Kautex Maschinenbau opens new customer service center in Berlin
Bonn/Berlin - Kautex Maschinenbau has opened a new customer service center in Kleinmachnow near Berlin. With around 500 m2 of space for sales, service, workshops and a spare parts warehouse, the leading manufacturer of extrusion blow molding machines is now also present in the east of Germany. The investment in the new site is a further step as part of the service strategy, by which Kautex continues to improve its proximity to its customers and further expand its range of services and consulting products.
Service, training, retrofitting
“Our customers benefit from the new site thanks to faster reaction times, an extended range of customer service offerings and intensive personal consulting on site,” says Marco Stühmeier, who is responsible for managing the new customer service center. Stühmeier was previously the production manager for extrusion blow molding machines at Uniloy Milacron Germany / B&W and has extensive experience in Berlin. Thilo Schmidt, head of global service at Kautex Maschinenbau, is delighted about the opening of the new customer center. “The Berlin site is a further strategic step to build on and expand our customer base and the service business for packaging machines,” says Schmidt and adds: “In Berlin, we offer customer training, extensive service relating to machine maintenance and consulting on modernizing machines through retrofitting – not only for Kautex machines.”
Five-person expert team
The new, five-person team at the customer center consists of experts from the fields of spare parts sales, field service, start-up and machinery sales. Besides Marco Stühmeier, Karola Hepfner, who joined Kautex Maschinenbau as a sales manager for the packaging department at the beginning of the year, also possesses extensive experience in the field of extrusion blow molding.
Individual employees at the new Kautex site have up to 30 years’ experience with blow molding machines for the packaging sector. The range of services and consulting is not limited to Kautex machines, but also comprises extrusion blow molding systems from other manufacturers and virtually forgotten companies such as Fischer W-Müller, Voith and SIG-Blowtec. The new customer center is therefore not only the first port of call when it comes to service for Kautex customers, but also for anyone who has packaging machines from other manufacturers.
About Kautex Maschinenbau
Eight decades shaped by innovative strength and services for its customers make Kautex Maschinenbau a globally leading provider within blow molding technology today. The company’s international customers include automobile firms and suppliers, as well as companies from the packaging industry. They all rely on the expertise of a brand that represents quality and reliability. With 410 employees in Germany and a further 140 employees worldwide, the company generated 110 million Euros in sales in 2015. In addition to its headquarters in Bonn and regional offices in the USA, Russia, China, Italy and India, Kautex Maschinenbau maintains a comprehensive global network of service and distribution offices.
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Third generation of KCC machines goes into production
Kautex Maschinenbau at Chinaplas 2016
At this year’s Chinaplas, which will be held in Shanghai from 25 to 28 April 2016, Kautex Maschinenbau will present a new model in its successful KCC series of extrusion blow molding machines. This is the third generation of the KCC series, which has been produced in Shunde, China, since 1997.
New features, new design
The new blow molding machine model, which was announced at the Open House event in October last year, represents a complete relaunch of the KCC series. As well as a number of new and revised technical features, the machine has also been completely re-designed, to visually blend in with the look of new Kautex machines.
With its compact form, the new KCC generation takes up less floor space in the production hall. Better accessibility not only makes the blow molding machine easier to service, but also speeds change over times. Molds can now also be changed from the side, for example, and products are discharged from the rear of the machine. A greater standardization of modules and components has reduced the investment costs of the new machine and shortened future delivery times.
Gradual introduction of the new machine
Mark Lueddecke, Vice President of Kautex Maschinenbau in Shunde, plans to introduce the new generation of machines to the market on a gradual basis until the switch-over of the entire KCC range has been completed. “We offer KCC machines for all kinds of consumer and industrial packaging applications as well as for the automotive sector. This high degree of flexibility is precisely why this machine series has continued its success for almost twenty years.”
New KSB suction blow molding machine
Kautex Maschinenbau will also allow first insights in its new KSB suction blow molding machine at Chinaplas. This brand new machine type was specially designed for low-flash production of 3D molded parts.
