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Apprentices with heart and commitment

The first KIESELMANN social internship took place from 18 to 22 March. Our budding industrial mechanics in their first year of training visited a social organisation to gain valuable experience in social skills and commitment.

Linus and Jan-Luca worked at the Lebenshilfe organisation in Gölshausen in the area of support and care. They accompanied people with various disabilities through their everyday lives and took part in joint activities.

These included having breakfast together, playing games, stringing chains and going for walks.

At the end of the special internship, KIESELMANN donated €400 to the Lebenshilfe Gölshausen support and care centre on behalf of the trainees.

DrinkTank - Drinks 4.0

Last week, we visited KASPAR SCHULZ Brauereimaschinenfabrik & Apparatebauanstalt GmbH as part of the "DrinkTank - Drinks 4.0" working group.

This working group brings together companies and research institutes in our industry to work together on a digital and sustainable future for the beverage industry. The DrinkTank pools knowledge and expertise to identify deficits in the process chain, develop the latest digitalisation measures and AI approaches and test them in practice at Kaspar Schulz's own 10 HL pilot brewery.

During the meeting in Bamberg, the company representatives not only received exciting presentations on the topic of AI and digitalisation, but also a presentation of the future pilot brewing plant as well as a tour of our plant and a brewery tour at Hellerbräu Bamberg.

We are already looking forward to the next meeting in September at Micro Matic.


We look forward to seeing you at our exhibition booth at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg.

Certificate of honour for final exam

Anton Schütz is one of the best trainees of the year 2023 of the IHK Northern Black Forest. He passed the final examination for industrial mechanic with the overall result "very good" (95 out of 100 points). This outstanding performance was recognised by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and honoured with a further training voucher.

On Thursday, 19.10.2023, the IHK North Black Forest honoured all graduates with a graduates with a very good examination result were honoured result at the Kurhaus Bad Liebenzell.

Last week, we congratulated Anton here at the company and presented him with a KIESELMANN gift. Anton will continue to support us in continue to support us in final assembly.

We are very proud and look forward to continuing to shape the future of KIESELMANN together.

BrauBeviale 2023

The KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group will present comprehensive 360-degree solutions for the brewing and beverage industry at BrauBeviale 2023 in Hall 9 / Booth 349. The offering ranges from individual components to customized systems.

This year, the group companies will exhibiting again an impressive range of innovative products and services.

KIESELMANN GmbH presents its new aseptic control valve series with diaphragm technology. At the heart of this series is a flexible PTFE diaphragm that ensures hermetic sealing of housing and stem while creating a dead space-free cavity. Also on display will be the aseptic double-seat valves, as well as the single-seat valves.

Guth Ventiltechnik presents besides their double-butterfly and butterfly control valves with Digipos also the balanced changeover valves, as well as high-pressure disk valves VSR-LID.

Other highlights at the booth include the carbonisation unit with advanced carbonisation fitting from KIESELMANN Anlagenbau, cleaning technology from AquaDuna, and a four-meter high yeast, storage and propagation tank from the tank manufacturers GROSS and RIEGER.

As in previous years, you are invited to visit the KIESELMANN exhibition workshop. The assembly experts for valve and fluid technology will demonstrate live assemblies throughout the trade fair and also offer on-site training.

From now on: Every year again!

On 16.12.2022, KIESELMANN Managing Director Caroline Pötzl awoke one of the company's favourite traditions from its "Sleeping Beauty slumber". After two winters of hibernation, the employees met again for the big festive end-of-year party in the Weissachtalhalle in Freudenstein, Germany.

The remake of a classic. This new beginning with proven virtues was underlined by the welcome from KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group Managing Director Klaus Dohle. A brief warm hello, then he handed the microphone to Caroline Pötzl. A clear gesture of a turning point in the company's management. KIESELMANN Anlagenbau also has a new managing director since 2022, Dirk Vogler. His predecessor, Georg Zitsch, sat at the shareholders' table that evening with regular shareholders Renate Dohle and Karin Helms-Kieselmann. At KIESELMANN Pharmatec GmbH, Michael Schletz joined René Schuler on the management board this year. Regular shareholder Rosemarie Zitsch had to cancel due to illness. Caroline Pötzl sent her heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery.

The little eulogy that the managing director gave to each individual celebrant was also heartfelt. The focus was not on the employee and his or her performance, but on the person who performs these services. Thunderous applause accompanied the honours for the 10-year, 25-year and 40-year anniversaries. Christian Rastätter (plant production), Demetrius Scharf (turning shop), Uwe Heisswolf (development), Mathias Schweinfurth (controlling), Olaf Kiefer (EDP), Marius Büttel (CNC turning shop), Tobias Leins (plant production), Robin Seiler (plant production), Pierre Schuster (plant production), René Schuler (Pharmatec) have been with the company for a decade. Daniel Schiffel (Maintenance), Georg Zitsch (Plant Manufacturing), Timo Lorenz (Purchasing), Achim Moll (Final Assembly), Karsten Reichenbach (CNC Milling), Eugen Arnold (CNC Turning), Thorsten Haack (CNC Turning) and Edgar Kratzmeier (Final Assembly) were honoured for a quarter of a century at KIESELMANN. Susanne Füllbeck (Sales) has been with the company for 40 years. Gerhard Münchinger (CNC turning shop) retired after 21 years, Norbert Kellner (final assembly) after 32 years, Josef Beisel (welding shop) after 35 years, Joachim Burkhardt (welding shop) after 43 years and Petra Schmidt-Blumhofer (accounting) after an impressive 48 years.

The joyful view of all the successful years together could not cloud the past, challenging year. "One crisis follows the other and the mood of crisis is developing into a permanent state. We would much rather have stability and predictable future prospects." In 2022, the KIESELMANN team has resisted all inhospitable conditions and achieved a successful turnover result. The list of successes includes major national and international projects, which confirm that people around the world "still value quality from Knittlingen". Looking at the economic forecasts for 2023, Caroline Pötzl said: "We know from past crises that unity is our strength. With the stability and heart of a family business and with a passion for quality: the quality of our products, the quality in our dealings with each other and the quality of a great Christmas party. I wish you a wonderful evening and from the bottom of my heart a wonderful Christmas season".

The wish of a wonderful evening was also promptly fulfilled. Beautiful was a varied festive buffet by canteen chef Wolfgang Wittig. The best-of-2022 video presentation by apprentice Jacqueline Berktold and the apprentice performance - a humorous melange of theatre, cabaret and ballet - were beautiful. It was great to celebrate together again, dance to the music of the DJ and toast together to a successful KIESELMANN year. It was great, see you next year.

We wish you happy holidays and a good start into the new year.

Control valves optimally designed: Make it easy...

... with our technical questionnaire.

KIESELMANN control valves are based on the modular system of single-seat valves. A major advantage of our control valves is that they can realise different flow coefficients as well as control characteristics and seal types within one nominal size.

In order to optimally design KIESELMANN control valves for your process conditions, we have developed a technical questionnaire which you can easily access via this page "please click here" and complete online.

Your custom-fit control valve is then calculated from your specifications. Without obligation, immediate and accurate. Try it out right away: Technical questionnaire for control valves.

Finally it's that time again, a trainee reports

On Friday, 14.10.2022, it was finally time again. After a two-year forced break due to the pandemic, our trainee day took place.

A total of 41 trainees from Rieger Behälterbau and KIESELMANN met here in Knittlingen. It started at 8:00 a.m. in the canteen with a warm welcome from our Managing Director, Mrs. Pötzl, and the Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Lotspeich. The trainee day started with a short, interesting presentation by Mrs Pötzl about the KIESELMANN group of companies, the Fluid Process Group.


What is people skills and how can they be trained? These questions were answered by Ms Oberhardt in her lecture "People skills at first go". With the successful trainer from Güglingen, we did exciting tests and exercises on the topic of people skills and emotional intelligence, individually and in teams.

Shortly before 12 o'clock we met in front of the KIESELMANN administration building. Equipped with a delicious packed lunch, we boarded the waiting bus and headed off to the Palatinate. To be more precise, to Offenbach an der Queich. There, the company Guth Ventiltechnik had invited us to a factory tour. Guth Ventiltechnik is part of the Fluid Process Group and has moved into its brand new office and production building this year.



After the factory tour, we scurried back into the bus to arrive on time at our next stop: the Hoepfner private brewery in Karlsruhe.

The brewery is an impressive building that looks like a medieval castle. Brewers and apprentices from Hoepfner led us through the production rooms and explained the steps of brewing beer. On our way through the brewery we also discovered KIESELMANN valves. After the tour, we stopped at the Burghof, the restaurant of the private brewery. There we had a delicious "Maultaschen" buffet and Hopefner drinks. The successful conclusion of an interesting, informative and beautiful day.

When we got back on the bus in the early evening to start the journey home to Knittlingen, we all agreed: it was good that the trainee day could take place again. We are already looking forward to the "Azubitag 2023".

Get to know our international partners

Today, 26 September, is the "European Day of Languages". A fitting occasion for some of our international partners to introduce themselves to you in their national language. Together with our partners, we keep our promise internationally: KIESELMANN always close to you with high-quality valve technology, technical advice and on-site service.

Please click here for the YouTube video presentations of our partners.

Drinktec 2022

We are looking forward to your visit at our booth at drinktec 2022. The KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group welcomes you in hall A3 at booth 103.

From September 12 to 16, we will present new products and services. For the first time at the trade fair and in front of a professional audience, the new KIESELMANN aseptic valve series, consisting of control, single-seat, double-seat, and takt outlet valves.

Once again, tips & tricks from the KIESELMANN trade fair workshop. Our experts will demonstrate the professional assembly, disassembly and maintenance of control and double-seat valves directly at the exhibition workbench.

We are looking forward to your visit.

KIESELMANN International Partners Video

KIESELMANN Partners Worldwide. Do you already know our foreign representatives and branches? KIESELMANN is on site for you worldwide. We are proud of our international partners and are very pleased to introduce some of them here. Allow me: Video.

Would you like to meet us and our international partners in person? We look forward to seeing you at our stand at Drinktec 2022, Hall A3, Stand 103.

The good old days - 5th KIESELMANN pensioners' meeting

On Friday, 22.07.2022, we invited former employees to the fifth pensioners' meeting. At 11:30 a.m., Managing Director Caroline Pötzl and Managing Director Klaus Dohle welcomed the guests.

Former employees who had only recently said goodbye to the company were present, as were those who had already been retired for decades. Among the 32 guests of honour were KIESELMANN shareholders Rosemarie Zitsch and Renate Dohle. "I am delighted to see so many of them again. And I am looking forward to showing them today how KIESELMANN has developed in the meantime. The fact that they have all come is a sign of their attachment to the KIESELMANN family," said Caroline Pötzl.

She then accompanied the pensioners to the company restaurant. There, canteen manager Wolfgang Wittig entertained the guests with refined and hearty dishes from his kitchen. After lunch, Bernd Wenzdorfer (head of plant production) and André Becker (production manager) took the pensioners on a tour of production. Past the old workplace and many companions, they returned to the canteen. There, Caroline Pötzl reviewed the past years and outlined the future in a short, entertaining presentation.

After the thirst for knowledge was quenched, there were treats from the KIESELMANN bakery. Stories from the good old days were served with coffee and cake. And as the afternoon drew to a close in a family atmosphere, promises were made: "We'll see each other again at next year's pensioners' meeting. Then we will tell each other about the good old days and about today.

International Training Days 2022


We look back on the "International Training Days" 2022. Colleagues and sales partners travelled from 16 countries to learn about new KIESELMANN products here at our headquarters in Knittlingen.

We look back on an instructive, focused and cheerful week of international exchange.

We look forward to a successful partnership in the future.


[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN Anuga FoodTec 2022

Anuga FoodTec 2022 Highlights

Interesting first contacts and familiar faces made for four varied days at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne. We thank you for your visit and look forward to further discussions and projects. For all those who did not have the opportunity to drop by, we would like to briefly present the two trade show highlights from our double-seat valve family:

1. The piggable double-seat valve. Detailed information on the combination of our valve king class with pigging technology can be found on the KIESELMANN Insights page "Pigging technology". (please click).

