Kautex’s journey of becoming an international company began with the growth market in the USA and led to the construction of machines in China.
Kautex Maschinenbau, with its 550 employees, 4 subsidiaries, on-site service in 15 countries as well as sales partners responsible for 83 countries, has become the global leader in extrusion blow molding technology. This international focus was built on the basis of supporting customers worldwide as competent partners and reliable service providers. Back in the 60s, Kautex introduced international customer service for this very reason.
Establishment of a subsidiary in the USA
Kautex laid the foundation stone for international expansion in 1955 with the first export of a blow molding machine to the USA. Five years later, the subsidiary, Kautex Machines Inc., was established in Linden/New Jersey. In the 60s, the sales company, Kautex-U.S. Sales Co. Inc., followed in the New York district of Flushing. Between 1997 and 2002, Kautex manufactured machines for the US market at its own plant in New Jersey. However, due to the declining market, production ceased and the focus was on sales and service. For the past ten years, the US subsidiary in North Branch/New Jersey has been back on a growth trajectory and relocation to a new building with its own Technikum is planned.
Machine production in Shunde
In 1995, the first German joint venture in the southern Chinese region of Guangdong was formed under the name Krupp Chen. In the same year, production of the successful KEB-2 series began, which was replaced by the KCC1 in 1996. In 1999 in Shunde, small quantities of a simple variant for the Chinese market were manufactured with the KCM1. The joint venture ended in 2003 with the exit of the Chinese partner. In 2004, the company was renamed in Kautex Shunde and became a 100% subsidiary of Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH. In recent years, the Shunde location has been used to produce consumer and industrial packaging machines, in particular for the Chinese and South Asian market.
Strategic development of growing markets
In order to optimize sales and customer service in Italy, Kautex established a subsidiary near Milan in 2003. In 2011, a sales office opened in Moscow, which serves the entire Russian market and neighboring CIS countries. Since 2013, Kautex Maschinenbau also has international representation in Bangalore in order to gain access to the growing market in India.