80 years of fluid technology from Knittlingen
 
On Saturday, 11.11.2017, we celebrated eight decades of KIESELMANN. The employees of the Fluid Process Group, the craftsmen involved in our new building and Knittlingen's mayor Heinz-Peter Hopp were invited to the festive evening.

The celebrations were held in the production hall, which was completed on time for the jubilee, and which we transformed into a Bavarian marquee with the help of the event agency Sokoll & Friends, our energetic caretaker Holger Dangel and numerous KIESELMANN trainees. In keeping with the "Oktoberfest motto", many of the 800 invited guests also appeared in Bavarian costumes. Shortly after our new "Festhalle" opened its gates, Klaus Dohle, Managing Director of KIESELMANN, stepped on stage, welcomed the guests and expressed his special thanks to all employees. It is only through the commitment of the entire KIESELMANN team that it is possible to be so successful today worldwide.

"Paul Kieselmann would be proud if he could see what emerged from his "small company" in just 80 years,"says Klaus Dohle. The architect responsible for the new building, Siegfried Hauf, praised the special performance of all those involved. Only 171 days have passed since construction began. Not even half a year, in which a machine hall, final assembly, canteen and offices with a total floor space of 3600 m² were built. Josef Bertl appeared on stage as the third keynote speaker. The humorist galloped poignantly and with bavarian tongue-lashing through the KIESELMANN company history.

Afterwards, Klaus Dohle returned to the stage with Pascal Bühler from the KIESELMANN Works Council and Rieger Behälterbau Managing Director Dan Mayer. Only three courageous beats with a wooden hammer later it was said:"O' zapft i's!" With the tap tapping of the barrel the Tegernsee beer flowed and at the buffet there were Bavarian delicacies, such as ox on the spit, grilled chicken and cabbage cheese knobs, from Kieselmann cafeteria chef Wolfgang Wittig. The "Die Steinsberger" provided the proper musical background music. The musicians, who had already set the mood at the Munich Oktoberfest and the Cannstatter Wasen, played rocky folk music. So it was a long and exuberant celebration into the night.

At the end of the celebration the guests received some small gifts. For the women there was a gingerbread heart with the inscription "Kieselmann mog Di", for the men a specially labelled bottle of Kieselmann anniversary beer.
Year-end ceremony in the town hall of Knittlingen: Kieselmann honoured long-standing employees - a review of a business year that was succesful again
 
“The year 2016 was characterized by growth; however, we also had to realize the limits of our capacities in many fields”. With this summary of the last business year, Klaus Dohle, the managing director of the Knittlingen based Kieselmann GmbH, welcomed his employees to the traditional year-end ceremony in the town hall on Friday evening. In the same breath he praised the great commitment of the staff.

In Knittlingen alone, Kieselmann recorded a sales growth of 63 million Euros. Together with the subsidiaries Rieger Behälterbau, Guth Ventiltechnik, Kieselmann China and MTA (Maschinen & Technologie Allgäu), an annual turnover of 100 million Euros was reached, within the complete Fluid Process Group even a turnover of about 150 million Euros.

„I’m proud of my staff on whom I can rely and who, in the first place, made an expansion possible, as Kieselmann experienced it in the past years. Thank you very much.” Klaus Dohle praised the extraordinary commitment of his employees. “Kieselmann’s course is set for further growth,” the managing director said when looking ahead. In order to reach this, the company invested 1.5 million Euros in a new logistics building. It is almost finished and the move will take place in February. In addition, the shareholders had granted seven million Euros for the construction of a new production hall with canteen and office premises. This is the largest individual investment that Kieselmann had ever made. The old tennis hall, on whose grounds the new building will be put up, will be knocked down in February, too. It shall be ready until the end of 2017. A nice gift that Kieselmann GmbH makes itself on the occasion of its 80th company anniversary. Klaus Dohle thanked the three shareholders Karin Helms-Kieselmann and Rosemarie Zitsch and Renate Dohle (from left to right) for this gift with bouquets of flowers.

