF, K44UF, K88UF, K55SF, K6UF and K5UF set worldwide standards in the area of tungsten carbide cutting tools. To meet the constantly rising demands from tool manufacturers we have concentrated our R&D activities on the development of new innovative cemented carbide grades. In particular hardness and toughness of our materials are adapted to the increasing complexity of cutting processes, e. g. highly heat-resisting steels, super-alloys and CFRP, as well as High Performance and High Speed Cutting.

Together with our partners we established a worldwide sales network at all 5 continents. As a medium-sized company with slender structure we react fast and flexible to our customer’s requirements. Based on partnership, we compile suitable solutions for the respective needs.