Sustainability report 2019/20

Global partner to the beverage industry

Reliable filling and packaging systems from a single source

The KHS Group is a market leader in filling and packaging systems for the beverage and liquid food industry. The German company was established in 1993 following a merger of Holstein & Kappert AG, founded in Dortmund in 1868, and Seitz-Werke GmbH, founded in Bad Kreuznach in 1887 (later SEN AG). The great strength of the KHS Group lies in its 150 years of expertise in all areas of beverage filling and packaging. In 2020 the company and its 5,085 employees achieved a turnover of €1.130 billion. The KHS Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Salzgitter Klöckner-Werke GmbH, itself part of the Salzgitter Group.

The corona pandemic in 2020 in particular presented the group with a number of challenges: we were severely hindered in the implementation and on-site commissioning of projects with customers worldwide, especially during the first lockdown. We reacted quickly, purposefully and above all calmly, initially so as not to endanger the health of our teams out on assignment and that of our customers. Within the group we then very quickly set up a central crisis management team to keep all employees across all production sites informed and to protect them individually by introducing work-from-home rules and other extended measures, for instance. Since then these have been constantly expanded, especially as regards occupational health and safety, on the basis of a special hygiene concept devised for the KHS Group. Thanks to the shared commitment of all of our personnel we have managed to absorb any potential risks, enabling our company to close the year with a positive balance.

The KHS Group operates ten production sites situated across the globe. At its five plants in Germany KHS develops and manufactures the full range of filling and packaging machines for processing plastic and glass containers, cans and kegs. It has specialized in the engineering of highly efficient technology yet also offers smaller filling plants and breweries machinery that processes their products.

The KHS Group is headquartered in Dortmund where its factory produces bottle washing machines, pasteurizers, labelers and conveying technology. Parts are also manufactured in Dortmund.  The Bad Kreuznach plant pools KHS’ expertise in process, filling and kegging technology. High-performance packaging machines are built in Kleve where the competence center also provides advice on all secondary packaging systems and solutions. Worms is home to our specialists for high-performance palletizers and packing and unpacking systems. Our site in Hamburg has many years of extensive expertise regarding all aspects of plastic containers for the beverage, liquid food and non-food industries and also supplies machines for the manufacture and coating of plastic containers as turnkey system solutions.

Our five international sites are located in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, India and China. They primarily produce for the local markets and help to implement line projects in their respective regions. A worldwide network of KHS offices in over 40 countries, supplemented by a range of digital services, ensures proximity to the customer. KHS clients thus not only have our global 24/7 Service HelpDesk at their disposal but also diverse remote services for effective off-site diagnosis, plus a digital customer portal in the form of KHS Connect



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