KAMPF becomes a member of the R-Cycle consortium

Slitting and winding are decisive process steps in the production and processing of belt-shaped materials. Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG is a leading expert in this field since 1920. KAMPF now represents another important partner in the R-Cycle consortium on its way towards mapping the entire value chain of plastic packaging.

Following the approach of R-Cycle, all process participants – from the raw material to the finished product to the recycling plant – will be able to read recycling-relevant data, add to it and transmit it to the downstream processors. This creates a data set that can be read out during waste sorting via so-called digital watermarks. Based on this information, more precise waste fractions can then be formed for the production of higher-quality recyclates.

“The digital and cross-company connection of production units has enormous potential to ensure the traceability of recyclable plastics. Therefore, we want to close a link in this chain at an early stage in order to take another step towards circular economy,” explains Lutz Busch, CEO at KAMPF.

Dr. Benedikt Brenken, Director R-Cycle Initiative, adds: “With KAMPF we are gaining a very experienced partner in the field of plastic film processing. Together we will continue to develop the connection of converting machines to the R-Cycle database in order to ensure the seamless data transfer between all participants in the value chain.”


Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik experiences the 100th anniversary differently than expected

(Image KAMPF) f. r. t. l. Lutz Busch, CEO and Dr. Stephan Witt, COO. Many thanks to employees, business partners and customers on the occasion of the 100th anniversary. The KAMPF chronicle, which was recently created for this special event, shows the unique development of the company.

100 years focus on innovation

October 1st is the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co.KG from Wiehl /Mühlen. The year 2020 should be a special year for KAMPF. “We would have liked to celebrate our 100th anniversary adequately over two days with all employees, business partners and other guests from politics and associations. Unfortunately, the events around Corona put a damper on our plans. We had to cancel the celebrations”, says Lutz Busch, CEO of the company. Due to the still uncertain situation, there will unfortunately be no further planning. Nevertheless, the company is happy, because overall it has come through the past months surprisingly well. The measures introduced early on protected the employees. Online meetings and digital solutions replaced partially travel activities and service assignments. Customers remained loyal to the machine manufacturer in these turbulent times, so that the order situation can be rated positively. “We are grateful for the trust of our worldwide customers and for the fact that our employees have gone through the Corona year unscathed so far,” adds Lutz Busch. “For 100 years KAMPF has stood for innovative slitting and winding technology. ‘Made by KAMPF’ means reliability, quality and productivity. We are proud of this.”

KAMPF is the world market leader for slitting and winding machines for a wide range of web materials. On its way to becoming a solution provider, the company aims to further optimize the efficiency of its customers’ production through the interaction of networked machines, automation, digitalization and comprehensive service lines.

(Image KAMPF) Connects the past with the future of the KAMPF company: The company chronicle, which the employees and KAMPF pensioners receive on the anniversary day. The preserved order books from the founding years provided valuable information to fill the first chapters of the chronicle.


(Image KAMPF) What began in 1920 with the pioneering work of founder Erwin Kampf has developed into an internationally positioned, future-orientated company thanks to consistency, foresight, courage and continuity. Last but not least, the energy and technical fascination of the people who work and have worked here have made up the success of the KAMPF company, which has now lasted for a century. Here is a view into the entrance area of the Wiehl/Mühlen headquarters.

Paper drinking straws – made on KAMPF machines


One-way articles made of plastics will largely disappear from the market in 2021. This requires a new way of thinking for a large number of products.

One of these products are drinking straws: originally made of straw and now largely made of plastic, they have been increasingly replaced by paper straws for about 2-3 years.

KAMPF already built the first slitter especially for this application for an American customer in 2018 and subsequently fine-tuned how the processes within the machine can be further improved.

The machines are capable to handle slit widths of barely 7.8 mm upwards – which means that sometimes more than 80 webs run side by side.

KAMPF’s ConSlitter series of machines meets the high demands on slitting quality, roll build-up and stability at high running speeds: Today’s Conslit III as well as its successor ConSlitter CHRO BlackLine are equipped with automatic cross-cutting and splicing systems, which not only make working on the machine much easier, but also much more efficient. In addition to several machines already delivered, KAMPF is now building others for international customers..