In addition to the review and outlook, it is already a tradition to honour the long-standing employees. Together with the representatives of the works council, the managing director Klaus Dohle honoured the long-standing employees, addressing some very personal words to each of them.  The following Kieselmann employees were honoured with gifts of the company and of the works council: For 40 years of employment: Egon Schneider; 25 years: Torsten Grulke, Dieter Hartmann, Dietmar Jopp, Michael Müller, Leo Olfert, Markus Braun, Siegfried Epple, Ahmet Kisbet, Ali Kizmaz, Martina Leismann, Kai Sauer; 10 years: Patrick Bittigkoffer, Ilona Dittes, Sabrina Dragonetti, Christian Löffler. After the honours had been over, the managing director declared the buffet opened, which Kieselmann’s head of the canteen, Wolfgang Wittig, had prepared for the guests. And there were further delectations after the meal, because the amusement, that the apprentices’ presentation offered, was delectable as well. The youngest Kieselmann employees made the guests very much laugh in their end-of-the-year review. Then followed a dance performance of the apprentices where there wasn’t a dry eye left. To wet the dry throat, the bar offered fancy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. As soon as the first sounds coming from the hi-fi equipment were heard, the guests did not stay any longer on their chairs. The Kieselmann staff, who was in a splendid mood, enjoyed to dance till the early hours. When the lights were switched on again in the festival hall, everybody agreed that this was a celebration that was worthy of a successful year.
KIESELMANN continues to grow: New branch in France
On 1st September 2016 the KIESELMANN branch was opened in Ennevelin, France. Christophe Cambier (second from right) could be won to manage the branch. Besides our neighbouring country, the new location will also support the French speaking countries Tunisia and Morocco. “With the new branch, we keep our promise in France, too: Optimal consulting and appropriate service directly with the customer“, Klaus Dohle said at the opening.
The new building complex includes office premises and a warehouse for the supply at short notice, spare parts and little mounting works.

We wish a successful start.



The managing director Klaus Dohle (on the right) and the sales manager Dieter Bizwurm (on the left)
welcome Christophe Cambier and Cathy Cambier (second from right and middle) to KIESELMANN
in Knittlingen on the occasion of the start of the new branch in France


The new office is now available under and tel. no. 33 6 09 63 45 07.
You will find the French homepage here: www.kieselmann.fr

 

 
International training from 12th to 14th July, 2016
 
For three days, we invited our sales agents Kieselmann GB, Carein, SKS, Aegir, Platek and Ingenieria Tizayuca to come to Knittlingen and to take part in a product training. Along with the transfer of technical know-how, the participants should also receive a comprehensive impression of the family enterprise KIESELMANN.
The first day started with a training concerning the subject suitability and service life of the different sealing materials used for ball valves and disc valves, carried out by the manager of the development department Mr Uwe Heisswolf. This was followed by a presentation of Mr Jürgen Raichle who informed about the application and benefit of the pigging technology. The day finished with a presentation about single-seat valves and control valves, made by Mr Heisswolf again.
The next morning began with a presentation of the sales manager Mr Dieter Biszwurm about the advantages of the KIESELMANN valve technology. Sales arguments and customer’s benefit were communicated to our international guests. So, our sales agents are now optimally prepared to offer KIESELMANN products to the customer, as a part of a process solution. This presentation was completed by technical information about the products tank dome fittings, safety valves, cleaning technology and bung valves, given by the manager of the development department.
On the third day, the time had come: The technically very interested participants could put the learned theory into practice. They dismounted, checked and remounted double-seat valves and control heads, single-seat valves and control valves, leakage disk valves and much more, or changed seals. Owing to this, they could directly learn the special properties which are mostly hidden inside the KIESELMANN products. This active day was completed by a tour of the company, followed by a lively discussion.
We thank the participants and hope that they will take away a lot of useful information. We wish you much success for your customer consulting which will be now even better!
Safety valves now with new CE type examination and EAC certification for gases


There are many reasons, sometimes even several at the same time, for an unexpected increase in pressure in closed plant systems. Without the use of reliable safety valves, the consequences would be very expensive and often life-threatening.