Global demand for plastic ducts for the automotive sector is rising all the time, ever since the use of special materials such as PA6.6 or PPS has enabled the production of highly heat-resistant exhaust ducts.
A modern operating concept with Kautex BC5 controller makes the new KSB machines easy to operate. In addition, the new suction blow molding machine takes up almost 50% less space than previous equipment, thus reducing investment costs.
With continuously increasing exhibitor and visitor numbers, Chinaplas has become the second largest trade fair for plastics next to the K-show in Germany. This year, professional visitors can come to stand F 41 in hall E1 where several international Kautex employees will be on hand to present their innovations in new and existing equipment and explain their extensive portfolio of after-sales services.
About Kautex Maschinenbau
Eight decades of providing its customers with innovative products and services have turned Kautex Maschinenbau into one of the world's leading companies in extrusion blow molding technology. With customers that include major automobile manufacturers and suppliers, as well as companies working in the packaging industry. All of them have come to rely on the knowledge and experience of a brand that stands for both quality and reliability. With 410 employees in Germany and a further 140 around the world, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH has reached an annual turnover of €110 million in 2015. In addition to its HQ in Bonn and regional offices in the USA, Russia, China, Italy and India, Kautex operates an extensive network of service and sales offices around the world.
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Packaging specialist strengthens sales activities at Kautex Maschinenbau
Karola Hepfner is appointed as Packaging Sales Manager
Karola Hepfner has been supporting the sales activities of Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH as its Packaging Sales Manager since 1st January 2016. From her office at the company's Berlin location, she will continue to progress the expansion of its packaging division and to supervise the German and French markets along with selected key accounts and projects.
An expert in international markets
Ms Hepfner boasts more than 20 years of sales experience in the field of blow moulding technology, primarily in the American, English and French markets, and has also been responsible for establishing new markets such as those in Indonesia and Vietnam. Before joining Kautex, she last worked as the Sales Specialist for Shuttle Machinery at Uniloy Milacron B&W.
"Together with Karola Hepfner, we will work on strategically extending our customer base in the field of packaging machines", states Andreas Lichtenauer, Managing Partner at Kautex Maschinenbau. "We will benefit from her many years of experience and expertise in the packaging sector in our discussions with our international customers."
About Kautex Maschinenbau
Eight decades of providing its customers with innovative products and services have turned Kautex Maschinenbau into one of the world's leading companies in extrusion blow molding technology.
With customers that include major automobile manufacturers and suppliers, as well as companies working in the packaging industry. All of them have come to rely on the knowledge and experience of a brand that stands for both quality and reliability. With over 400 employees in Germany and a further 140 around the world, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH currently has an annual turnover in excess of €100 million. In addition to its HQ in Bonn and regional offices in the USA, Russia, China, Italy and India, Kautex operates an extensive network of service and sales offices around the world.
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Open House for the 80th anniversary
Customers from around the world came to Bonn / Kautex Maschinenbau looks forward with confidence and back with pride / Exhibition about eight decades of company history
Bonn – Around 150 customers from 30 countries once again travelled from around the world to attend this year’s Open House at the Kautex Maschinenbau headquarters in Bonn. Over the course of two days, the manufacturer of extrusion blow molding machines presented many new developments, techniques and trends from the business fields of packaging, automotive and special applications.
Things kicked off on the first day with topics for the packaging industry. In expert talks given by internal and external speakers, topics presented included developments on a new electric canister machine and the possibilities offered by the microcellular foaming technique. The following day covered special applications and topics from the automotive sector. Kautex experts provided information about the manufacture of composite pressure vessels and the development of a new suction blow molding machine for manufacturing 3D-shaped engine parts.
