Sustainability report 2021/22

Global partner to the beverage industry

Reliable filling and packaging systems from a single source

The KHS Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of filling and packaging systems for the beverage, liquid food and non-food industries. The German company was established in 1993 through a merger of Holstein & Kappert AG, founded in Dortmund in 1868, and Seitz-Werke GmbH, founded in Bad Kreuznach in 1887 (later SEN AG). With a history dating back over 150 years, the KHS Group is therefore one of the most experienced suppliers on the market. In 2022, the company with just over 5,000 employees achieved a turnover of €1.291 billion. The KHS Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Salzgitter Klöckner-Werke GmbH, itself part of the Salzgitter Group.

The KHS Group operates ten production sites situated across the globe. At its five plants in Germany KHS develops and manufactures its full range of filling and packaging machines for processing containers made of [r]PET and alternative materials, glass bottles, cans and kegs. It has specialized in the production of durable and efficient technology and focuses on the further development of digital systems designed to improve individual process steps in operation and increase operator safety and overall equipment effectiveness. During the reporting period KHS further developed its packaging expertise regarding plastic containers and secondary packaging. These systems for environmentally-friendly yet safe packaging are presented in the chapter on product responsibility. Here, KHS also sees itself as a systems supplier to smaller filling plants or breweries and offers these customers a range of products based on innovative high-performance equipment.

The KHS Group is headquartered in Dortmund, Germany, where its main 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 manufactured 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 is distinguished by its many years of extensive expertise regarding all aspects of plastic containers for the beverage, liquid food and non-food industries. It also supplies machines for the manufacture and coating of plastic containers as turnkey system solutions. Our expert team for digital product solutions that supplement our machinery portfolio is networked across all sites. This structure supports the KHS Group in its implementation of holistic approaches for use in our plant technology with the help of the individual specialist disciplines.

Our five international sites are located in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, India and China. In China, our former location in Suzhou was closed in 2021 and a new facility opened in Kunshan. With its increased capacities and improved production processes, the new Chinese factory can specifically and efficiently service the higher demands of the local market.

The KHS Group’s production sites outside Germany primarily produce for the local markets and are responsible for independently implementing line projects in their respective regions. In this respect they forge a link to our German plants and enable customers to be given direct support in their local area.

Our clients also have access to a worldwide network of KHS sales and service offices in 35 countries. This network is complemented by our range of digital services that include our worldwide 24/7 Service HelpDesk, effective remote diagnostics tools and our digital KHS Connect customer portal.


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