Our proven safety valves have now obtained the CE type examination certificate for gases and the EAC certification. With this, the defined opening and closing behaviour as well as the blow-off capacity is certified by an independent testing services provider. This allows you – in addition to the application for liquids - to safely use these tested and approved valves as a safety system for gaseous mediums, e.g. in case of CO2 overlay or outgasing mediums. Each of these valves is adjusted to the customer-specific operating point and sealed in the KIESELMANN test centre. The corresponding test certificate is included to the delivery in order to complete your documentation. These valves have compact and complete closed bodies. All movable parts are within the body, so that a blocking of the valves from the outside is not possible. They are available in the nominal widths of between DN 25 and 100 as well as in response pressures of between 0.2 and 12 bar. For easy cleaning, they are available either as a pneumatically or manually liftable version.

 
Russian subsidiaries on a visit at KIESELMANN
 

From June 28th to July 1st, 2016, the agencies KIESELMANN RUS, RUS South and Belarus visited the headquarters in Knittlingen.
The program started with a tour of the company premises providing an insight into our production diversity. During the visit, there were a lot of presentations about our product range, such as pigging technology and safety fittings and much more.
After the theoretical part, the visitors had the opportunity to take part in a “Hands on Training” and to learn more about our products during a live assembly.
On the agenda were also visits of the subsidiary companies AquaDuna GmbH & Co. KG in Sternenfels, which produces, among others, cleaning equipment for vessels, and VA GmbH in Stuttgart (Moehringen), a company which is specialized in the dairy industry and filtration technology.
All in all, a well-rounded and informative program which gave to our agencies’ staff the possibility to further qualify for the customer service.
A perfect skiing weekend in fantastic weather
 
During this year’s skiing trip the KIESELMANN team spent an absolutely perfect weekend with ideal conditions.
For the fourth time, we started bright and early by bus to Damuels in Austria. After a stopover with a champagne breakfast, the team reached the valley station in bright sunshine. After the luggage had been put to the Elsenalpstube, a mountain inn in the middle of the skiing resort, we immediately went to the ski slope. The very courageous colleagues went across country, rushing down the hills between the trees, in deep powder snow. Later we met on the sun terrace of the inn for après-ski. After dinner, the brave ones of our team tobogganed in the dark down to the valley on a quick slope with many holes. The team excellently managed this challenge, although with some inevitable falls, but with great fun. On Saturday, we were woken up by brilliant sunshine. This meant breakfast and then immediately on the excellent, but very full slopes, which did not at all disturb the KIESELMANN team’s good mood.
In the afternoon, we met again at the outdoor bar on the piste and, after a short valley run, we just reached one of the last ski lifts back to the mountain inn. There the sunny conservatory invited to finish this great skiing day with a breathtaking mountain panorama whilst enjoying the après-ski. After dinner, we danced and celebrated in high spirits into the early hours of the morning. Sunday as well wanted to be as good as the past days. The sun began to shine brilliantly in the late morning, with ideal snow conditions. This meant pure joy of skiing, until it was time to drive home. Radiant and sun-kissed faces identified the homecomers who, once again, grew together to a team owing to this weekend.
New Member of the FLUID PROCESS GROUP
Guth Logo


  

The Fluid Process Group founded by and under the leadership of KIESELMANN GmbH welcomes the successor company of the former Wilhelm Guth Ventiltechnik GmbH & Co. KG, whose new name is now Landauer Ventiltechnik GmbH, as the newest member, effective from Nov 1st, 2015. The new company will continue to produce and sell high-quality Guth valve technology at the present location Im Horstring 16, 76829 Landau/Pfalz, Germany.

