CARAT's Directors: Gerhard Essig, Norbert Michael
Gerhard Essig, born in 1955, begins the development of a design program for the kitchen industry together with his colleague Norbert Michael in 1987.
During his studies in Computer Science, Gerhard Essig learns his way around the kitchen industry in his parent’s kitchen studio. After successfully completing his studies, he builds on the family business. In 1987, he makes the decision to bring the knowledge gained in his studies together with his kitchen industry know-how and he starts to develop the CARAT design system. Today, the CARAT Company, with its kitchen design program of the same name, has become the most successful design system in the industry, offering permanent employment to over 140 people.
Gerhard Essig has worked closely with the kitchen industry and retailers for many years and, as such, has been able to constantly develop new and innovative products.
Norbert Michael, born in 1957, has been the managing director at CARAT since 2003 and is responsible for the organization and development of the kitchen design program of the same name.
After completing his studies in Physics Technology, Norbert Michael worked for five years at Siemens in the field of EDP and organization until moving to CARAT in 1998.
Norbert Michael is responsible for the company’s user processes, customer service area, and personnel.