2. New actuators for KIESELMANN double-seat valves. The new actuators for KIESELMANN double-seat valves are more compact and up to 2 kg lighter, which facilitates handling during maintenance. Furthermore, operating costs can be saved, as the reduced consumption of the new actuators promises significant savings for larger productions: up to 45% control air can be saved depending on the nominal size and cycle operation.

Do you have any questions about the piggable double-seat valve? Or about the smaller actuators for double-seat valves? Or would you like to know what other highlights were on display at our booth? Then send an e-mail to salesno__pam@kieselmann.de or call us directly at +4970 43 371-0.

Anuga Foodtec 2022

At the leading global trade fair Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, we will be presenting highlights for the food and beverage industry from 26 to 29 April.

One of these trade fair highlights is the piggable double-seat valve. Find out in a technical discussion the potentially extraordinary savings that pigging systems using piggable double-seat valves have in store for you.

You are welcome to make an appointment for your personal meeting in advance: +49 7043 371 138

We are looking forward to your visit at the KIESELMANN FLUID PROCESS GROUP booth C-029 in hall 4.1.

We start the new year big...

For the Scottish Edrington Group, we have manufactured and delivered the largest valve manifold in our company's history to date.

The XXL-valve manifold was assembled from 25 individual manifolds and measures 4.90 metres x 7.90 metres.

Edrington trusts the KIESELMANN manufacturing and service quality and our man on the island, Colin Jeffrey from KIESELMANN UK.

Colin Jeffrey has already agreed on two more valve clusters with the Scottish whisky group.

The XXL valve manifold in numbers:

  • 359 double-seat valves with k-flex seals
  • 36 butterfly valves with pneum. Actuator
  • 407 control heads
  • 18 Inline housings in 3″
  • 25 single nodes Translated

 Video about the XXL-Valve-Manifold: please click here

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN Jubilarin und Jubilare 2021

21 Chapters in our success story

On 26 November 2021, KIESELMANN honoured 21 employees for their loyalty: a total of 285 years of service. For us as a family business, this is a reason for pride and joy. And a sign of employee satisfaction. We know that appreciation, satisfaction and commitment are values with which you write success stories.

The employees Edin Mehmedovic (film packaging), Manuel Stumpf (logistics), Thomas Link (logistics), Wolfgang Häge (welding shop), Jörg Schmidt (plant engineering), Leo Brunetti (sheet metal shop), Samir Mehmedovic (welding shop), Achim Ernst (sawmill), Timo Höfle (CNC turning shop) were honoured, Klaus Wiederspohn (CNC turning shop), Silvio Brunetti (quality assurance), Lucas Eisenmann (sales), Daniel Hidalgo (surface finishing), Marco Vincon (marketing), Michael Huber (final assembly) and Fabian Mehl (CNC turning shop), for their 10 years of service to the company. The company is also particularly proud of Dora Rittner (Final Assembly), Jürgen Leypoldt (Work Preparation), Stefan Kohm (Plant Manufacturing), Thomas Blechner (Development) and Jürgen Raichle (Plant Engineering). They have been loyal to KIESELMANN for 25 years. In addition to the IHK certificate of honour, the jubilarians received a "basket full of Spanish delicacies".

Klaus Dohle and Caroline Pötzl (management) as well as Karsten Reichenbach (works council) and Lena Lotspeich (human resources management) congratulated the jubilarians at a distance, but warmly. The words addressed to the 21 guests of honour testified to the fact that recognition does not require a handshake. "Long-serving employees provide stability, embody the corporate culture and make a special contribution to the success story of our family business with their wealth of experience. They are the family we enjoy working with every day," said Managing Director Caroline Pötzl.

Once around the globe and even further ...

Once around the globe and even further is the distance that 68 KIESELMANN ACTIVE participants have jogged, cycled and swum together: 44,879 kilometres.

From 28.06. to 26.09. eight teams competed against each other. And the winner is: Wadentest Foundation. Second place in the overall standings went to Team Anlagenbau, just ahead of Wenzdorfers Rasselbande in third place. Julius Heim and Miriam Dorwarth were also members of the Winner Team and came in first and second in the participant rankings. They were closely followed by Sven Nelson from the Men's Health team. Congratulations!

To make the great achievements of the participants tangible with a number: Julius Heim covered 3,225 km on his racing bike and on foot during the 13 weeks of the Challenge. Besides the top finishers, there was another winner: the Team Spirit. Many team members met to cycle, jog and swim together.

So neither the sporting ambition nor the togetherness fell by the wayside. And in addition to the leg muscles, the laughing muscles were also exercised in many places. No matter how you look at it, one thing is certain: "KIESELMANN, we rocked the Challenge!"

... Offering support

We are also happy to keep our promise to donate to the Familienherberge Lebensweg in Illingen-Schützingen when the distance reaches 40,000 kilometres. With the words "Offer support. Give freedom." the family hostel describes itself as a loving and needs-based retreat for all families with seriously ill children.

KIESELMANN UK: Here's to the next 10 years

The relationship between Great Britain and mainland Europe has been better before. The fact that this is different at the KIESELMANN company is mainly due to one man: Colin Jeffrey. Our man on the island ensures good business even in challenging times. Now he is celebrating his 10th anniversary.

Since 11 September 2011, Colin Jeffrey has been in the service of Her Majesty... in the service of KIESELMANN. Previously, he worked as Project Manager for CAL Systems at InBev. In this role, he got to know Ian Scott, the then Head of KIESELMANN UK. Numerous meetings, such as in 2007 for a 600 double-seat InBev project in Magor, formed a friendship. And it wasn't just the interpersonal fit, the working methods also complemented each other. The logical step followed in 2011, when Colin Jeffrey joined KIESELMANN UK as Sales Engineer.

Shortly afterwards, Ian Scott passed away after a short, serious illness. A painful loss that left a big gap. A gap that only one person could fill, the "new man".

From the headquarters in Germany came the clear signal that the management of the UK office was in good hands with Colin Jeffrey. KIESELMANN Managing Director Klaus Dohle expressed his full confidence in him. And this trust has paid off. Today, KIESELMANN is a "household name" in the UK, especially in the whisky sector.

Or in the words of Colin Jeffrey: "Business has been steady and in particular the whisky industry has grown year on year for us. In October 2014 Paul joined us and has been invaluable in keeping the office going while I go out and about around the country." Colin Jeffrey and his colleague Paul Wainwright have been leading KIESELMANN UK to new successes for years.

Projects such as the new Tullamore Dew Distillery in Ireland, the new Macallan Distillery and Filling Store in Scotland and the fully automated expansion at Aspall Cider in Suffolk are testament to this. As does the continuing collaboration with AB InBev, the largest brewing group in the world. Congratulations on a successful decade & here's to the next 10 years, Colin.

[Translate to Englisch:]

CFIA 2021

Visit the KIESELMANN France team from 09.06.2021 to 11.06.2021 in hall 8 at booth B35 at CFIA 2021 in Rennes, France.


KIESELMANN France is looking forward to an exciting exchange on the topics of valve technology and process control, in compliance with all Corona rules.



Stainless steel tubes quickly available

The KIESELMANN promise

Despite the difficult market situation, we keep our promise to provide you with stainless steel tubes of the highest quality at short notice.

The Plus

Our special service for your next project: the KIESELMANN swap body. A stocked, mobile warehouse at your site on commission - during the entire construction phase.

We will be happy to advise you personally under the telephone number +49 (0)7043 371-0

For more information about our delivery offer, please refer to our new brochure: please click here.

4th generation at KIESELMANN

The year begins with a welcome change.

Caroline Pötzl, née Dohle, has been promoted to the Kieselmann management.

Among the first well-wishers were three women who helped pave this way, Karin Helms-Kieselmann, Rosemarie Zitsch and Renate Dohle. The shareholders have appointed Caroline Pötzl as Managing Director of Kieselmann GmbH with effect from 1 January 2021.

Together with Klaus Dohle, the 33-year-old business economist now forms the dual leadership of the fluid technology company. "I am pleased that entrepreneurial spirit and passion for quality can be inherited," says Klaus Dohle with a smile. He is visibly proud that the family business is now entering its fourth generation.

Despite its rapid growth and global orientation, the KIESELMANN company has always remained true to its traditional values and the Knittlingen location. "Family business is not just a label you can attach to yourself. It is a conviction that you have to live by," says Caroline Pötzl.

For the mother of two, the intergenerational management and the family-friendly workplace design underline this statement. An in-house canteen, kindergarten places for the employees' offspring and an attractive range of leisure activities have made Kieselmann one of the top employers in the region. Caroline Pötzl is determined to continue this success story. 

165 years KIESELMANN

On Thursday, 03 December, the Kieselmann company honoured its jubilarians 2020.

In accordance with the applicable regulations, Klaus Dohle (Management), Karl-Heinz Hamschmidt (Works Council) and Lena Lotspeich (Human Resources) congratulated the nine employees with a temporal and spatial offset.

As the first celebrant, Friederike Körner (Quality Assurance) received a gift basket with tapas from Spain, a bouquet of flowers and the IHK certificate of honour for 25 years at Kieselmann.

Afterwards, the "10-year-olds", Lisa Böhler (Purchasing), Christian Opatz (CNC Milling) David Sailer (Plant Manufacturing), Axel Vollmer (Sales), Michael Stößer (CNC Turning) and Alexander Barho (AV / Construction) were happy about their honour and a "basket full of Spanish delicacies".

Ahmet Ekiz (CNC turning shop) and Jose Guzman-Aguilar (grinding shop) also received numerous words of thanks and a full gift basket for 40 years of service at Kieselmann.

In total, the jubilarians had 165 years of service with the company.

"It makes us proud that the employees feel comfortable with us and show this through their commitment and loyalty to the company.

Two in the team who have supported us for almost half a century and four who have already completed their training with us and are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, that is simply a great record," says Klaus Dohle.

And he adds: "In a year in which many things are different, one thing must not fall by the wayside - appreciation."

Keeping distance and promises

Even in the Corona crisis, we are maintaining our high training ratio. In 2020, KIESELMANN will enable ten young people to start their professional life.

In the commercial sector, two industrial clerk trainees and a specialist for warehouse logistics have started. No fewer than four prospective cutting machine operators, two industrial mechanics and a technical product designer are undergoing training in the industrial-technical field.

But simply carrying on as before is not possible in 2020. We had to adapt our "sponsor concept". This year again, apprentices in the higher years of their apprenticeship will take over an "apprentice sponsorship" and will support the new ones with advice and assistance. Now in compliance with the distance rules.

"The past months have shown us that cohesion is also possible with minimum distance. Our promise is: We offer you the apprenticeship place that suits you and is fun. We are keeping this promise in this special year as well," says Lena Lotspeich, Kieselmann Human Resources Manager. The fact that they keep their word in Knittlingen was evident from the very first day. At the introductory event, good-humoured "newcomers" met committed "godparents" who answered all questions and gave tips.

A successful start to a training course that is fun.


On 1 September 1980 Mr. Guzman-Aguilar had his first working day in the KIESELMANN grinding shop. Soon after, he took over the position of foreman in the department. And that is what he still is today, a master craftsman with joy and commitment.

José Guzman-Aguilar's reliable and conscientious way of working is as well known in the company as his culinary art. The paellas with which he has already conjured up culinary delights at numerous company parties are legendary.

Mr. Guzman-Aguilar deliberately refrains from celebrating an anniversary. Instead of a celebration in his honour, he has requested a vesper for each employee. A double thank you from the KIESELMANN team for the good cooperation and this nice gesture.

The management would like to thank Mr. Guzman-Aguilar for 40 years of commitment and wishes him all the best, much success and joy in his work!

Strong partner for difficult times

Dear customers and partners of KIESELMANN,

"Strong for you" has been a motto of our company for many years. A motto that is more than ever valid these days. We remain strong for you.

Part of this strength is that we do our utmost to be there for you without restrictions. We have changed many things and have done everything to protect our employees in the best possible way. Even if the virus should find a way to us despite all precautions, we are prepared. A closure of entire departments or even the entire company is largely impossible.