After having passed turbulent times in the past months, the staff of Landauer Ventiltechnik GmbH, under the brand name Guth, is now able again to focus with full concentration on its customers. The Fluid Process Group, with all its members, will support it at the best.

You are interested? Just call us under +49 (6341) 5105-0 or send us an e-mail.

Offer in the dairy sector enlarged
 

MTA LogoWith a new member, Messrs. MTA GmbH Maschinen & Technologie Allgäu, the FLUID PROCESS GROUP continues to extend its range for the dairy industry. MTA offers particularly dairy systems and cheese producing machines, such as customized cheese vats, stretching machines, curd draining machines, casein recovery systems.
You are interested? Just call us under +49(0)8331 750 580 or send us an e-mail.
 

Availability of tubes extended with new warehouse
 

KIESELMANN GmbH inaugurated its new tube warehouse with a company celebration. The new building will extend warehouse capacity and improve customer service.

After eight months of construction time, KIESELMANN officially opened its new tube warehouse during a family celebration. Beside the KIESELMANN shareholders, the approx. 310 employees had been invited together with their families, where they were offered an insight into the factory premises and a varied entertainment programme. The managing director, Klaus Dohle, said in his speech in the evening: „It’s already a certain tradition that we celebrate our events at the same time as the inauguration of a new hall. That’s quite useful, because where do we have enough space for the employees and their families?“

KIESELMANN covers the demand of tubes for plant engineering with its beverage pipeline trade division. The range includes stainless steel tubes, flat/angle steels and square tubes which meet highest hygienic demands owing to an accurate surface treatment, such as tubes to DIN EN 10357. In order to store them, a warehouse of a space of 3,500 sqm and a height of 8.5 m was built. It provides approx. 1,200 shelf spaces which offer a gross capacity of up to 400,000 m of stainless steel tubes. According to Klaus Dohle, already 200,000 m of stainless steel tubes having a total weight of almost 1,800 t are stored; here the hitherto existing warehouse would have already reached its limits. The remaining capacity shall be used for stock programme extensions and customized dimensions. In addition to the new storage space, the hall also offers a generous loading and unloading zone for lorries so that these can directly drive into this hall and leave it on the other side after the cargo had been handled, without having to turn.  „All the operations take now place in a hall, regardless of the weather conditions“, explained Mr Dohle in his speech – a great advantage for the material stored in a dry place and all the persons involved.

The tubes are available directly ex works with KIESELMANN – thanks to this the required tubes can be supplied to the customers quickly and at short notice. Owing to the larger stock, more tubes will be now available directly ex works.

Beside a high customer satisfaction, KIESELMANN attaches great importance to its regional foothold. Against the wide-spread trend of outsourcing, the company is expanding its headquarters in the Swabian Knittlingen. The new warehouse and other building projects and investments are another example of it. Furthermore, importance was attached, as always, to commission regional companies, if possible. For the constructional engineering of the project was charged the Mühlacker based architectural practice Dill + Hauf whose performance was particularly praised by Klaus Dohle. The commitment to this location safeguards the about 310 jobs and demonstrates that international success does not exclude social responsibility.

 
International product training
 

An International product training took place at KIESELMANN from 14 th to 16th July 2015.

Our subsidiaries KIESELMANN Russia, KIESELMANN BELARUS and KIESELMANN UK as well as the agencies Actemium (Belgium), Platek (Turkey), Carein (Italy), M-Wave (Thailand), SKS (Belgium / The Netherlands), Egte (Sweden), Difusa (Mexico) and SGS (Spain) participated. Topics were KIESELMANN novelties and product applications. Target of the training, which takes place annually, is to optimally advise on new products and technical applications – you benefit from it.

International product training


An international product training took place with KIESELMANN from 20. to 22.05.2014 in which the subsidiaries KIESELMANN Russia and KIESELMANN UK as well as the agencies Platec (Turkey), EGTE (Schweden) and Centec (USA) participated. Topics were KIESELMANN novelties and product applications. Target of the trainings, which take place annually, is to optimally advise on new products and technical applications – you benefit from it.