This year, Kautex Maschinenbau not only looked to the future but also to the past. To mark the 80th anniversary of the Kautex brand, a company chronicle was created and artefacts and milestones from company history were brought together to form an exhibition. This included the world’s first commercially used blow molding machine from 1949, which is still fully functional today. To prove this, this vintage technology was used to produce a retro-style bottle from the 1950s for the international visitors.
Machines in operation
In addition to the talks, visitors who had travelled from all over Europe, Africa, Asia and the US were able to experience a total of 23 machines in production use. The first virtual machine, developed by Kautex for training purposes, was presented to the visitors.
About Kautex Maschinenbau
This year, Kautex is celebrating its eightieth anniversary. Eight decades shaped by innovative strength and services for its customers make Kautex Maschinenbau a globally leading provider within extrusion blow molding technology today. At the same time, the Chinese office in Shunde is celebrating its 20th anniversary, originally founded as the first German joint venture in the South Chinese province of Guangdong. The company’s international customers include automobile firms and suppliers, as well as companies from the packaging industry. They all rely on the expertise of a brand that represents quality and reliability. With 400 employees in Germany and a further 140 employees worldwide, the company generates an annual turnover of over 100 million euros. Besides its headquarters in Bonn and regional offices in the USA, Russia, China, Italy and India, Kautex Maschinenbau maintains a dense global network of service and distribution offices.
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A new lease of life for existing machinery
Bonn/Shunde, China - Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH’s aim is to provide customers with the most comprehensive service support in the blow molding industry, along with the most extensive local service network around the world. So at this year’s Chinaplas, alongside presentations of new technical developments, the company will be turning the spotlight on its service products. Kautex Maschinenbau will be in Guangzhou at the world’s second largest plastics and rubber trade fair from 20th to 23rd May, where it will be presenting its state-of-the-art blow molding machinery technology and its retrofitting program for used machinery.
Retrofitting for the most up-to-date processes
Some 25 percent of Kautex Maschinenbau's turnover is generated by its extensive range of servicing programs, including retrofitting. “This is a key market segment”, says Managing Partner Andreas Lichtenauer, “because our machines also have such an excellent reputation in the second-hand market.” The company’s retrofitting program provides customers with a cost-effective way of adapting their existing Kautex machines to meet the very latest standards, so that key aspects such as productivity, operator comfort, flexibility and safety continue to be maintained.
Since last year, it has been possible for companies to have their used Kautex machines modernized directly in the Shunde plant. This year will see the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Shunde Kautex, which in 1995 became the very first German joint venture to be set up in the southern region of Guangdong.
Kautex at Chinaplas 2015
At the Chinaplas trade fair this year, Kautex Maschinenbau will be showing a KB25 suction blow molding machine that has been modernized at the Shunde plant. The machine, which is used for manufacturing air ducts, has been fitted with a 1.8 liter high-temperature accumulator head and a low-wear E60 extruder. It has also been equipped with a full suction blow molding unit. “We’ve noticed a growing demand for suction blow molding machinery in Asia”, explains Andreas Lichtenauer. “This kind of machinery has traditionally been produced at our plant in Bonn. Currently we are checking if we can fulfill those demands for modern suction blow molding machinery directly from our production plant in Shunde.”
Kautex Maschinenbau celebrates significant milestones
This year Kautex celebrates its 80th year in business. Eight decades of providing its customers with innovative products and services have turned Kautex Maschinenbau into one of the world's leading companies in extrusion blow molding technology. At the same time the Chinese subsidiary in Shunde celebrates its 20th anniversary, after being established as the first German joint venture in the Guangdong region of southern China. With customers that include major automobile manufacturers and suppliers, as well as companies working in the packaging industry. All of them have come to rely on the knowledge and experience of a brand that stands for both quality and reliability. With over 400 employees in Germany and a further 140 around the world, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH currently has an annual turnover in excess of €100 million. In addition to its HQ in Bonn and regional offices in the USA, Russia, China, Italy and India, Kautex operates an extensive network of service and sales offices around the world.