You can be assured that we will continue to do our best to supply you with the products from our company. Your personal contact person can be reached as usual by phone and e-mail. For the protection of our and your employees all on-site services are currently suspended.

Our production department works in two shifts to produce for you in compliance with the necessary safety precautions. Since its foundation, the KIESELMANN company has stood for "Made in Germany". In times of the Corona crisis, this is another strength you can rely on.

Thank you very much for placing your trust in us even in these difficult times. We remain strong for you.

I also wish all those who are directly affected by the COVID-19 disease much strength and power.


Klaus Dohle, General Manager KIESELMANN

10 years KIESELMANN Russia


ПОЗДРАВЛЕНИЯ. Congratulations KIESELMANN Russia. Our Russian subsidiary celebrated its 10th anniversary on 21 February. On this occasion, Managing Director Sergey Baranov and his team invited customers and companions to an atmospheric evening. The celebration took place in the premises of the Crocus Expo Center in Moscow.

The past ten years were celebrated in the spirit of the KIESELMANN slogans "Strong for you" and "Passion for quality". Many customers have accompanied Mr. Baranov and his team since the very beginning. Especially in the Russian and transnational dairy sector, the company is the "first choice supplier" for many. Culinary delicacies, a "birthday cake" and live music provided the right festive atmosphere.

The celebration flanked this year's DairyTech exhibition, a mandatory event for the dairy and meat industry. KIESELMANN GmbH sales manager Dieter Biszwurm was also at the anniversary celebration and the trade fair. He praised the success and good cooperation between KIESELMANN Russia and the German colleagues.

3rd place at the XVII Brauer-Ski Cup

From 24 to 26 January it was once again: Beer and skis, we love it! For the 17th time, the piste forwards of the brewers' guild met to compete in the giant slalom. The KIESELMANN "Ski Quartet" also started at this year's Brauer Ski Cup in Rettenberg.

On your mark, get set, and go for the podium. Pascal Bühler, Axel Vollmer, Dan Mayer and Klaus Dohle showed themselves in top form and chased single-mindedly to the podium. Wearing KIESELMANN ski suits, they mastered the giant slalom and secured 3rd place in the sponsors' team classification.

On Saturday evening our team still competed in the brewers' Olympics. In the "competition with guaranteed laughter" they only just missed the podium and placed 4th - a short breath before they went back to the podium. In the combined classification Giant Slalom/Brauer-Olympics it was said once again: "The 3rd place goes to the team "KIESELMANN" from Kieselmann GmbH in Knittlingen."

The résumé of the KIESELMANN starters: Simply great, the Brauer Ski Cup. Also in 2020 everything was right again: From the great organisation to the piste conditions and the great atmosphere in the team. This makes the 18th Brauer-Skip-Cup a welcome "must" for 2021.

New chapters in a success story

On 13 December 2019 a new chapter has begun. For 28 years, the Kieselmann company celebrated its end of the year in the Knittlinger Stadthalle. This is now over. Not with the Christmas party. But with the venue. The space is no longer sufficient.

This year the first celebration was held in the Weissachtalhalle in Freudenstein. The guest list included 380 employees. That is 220 more than at the first celebration in the Knittlingen Stadthalle in 1991. Managing director Klaus Dohle mentioned this healthy growth in his welcoming speech.


He congratulated the employees on another successful business year. Major brewery projects in Germany and Switzerland and an XXL order for almost 2000 ball valves and 50 pigging systems for a customer in the cosmetics industry testify to the company's reputation in the industry. It is thanks to this reputation and the continued commitment of the workforce that the company was able to hold its own very well in a weakening market. 

In challenging times, such as the unscheduled disruption of the high-bay warehouse, the KIESELMänner and KIESELFrauen had shown what they were made of. And the effort was worth it. The expansion of the picking and packing workstations has resulted in a 30% increase in capacity. An increase in performance that also appeals to the customers: as faster delivery.

In addition to the high-bay warehouse, the company has expanded its machinery. In 2019, the original shareholders, Renate Dohle, Karin Helms-Kieselmann and Rosemarie Zitsch, released an investment sum of 5 million euros. Addressing the three Grand Dames of the company, Klaus Dohle thanked them for their extraordinary support.

The company intends to maintain its moderate growth course for 2020. An important innovation, which stands for the future-oriented view of the company and will be online in 2020, is the Kieselmann Business-to-Business Webshop.

After the look into the future followed the look into the past and with it the honours of the jubilees. Thorsten Krieg from the design department and Christine Häusler from the sales department have been accompanying the company for a decade. For a quarter of a century KIESELMANN was honoured Kerstin Grosch (assistant to the management), Dirk Vogler (plant engineering), Yakup Yemenici (CNC turning shop), Holger Kritzer (development), Andreas Rauch (turning and milling shop) and in absence Uwe Braun (sales). Joachim Burkhardt (welding shop), Martin Hruschka (sheet metal shop) and Bernd Wenzdorfer (plant manufacturing) have been loyal to the company for 40 years. 

Thunderous applause was also heard for Günter Plag. The retired personnel manager had returned last year to support his former department once again. Now the KIESELMANN Urgestein was bid farewell after almost 50 years of service.

After the honours Klaus Dohle opened the buffet. Canteen chef Wolfgang Wittig and his team had prepared a varied festive menu. For dessert, there were ice cream variations and a varied entertainment programme for the trainees. The prelude was a humorous review of the year. This was followed by a sketch and a Christmas carol medley. Musically cheerful, the event continued with a party DJ and delicious cocktails. Until further past midnight, people danced, laughed and remembered a beautiful year. A successful start to this new chapter in the Weissachtalhalle.

Photos from the KIESELMANN celebration 2019 can be viewed on Facebook: please click here

[Translate to Englisch:] BrauBeviale 2019 KIESLEMANN

Review BrauBeviale 2019

Three successful and intensive trade fair days lie behind us. From 12th to 14th November the KIESELMANN FLUID PROCESS GROUP with the companies AquaDuna, GROSS Behälterbau, Guth Ventiltechnik, KIESELMANN, KIESELMANN Anlagenbau, KIESELMANN Rus, KIESELMANN UK and RIEGER Behälterbau was at the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg. Our colleagues from India and the USA were at our booth, too.

Throughout the fair, the visitors showed great interest in our exhibits. The KIESELMANN exhibition workshop was also a crowd-puller. Alexander Hauser and Daniel Hidalgo demonstrated live how to fit a blind insert in a valve node, how to change seals and how to change the function of a single-seat valve actuator. For three days, the workshop professionals answered questions and provided practical assistance on all aspects of valve technology and maintenance. 

As the saying goes: a picture says more than a thousand words. We don't know how to calculate the number of words in moving images. But we think the trade fair video is at least as meaningful as a thousand words. See for yourself on Youtube: please click here

You can have a look at some photos of BrauBeviale on our Facebook page.Please click here.

5th KIESELMANN Bicycle Campaign: Together from Knittlingen to Australia

From 15 May to 15 September 2019 the motto was again: get on the saddle, ready, go! 70 employees got on their bikes and took part in the campaign "With the bike to work". This is a new record number of participants. For four months they cycled what their calves could: a total of 14,881 kilometres. This als a new record. The number of kilometres corresponds to the distance from Knittlingen to Australia.

"By bike to work" is also cycling for a good cause. As part of the campaign, the company is donating 1,000 euros to the "Familienherberge Lebensweg". "The KIESELMANN active program promotes the health and well-being of our employees. It is our duty to protect our own health. Out of respect for those who are not healthy. Our donation to the "Family Hostel Lebensweg" is an important contribution to relieve the burden on families with seriously ill children," says KIESELMANN Managing Director Klaus Dohle. More information about the work of the family hostel can be found at: www.familienherberge-lebensweg.de

Three lucky cyclists could be happy about a 150 Euro voucher each. All those who live no less than 1 km away from the company and have come to work at least 25 times by bicycle or e-bike within the campaign period came into the lottery pot.

In the presence of the participants, Klaus Dohle (Managing Director), Gabriele Winkler (Works Council) and Lena Lotspeich (Human Resources), Glücksfee Zoe Deppert (apprentice) reached into the lot three times and pulled: Achim Kauselmann (Development), Andreas Rauch (Turning Shop) and Fabio Paese (CNC Programming). Since there are no losers in this campaign, everyone who has pedalled 25 times received a red KIESELMANN sports shirt. 

Dates of the KIESELMANN exhibition workshop

Dates of the KIESELMANN exhibition workshop

We cordially invite you to visit us at the BrauBeviale 2019, from 12 - 14 November, in the KIESELMANN exhibition workshop. On all three days of the fair we will show you exciting live installations in Hall 9 / 9-349.

Here you will find all information on the individual workshops and the presentation times.

Workshop1: Manifolds

Upgrading valve manifolds cost-effectively and safely

  • 10:00 - 10:30 AM
  • 4:00 - 4:30 PM

Workshop 2: Valves

Automating and maintaining valves

  • 11:00 - 11:30 AM
  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM
  • 5:00 - 5:30 PM

Workshop 3: KI-DS Valves

Changing functions and seats

  • 12:00 - 12:30 PM
  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM
[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN Gemaelde Helms-Kieselmann

Art and passion for quality

Anyone entering the foyer of the KIESELMANN company these days will encounter a radiant smile and radiant colours. A painting by the artist Karin Helms-Kieselmann adorns the reception area and gives it additional radiance.

The daughter of the company founder describes her work of art with the word "courageous". Mrs. Helms-Kieselmann leaves the interpretation of the abstract painting to the viewer. Art is something personal. One robs her of her strength if one pretends too much. The colour combination of strong yellow and red tones has something fiery and passionate about it. In keeping with the company's motto: passion for quality. Green tones spread along the upper edge of the picture and blend into the acrylic painting like a haven of peace. One could see in this the company's attachment to the green hills of its region. The traditional, combined with the fiery reds of progress.

Mrs. Helms-Kieselmann was active in interior design for a long time. From this experience she chose the painting for KIESELMANN. The bold play of colours and the explosive corners and edges of her painting enliven the reception area.

Mrs. Helms-Kieselmann not only has an aesthetic eye for the company. Together with Renate Dohle and Rosemarie Zitsch, she is also involved in the company's economic affairs as a shareholder. And the partners and managing director Klaus Dohle know that this is also an art in itself.

[Translate to Englisch:] Foto_Klaus-Dohle_Daniel_Krueger_ESG-Bretten

Symbols of sustainability

On Tuesday, September 10, Kieselmann Managing Director Klaus Dohle presented Daniel Krüger, headmaster of the Edith-Stein Gymnasium Bretten, with 135 stainless steel drinking bottles.

A special welcome gift for the new pupils of the school year 2019. The fifth graders received their drinking bottle on the following first day of school. Peter Maier from the Friends of ESG Bretten was also present at the presentation. The Circle of Friends had brought the school management and the fluid technology company together to set another example of sustainability.

"We have been using our water dispensers from Stadtwerke since 2017. The drinking bottle enables the new pupils to fill in an environmentally friendly way right from the start. For fewer plastic bottles in the school satchel," says Daniel Krüger. According to Deutsche Umwelthilfe, around 10 million tons of plastic waste end up in the world's oceans every year.

"We must act now to create a future worth living. As a partner and supplier to the food and beverage industry, we know how important clean drinking water is. We are delighted that this campaign is making it easier for young people to gain access and making a small contribution against plastic waste," says Klaus Dohle, adding with a smile: "And we know our way around stainless steel. The Kieselmann company produces valves and plant technology made of stainless steel. Also the drinking bottles of the Knittlinger company are a success. Already on the first day of school many pupils could be seen filling their new, environmentally friendly bottles.


[Translate to Englisch:]

Living history - 4th KIESELMANN alumni meeting

On Friday, 19.07.2019, KIESELMANN invited former employees to the fourth KIESELMANN alumni meeting. Managing Director Klaus Dohle welcomed the guests of honour at 10:30 a.m. in the new company restaurant. KIESELMANN shareholders Rosemarie Zitsch and Renate Dohle also followed the invitation. "It is nice to see you all well again", said Klaus Dohle.

