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.
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One of these products are drinking straws: originally made of straw and now largely made of plastic, they have been increasingly replaced by paper straws for about 2-3 years.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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Lithium ion technology is booming in Europe. Young startups such as the Swedish Northvolt as well as established companies from the automotive industry and related areas like TESLA, CATL, Volkswagen etc. are overturning with announcements to set up battery cell factories in Germany and Europe in very ambitious schedules. Some of these announcements are already being implemented. This fits in with the announcement by the European Commission to fund a “European Battery Alliance”. Funding in the billions have been released for this.
The manufacturing technology of such large-format battery cells is a marathon run and mainly consists of roll-to-roll processes. Starting with high-precision winding and coating technology via calandering and slitting processes, the tasks for mechanical engineering are interesting and varied. Until now, the heart of this machine technology had been beating in Asia (Japan and Korea), the Kampf group, together with its parent company Jagenberg AG, recognized the signs of the times early on and reached out in search of partners, finding the Japanese coating system manufacturer and market leader Hirano Tecseed from Nara. As part of a first joint project, this partnership with Hirano has now been further strengthened and expanded through discussions with the Japanese trading company Itochu SysTech Corporation. On this occasion, a visit by Dr. Erich Bröker, the CEO of Jagenberg AG, Dr. Stephan Witt (COO Kampf corporate group) and Dr. André Mecklenburg (managing director of Kampf LSF GmbH) in Osaka and Nara took place. Here very constructive discussions with Mr. Matsumoto (President and CEO of Itochu SysTech Corporation) and Mr. Okada (President Hirano Techseed) have been carried out. Next to others Dr. Broker explained how the “exploding” battery market in Europe could be served even better by a common approach and the integration of other Jagenberg companies. The return visit to Krefeld has also already been scheduled and will take place in January 2020.
Images (Kampf LSF) The pictures show the visit to the Hirano Tecseed production facility in Kyoto Prefecture, which was built in 2019, and Dr. Bröker together with Mr. Okada during a meal together.