Kiefel consolidates packaging activities

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German machinery supplier Kiefel GmbH has reorganised its packaging activities with the aim of increasing focus on the rigid plastic packaging market.

The company announced 27 July that as part of the new organisational structure, it is grouping all packaging activities into one Kiefel Packaging Division.

The consolidation includes the company’s operations in Freilassing, Germany, as well as the recently acquired Mould & Matic in Austria and Bosch-Sprang in the Netherlands.

The new division will operate with four specialised teams, with each focusing on a clear market and technology.

The ‘tray-team’ will operate out of Kiefel’s Freilassing headquarters and will concentrate on the steel-rule technology as base for tray-type products.

For this technology, the team will expand its expertise in machinery, automation and tools as well as product development.

The ‘cup-team’ will operate out of Micheldorf, Austria, where Kiefel subsidiary Mould & Matic is located.

The cup-team will focus on the tilting-/trim-in-place technology which is used to produce cup-type products. The team will operate as a full-service and turnkey-partner with in-depth knowledge in machining, tooling and automation.

From left: Jakob von Wolff, Erik Hodenpijl, Erwin Wabnig

The ‘bottle-team’ will also be based in Micheldorf and will specialise in the injection-stretch-blow-technology. With this technology, Kiefel can offer complete platforms for the production of high quality bottle-type products.

In addition to the three teams, the packaging division will also establish a ‘tech-team’, operated out of Sprang-Capelle, the Netherlands. The Tech-Team will offer services such as assistance in product-development, R&D, material-research, product analysis and simulation.

With the reorganisation, Kiefel has also renamed subsidiaries “Mould & Matic Solutions GmbH” and “Bosch Sprang BV” as “Kiefel Packaging GmbH” and “Kiefel Packaging BV” respectively.

Kiefel acquired Mould & Matics and Bosch Sprang in March and April 2016.

Erik Hodenpijl, Erwin Wabnig and Jakob v. Wolff will be heading the division as part of its management team.

“The Kiefel team has managed dynamic development in recent years within the rigid plastic packaging market. Now we are preparing our organisation for the next level,” said Kiefel CEO Thomas Halletz, commenting on the restructuring.

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