KAMPF has already delivered many of these machines and is currently building more for international customers.

Here the highly flexible KAMPF ConSlitter processes material for paper drinking straws

On the flag: KAMPF – Innovative for 100 Years

2020 is the centenary of the foundation of KAMPF

On the occasion of the 100th company anniversary of Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik this year, the managing directors Lutz Busch and Dr. Stephan Witt raised a new flag with the motive “Innovative for 100 Years” at the entrance of the company premises in Wiehl/Mühlen a few days ago. The employees are proud of the unique company history, as KAMPF has been advancing the development in slitting and winding technology with courage and new ideas for 100 years and are the world market leader in this business for good reason.

Images (KAMPF)

f. l. t. r. Dr. Stephan Witt, COO and Lutz Busch, CEO


Two more Sepamat machines for Nanshan

The KAMPF Sepamat for highest quality

A new chapter in a successful business relationship. Longkou Nanshan Aluminium Rolling New Materials Co. is expanding its aluminium foil manufacturing capacity at its Donghai site in Longkou, Shandong Province. As in previous projects, the renowned producer of standard and special Aluminium foils relies on machines from KAMPF Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH. With the two Sepamat 18/10 foil separating machines, the number of machines with KAMPF slitting and winding technology installed since 2003 has increased to 15.

In intensive discussions during the project phase, the specialists of both companies created a new specification for this machine type. The two new Sepamats will be able to slit and wind single layer special foils in addition to the classic separation of double rolled aluminium foils, e.g. for applications in the packaging industry. These special foils are used in the production of lithium ion batteries (LIB). The high demands on the slitting process in terms of precision, slitting efficiency and dust-free operation are also due to the special characteristics of these applications. In addition to an improved machine control system, a new slitting system especially further developed by KAMPF is therefore used.

These suitable technical solutions provided by the Kampf engineers were, in addition to the many years of good cooperation between the two companies, the decisive factor for Nanshan when awarding the contract for the machines. Delivery and installation of the machines is planned for the first half of 2021.

Two KAMPF slitting machines for recyclable films

Plastchim-T, one of the five largest European manufacturers of high-quality films and flexible packaging, ordered two slitting machines from KAMPF: a PrimeSlitter type Unislit II 630 and a PrimeSlitter type Universal 74/12 BOPP. The Unislit II 630 will already be delivered to Bulgaria in August this year, the Universal 74/12 BOPP will follow in March 2021. The machines complement the latest investment of the Bulgarian company in a new BOPP/BOPE line. This line will produce conventional packaging films and so-called “high barrier” films. A special process enables the films to be coated in the nano-thickness range and these ultra-thin layers do not interfere with sorting in the subsequent recycling process. Film manufacturers have to face the challenges of sustainability, recycling and closed loop recycling management. Plastchim-T’s goal is to produce packaging solutions with good sorting capability in waste separation and optimum recyclability. With its flexible production line and the high-performance slitting machines Unislit II and Universal, Plastchim-T is ideally positioned to achieve this goal. KAMPF also supports its customers in the development of new recyclable materials and their processing through intensive consultation and test runs in the in-house technology center.

Image: KAMPF


Film manufacturers have to face the challenges of closed loop recycling management.



Information on our measures regarding COVID-19

Dear customers and partners,

Since the first appearance of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), we all are strongly effected by this global pandemic in both, our private and business lives and are facing completely new challenges. This also applies to our company and our employees. Our highest priority in the measures we take at all KAMPF sites is the health and safety of our employees and customers worldwide.

In order to continue to maintain services and deliveries under these difficult circumstances, we have already adopted regulations, which we would like to inform you about at this point.

We have set up a task force team to deal with the worldwide developments caused by COVID-19 and to initiate necessary steps.

So far, these include

  • increased work safety through the consequent practice of hygiene standards,
  • more distance to each other and to possible ill people,
  • offset working hours and use of home offices,
  • prior registration and verification of visitors,
  • access restrictions at our sites,
  • restrictions on travel of our employees,
  • strict compliance with travel warnings and valid border entry and exit restrictions.