Former employees who had only recently left the company were also present, as were those who had been retired since the 1990s. Klaus Dohle opened the day with a presentation on the past year and a brief outlook on the future. The company recently expanded the picking and packing workstations of its high-bay warehouse. At the same time, the complete conveyor technology of the warehouse was renewed. The measures have resulted in a 30% increase in capacity. After the review of the year, KIESELMANN canteen manager Wolfgang Wittig served delicacies from his kitchen. There was roast roast with Spätzle.

After lunch, Bruno Falk (logistics manager) and André Becker (production manager) guided the former employees in two groups through the production and presented the extended high-bay warehouse and the new robot technology. The company has recently invested in new machines in the welding shop.

After the company tour and a group photo, things got challenging. Klaus Richter (Marketing Manager) turned into a showmaster in the style of the famous german showamster Hans Rosenthal and welcomed the guests to the first KIESELMANN Quiz. Ten questions about bigger and smaller milestones of the company had to be answered.

So they puzzled, appreciated and typed and in the end one winner was determined: Günter Plag. The former personnel manager had answered almost all questions correctly. A second prize went to Rudi Payer. He only just lost to Günter Plag when asked how many individual parts the KIESELMANN artwork consists of.

Would you like to guess? You can have a look at a small picture of the picture here:KIESELMANN artwork(You will find the answer at the end of this text)

After the award ceremony they stayed together for a while with coffee and cake, talked about the numerous impressions of the alumni meeting 2019 and let a nice day end in a family circle.

Answer: The KIESELMANN artwork consists of four hundred individual parts.

KIESELMANN is on track: Kraichgau CityCup 2019

Last Saturday, July 13th, 20 KIESELMANN runners started at the Sparkasse Kraichgau CityCup in Bretten. 8 KIESELMANN Kids also took part.

After a week soaked in rain, there was a central question: "Will it stay dry?". Yes, it stayed that way. Also the thermometer did not climb into the red area. Optimal conditions, which ensured a good mood in the KIESELMANN team even before the start. The KIESELMANN Kids started the race. For them it was 16:45 o'clock on the 800-metre distance. At the finish Fynn Bohner (6th place), Julian Philipp Sedello (8th place), Erika Luisa Sedello (7th place) and Leni Rauch (9th place) were happy about top ten placings in their age groups.

At 17:15 the starting signal was given for the 1600-metre distance of the U16 runners. Maurice Reinmuth sprinted in the red KIESELMAMN Kids Shirt to 3rd place in his age group classification. Elisabeth Julia Sedello (6th place) and Marlon Reinmuth (7th place) also achieved great results in their year.

Then 14 KIESELMANN runners gathered behind the starting line for the 5-kilometre run. The best result was achieved by Holger Kritzer, 1st place in his age group. Michael Reinmuth came 5th in the same age group. Further top places were achieved by Leon Chalupsky (2nd place, U23), Julius Heim (3rd place, men), Valentin Rigo (3rd place, M30), Klaus Wiederspohn (5th place, M45), Ilona Dittes (6th place, M45) and Ilona Dittes (6th place, U23). Place, W60), Boris Findling (7th place, M40), Elke Deeß (8th place, W60), Kerstin Grosch (9th place, W50), Daniel Balogh (11th place, U18) and Jennifer Domes (11th place, W30).

At 7 p.m. 6 KIESELMANN runners started on the 10 kilometre route. Dirk Vogler from plant engineering achieved the best result. He crossed the finish line after 45:35 minutes and finished 4th in his age group.

We thank all KIESELMANN runners for the great atmosphere in the team - and congratulate them on the great results.

More photos of the KIESELMANN Runners can be found on our Facebook page: Please click here

A good team: KIESELMANN and VfB Bretten

On Wednesday, 10.07.2019, players of the youth teams of VfB Bretten visited KIESELMANN GmbH to inform themselves about the training offer of the Knittlinger company. The coaches and parents of the players were also invited to the evening to get to know each other. Dirk Vogler, project manager of KIESELMANN Anlagenbau and youth trainer of VfB Bretten, brought the sports club and the industrial company together.

We started at 6:00. KIESELMANN personnel manager Lena Lotspeich welcomed the guests in the company restaurant of the family business and presented the training occupations from A for plant engineer, plant mechanic, I for industrial clerk to Z for machining mechanic. The trainers, Alexander Hauser, Sebastian Marquart, Wolfgang Wilhelm and Klaus Zimmermann, then took the young goal scorers to various workplaces and talked about the relevant training profiles.

Team spirit and fair play were the main topics at the joint dinner in the company restaurant. Just like on the football pitch, rules for fairness and equal opportunities also apply to training. "So far, we have offered all our trainees working conditions," says Lena Lotspeich. In addition to an attractive training place, the company also offers numerous benefits, such as the company restaurant with daily fresh food, trainee days, numerous sports activities and a company football team.

"Of course, we don't want to poach any players now, just offer another career opportunity next to the football pitch," commented Fabian Gerst, (Human Resources) the event with a wink.

You can view more photos of the event on our Facebook page: Please click here

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANNvsFelss

KIESELMANN Kickers versus Felss Rotaform: Seven in one sweep

On Friday, 24 May, the KIESELMANN company football team met the team from Felss Rotaform. The kick-off was at 17:30 on the green of the SV Gölshausen.

In the beginning the KIESELMANN Kickers had difficulties to find their rhythm. This discrepancy was also punished promptly. In the 5th minute the first goal was scored. The Felss fans cheered, the KIESELMANN 11 woke up.

After the wake-up call, the tide turned. The answer to the 1:0 was given by Lucas Eisenmann. After the equalization, our kickers set the pace until the halftime whistle. At the start of the second half, the Felss team could once again place the ball in the goal of Matti Dobler.

Time to gather and prove your will to win. Our team, cheered on by numerous colleagues, determined the game over long distances. This effort was rewarded. Valentin Rigo, Luca Rexer, Julian Frick and Zoltan Nagy joined Lucas Eisenmann on the scoring list. With two goals each Julian and Zoltan also turned once again properly at the result. The final score was 7:2 for KIESELMANN.

A great team effort.

We would like to thank our kickers and the numerous "fans" who pushed the team from the sidelines. A big thank you goes also to the players of the Felss Rotaform company team for the fair, friendly game and to the SV Gölshausen 1947 e. V. for the hospitality and great caterings.

On the KIESELMANN Facebook page you can view more photos of the friendly match: Please click here

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN Erweiterung Hochregallager Mai 2019

Capacity increase for faster deliveries

The expansion of picking and packing stations at the KIESELMANN high-bay warehouse has been completed. We also took this opportunity to renew the warehouse’s conveyor technology in full, and these measures will increase capacity by 30%. An improvement in performance that reaches you: with faster deliveries.

At this point, we would like to apologise for the delivery delays that have occurred in the past few days as a result of unexpected problems with commissioning. We are working hard to get through the backlog. Thanks to the new workstations, faster conveyor technology and optimised control, we are on a very good and direct path. Thank you for your understanding.

We will make up for this in June. Two additional lines will create space for approx. 1000 new pallets. We will quite literally have more in store for you!

New Look & Update

On Friday, March 1, 2019, the colleagues of the field and office staff met with members of the Fluid Process Group here in Knittlingen for the first national sales meeting in 2019. The event was attended by representatives of AquaDuna, VA Food Processing, Rieger Behälterbau, Gross Behälterbau, Ruland, Guth Ventiltechnik and Kieselmann Anlagenbau.

The meeting also provided the perfect setting for the inauguration of the recently completed "cafeteria" of the KIESELMANN training room. The newly designed recreation area was an invitation to a relaxed discussion during the breaks and was immediately well received by the participants. The new design and appearance are pleasing.

Not in a new look, but with updated contents our online product catalogue comes along. The update 02/2019 is now online. Take a look at it now!:  bit.ly/KIESELMANN_PC17-0219

Every year, we get on our skis

Knittlingen, Friday 22 February 2019, local time 5:45 a.m., outside temperature 2 degrees plus. There is no snow to be seen far and wide. But in Paul-Kieselmann-Straße there is a group of men and women with winter sports equipment. A clear sign that the annual KIESELMANN Ski Weekend is imminent.

At 6:00 a.m. it's off to the asphalt slope in the direction of snow flurries. Almost five hours by bus and a hearty breakfast later the KIESELMANN troop stops in the Austrian Vorarlberger Land. It rains at the Damüls valley station. But the Elsenalpstube mountain inn is located at an altitude of 1850 metres. So with the lift "aufi" and let's see what it looks like up there. No rain. But snow and modest visibility. The weather is cloudy, the mood is not. And so it says: On the skis, ready and go on the piste. In the afternoon we meet for après-ski at the bar.

A feel-good factor of 100 in awesome weather

On Saturday morning Saint Peter is in a good mood and is conjuring up a great weather for the firmament. The KIESELMANN team doesn't last long in the Elsenalpstube. Saturday evening begins with a wine tasting in Gilbert's wine cellar. The extraordinary ambience of the "wine cave" carved into a rock, the exquisite wines and the anecdotes of the host of Elsenalp weave an unforgettable evening. There is agreement on that. And in vino veritas.

Sunday lives up to its name and shines with the faces of the KIESELMANN piste strikers. And so under a blue sky the snow is whirled up once more. Great atmosphere, skiing fun and great hosts: Damüls, see you in 2020!

You can view more photos of the KIESELMANN ski weekend on our Facebook page: bit.ly/KKSki2019

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN Brauer-Ski-Cup 2019

Fast and furios: KIESELMANN at the Brewer-Ski Cup 2019

This year, the skiers of the brewing guild once again strapped their skis under their feet to compete in the Brauer-Ski-Cup from January 25th to 27th. In the giant slalom our KIESELMANN "Ski Quartet" just missed the third place. But this did not detract from the good atmosphere in the team and in the exchange with the other ski enthusiasts, especially the Schönram brewery. And next year it's off to the podium.

[Translate to Englisch:] Knittlinger Ausbildungsstellenboerse 2019

A Highlight at the 20th Knittlinger apprenticeship exchange

On Saturday, 26th January 2019, the Knittlinger Ausbildungsstellenbörse took place for the 20th time in the foyer of the Dr. Johannes Faust School. And of course we from KIESELMANN were also represented again with our own stand. This year we had a very special highlight at our booth: Using virtual reality glasses, we "beamed" the students and their parents into the Swiss Doppelleu Brewery. The viewers could overcome space and time and float through the three-dimensional fermentation and storage cellar of the brewery. You can now watch the 360-degree video on YouTube: Please click here More than 30 training companies from the region were on site. The numerous schoolchildren and parents who attended the fair were able to find out about various job profiles at the stands. KIESELMANN presented the following training occupations and study courses: • Industriekaufmann/-frau
• Fachkraft für Lagerlogistik
• Technische/-r Produktdesigner/-in
• Industriemechaniker/-in
• Anlagenmechaniker/-in
• Zerspanungsmechaniker/-in
• Duales Vollzeitstudium (Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Engineering) In some classrooms, speakers gave lectures on different training occupations. Mrs. Lotspeich, trainer of the company KIESELMANN, introduced the profession "plant mechanic". At the beginning of the presentation Mrs. Lotspeich showed our training film. It offers a good overview of the various training opportunities at KIESELMANN. Have you already seen it on YouTube? You can take a look at it here: Please click here

Further photos of the KIESELMANN stand at the 20th Knittlinger Ausbildungsstellenbörse can be viewed on our Facebook page. Please click here

The atmospheric end of a successful year

In the early evening of 14.12.2018 the December wind carried a cheerful babble of voices across the forecourt of the Knittlinger Stadthalle. The interior of the festively decorated multi-purpose hall was already filled with KIESELMANN employees. The management and the works council of the company had invited to the annual celebration in 2018. In his welcoming address, Managing Director Klaus Dohle spoke of another labour-intensive year of success. He praised the dedication of the staff, to whom it was thanks that one could once again draw such a successful balance. In the past twelve months, the number of employees in Knittlingen had risen from 347 to 377. The KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group has also grown: the company Gross Behälterbau GmbH in Steißlingen on Lake Constance. KIESELMANN has had another record year. The company was able to achieve its sales targets early on and even surpass them in the year ahead. In Knittlingen alone, KIESELMANN recorded a turnover high of 70 million euros. Within the entire Fluid Process Group (FPG), 180 million euros were achieved.

