Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH – Unternehmens-Historie


Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH is one of meanwhile 3 companies owned by family Kuhne; besides the mother company Kuhne GmbH and its subsidiary Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH there is another subsidiary in the US, American Kuhne.

The origins of company Kuhne date back to the machine building company Heinrich Koch founded in 1934. This company developed the first extruder in 1949 and in 1957 was taken over by company Werner Battenfeld . In 1959 the leadership of Battenfeld Extruderwerk Siegburg was assigned to Mr. Walter Kuhne. In 1970 Mr. Kuhne took over this company (Battenfeld Kuhne Extruderwerk GmbH) which was renamed as Kuhne GmbH in 1975 when the company moved to its new and today’s site in Sankt Augustin.

Kuhne Anlagenbau was created in 1972, at that time as a department of Battenfeld- Kuhne GmbH. In October 1979 Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH finally was founded as independent 100% subsidiary of Kuhne GmbH. In the 70ies and 80ies Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH made its mark as general contractor for large-scale turnkey projects in the plastic branch. At that time Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH also acted as sales department of Kuhne GmbH for the countries of the Middle East and the former USSR.

In the 90ies Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH built up a production and sales programme of their own for the plastic recycling branch in addition to their sales activities for Kuhne GmbH. After an impressingly short delay Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH was successfully offering complete lines for the recycling of plastic wastes. However, as this market almost completely collapsed when the public subsidies were deleted Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH had to look for a new field of activity. Basing on the decades of film blowing know-how of Kuhne GmbH, Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH started the development of the first triple bubble line for the production of bi-oriented blown films in 1996. The so-called “triple bubble” technology allows to produce high-class food packaging films (for meat, sausages, cheese, etc.) which meet special requirements such as a high oxygen barrier for the prolongation of shelf life and a corresponding aroma barrier.

Since then Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH continuously developed the “triple bubble” technology and set up a broad product range.

The production programme ranges from mono-layer “high-speed” lines for the production of small calibre sausage casings with production speeds up to 300 m/min; and multi-layer lines for food packaging with up to 11 layers and medium film width; up to the large scale orientation lines, also for films up to 11-layers, however, especially for widths of up to 1,9 metres and extremely high barrier and mechanical properties.

All “triple bubble” lines incorporate the standard-setting shock wise chilling of the primary film tube by means of cold water (4 to 6°C). This line concept for the production of water-chilled blown films had already been developed by Kuhne Anlagenbau in 2004 as it allows for considerably higher cooling rates in comparison to other production processes.

Meanwhile, also this technology has been further developed with each line built and now is available for up to 11 layers, large production widths and outputs of more than 1 ton/h.

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