We are in close contact with our suppliers, to secure supply chains and to find alternative supply options. This has enabled us to maintain our regular operations. Please be assured that we take all possible measures to deliver machines and spare parts on time. In case of any delays, we will inform you immediately and personally.

In the Lifecycle Service area, too, we are striving to respond in the best possible way to the dynamically developing situations in Germany and all other regions. Some of our service specialists may not be able to be with you on site due to current travel restrictions. The local KAMPF service bases are available for you as far as possible and as usual, we offer you the best possible online support via the Kampf Service Portal (KSP). In case of emergencies, this allows you to carry out necessary interventions in close cooperation with us.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate developments in the coming weeks and adjust our measures accordingly. Once a return to normality becomes apparent, we will do our utmost to be able to serve you again with our full range of capabilities as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and trust. Stay healthy and support in your occupational position and in your personal environment all measures that contribute to the containment of the coronavirus and to an early end of the crisis.

With kind regards

Lutz Busch, CEO           Dr. Stephan Witt, COO


One tree for every year

Lutz Busch, CEO and Dr. Stephan Witt; COO are committed to colourful variety and plant one of the 100 trees themselves.

Investing in nature is very worthwhile

Currently, KAMPF is busy digging and gardening. Teams of gardeners are planting native, site-appropriate trees on the entire company premises. The 100th anniversary of the company is casting its shadow – and therefore exactly 100 trees find their new place.

The company management’s primary concern with this investment is not to “dress up” the headquarters for the festivities in September this year. Rather, they want to set an example of sustainability and the preservation of biodiversity. Consequently, wildflower meadows and so-called insect hotels round off the tree planting campaign. In a few years, employees will benefit from the more attractive environment, especially during the warmer season, when they spend their breaks outdoors. And last but not least, the location design is the company’s figurehead, which customers will notice, when visiting the headquarters in Wiehl. The forest around the company premises has suffered severely in the recent past due to storms, bark beetles and drought. That is another good reason to reforest for the next 100 years.

Image (KAMPF) Lutz Busch, CEO and Dr. Stephan Witt; COO are committed to colourful variety and plant one of the 100 trees themselves.

KAMPF sponsors a modern robotics room for the Gesamtschule Waldbröl


Technology teacher Can Geles (left) joins Heinrich Thorwesten (3rd from left), headmistress Kirsten Wallbaum-Buchholz (2nd from right), Gudrun Mattig (right) and current and former robotics students in celebrating the new possibilities. (Photo: Andreas Dohm)

On Monday, January 27, the opening of the new robotics room at the Waldbröl Comprehensive School took place. KAMPF Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG provided the equipment for this course room. The mechanical engineering company from Wiehl/Mühlen has been a cooperation partner of Waldbröl Comprehensive School since 2012. The cooperation programme is based on a comprehensive catalogue of measures, which includes internships, accompanied project tasks, assessment centre training, consulting and much more. KAMPF thus arouses interest in technical professions among young people in many different ways.

KAMPF has now taken the next step with the technical equipment. Pupils can now easily enter the world of “physical computing” with the new Rasberry Pi Education Set. They can realize their own project ideas with the help of computer-controlled sensors, buttons or LEDs. The minicomputer has its own interface for this purpose; for example, the robot arm provided can be connected to this interface and much more. The programming equipment is complemented by 3D printers and furniture – shelves, tables and colorful chairs – and a whiteboard.
The Raspberry Pi is a mini-computer on a card sized circuit board that can be expanded in many ways. It was developed for learning and demonstration purposes, but is also suitable for various private or professional applications. It was originally designed to give young people an easy introduction to programming and computer technology. The Raspberry Pi quickly found a large fan base and was used for a wide variety of applications. The Raspberry Pi has almost unlimited applications.

Images: KAMPF and Andreas Dohm

A new computer room was also inaugurated to introduce students to Arduino programming

The students proudly present their projects

The idea of arranging the workbenches in the technical room as “islands” for group work was brought along by teacher Can Geles from his visits to the KAMPF training workshop

Students in the 7th and 9th grades work together in teams to realize their ideas.

Teachers Can Geles (left) and Heinrich Thorwesten (right) in the newly equipped robotics room