Largest single order
Last year's highlight was the "Expansion of the fermentation and storage cellar" project at the Königs Pilsener Brewery in Duisburg. An impressive project by the company KIESELMANN Anlagenbau, in which almost 1,000 valves from Knittlingen are installed. The project is the largest single order in the company's history to date. "Despite Brexit chaos, international conflicts of action and timid economic forecasts, we at KIESELMANN are optimistic. We also expect full capacity utilization in 2019," Klaus Dohle concluded his global analysis. In 2019, the company is investing 3.5 to 4 million euros, including in the expansion of its high-bay warehouse. In this context, Klaus Dohle expressed his special thanks to the shareholders who approved these funds.

Investments pay off
By 2017, the shareholders had already released 7 million euros for the new production hall with canteen and offices. This largest single investment has already paid off. Final assembly was relocated to the new hall. The canteen is also always well frequented. A fact that is not least due to the cooking skills of canteen boss Wolfgang Wittig. He was also responsible for the refinements of this evening's festive menu. But before Klaus Dohle opened the buffet, the jubilarians of the year were honoured.

Honours and farewells
Noreen Weinmann, Philipp Sedello, Fabio Paese, Marina Jenner, Sebastian Marquart, Oliver Stezelberger, Marc Traub, Dominic Rieth and Timo Pirchmoser were awarded for 10 years of service. Gerhard Zymla has been with the company for 25 years. Werner Nitsch and Lucie Dürr received an honorary certificate from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for 40 years of loyalty to the company. Jürgen Dähne, Roland Kratzmeier, Albert Bajas, Miftar Gashi, Edwin Beisel, Klaus Kehrer and Günter Plag retired. "As a future-oriented company, we are grateful for any kind of stability and continuity. We are proud of our traditionally low fluctuation and the above-average length of service of you, our employees," Klaus Dohle addressed his words to those celebrating the anniversary. After the honours of the anniversary celebrants, Klaus Dohle opened the festive buffet.

Strong team
The KIESELMANN tradition also includes a short presentation of the first year trainees and a review of the year compiled by trainees. A joyful reminiscence and hearty laughter of the KIESEL men and women accompanied the review of the year. Also during the following dance performance of the trainees no eye remained dry. The trainees heated up the invited guests to the soccer hit "Waka Waka" by the Colombian singer Shakira. Now it was time for the employees to swing their dancing legs. The DJ played the first party hits and the bartenders mixed alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The seats were quickly emptied and the dance floor filled with the good-humoured KIESELMANN staff, who danced in the disco light until well after midnight. When the lights went on again in the Festhalle, everyone agreed: This was a celebration worthy of a successful year.

You can see more photos of the celebration on the KIESELMANN Facebook page: Please click here.

[Translate to Englisch:] Ausbildungstag 2018 Knittlingen

10th day of training at Kieselmann

On Thursday, 9.11.2018, we had 54 trainees visiting us for the 10th day of training. Lena Lotspeich welcomed the guests, who had also arrived from Rieger and Guth, punctually at 8 o'clock. Caroline Pötzl then took the floor and introduced the KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group.

At 8:45 a.m. the day's program began with a communicative get-to-know game, moderated by Eva Reinhardts from the vocational training company hiwentis in Sternenfels. Afterwards she conducted an interactive training with the trainees on the topic of tolerance. At 11:45 a.m., canteen manager Wolfgang Wittig invited them to a delicious lunch. For the subsequent group photo, a small digestive walk into the new final assembly was scheduled. Markus Haller from BARMER Krankenkasse then spoke about the dos and don'ts in everyday business life, the business etiquette.

At 2:15 p.m. all trainees were sitting in the bus in the direction of Vaihingen Enz. The destination of the short trip was the Ensinger Mineralquelle site. Here the trainees could take a look at the production and see the products of their companies live in action. Around 17.00 o'clock it went back to Knittlingen. Once there, the 10th day of training ended with a delicious dinner in a good mood.

You can see more photos of the 10th training day on our Facebook page: Please click here

Intervitis 2018

Meet the KIESELMANN exhibition team from 4 to 6 November at the leading trade fair for the entire process chain: the INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA. Every two years, technology for wine, juice and specialty crops is presented there. The German Viticulture Association (DWV) and the German Agricultural Society (DLG) support the association.

We congratulate Paul Schreiter to a 1st place and a 3rd place

Paul Schreiter from Dürrenbüchig took third place in the state competition of the German craft trades in the training occupation of tank and apparatus constructor. As early as the beginning of October, the 22-year-old qualified for the state competition as the winner of the Karlsruhe Chamber of Skilled Crafts. Craftsmanship and the skilful processing of his journeyman's piece, a stainless steel container with a diameter of 300 mm, had brought him victory at chamber level.

Here at KIESELMANN, he produced the award-winning final thesis. Paul Schreiter completed his early training as a tank and apparatus builder in July. "We are very proud of Mr. Schreiter. The chamber victory and the top position in the state competition underline his very good training performance", congratulates Lena Lotspeich, Human Resources Manager at Kieselmann GmbH.

Since 1951, the best up-and-coming craft talents at chamber, state and federal level have been determined in Germany in the "Profis leisten was" (PLW) competition. This year, 45 men and 19 women took part in 38 competitive professions in the district of the Karlsruhe Chamber of Crafts. The associates and journeymen had to prove their skills in specific competition tasks.


[Translate to Englisch:] Messevorschau BrauBeviale 2018 KIESELMANN

KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group: 360-degree solutions

The Kieselmann Fluid Process Group presents 360-degree solutions at the BrauBeviale in Hall 9/9-304. The range of products offered by the group extends from individual components to customised systems for the brewery and beverage industry.

The group grew to 12 companies in 2018. The new addition: Gross Behälterbau. Kieselmann, Kieselmann Anlagenbau, Rieger Behälterbau, Guth Ventiltechnik, AquaDuna and Gross Behälterbau will present a selection of their services tailored to breweries at the fair. Highlights include long-stroke valves, control valves with Bluetooth control, the trend-setting Kieselmann double-seat valves and valve control heads. The latter are available in many different versions, from PLC, ASI bus, IO-Link, with position feedback and with configurable LED colour display.

Visitors can experience the concentrated strength of the Fluid Process Group in a “Virtual Reality Experience”. Computer-controlled 3-D glasses give the impression of being beamed directly from the Kieselmann exhibition stand into the fermenting cellar of the “Brauwerkstatt Doppelleu” 400 kilometres away. “We tested the 3-D glasses and are thrilled. A slight head movement is enough to discover new details in the fermentation cellar. It’s a fascinating way to visualise a project and convey information in a living way,” reports Klaus Dohle, managing director of KIESELMANN GmbH, about his personal experience. The Doppelleu fermenting cellar was designed by Kieselmann Anlagenbau and carried out with tanks, pipes, valves and cleaning technology from the Fluid Process Group companies.

New records at the 4th KIESELMANN Bicycle Campaign

From 15 May to 15 September 2018, KIESELMANN once again ridden a lot of bicycles! The fourth year of the "Take your bike to work" campaign was marked by new records. The number of participants, 63 employees, exceeded the previous years.

Already the number of participants of 63 employees exceeded the previous years. "We are very pleased about the great response. Every 6th employee took part in the campaign," says Human Resources Manager Lena Lotspeich. The cyclists pedalled for four months and, with a total distance of 12,370 kilometers, surpassed the previous year's mark.

This "KIESELMANN aktiv" programme item combines the pleasure of cycling with a good cause. Following the campaign, KIESELMANN will donate a sum of money to the "Family Hotel Lebensweg". "We have created the KIESELMANN active program for the well-being and health promotion of our employees. Our donation to the "Family Hostel Lebensweg" supports an institution that relieves families with seriously ill children in their daily work", says KIESELMANN Managing Director Klaus Dohle.

A prize draw created an additional incentive to demand as many kilometres as possible from the bicycle. Anyone who lives no less than one kilometre away from the company and came by bicycle or e-bike at least 25 times during the campaign period found their name in the lottery pot. On September 28th the lucky fairy Zoe Deppert drew the names of the three winners: Philipp Sedello (plant engineering), Alexander Neff (AV) and Norbert Schmid (logistics) are now owners of a new eBook Reader.

A strong partnership: German-Russian Days at KIESELMANN

From 17 to 21 September we had the colleagues from KIESELMANN Rus, KIESELMANN Rus Süd and KIESELMANN Belarus on a visit. On the agenda were trainings, hands on trainings, plant visits and company visits. A German-Russian week at KIESELMANN, dedicated to new valve technology and sales strategies.

On Monday, September 17, KIESELMANN Managing Director Klaus Dohle and Sales Manager Dieter Biszwurm welcomed the delegation in Knittlingen. After a company tour Dieter Biszwurm spoke about the national and international objectives of KIESELMANN Germany. In this context he also praised the successful German-Russian cooperation since the foundation of KIESELMANN Rus. The Tuesday morning began with a lecture by process engineer Michael Reinmuth on pigging technology. Afterwards Dieter Biszwurm talked about the strengths of our valves and presented innovations. On the following day, the Russian colleagues were able to put the products through their paces. During the "Hands on Training" with Alexander Hauser, they were able to put their knowledge to practical use.

On Wednesday afternoon they went to the AquaDuna company. In Sternenfels, a small town only a few kilometres away from the KIESELMMANN headquarters, the KI-Top valve actuators are conceived and their inner workings manufactured. The company, which belongs to the Fluid Process Group, also develops the cleaning technology for the group of companies. After the tour stop at AquaDuna, they went on to Stuttgart.

The Russian delegation used the program-free Thursday to take a look at the state capital and read the information of the preceding days. On Friday, a visit to VA GmbH Gesellschaft für Food-Processing in Stuttgart was on the agenda. Mr. Schenzle from the management presented the Fluid Process Group company and its membrane filtration technology. In the dairy industry, membrane filtration complements or completely replaces the tried and tested thermal processes. The Russian delegation spent the last evening of this eventful week in a relaxed atmosphere in downtown Stuttgart. On the following day, the plane took off again from Stuttgart in the direction of Moscow.

Do Skorogo!

KIESELMANN Kickers: Brilliant parades and late goals

On Friday, September 7th, the KIESELMANN company football team competed in the local derby at the Weisach Stadium in Knittlingen. The friendly match against the Neumo company has been an integral part of the Knittlingen Sports Festival for years.

When the game was kicked off at 6 pm, numerous colleagues had already mixed among the spectators to cheer on the KIESELMANN Kickers. Our 16 man strong squad was hungry for victory and sent a highly motivated starting eleven to the field. Even the Neumo team presented itself in the first half of the game strong and defensive. So the KIESELMANN Kickers could not reward themselves with a goal despite good passes, passionate runs and playful cleverness. But not only the attack was ambitious, also the defense was closed and prevented that Neumo came to the end.

Half time: 0:0. Kick-off for the second half and appearance of Fatih Yesildag. The KIESELMANN goalkeeper parried a penalty and flew and hechtete from one brilliant parade to the next. After the penalty our team got new wind. Jens Schabinger, who had spent the first half coaching at the edge of the field, changed, took a heart and scored a dream goal to 1:0 by long-range shot. Why not immediately so, thought Andre Link and shot shortly afterwards the 2-0 winning goal.

A successful interplay. Also new players, like Julian Stimpfl, were immediately integrated into the team and showed full commitment. The morning before the match, Julian Stimpfl had taken part in the introductory event for new trainees and had met some of his teammates for the first time during the company tour. We think such a victory is a good start to training for a prospective industrial clerk. We wish him and all the new trainees further victories and congratulate our KIESELMANN Kickers on their great team performance.

11 new members in the Kieselmann team

At the beginning of September we welcomed our new trainees. 11 young people started their careers at KIESELMANN these days. We are looking forward to one trainee as an industrial clerk, one prospective industrial clerk, four machining mechanics, two industrial mechanics, two plant mechanics and one trainee, who will start his career with us as a specialist for warehouse logistics.