KIESELMANN celebrates growth
 
Once again the management and works council invited to come to the festival hall of Knittlingen which, with over 240 guests, reached its capacity limit.
The managing director Klaus Dohle opened the Christmas Party with his last year‘s quotation: It depends on you alone whether you want to use the new year as a brake or as an engine. With reference to the quotation, he directly declared: We have not only used the year as an engine – we drove at full speed all the year. The main field, the fittings production, registered a growth in sales of 20 per cent. Together with the pipeline trade and plant construction, a result of 57 m was achieved, with RIEGER Behälterbau 86 m, and with the other participations in the FLUID PROCESS GROUP 150 m. Special thanks went to Petra Schmidt for 40 years of seniority, Werner Nitsch and Lucie Dürr for 35 years, Horst Kühner for 30 years and Klaus Kehrer for 25 years. Gerhard Zymla has been working with Kieselmann since 20 years; Elke Deeß, Andrea Hirsch, Jens Schabinger and Gabriele Pirchmoser were honoured for 10 years. A gift was handed over to the hard-boiled staff who come to work by bike all the year, which is not only beneficial to health, but also to environment. Another highlight of the year was the participation in the plant construction company RULAND Engineering in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. The KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group has now 850 employees. Last year 30 new jobs were created at the headquarters in Knittlingen. Another commitment to the location was an investment of € 3.5 m in modern machines and robots, also thanks to the financial support of the shareholders. This pleasing official part was followed by the excellent buffet of the canteen boss Wolfgang Wittig. Afterwards the apprentices put the guests into a hilarious mood with their swim performance. They were allowed to leave the scene only after having shown more. Then the exciting year was reviewed with a presentation made by the student of the marketing department. The celebration of the exhausting, but very successful KIESELMANN year, ended in the wee hours of the morning.
KVP trip of the process planning and design department to Berlin
 
This year’s KVP trip led employees of the process planning and design departments to the federal capital Berlin from 06.06.2013 to 08.09.2013. The group arrived in best temper at the hotel at about 5 pm and shortly afterwards it took the interurbain train to the famous Alexanderplatz. After a short visit of the Hackesche Höfe, Germany’s largest yard area, and after a delicious supper, it went to the Simon-Dach-Straße, a promenade with many pubs and shops. In summer there are about 1,900 seats outside in front of about 20 pubs and restaurants. The darker the evening, the more vibrant becomes this street.
The next morning, after breakfast, with summer temperatures and brilliant sunshine, started with a city tour in a sight-seeing bus. Of course, all famous sights, such as Brandenburger Tor, the Government district/Reichstag, Kurfürstendamm, Potsdamer Platz, Victory column etc., were visited. The East-Side-Gallery was very impressive, too; it is the longest open air gallery worldwide. It was built in 1990 after the German reunification. At a length of 1.3 km, 118 artists from all over the world made paintings on the wall along the Mühlenstraße between Oberbaumbrücke and Ostbahnhof. As for exhaust emissions and vandalism took a lot out of the East-Side-Gallery, artists repainted in 2009 the subjects having become unrecognizable, largely in a manner true to the original.
Of course, a stroll through the Kaufhaus des Westens “KADEWE”, the biggest shopping center on the European continent, as well as enjoying the famous Berliner Currywurst and the Berliner Weisse were a must.
Unfortunately they had to leave Berlin the next day and went back home by plane at 3 pm.
The visit of this big city was an unforgettable adventure for all participants of the trip.
Honoured for 40 years of employment at KIESELMANN
 
KIESELMANN ‘s managing director Klaus Dohle could again honour an employee for 40 years of employment!
 
