KHS 150 Years Innovation

150 years on the market – pioneer KHS celebrates its anniversary at BrauBeviale

Founded in 1868: at this year's BrauBeviale in Nuremberg KHS will be celebrating its 150th birthday, further emphasizing its innovative strength and standing as one of the leaders in its field worldwide with the longest experience.

  • Further developments in all fields of expertise
  • Focus on efficient process technology for brewers
  • Sustainable and flexible packaging systems

Dortmund/Nuremberg, September 12, 2018 – Founded in 1868: at this year's BrauBeviale in Nuremberg KHS will be celebrating its 150th birthday, further emphasizing its innovative strength and standing as one of the leaders in its field worldwide with the longest experience. Both then and now, with its many years of expertise KHS has acted as a pioneer in beverage filling and packaging time and time again. At the trade show the Dortmund company will focus on the reliability of KHS machines and service products from their very beginning to the present day.

The eventful history of the KHS Group is marked by its continuous striving to develop innovations which help to give customers worldwide a sharper competitive edge. KHS will be continuing this tale of success at the 2018 BrauBeviale trade show in Nuremberg, Germany. “We’ll be presenting further developments in all our fields of expertise,” says Burkhard Becker, chairman of the Executive Management Board of KHS GmbH. “We also see BrauBeviale as a chance to take a conscious look at our history. In doing so we’ll show how KHS has always been able to establish itself as a pioneer in the face of growing market demand for quality, economy and service.”

The future of beer filling

The trade show takes its name from beer and brewing (“Brau” in German) which is where KHS has its roots. Both then and now brewers will find the perfect low, medium or high-performance system for their products at KHS, especially regarding durability and efficiency. KHS offers interesting further developments in its process technology, for instance, enabling considerable media savings to be made during beer stabilization and flash pasteurization. In the compact version of its powerful can filler KHS has an especially efficient filling system which scores top points with CO2 savings of up to 50%.

Save resources and stay flexible

The aim of all developments at KHS is to boost its customers’ competitiveness. “This doesn’t just mean greater performance and more service,” explains Becker. “Customers want flexible systems which give them fast format changeovers, grow with the success of the client and enable creative product design.” Lastly, it is important that operators of KHS systems can also continue to satisfy the growing demand of the consumer for sustainable and efficient packaging. “Here, we’re setting standards with innovations such as the Nature MultiPack™ for cans, the constant development of ever lighter PET bottles and our diverse range of sophisticated block systems for filling and packaging and palletizing.” These include systems like the multifunctional, blocked packaging line developed together with Schubert, which by eliminating long conveying segments requires less maintenance, suffers less wear and consumes less energy.

New Blomax generation

One machine which has been one of the best in its class since its conception over 40 years ago is about to enter the next generation: at BrauBeviale visitors will have the chance to see new KHS innovations for the future-proof production of PET bottles. With it KHS is making a considerable reduction in the carbon footprint left by the production process. The new developments will be presented for the first time by Kai Acker, the new chairman of the KHS Group Executive Management Board.

The KHS Group will be on show in Hall 8 at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg from November 13 to 15, 2018.

About the KHS Group

KHS is one of the leading manufacturers of filling and packaging systems for the beverage, food and non-food industries. The KHS Group includes the following companies: KHS GmbH, KHS Corpoplast GmbH, NMP Systems GmbH and numerous subsidiaries outside Germany.

KHS GmbH manufactures modern filling and packaging systems for the high-capacity range at its headquarters in Dortmund, Germany, and at its factories in Bad Kreuznach, Kleve and Worms. The KHS Group's PET expertise is pooled at KHS Corpoplast GmbH in Hamburg, Germany, where innovative PET packaging and coating systems are developed and produced. NMP Systems GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KHS GmbH based in Kleve in Germany, designs and markets new, resource-saving packaging systems.

In 2017 KHS and its 5,070 employees achieved a turnover of around €1.137 billion. The companies in the KHS Group are 100% subsidiaries of the MDAX-listed Salzgitter AG corporation.

KHS logo

The KHS logo gleams gold to mark the company’s 150th anniversary.

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Innofill Can C

With its Innofill Can C can filler KHS has made the technical innovations of its big machines available to the craft brewing segment.

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Multifunctional packaging block

A multifunctional packaging block has emerged as a result of the partnership between KHS GmbH and packaging manufacturer Gerhard Schubert GmbH.

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Lightweight

KHS develops extremely light PET bottles together with its customers, thus making production more sustainable.

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Innopas SX

The KHS Innopas SX tunnel pasteurizer provides a high degree of microbiological safety.

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