Welcome to the KERN Group – Your partner for all languages for almost 50 years

The KERN Group's corporate network is an international full-service provider in the field of foreign-language communication. Its range of services includes translation and interpreting in all world languages, terminology management, language training for corporate customers and private individuals, compilation of technical documents, localisation of software and websites, multilingual desktop publishing and graphic design, as well as printing and distribution of foreign language documents.

The KERN Group combines and enhances the expertise and experience of its specialists in order to be able to offer you a first-class, all-round service. In doing so, the KERN Group provides the highest level of accuracy and quality, absolute reliability and individualised service. Extensive experience and customers have made our group of companies what they are today, ensuring that there is a variety of branches available to help you. 

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The KERN Group always keeps pace with the drive towards globalisation and the ever-changing world of digital media. Thanks to a young and dynamic team of employees, continuous innovation and constant growth in the German and international markets, the KERN Group always opens up new possibilities to you for better team work and communication. As a well-run family business with over 45 years of experience and over 50 branches worldwide, the KERN Group is always on hand to offer you a comprehensive range of foreign language services.

In the research, development and innovation groups, the KERN Group focuses on the linguistic integration of translation tools, internet, telecommunications media and software. The following development projects have already been realised:

  • Wiki Intranet (search and information solutions)
  • E-learning environment for large companies

The key to your success

Since its founding you have always been the focus of the KERN Group. Having specifically defined contact partners and fast access to expertise and experience, the KERN Group guarantees that projects will be carried out and completed reliably and competently. With more than 50 branches, the KERN Group is always close by.

Our Team

Qualified and motivated team members are one of the keys to the KERN Group's success. It is our team members that make a significant contribution to your satisfaction through their work. It is because of their competence, motivation, performance and work with you that the KERN Group is able to help realise your corporative goals.

Alongside our permanent employees, carefully selected members of staff are also part of KERN's team, including

  • specialist translators, language mediators and proofreaders
  • terminologists and linguists,
  • trainers and teaching staff,
  • interpreters and spokespeople,
  • engineers and technical authors,
  • web specialists and programmers, and
  • graphic artists and DTP specialists.

Alongside their training and experience in their respective fields, their additional specialist knowledge of the economy, technology, law, science and finance are used to your advantage. Their knowledge and reliability contributes to the strength of the KERN group. Your competent, motivated and friendly KERN language team is always on hand to respond to your questions and requests.


In an era where the world is ever more interlinked, the KERN Group's vision is to enable foreign language communication at the highest level of quality possible. It has been successfully serving industry and economy for almost 50 years as a sound and independent family business. Our comprehensive, flexible services in foreign language communication has given the KERN Group a reputation reaching far beyond the borders of Germany. We offer a diverse and innovative range of services. However, in order to meet the challenges of a changing world, healthy growth and continuous further development are crucial. The KERN Group's structures are therefore customer-friendly, flexible and forward-looking.


The KERN Group thinks and behaves in a customer-focused manner by listening and providing comprehensive customer consultation. Our company culture is fair, tolerant and friendly. We promotes the professional and personal development of our team members.


The KERN Group's most important objective is your absolute satisfaction. Using state-of-the-art resources, we work cost-consciously and are guided by the latest in technological progress.

Sustainable economic success:

In the interest of its customers, suppliers and team members, the KERN Group strives for a strong market position. As an independent family-run business, we would like to sustain and develop our own corporate identity.

Customer focus:

The KERN Group is well aware of the high-level demands of the market and strives for long-term customer satisfaction. We seek a dialogue with the customer and take on your suggestions in order to optimise our processes and resources. The KERN Group would like to fulfil your wishes and quality standards in an objective and user-oriented manner. As your long-term partner, the KERN Group would like to do everything possible to contribute to your success. Your success is also the KERN Group's success.

Customers of the KERN Group include:

  • large companies from industry and business
  • small and medium-sized businesses
  • institutions and the public sector
  • private customers/end users of all nationalities

The KERN Group's team members:

The KERN Group's team members provide a significant contribution to the company's success thanks to their competence, motivation and performance. They demonstrate personal initiative, courage and adaptability every day.


The KERN Group is constantly further developing its processes and resources. By working in cooperation with you, we establishes innovative concepts that contribute to the realisation of your objectives.


The KERN Group makes clear decisions, sticks to its word and keeps its promises. In a rapidly changing environment, it provides a reliable constant, resulting in long-standing successful customer relationships and partnerships. With dedication, a wealth of ideas and professional effort from all team members, the KERN Group has the opportunity to establish itself as a market leader in foreign language communication.

Our story

For almost 50 years, KERN has been working together with its customers from all branches to face the challenges of internationalisation. While the focus of business activity in the early 70's was still on foreign language print products and translations, KERN now offers a full service range in translation, interpreting, language training, terminology and translation memory management, software localisation and websites, as well as multilingual desktop publishing and consulting and training in these areas. In 2013, the largest number of words since the business was founded were translated by specialist translators and interpreters within KERN's network (over 280 million weighted words).

  • 1969

    Founding of KERN GmbH by Manfred and Birte R. Kern. Headquarters in Frankfurt am Main. Main focus of business activities: foreign language marketing and print materials, translating and interpreting.

  • 1980

    Opening of the first branch in Düsseldorf. Expansion of services to the leasing of interpreting equipment as well as foreign language instruction. Today the KERN Group is active in over 40 locations around Germany.

  • 1983

    Foundation of the first international sister company in Paris (KERN SARL, Traduction et Interprétation). Further subsidiaries in New York, London, Lyon, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Salzburg and Vienna.

  • 1985

    The KERN & Partner Werbeagentur GmbH the development of foreign language advertising materials as well as multilingual desktop publishing.

  • 1997

    Renaming of KERN GmbH to KERN Global Language Services. First use of translation and terminology management tools, now server-bound installations of Across and SDL.

  • 2005

    Foundation of KERN AG IKL Business Language Training & Co. KG through the integration of IKL Business Language Training GmbH (today KERN Training) Consolidation of all Frankfurt offices and classroom facilities at current headquarters at Kurfürstenstraße 1 in Frankfurt am Main.

  • 2008

    The self-developed, customer-specific translation and terminology management portals clicktranslate™ and term4client™ are established.

  • 2009

    Certification of the KERN IKL Business Language Training through the Technical Control Board in Hessen, accreditation and admission regulation, promotion of work, as an accredited educational institution in accordance with the SGB III. The language test "lingoscore™" is developed for personnel development in companies.

  • 2010

    The customer-specific, browser-based translation management portal "portal4client™" is launched.

More information about the company


Here, you can find an overview of all translation offices operated by KERN Global Language Services.

News and Events

News and updates on KERN.

Press Releases

Here, you can find press releases about KERN.

Press Coverage

KERN in the news.

Job Advertisements

Find a job or internship as translator, interpreter or language trainer at KERN.

Corporate Social Responsibility

KERN is held to the international social responsibility standards of various initiatives and certifications.

References and Feedback

Just an excerpt from the list of businesses, for which we have successfully completed projects, as well as customer endorsements.


Brochures, information material and apps can be found in the download area.


Alphabetical glossary with explanations.


Frequently asked questions about translation and interpreting.

Language Overview

The following is an overview of the most important countries and their languages.