Cutting and splitting machinery for polyurethane has been at the heart of Fecken-Kirfel’s product offering since the early 1950s. We look at the company, and some of its more recent developments.
The German town of Aachen, near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, has had many overlords, from the Romans, who valued the town’s hot springs, to Charlemagne, to the present day.
Fecken-Kirfel has, like any company that has been in existence for more than 140 years, had many product focuses. Starting off as a steam powered machinery company for the woollen and textile industries, the business has found its niche in developing cutting machines for polyurethane foam blocks.
It has also held a strong patent position, which enabled it to protect its inventions from other companies.
The company, which expects sales to top EUR 40m in 2017, has a well-appointed factory on the outskirts of the pretty town, and recently invested around EUR 2.5m in a new building and a state of the art powder coating line for its metal components.
The company invests around E1m each year in plant, buildings or development, explained vice-president Francis Pinckers. It produces horizontal and vertical foam cutting machines which, with one exception, are knife based.
Using knifes allows for little waste and very fine cuts, said head of marketing Lars Nelles. The company…