Founded in Hessen in the early 19th century, the Krupp steel casting company turned into a manufacturing giant by the end of the century. Its armament, especially cannons, quickly became one of the most important products of the quickly growing company. By the start of WWI, 140,000 people were working for Krupp in Hessen. This was a true manufacturing army, capable of supplying the Kaiser with a weapon of any caliber, in any numbers.
Naturally, Krupp couldn't walk by such a promising novelty as tanks. The German A7V was built with hulls built, in part, in Hessen. It is expected that Krupp would wish to build its own tanks in house. This possibility arose when work on the LK (Leichter Kampfwagen) light tank began in 1917. Krupp united its efforts with Daimler and challenged Captain Vollmer.
Even though the forces were anything but equal, Krupp didn't achieve victory. The Kleiner Sturmwagen developed by Krupp and Daimler turned out to be worse than its competitor. The alliance of two manufacturing giants designed more of an armoured tractor than a tank, and one with questionable characteristics at that. Vollmer's concept with a front engine and rear fighting compartment seemed a lot more viable. Of course, the victory was a brief one, as the German army never received any LK.IIs.