NPE - Sustainable packaging in live production demo
Kautex Maschinenbau at NPE 2015/Focus on resource-saving production solutions
Bonn/Orlando, USA – Growing numbers of packaging manufacturers are looking for ways of improving their productivity, while at the same time saving and recycling valuable resources. So at NPE 2015, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH will be focusing on sustainable production solutions for the packaging market. This leading manufacturer of extrusion blow molding machinery will be exhibiting at the international plastics and plastics technology trade fair at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from 23 to 27 March 2015.
Light on resources, heavy on performance
With 335 square meters of exhibition space in the West Hall Booth W1551, the Kautex Maschinenbau stand will be much bigger than at NPE 2012. For the first time since 2006, the international extrusion blow molding experts will be showing one of its machines in action, in what is sure to be one of the highlights of the fair. A KBB60D machine with a 2 x 12 head configuration will be used to demonstrate the production of 24 ml bottles for the hotel industry. The all-electric KBB machines have short cycle times and low energy costs, combining resource-saving with top performance. Another benefit of this new range is that they come with quick change systems for fast product changeovers and reduced downtime. These electric machines also meet all the latest hygiene requirements for cosmetic and food products.
The Italian company Meccanoplastica srl (represented by Kautex’s US office) will also be exhibiting on the stand. This medium-sized, Florence-based company will be presenting its portfolio of all-electrical injection and stretch blow molding machinery and showing one of its Jet120 machines in action. INCLUDIS Inc. will also be joining Kautex Maschinenbau on the stand. This international software company specializes in web-based Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for monitoring the production, processes and energy consumption of plastics processing machinery.
Electrical machinery for the packaging industry
Kautex Maschinenbau at Interpack 2014 / New models in the KBB series now available
Bonn/Dusseldorf – Packaging manufacturers are facing constantly increasing requirements. Along with design and functionality, more and more customers are turning their attention to energy consumption when making their buying decisions. Kautex Maschinenbau understands how requirements are changing. Under the slogan "electrified by Kautex", the company will be at Interpack in Dusseldorf to present its improved machine solutions for blow-molded packaging.
Energy-efficient packaging production
From 8-14 May 2014, the world's leading supplier of extrusion blow molding machinery will be presenting the latest models in its all-electric KBB series at its 100 m2 stand in Hall 13. Versions KBB20D and KBB40D are now available and the KBB80D will be on the market in the second half of 2014.
The innovative overall design concept of the KBB machines includes extremely short dry-cycle times and low energy costs. This provides the ideal conditions for highly-efficient production and lowest possible unit costs. The offer is rounded off by a wide range of services, from rapid prototyping and innovative training activities to the engineering and delivery of complete production lines.
See the machinery in action
Visitors who would like to get a first-hand impression of the capabilities of the all-electric KBB60D are invited to see it in operation at the Kautex Maschinenbau headquarters in Bonn. A shuttle service will be provided to interested visitors from the exhibition ground to the factory.
Kautex at Chinaplas 2014
Blow molding technology – flexible and highly efficient
Efficiency, ease of use and the greatest possible flexibility – this is what customers are looking for when buying new technical products. This will also be the focus of the Kautex Maschinenbau stand at Chinaplas 2014 in Shanghai. Over recent years, the leading manufacturer of blow molding machines has optimized its range of machines and services to meet these criteria and consistently kept its focus on its customers’ fast-changing requirements.
In action on the stand: the KCC20S
This is particularly evident with the successful KCC model range. Its product flexibility means it is extremely efficient in the production of a wide range of packaging applications. The KCC20S machine exhibited in Shanghai can produce packaging with volumes of between 50 ml and 10 liters. At this year’s fair, there will be a demonstration of the production of a 750 ml monolayer sports drinking bottle with seven mold cavities.
The new products and services that were introduced at the K trade fair last year will also be showcased on the Kautex stand at Chinaplas. Alongside the new ZVT 7/60-100 hose head for CP applications, the focus will be on the new fully-electric KBB series. Kautex has set a real benchmark with this innovative new machinery, which impresses with its performance data, compact dimensions and shapely design.
