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From the first experimental machine in 1949 to today, Kautex Maschinenbau has been developing the largest global range of extrusion blow molding machines.
Today, the range of machines offered by Kautex Maschinenbau can be divided into Consumer Packaging, Industrial Packaging, Automotive and Specialties. As with every long journey, it always starts with that first step. The first Kautex machine appeared in 1949 and cleared the way for the production of 10-liter tanks as of 1950. In the following four years, the company gradually expanded its range to include the production of cosmetic bottles and only small parts for cars. Over time, the parts manufactured using the extrusion blow molding process became ever bigger and more complex. As there were tanks or containers of up to 100 liters for cars in the mid-60s, the range was expanded in the following ten years for other large volume containers and special products such as, for example, reflector posts for streets. Important milestones in the company’s history were in 1969 with the first plastic oil tanks of up to 5,000 liter capacity and in 1973 with the world’s first standard plastic petrol tank for Volkswagen.
Then between 1975 and 1989, machines were developed for the manufacture of surf boards, thermo boxes, rear spoilers and bumpers. In 1992, the company succeeded with the first serial manufacture of a six-layer fuel tank. As Kautex Maschinenbau at the time was the only global machine supplier of this type of tank production, the company succeeded in breaking through into the North American automobile market. At this time, Kautex Maschinenbau laid the foundation for its international market leadership with machines for the manufacture of automotive fuel tanks.
At the turn of the century in 1999, Kautex Maschinenbau expanded its range with an economical process method for manufacturing 3D parts. In this regard, complex, geometric shapes, such as those increasingly demanded by the automobile industry, were produced cheaply. These included tank filler necks, ventilation and suction pipes as well as engine parts.
Since 2000, the range has expanded to machines which manufacture air cushioned soles for sports shoes as well as large flat items such as table tops or garden shed walls or even turn-key machines for the production of LPG/CNG high-pressure cylinders for households and the automobile industry.