Petra Schmidt started her career at KIESELMANN with an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk which she completed successfully. Since then she has been working in the financial accounts department and has been mainly responsible for the settlement of the accounts payable. In his very personal speech Klaus Dohle placed emphasis on her diligent and reliable work as well as on her great loyalty. The managing director and the head of personnel, Günter Plag, said thank you for her extraordinary work and long-time company loyalty and presented her the award of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce along with a gift and a bouquet of flowers. They wished her all the best, a lot of success and pleasure in work in future.
KVP trip of the sales department to Istanbul
 
This year’s KVP trip led the team of the sales department to Istanbul from 9th to 12th of May. On the first day the tour guide showed Istanbul’s highlights to the group: The Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Hagia Sophia, the Cisterna Basilica, the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. They spent the evening with the Turkish agency in the club „Nomads“, where culinary delicacies were offered and stunning belly dances were shown.

On the second day they went by minibus along the city wall to the Eyüp quarter, over the Bosporus Bridge to the Asian area.
Fortified by a snack in the Kadiköy quarter, a two-hour boat trip on the Bosporus followed. The trip ended with a visit on the famous spice and sweets bazaar and the team of the sales department, good-humoured and motivated, returned from a weekend full of events.
                
 
 Seminar for Russian experts with KIESELMANN
KIESELMANN had invited important decision makers of the Russian dairy industry to take part in a four-day seminar. The 31 participants came from the regions of Belarus, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Ural/Siberia. After the welcoming speech hold by the managing director Klaus Dohle, several specialized lectures about the KIESELMANN valve technology and plant engineering were on the schedule. The efficiency of the production in Knittlingen was depicted on a detailed tour through the factory. The wide vertical range of production, the manifold use of robotics, the generous working conditions and last, but not least, the high quality consciousness of the employees are an essential feature of the location. Another part of the program was the extensive umbrella events, such as the visit of a dairy. The visitors used here the opportunity to lead intensive expert talks with the production managers about the basic conditions, production processes as well as about the used plant technology. They also asked many questions about filtration and microparticulation, the specialist field of VA Food Processing. Further visits were made to the Schützengarten brewery as well as to the tank and vessel manufacturer RIEGER, which also belongs to the KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group. The seminar ended with the visit of the winery Felsengartenkellerei Hessigheim. Of course, a wine-tasting was offered, too. The tasting of the excellent wines was accompanied by brief entertaining anecdotes about the growing of the types of wine – uniquely presented. We thank our guests for the seminar profitable for all parts and the enriching practical conversations.
International product training
An international product training took place with KIESELMANN from 19. to 21.03.2013 in which the subsidiaries KIESELMANN Russia and KIESELMANN UK as well as the agencies Platec (Turkey), Fagerberg (Denmark) and Centec (USA) participated. Topics were KIESELMANN novelties and product applications. Target of the trainings, which take place annually, is to optimally advise on new products and technical applications – you benefit from it.
7 awards for KIESELMANN products

Even seven KIESELMANN products received an award at the Agroprodmash 2012 in Moscow. The prizes were awarded among all exhibitors by an expert panel composed of the vice director of the trade fair, the executive director of the independent and non-commercial organization "SOYUZEXPERTIZA", a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the director of the Agroservice company as well as by a member of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. The KIESELMANN products tank dome fitting, the rotational cleaner DUNOS-R and the aseptic retrofit kit received the silver medal in the category “Cleaning equipment”. 2 gold medals were awarded to the KIESELMANN leakage butterfly and double-seat valves in the category “Best equipment in the food sector“, and also in the category “Best innovation“. We are happy about these outstanding awards in even three categories. These prizes emphasize our efforts to supply the best products for the process industry and are simultaneously an incentive to continue this target in the future as well.
KIESELMANN has obtained the certification as a known consignor

KIESELMANN has obtained the certification as a known consignor according to the ordinance (EU) no. 300/2008. Airfreight shipments of consignors having this certificate need not to be X-rayed once again. This means a quicker settlement of transports and shipments. Thus you will receive your orders/products in time.
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