The first KIESELMANN day began with a friendly "Hello and welcome" from their future colleagues. The "godparents" also welcomed the trainees and answered their first questions. The KIESELMANN "trainee sponsorship" makes trainees of the higher apprenticeship years the first point of contact for the new trainees. "From apprentice to apprentice it is sometimes easier to ask a question. Sponsorship is also a great thing for apprentices in their senior years. We show them that we value their know-how and commitment," says Kieselmann Human Resources Manager Lena Lotspeich. During the company tour and the joint meal in the company canteen, the "new" and the "old" employees already exchanged a lot. We wish all trainees a good start. Welcome to the team!

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN RentnerInnen 2018

Living history: Third KIESELMANN pensioners meeting

On Friday, 20 July 2017, KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle welcomed former employees to the third KIESELMANN alumni meeting.. Among the numerous guests of honour were KIESELMANN shareholders Rosemarie Zitsch and Renate Dohle. "It's nice to see so much lively KIESELMANN history”, said Klaus Dohle. Former members who recently retired from the company took part in the day of recognition as well as those whose last working days were in the 1990s.

In the new company canteen, they were served a hearty “Weißwurst breakfast” with pretzels, Leberkäs, Obazda, beer and soft drinks. It was proper fortification for taking a tour together with Klaus Dohle through the pastKIESELMANN year. The building complex where the meeting took place was inaugurated in late 2017. The pensioners had just visited the building shell last year. Now they sat in the inviting company canteen and marvelled at the machinery of the new production hall and the offices of Pharmatec GmbH. The two production managers Dietmar Kappus and André Becker and Pharmatec managing director René Schuler led the alumni through the premises in three groups.

Following the companytour, Christian Ernst, senior project manager for large-scale brewing projects at KIESELMANN Anlagenbau, presented the Doppelleu Braukeller Virtual Reality Experience. It offered an animated 360-degree tracking shot through the fully glazed fermenting cellar of the Swiss Craft Beer Brewer. The imposing system was planned by KIESELMANN Anlagenbau and implemented with components from the FLUID PROCESS GROUP. “It is crazy what you can do now. It was a very special experience” said a spectator about the presentation.

After all the new impressions, the pensioners could exchange their thoughts over coffee and cake in a relaxed way. A lot of laughter and memories of old times at the KIESELMANN Kaffeeklatsch: There were very personal KIESELMANN stories, which formed a colourful mosaic of the company.

You can see more photos of the third KIESELMANN pensioners meeting on Facebook: Please click here.

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN CityCup2018 Team

KIESELMANN continues to be goal-oriented: Top times at CityCup 2018

On 14 July, 36 KIESELMANN runners went to the starting line at the Kraichgau CityCup 2018.. Including 8 KIESELMANN kids, who received their starting numbers under a bright sunny sky. Things got started at 4:45 pm with the 800-metre run for under ten-year-olds. Four-year-old Fynn Bohner from the KIESELMANN Kids Team also scored 3rd place in his age group.

At 5:15 pm the starting signal was given for the U16 runners. Jonas Stezelberger ran the 1600 metres unrivaled for 1st place in his age group. High temperatures and an arm injury could not stop Maurice Reinmuth. He scored second place in the 2007 group. Mia Stezelberger and Selina Kratzmeier in their yellow KIESELMANN shirts were also happy about their 3rd and 4th place finish in their age groups.

In the 5-kilometre race, 21 KIESELMANN runners competed with 228 other participants. Andre Link sprinted through the finish as the best KIESELMANN runner. He received first place in his age group with a time of 24:10 minutes. Tilo Oehme scored second place in the U23 juniors. Daniel Hidalgo and Marcel Gottke finished in 6th place, Markus Bohner and Matthias Pötzl in 7th place and Michael Reinmuth in 8th place in their age groups. Edgar Kratzmeier made a point landing in the top ten. He was tenth in the age group M55. For Fabian Hidalgo, the 1600 metres for the U16 was too short. He started the 5000 circuit and sprinted directly to first place among the U16 runners with a time of 26:41 minutes.

There were two toprankings for the KIESELMANN women. Caroline Pötzl and Isolde Dohle passed the finish line as second best in their respective age group. Lena Lotspeich was seventh and Jennifer Domes 10th in her age group.

In the supreme event of the CityCup, the 10,000 metre race, 7 KIESELMANN runners started with 119 other runners. With a time of 48.17 minutes, Dirk Vogler placed fourth in his age group. Olaf Kiefer (5th place), Christian Löffler (6th place) and Leo Olfert (8th place) also came in the top ten for their respective age groups.

We want to congratulate all KIESELMANN runners on theirgreat results. The great atmosphere in the team is also reflected in the overall ranking. The KIESELMANN team took second place in the list of kilometres covered this year. Tilo Oehme won the Rewe shopping voucher associated with this placement by lottery.

You can view more photos of the Kraichgau CityCup on KIESELMANN’s Facebook page: please click here .

[Translate to Englisch:] Technik-Klassen der Dr. Johannes-Faust-Realschule zu Besuch bei KIESELMANN.

Second “Experience Education” cooperative event

Technical classes from theDr. Ing. Johannes Faust Realschule visiting KIESELMANN.

It is said that everyone holds the key to their own success. The matching key fob was given to 19 ninth graders from the Dr. Johannes Faust Realschule when they visited us on 13 June.

For a whole morning, the teenagers had time to get to know our company and its industrial-technicaltraining programme. The technology-enthusiastic students looked over the shoulders of apprentices and their instructors and also tried out the workstations. The students received live and direct answers to their questions at different workstations.

What is the job of an industrial machinist? How big are the plants that one handles as a plant machinist? What do you do as a cutting machine operator? This morning, the answer to this question was: 19 key fobs. By turning and milling, raw material was used to create a laser-marked stainless steel key fob with the name of the student. The students and their teacher, Mr Fisser, were enthusiastic. “This is a great opportunity for the students to get a taste of the apprentice trades and to see first-hand what the requirements are. It is also nice to see how much fun it can be to learn a profession”, commented Mr Fisser on the cooperation.

Lena Lotspeich, HR manager at   Kieselmann also drew a positive summary: "This was the second event of this kind, which we organised in cooperation with Dr. Ing. Johannes Faust Realschule. We are completely satisfied and would like to thank Mr Fisser and the management of Dr. Ing. Johannes Faust Realschule for the very good cooperation. And of course we would be happy to see some of the students again as KIESELMANN apprentices next year”, said Lena Lotspeich with an eye toward the start of training in 2019.

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN Internationale Vertriebstage Gruppenbild2018

KIESELMANN International Sales Days 2018

Three days of global success: the International Sales Days 2018. From the 26-28 June we had sales partners from 12 countries visiting Knittlingen. The new and established strengths of the KIESELMANN portfolio stood at the centre of addresses for the colleagues from Kieselmann France, Kieselmann UK, Kieselmann Liquid Processing Equipment (Beijing), Carein, Denwel, BCG, DFB, Aegir, S.K.S, Difusa, Fagerberg, Técnica de Fluidos, Rodger Industries

It started on Tuesday morning with training by the development manager Uwe Heisswolf on valve control heads. Immediately afterwards, he introduced the AquaDuna cleaning technology and the recently optimised KIESELMANN tank dome fitting. The morning ended with a presentation by sales manager Dieter Biszwurm about valve manifolds. After the lunch break, a tour of the factory was on the agenda. The participants went into the heart of the company: production and manufacturing. The newmachine park in hall 7, which was inaugurated in 2017, received a particularly appreciative appraisal. In the evening people met in Bretten in the restaurant Brettener Hundle to close the first day in a cosy atmosphere.

On Wednesday morning, Thomas Dreisigacker, sales manager at Guth Ventiltechnik, welcomed the international colleagues. The presentation by the Landauer Fluid Process Group member was followed by a lecture by Uwe Heisswolf on control valves. In the afternoon, Uwe Heisswolf and Sebastian Gensheimer, Head of QS, talked about aftersales services and quality assurance. After the lunch break, Jürgen Raichle introduced his specialist area in plant construction to the audience: pigging technology. The evening concluded in the restaurant Schweizer Hof in Bretten.

On Thursday, the last day of the international sales training, regular, double and single-seat valves as well as the popular “hands on training” were on the day’s programme. During the hands on training, the listeners became users, moving away from theory to practice. At the final dinner at the Restaraunt Bona in Diedelsheim, the international company spent a long time exchanging views on the new products and features on Thursday evening. The International Sales Days 2018 can be summed up in a few words:a good mood and lots of information .

More photos can be seen on Facebook: Please click here.

[Translate to Englisch:] Neues GROSS Behälterbau Logo

KIESELMANN takes over Gross Behälter- und Anlagenbau

under the new name GROSS Behälterbau GmbH.

With retroactive effect from May 15, Gross Behälter- und Anlagenbau GmbH was integrated into the KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group under the new name GROSS Behälterbau GmbH. As a result, the continued existence of the company, which was facing insolvency-related closure before the takeover, is secured.

From now on, Gross will complement the Fluid Process Group company Rieger Behälterbau in stainless steel tank construction. “With Gross we welcome another experienced and well- trained team to the Fluid Process Group. Building on decades of experience Gross will continue to design, manufacture and assemble quality stainless steel containers in Steißlingen”, said KIESELMANN manager Klaus Dohle.

Dan Mayer, who has already successfully directed Rieger Behälterbau, will take over the management of Gross: “We know what Gross can do. We will continue to use these strengths to successfully realise projects”, commented Dan Mayer on the takeover.

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN vs. Neff 2018

KIESELMANN players and the Neff vs. Neff duel

Last Friday, 18 May, the KIESELMANN company football team played against the Neff company team in the Talbach Stadium of the TSV 1891 Rinklingen. The start was at 7:00 pm, and from the start the KIESELMANN Kickers had the ball under control. However, the team failed to exploit the first good opportunities. A shot by Patrick Dolt broke the spell and gave KIESELMANN a 1-0 lead.

The tempo increased and every ball was won and defended in the best football weather. Many passionate duels called the referee to the scene. So the first goal for the Neff team was also a penalty. In the second half of the game, there was another penalty in favour of the Brettener and thus a direct duel of Neff against Neff. Substitute KIESELMANN goalkeeper Alexander Neff lost out and Neff's penalty-taker shot the ball safely in the goal. Once again, the referee had to call a penalty. Patrick Dolt stood for KIESELMANN, kept his nerve and kicked the ball safely in the Neff goal.

The KIESELMANN Kickers scored four more goals in the game, leaving it at 6-2 for the final whistle. A great result for the KIESELMANN 11. In the end, Patrick Dolt and Pascal Legner had two goals each. Christian Hidalgo and KIESELMANN captain Jens Schabinger hit the scoresheet with one goal. Despite the three penalised fouls, the game was characterised by a fair, sporting competition. This was also reflected in the handshakes and congratulations exchanged after the game.

More photos of the game can be seen on our Facebook page: please click here.

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN und FV Knittlingen 01

Opportunities for advancement: FV Knittlingen and KIESELMANN cooperate

On Thursday, 26 April 2017, FV Knittlingen was our guest.

It all began at 6:00 pm with a short welcome speech from KIESELMANN HR Manager Lena Lotspeich in the company restaurant. 11 A and B youth players, coaches and club officials as well as interested parents received an invitation. Lena Lotspeich presented the company and the commercial and occupational training at the Knittlinger family business to the players. Instructors from various departments accompanied the players during the tour of the factory and introduced them to the workplaces and areas of activity. There is a wide range of training options: from plant machinists to industrial clerk to cutting machine operator, there is something for everyone. After the tour, KIESELMANN chef Wolfgang Wittig served everyone present.

The motto of the evening was: Success as a team. The players and instructors at KIESELMANN exchanged views on team spirit and fair play. They quickly found the similarities between sports and education together. Both in education and on the football field, there are rules that are important in order to create fairness and equal opportunities. This resulted in interesting discussions, in which all present took active part. It was agreed that a team grows together if you have common goals. The cup, the successful degree, the promotion, hiring after the end of the training.

