About Kashtan Group

Kashtan Group was established over 80 years ago and ever since then we have been accompanying our customers in design and realization of the largest, most challenging projects in the Israeli electric sector. Our seniority and extensive, unique professional experience we have accumulated has driven the world’s leading corporations to choose the Kashtan Group as their Israeli representative. Among the 40 corporations exclusively represented by the group are Philips, 3M, Bticino, Palazzoli, Cooper and others.

Our team of consultants provides our customers with years of experience and specialized expertise in the group’s lines of business, undergoing constant certification and updating by the world’s leading innovators. This makes Kashtan Group’s team the natural professional partner for our customers, including architects, electrical engineers, electrical consultants, project managers, lighting consultants and interior designers.

 

Kashtan Group has undertaken the mission of keeping the professional sector in the electric industry informed under the motto Power to the People by holding training sessions, professional conventions and seminars every year.

We offer diverse technological solutions relating to infrastructure and industrial equipment, switches, sockets and accessories, lighting. LED lighting, smart home and energy saving and take care to accompany our customers in project characterization and realization from the initial planning stage until its successful implementation.

When the project is finalized, our team of consultants continues providing professional service and support for years to come. 

The Kashtan Group team of consultants is at your service, ready to adapt the most appropriate solution for every project.

 

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Vayoneta Gili

VP of Marketing

Adi Frankel

Human Resources Manager

Peleg Roy

VP Operations & Service

our history

It all began 80 years ago in Tel Aviv

After graduation, they worked as interns at the Siemens factory and in 1932 after they each received 25 British pounds they opened their electricity shop at 121 Allenby St., when it was still a sidewalk and very sandy road. Abraham soon turned to the textile business while Itzhak continued to manage the electricity shop. He sold equipment imported from England, Czechoslovakia and other European countries, including reinforced switches, home switches, ceramic fuses, bakelite and metal boxes and pipes. It is hard to imagine how one can carry out an import business without e-mail, using only regular mail, with flights few and far between and very expensive and merchandise arriving in crates at the port, waiting to be loaded and unloaded. The equipment was sold to contractors who built factories, residential homes, for the Hagana and later the Ministry of Defense. That was when Itzhak issued his first professional catalog.

In 1956 I. Kashtan Electric Materials was associated and became a limited company.

In 1963, Boaz Kashtan was sent to study electricity at a vocational school although at the time “northern” children were expected to study theoretical, not vocational, studies. In the summer, Boaz would work at his father’s shop and with the money he made would mainly buy model airplanes and cars, a hobby he still enjoys.

The chamber of commerce was established in 1919 when the economical, social and political condition was harsh. Several Jewish entrepreneurs joined forces and decided to take action to promote trade in Palestine. The foundations for the entity that subsequently became the Jewish Chamber of Commerce were laid in those days. In 1936, at the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce and other parties, the first Jewish port – Tel Aviv Port – was established in order to release Jewish traders from the dependency on Arab suppliers and open new horizons for trade.

After the recession in 1959, I. Kashtan Electric Masterials Ltd. became the 12th member of the chamber of commerce. This provided Kashtan with an exclusive permit to import electric equipment thus turning the shop into a wholesale business, selling equipment to competitors at a pre-determined price. The company developed slowly and wisely, refraining from accepting representation of super-brands that dictated trade policy that would have undermined the company’s familial, Tel Aviv type of character.

As years went by, despite his waning health, father Itzhak continued to come to work every day and skillfully manage the company. His son Boaz nursed him for years until Itzhak Kashtan passed away from complications in 1980. Immediately after this, Boaz took the reins and continued to develop the company. Two major moves contributed to leveraging company operations.

One was the cooperation with Katzenstein Adler and establishment of Astragal Co. Ltd., founded in 1968 as a subsidiary of the Katzenstein Adler Group, and currently owned by Katzenstein Adler & Co. of the Elco Croup and I. Kashtan Electric Materials Ltd. Astragal as dealt with import and distribution of switching and command equipment for electric panels, was among the first companies in this sector, thus enjoying the opportunity to generate business contacts with the world’s leading international manufacturers.

 The other, at the Electris exhibition in England, Boaz met the owners of Friedland Co., Europe’s leading home doorbell manufacturers and distributors, who marketed doorbells that played special tunes. These moves opened new and extensive markets and enabled the company to thrive and expand.

 The Kashtan family history is intertwined with the establishment and flourishing of the city of Tel Aviv – Jaffa. The fourth and fifth immigration waves (1924-1939) contributed to the city’s developed due to the large number of immigrants from central Europe. In this period it began to form its bourgeois – fun loving character. Among these immigrants were two 10 year old friends, Abraham Osherovitz and Itzhak Kashtan. When they grew up, they were sent to study electricity.