Like clockwork, Klöckner-Werke has been making packaging equipment since 1923. Klöckner-Werke, acquired by Salzgitter Group in 2007, is a group holding company for subsidiaries conducting plant engineering and machine construction, with the primary focus on packaging machinery and filling equipment for the food, non-food, and beverage industries. The company's packaging technologies are used for cleaning, labeling, label-removing, and inspection uses. Other units manufacture automation and robotic systems, molding machines used for plastics processing and safety shoe soling, and machinery for the confectionery industry. Klöckner-Werke gets more than half of its sales from Europe and exports 90% of its goods.
Filling and Packaging Technologies is the company's main segment, accounting for almost 90% of annual revenues. KHS is Klöckner-Werke's main subsidiary for this segment. KHS has over 60 service and sales offices throughout the world, which supply systems for the beverage, food, and non-food industries. It has manufacturing operations in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Mexico, and the US. This segment also develops transport/conveyance, pasteurization, and filtration technologies for the packaging industry.
Ranked among the top three packaging equipment companies (along with Krones and Sidell), Klöckner-Werke is looking to move up a rung or two. Salzgitter's 2008 acquisition of Swiss-based Sig Beverages companies (now known as the PET -- polyethylene terephthalate -- companies) and its subsequent transference of the PET companies to KHS's Filling and Packaging division, has given Klöckner-Werke a decided edge over its competitors. The acquisition is a prime addition to KHS operations, with the attainment of PET blow molding technology, PET mold making, and PET barrier coating. The inclusion expands KHS's product range, fills the company's PET technology gap, and makes the division an all inclusive provider in the PET market, from bottle making to packaging.
Salzgitter, a leading steel technology company, acquired Klöckner-Werke in mid-2007. Salzgitter owns nearly 95% of the voting rights in Klöckner-Werke. – less