KIESELMANN is proud of its high hiring ratio. “Our continuous growth enables us to hire our apprentices after training into a permanent employment relationship”, said HR Manager Lena Lotspeich. And we want to continue this high hiring ratio. “Of course, this also requires that our apprentices complete their training successfully and remain loyal to us”, explained Lena Lotspeich. For this reason, in addition to an attractive training position, the company also offers a wide range of benefits.

The FV Knittlingen not only offers its players perspectives in sports with this cooperation, but also supports them in the search for training positions. After an enthusiastic reception about training and football, the FV players and the KIESELMANN team parted ways around 8 pm with a friendly: “Goodbye”. FV Knittlingen executive Marcus Egler thanked KIESELMANN for the invitation and the nice exchange, and Lena Lotspeich also thanked the players and their companions for their interest.

More pictures of the evening can be found on our Facebook page: Link

[Translate to Englisch:] Spundapparat

NEW: KIESELMANN bung valve now with plastic adjusting nut

From now KIESELMANN bunging devices will have a plastic adjusting nut (POM polyoxymethylene). The POM plastic has very good mechanical properties and the advantage that the “seizure” of the thread can be excluded with frequent adjustment of the pressure range. Another advantage of the plastic is its high chemical resistance to common cleaning agents. The housing of the adjusting nut with the scale is still made of stainless steel.

Do you have any questions about our new plastic adjusting nut? We are happy to answer you  in writing or by phone: 07043 371-0

[Translate to Englisch:] Gruppenbild mit Günter

Take care, Günter!

For more than four decades he was the heart of the KIESELMANN HR department.

After 48 years, Günter Plag is now entering his well-deserved retirement. The company officially bid him farewell on 7 March at the Leadership Event at Palazzo Mannheim. “Thank you very much for what you have done over the years for KIESELMANN. It's hard to let you go”, said KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle to the guest of honour that evening.

Günter Plag joined KIESELMANN in 1969 and graduated in 1972 with an industrial management degree. His expert and cordial manner paved the way for him to the position of HR manager. “There were difficult decisions, but also many beautiful ones - like the radiant faces of those who had just signed their employment contract”, recalled Günter Plag about the past 48 years at KIESELMANN.

In the 1980s KIESELMANN still had only 160 employees. Today, 2018, it has more than twice as many: 347 employees. The hiring ratio of 100% for apprentices who are looking for a career at KIESELMANN after completing their training is also an important calling card of the company, which the former HR manager helped to shape. “I learned a lot from Günter and I will miss his heartfelt and attentive approach. I'm stepping in to fill some very big shoes. But I'm looking forward to it”, said the new HR manager Lena Lotspeich.

[Translate to Englisch:] Führungskreisevent Gruppenbild

Leadership Event 2018

On Wednesday, 7 March, KIESELMANN management invited people to the annual “Leadership Event”. The evening event is a much-awaited surprise bag every year. Until the departure of the bus in front of the KIESELMANN main building, the participants do not know where the journey was headed. This year brought the leadership and their male or female companions to Mannheim. No sooner had they passed the town sign of the square city, they could already see the destination of the evening: the Radio Regenbogen Harald Wohlfahrt Palazzo. In the Art Nouveau pavilion, refined four-course menus provide culinary delights from the 3-star chef Harald Wohlfahrt and a varied show programme ensured the participants were amazed. A quarter of a million enthusiastic visitors have been immersed in the unique world of enjoyment and sensual pleasures since its start 19 years ago. The Palazzo guests make their pilgrimages to Mannheim from Berlin, Hamburg, Münster, Munich - and on 7 March also from Knittlingen.

Reception and farewell
Words of farewell were said at a reception area reserved for KIESELMANN that evening: Günter Plag officially said goodbye. For 48 years he was the HR manager at KIESELMANN. Now he has retired. He and his wife were seated in two stylish red leather armchairs. Visibly stirred, Mr. Plag and his wife listened to the words of KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle. He talked about their time together and the things that Günter Plag had initiated as HR manager. For over four decades, he shaped the HR department of the company through his unique personality.

Acrobatics and culinary arts
Afterwards, the good-humoured company around KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle took a seat to enjoy breathtaking acrobatics and refinements from the kitchen. 30 international artists showed an intoxicating potpourri of artistry: starting with “Golden Dream”, an air piece by the athletes Ambra Faggioni and Yves Nicols, who moved up and down from the ceiling on ropes - then to Pavel Voladas on the quad, who flew weightlessly from pole to pole sometimes blindfolded - followed by the “Kung Fu Boys” from China, who hopped up a flight of stairs on their heads - then a clumsy slapstick trampoline number from “Professor Wacko” - and finally acrobats from the “Above the Clouds” ensemble from St. Petersburg, who catapulted from two so-called Russian swings across the heads of the visitors through the air. The whole thing was framed by the Palazzo dancers and humorous anecdotes by the comedy and drag artists Chris Kolonko and Joy Peters.

No less acrobatic were the tastes: marinated black tiger prawns in panko flour, red ice sea trout on pickled pumpkin vegetables; glazed guinea fowl breast on kaffir lime risotto, and as a vegetarian variant couscous on oriental spices with glazed pak choi. Perfectly flavoured and served at the same time to500 guests.

An extremely successful event, which brought the team closer together. The management thanked the leadership team for the successes of the anniversary year with this special surprise evening. In 2017 KIESELMANN celebrated its 80th anniversary.

[Translate to Englisch:] KIESELMANN Ski-Ausfahrt 2018

On weekends like this ...

If you have kept hearing the words “great mood”, “excellent weather” and “optimal piste conditions” during the past few days, you can assume that your colleague was also present at this year's KIESELMANN ski weekend in Damüls.

In recent years, Damüls has become a kind of “KIESELMANN ski home”. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts made their way to the Austrian Vorarlberg region last Friday for the sixth time. After an entertaining bus ride and an invigorating champagne breakfast, our cheerful travelling party reached the Damüls valley station. From there we took the lift at 1850 m altitude to the mountain inn Elsenalpstube.

In Damüls everyone, from beginners to downhill specialists, will find the right slope to enjoy their days in the snow. And the fun doesn’t stop when the sun disappears behind the Damüls mountain. The entire KIESELMANN team meets for aprés-ski at the bar then. In a word: Legendary.

Let's experience the best ...
After an amusing evening and a long or short night, Saturday quickly passes by. The participants conquered the pistes, laughed a lot, danced, ate, drank and sighed again and again at the sight of the mountain panorama. A perfect weekend. The mood was also great on Sunday, and the weather was fantastic - so it was difficult for everyone to break free after a final descent and start the journey home.

See you again soon Damüls!

More photos of the KIESELMANN ski weekend can be seen on our Facebook page: Click here


[Translate to Englisch:] Anuga FoodTec Messevorbericht

KIESELMANN: New long-stroke valve at Anuga FoodTec

Kieselmann presents new long-stroke single-seat valves at the Anuga FoodTec in Cologne. The KI-DS single-seat valve is available in all standard sizes from DN 25 to DN 100. The modular long-stroke valves with dead-space-free housing and maintenance-free drive are ideal as a tank outlet and control valve for the production of chunky media such as fruit yoghurts. The drive can be disassembled in a few simple steps, turned 180 degrees and reinstall. By “turning it upside down” you change its mode of operation from air-opening-spring-closing to spring-opening-air-closing or vice versa.


Other new products include aseptic small seat valves, aseptic sampling valves, inch inline housings and a new Bluetooth configurable positioner for lift and rotary control valves. Also included is the brand-new reference work for the plant manufacturer, the new Kieselmann product catalogue with more than 8,000 articles. Together with Kieselmann GmbH, further companies of the Kieselmann Fluid Process Group, FPG will be at the booth B020 / C029 in hall 10.2. At Rieger Behälterbau, Guth Ventiltechnik and Kieselmann Anlagenbau, the name says it all. The companies present tanks, fittings and plant construction services from the Fluid Process Group. The FPG group of companies acts as a full-range supplier in all aspects of process engineering, from individual components to turnkey systems.


Günter Plag: the HR manager says goodbye

For almost fifty years he was the heart of the human resources department at KIESELMANN. He had his last day of work on 16 February 2018. After 48 years, Günter Plag is now entering his well-deserved retirement. The native Knittlinger has helped shape the company through his style. He is one of those people you would call “original” . It’s hard to describe, you had to experience him. And everyone just likes like him. “Der Günter” was appreciated by everyone. He approached his work as if it were a Udo Lindenberg song: he did his thing. And he did his job really well: professionally, humanly and with the instincts needed to make personnel decisions.

There is still a lot to say and to praise, but Günter Plag never liked to make a big deal about himself. So we will keep it short and say: Thank you, Günter Plag!

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2nd place at the Brewery Ski Cup

For ski enthusiasts in the brewing guild, the last weekend of January is a special date. The Brewery Ski-Cup has been taking place over these three days since 2004. A sociable sporty slope - competition for the industry. 190 participants took part in Rettenberg this year to compete with other teams in the giant slalom from 26 to 28 January. Among them was the KIESELMANN team with Klaus Dohle, Pascal Bühler, Axel Vollmer and Jürgen Zehetner.

Early Saturday morning, the KIESELMANN team started in a good mood and in top form at the giant slalom. The slopes and weather conditions were almost ideal and the three participants shot to the finish line at a rapid pace. Dressed in a chic blue KIESELMANN jacket and signal red trousers, the team headed by managing director Klaus Dohle mastered the giant slalom in toptime and thus took second place in the team ranking by the sponsors. The fastest of the KIESELMANN racing team, Pascal Bühler, was also happy about his 5th place ranking in the overall standings.

On Saturday evening they met in Kranzegg for the cheerful BrewerOlympiad. They hammered with a double-handled hammer, tackled a slalom course on a skateboard on the Zipfelbob and laughed and celebrated. An award ceremony followed the amusing Olympiad. With great pleasure the KIESELMANN team entered the podium as the second sponsorship team. “A great end to an equally great day with excellent weather. Once again, everything was well-organised and integrated in an entertaining supporting programme. The mood in the KIESELMANN team was great again . We are looking forward to next year”, said Klaus Dohle.

Many thanks to the Brauer Cup GbR Rettenberg and Akams Medien for the pictures! More photos of the KIESELMANN team at the XV Brewery Ski Cup can be viewed on our Facebook page: Click here

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19. Knittlinger trainee job fair

On Saturday, 27 January 2018, the Knittlinger trainee job fair took place for the 19th time in the foyer of Dr. Ing. Johannes Faust School. KIESELMANN was represented again with its own booth this year.

The students as well as their parents were able to find out about various occupational profiles at the company booths. Over 30 training companies from the region were on site. KIESELMANN presented the following training occupations and study programmes:

•    Industrial clerk
•     Technical product designer
•     Specialist for warehouse logistics
•     Industrial machinist
•     Machinist
•     Plant machinist
•     Dual full-time studies (Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Engineering)

In addition, lectures on different training occupations were shown in several classrooms.

Ms Lotspeich, trainer at KIESELMANN, presented the machinist profession. At the beginning of the presentation, our training film was shown for the second time this year. With our apprentices in the lead roles, the film offers a good overview of the training opportunities at KIESELMANN.

Further information on the subject of training at KIESELMANN can be obtained from Ms Lotspeich, Tel: 07043 371 322 or by e-mail: Lotspeich@kieselmann.de.

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Werner Nitsch honoured for 40 years of service

“40 years of service is no longer a matter of course nowadays. We are pleased and filled with pride to congratulate Mr Nitsch at what is still a young age. He continues the long series of KIESELMANN anniversaries in 2018. On behalf of the entire company, I would like to thank you for the past four decades, during which Mr Nitsch actively supported us”, said Klaus Dohle, managing director of KIESELMANN GmbH. And after 40 years, the 62-year-old is still staying with KIESELMANN. “I have decided to continue working for another 10 years”, said Nitsch. Klaus Dohle replied that he would be happy to announce that Mr. Nitsch was celebrating his 50th anniversary in 2028.