Kautex at Chinaplas
With ever-growing exhibitor and visitor numbers, Chinaplas has joined K as the world’s most important plastics trade fair. From 23-26 April 2014, Kautex Maschinenbau will be represented in hall E1 with a stand measuring some 130 m2.
As the world’s leading company in the field of extrusion blow molding technology, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH generates annual revenues of €107 million, with 370 employees in Germany and a further 150 worldwide. Besides its headquarters in Bonn and four regional offices in China, USA, Russia and Italy, Kautex maintains a dense global network of service and distribution offices.
KBB series - New standard in consumer packaging
KBB series offers more performance with less energy consumption/New Kautex machines provide extensive improvements in efficiency
Bonn – Kautex Maschinenbau sets new standards in the manufacture of consumer packaging with a pioneering machine concept. The all-electric KBB series offers maximum freedom in configuration, through which the processor can react flexibly to the ever faster changing demands of the market. Performance and energy consumption have also been optimized.
Less energy, more power
"Our new generation of machines achieves its high performance levels through less downtime," explains Dietmar Michels, Product Manager at Kautex Maschinenbau. "We significantly accelerated transport movements in the machine as well as the opening and closing movement of the mold, reducing the traversing time for 770 mm from the head to the calibration position to only 0.6 seconds." The cooling phase has also been shortened. Compared to conventional production systems, the new machine concept achieves a reduction of 25 percent in the dry cycle time.
Usually, higher performance requires even higher energy consumption. This is exactly the opposite for machines of the KBB series: "By using lighter materials, we have significantly reduced the moving mass. In this way, we were able to increase not only the performance, but also to reduce the required drive power," says Dietmar Michels. There is also a system for recovering energy where the excess braking energy is fed back into the machine or the processor’s network via an intermediate circuit.
A procedure for changing molds, exclusive to Kautex Maschinenbau, allows for further efficiency improvements in the production process. A change of mold can be performed by two persons in less than 15 minutes. An automatic lubrication system provides for an additional reduction of downtime by reducing maintenance. Last but not least, all necessary adjustments for optimizing material and the machine settings can be performed during operation. Consequently, the machine does not need to be stopped, for example, to adjust the closing or calibration forces. This simplifies handling and saves time.
Altogether, the four models of the KBB series offer feed strokes from 400 to 1,000 millimeters and closing forces from 10 to 40 tons, so that a wide spectrum of production possibilities is covered. As an option, the manufacturer has developed a new type of remote monitoring via the Internet, as well as a virtual training station.
K2013 - Pioneering trends for blow molding machines
All-electric KBB machine sets standards/Industry 4.0 through BC Connect/Virtual machines for training purposes
Bonn/Dusseldorf - At the K 2007 show, Kautex Maschinenbau announced that it would continue to focus on consumer packaging. Six years later, the result of this project is now presented at the K 2013. With the new, all-electric KBB series, the company presents a pioneering machine concept that sets new standards in the packaging segment.
Industry 4.0 with BC Connect
But the development of new machine models is not the only reason why the leading manufacturer of blow molding machines is a trend-setter in the industry. Kautex Maschinebau also introduces real innovations in the areas of Industry 4.0 and service to visitors at the international trade show. The best example of this is the remote monitoring tool BC Connect. This is web-based software that allows processors to conveniently access their blow molding machines via the Internet. Current performance data can be called up from anywhere in the world at any time via desktop, tablet PC or smartphone.
Kautex Maschinenbau presents another highlight of the fair as well as genuine progress in training and education with its newly developed virtual machines. These are simulations in which the control and operating interfaces correspond to the real machine. All triggered processes and production runs are displayed in a simulation program. This allows staff to be trained to work with the machine, and the new configuration to be tested without risk, without needing to take the machine out of production.