Werner Nitsch started working for KIESELMANN on 2 January 1978. Over the next 40 years, the trained retailer made his contribution to the company's growth and advancement. After the ceremony, he even went straight back to his workplace in the final assembly and mounted more stainless steel valves.

Werner Nitsch did not want to make a “big deal” about his 40 year anniversary with KIESELMANN. Quietly and gratefully, he accepted the honorary certificate of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the acknowledgements and congratulations of the management and HR department on 16 January 2018. “I think it's great that KIESELMANN appreciates the loyalty and dedication of its employees”, said Werner Nitsch, praising his employer.

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Celebratory finish for the anniversary year

On 15 December 2017, the management and the works council at KIESELMANN invited employees to the end of the year party. At 5:30 pm, the Knittlinger Stadthalle filled up with company employees. When KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle welcomed the party in the early evening, every seat in the hall was filled: “Dear colleagues and shareholders. We have another year of records behind us. I would like to thank you for that. KIESELMANN stands for innovation, punctual delivery reliability and quality. This is also reflected in our new motto: Passion for quality

A great year
The Knittlinger companies KIESELMANN GmbH, KIESELMANN Anlagenbau GmbH and KIESELMANN Pharmatec GmbH jointly generated an annual turnover of 70 million euros. The Fluid Process Group recorded a turnover of 180 million euros. The component area alone gained a remarkable 15 percent last year. “Kieselmann Pharmatec” had the largest single contract of the past financial year at seven million euros. The largest single investment in the history of the company was also made this year. KIESELMANN invested around eight million euros in a new office and production building with a floor area of 3,000 square metres. Another five million were provided for machinery and equipment. This investment was also a sign of loyalty to the location. Another sign was the 20 new jobs that the company created in 2017 in Knittlingen alone.

Anniversaries and farewells
Following his speech, Klaus Dohle together with Josef Beisel from the works council and HR officer Lena Lotspeich honoured the anniversaries for 2017. Norbert Schmid, Heinrich Wirth, Patrick Wiegand, Klaus-Jürgen Platzer, Erik Hartmann, Ulrike Bischoff, Alexander Hauser, Hartmut Schreiber, Marcel Jordan, Sven Nelson, Benno Brauer, Alexander Kelsch and Markus Bohner were honoured for a decade at KIESELMANN. Norbert Vieback, Dietmar Ballier and Walter Reimer have been working for the company for 25 years. Wolfgang Scherer and Egon Schneider, who had been loyal to the company for 40 years, and Robert Hauser, Dieter Götting, Angelina Weber and Helmut Löffler retired. After the joyous and appreciative applause was received by the pensioners and those celebrating their anniversaries, it became quiet in the Knittlinger Stadthalle. And Klaus Dohle and everyone present said goodbye to Harald Ullmann. He worked for 18 years in the company and died on the night of 10 to 11 December 2017 completely unexpectedly at the age of 61.

One year behind 24 doors
Following the honouring of employees, Klaus Dohle thanked the shareholders Karen Helms-Kieselmann, Rosemarie Zitsch and Renate Dohle for the trust placed in him. Then he opened the buffet. After the culinary break, the annual trainee presentation was next on the programme. The review of the year , which was created this year by Romy Kauselmann and Victoria Salzgeber, had numerous laughs, groans and happy memories in store. The PowerPoint presentation was set up as an advent calendar with a corporate event from the past year hidden behind each of the 24 doors: International trade fair appearances, employee health management campaigns, the demolition of the old pipe storage and canteen, and of course the 80th anniversary. Just over four weeks have passed since the anniversary celebration on November 11th. With a hearty Oktoberfest, the company celebrated eight decades of KIESELMANN and the inauguration of the new production and office building. “Let's celebrate Kieselmann!” said Klaus Dohle about the anniversary celebration in his end-of-the-year speech.

The 25th door
The 25th door was a surprise of the evening . Behind it, there was a pointed video clip dedicated to Klaus Dohle. He was honoured that evening for 25 years as managing director. The mechanical engineer joined the company in 1988 and took over management on 1 March 1992. In the following quarter century, he rebuilt, expanded and brought the company to new heights. Dan Mayer, managing director at Rieger Behälterbau, made a speech and recalled a saying that Klaus Dohle had made his motto: You always have to eat and drink. It is a guiding principle by which Klaus Dohle manoeuvred the company producing process components and process equipment for the food and beverage industry, even through the stormy financial changes of the global economic crisis. After honouring the managing director, the apprentices had another surprise in store: The KIESELMANN “Christmas Blockbuster” 2017. In recent weeks, the apprentices have been travelling to all departments of the company with a camera and a microphone to spontaneously capture a few “Christmas statements”, poems, songs and wish lists. They put together the responses in a movie that brought a lot of laughs and great applause. It was also the ideal transition to the lively part of the evening. Having previously seen the colleagues on the screen singing Christmas carols, you could now see them dancing. Everyone danced to a colourful music mix by the DJ with a cocktail in their hand until well after midnight under the disco ball.

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9th “Training Day” with KIESELMANN

On Friday, 24 November 2017, the apprentices and dual-study students from the companies KIESELMANN, RIEGER Behälterbau and Guth Ventiltechnik met for the ninth “Training Day” at KIESELMANN in Knittlingen. After a warm welcome by Lena Lotspeich, trainer at KIESELMANN, and a short round of introductions, KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle presented the KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group.

Then the participants visited the new company canteen with a simulation game on the subject of bridge construction. The apprentices were divided into five groups and given the task of building a bridge out of paper and adhesive tape which could carry a 1 kg toy car. Teamwork was a must. The apprentice teams scrambled, tested, rejected and rebuilt. The five bridges were then given the final test and scored.

After a group picture, the participants went to Landau with their packed lunches to visit the Guth company. Then the bus drove to the Hoepfner brewery in Karlsruhe. The apprentices learned there about the different steps of brewing beer. At the end there was a small beer tasting and a delicious dinner in the Hoepfner Burghof. At 7.30 pm everyone returned to Knittlingen in a good mood. That ended the exciting 2017 “Training Day”.

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80 years of fluid technology from Knittlingen: Anniversary celebration with a passion for quality and a great atmosphere

On Saturday, 11 November 2017, we celebrated eight decades of . The employees of the Fluid Process Group, craftsmen involved in our new building and Knittlingen’s mayor Heinz-Peter Hopp were invited to the festive evening.

The celebrations took place in the production hall, which had been completed on time for the anniversary. The event agency Sokoll & Friends, our energetic caretaker Holger Dangel and numerous apprentices had turned the hall into a Bavarian marquee for the celebration. In the Oktoberfest tradition, many of the more than 800 invited guests also appeared in traditional Bavarian costumes. Shortly after our new “festival hall” had opened its gate, KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle stepped onto the stage, greeted the attendees and gave a special thank you to all the employees. It is only possible for us to be so successful worldwide today because of the commitment of the entire KIESELMANN team .

“Paul Kieselmann would be proud if he could see what has become of the ‘seed’ of his company in just 80 years”, said Klaus Dohle. The architect responsible for the new building, Siegfried Hauf, praised the special achievements everyone involved. Just 171 days have passed since construction began. Not even half a year to build a machine hall, final assembly facility, canteen and offices with a total floor space of 3600 m². The third speaker was Josef Bertl. The humorist raced pointedly with a Bavarian flavour through the KIESELMANN company history.

Then Klaus Dohle came back on stage with Pascal Bühler from the KIESELMANN Works Council and Rieger Behälterbau managing director Dan Mayer. After three hearty blows with a mallet later, they made the announcement: “O‘ zapft is!” The Tegernseer beer barrel was tapped and began to flow, and at the buffet there were Bavarian delicacies such as ox on a spit, grilled chicken and herb cheese knöpfle prepared by KIESELMANN canteen chef Wolfgang Wittig. “Die Steinsberger” group provided a proper, musical background. The musicians, who had already created a great atmosphere at the Munich Oktoberfest and the Cannstatter Wasen, played rocking folk music. And everyone boisterously celebrated into the night.

As a farewell, the guests even received small gifts. For the women there was a gingerbread heart with the inscription “Kieselmann mog Di” (Kieselmann loves you); for the gentlemen a specially labelled bottle of Kieselmann jubilee beer.

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Great fun and creative contributions were provided by the “KIESELMANN Painting Campaign. The guests at the celebration were invited to paint 20 x 20 cm large canvases. 400 of these artistically designed tiles were put together after the celebration to form a 10 m x 1.60 m artwork and hung in the new KIESELMANN company restaurant. The trick is that some tiles were prepared with a foil, which was later removed and the company motto “passion for quality” magically appeared on the artwork.

More photos of the anniversary celebration can be found on our Facebook page: just click here.


Virtual tours and real successes - drinktec 2017

“Numerous contacts and promising new projects”: that was the satisfied conclusion of Klaus Dohle, managing director of the KIESELMANN FLUID PROCESS GROUP, after drinktec 2017.

The KIESELMANN FLUID PROCESS GROUP was represented at the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage industry with the companies KIESELMANN and KIESELMANN Anlagenbau, RIEGER Behälterbau, GUTH Ventiltechnik and AquaDuna. The group of companies presented new products , such as overflow valves, aseptic small seatvalves, control valves and control heads, whose LED colours can be configured (see photo).

Another visitor magnet was the corporate group's Virtual Reality Experience. Computer-controlled 3D glasses provided the impression of being beamed directly from the Kieselmann booth in Munich to the fermenting cellar of the Doppelleu brewing workshop in the Swiss town of Winterthur just 300 miles away. “An insane experience and an impressive facility”, said one of the numerous visitors to the KIESELMANN Virtual Reality Experience.

KIESELMANN Anlagenbau designed the Doppelleu fermenting cellar and completed it with tanks, pipes, valves and cleaning technology from the FLUID PROCESS GROUP companies. The video of the KIESELMANN Virtual Reality Experience will be available shortly on our website.

You can find more photos of drinktec 2017 on our Facebook page: Please click here.


Third KIESELMANN bike campaign: 12,250 kilometres in four months

Kieselmann’s motto from 15 May to 15 September 2017: On your seats, ready, go! For the third year in a row, the “Ride Your Bike to Work” campaign encouraged employees to jump on their bikes. 61 cyclists pedalled to work for four months. There were two more riders than in 2016, and were able to do a remarkable 12,250 kilometres. But we still didn't beat last year’s kilometres.

Biking pleasure and the good cause were in the foreground during this “KIESELMANN active” programme. As part of the campaign, the company is again donating a sum of money to the " Familienherberge Lebensweg ", a regeneration site for families with critically ill children. “The KIESELMANN active programme is our way of promoting the health and well-being of our employees. With our donation to the “Lebensweg Family Shelter” we would like to make a small contribution to support those who offer families with critically ill children relief from their daily challenges”, said KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle. More information about the work of the family shelter can be found at: www.familienherberge-lebensweg.de

In order to boost the athletic ambition of the participants, there was also a prize drawing this year. The drawing included everyone who lived more than 1 km away from the company and came to work at least 25 times by bicycle or e-bike during the campaign period.

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Convincing quality: from Knittlingen to Hefei (China)

The late summer sun sets the stage for a small group in front of the main entrance of our headquarters on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 3:00 pm. Together with KIESELMANN sales manager Dieter Biszwurm and Ying Sun from the Chinese KIESELMANN office, the Chinese delegation from Hefei posed for a souvenir photo on the entrance staircase. KIESELMANN customers from the People’s Republic of China drove directly from Frankfurt airport to Knittlingen to find out about the innovations and growth in our company.

Immediately after the group picture was taken, Dieter Biszwurm led the delegation through the KIESELMANN production areas. He informed the visitors about new and proven production methods and introduced them to the way we work at Knittlingen. After the company tour, we passed by the shell of the new office and production building into the KIESELMANN training room. In a short, entertaining presentation, the sales manager illustrated the growth of recent years and the pillars on which it is based: top quality and a motivated and dedicated team.

At the end of the informative day, the visited the “Zum Hirsch” restaurant in Bretten. The spoke for a long time over great home cooking about the differences and similarities between the Chinese and the German markets as well as future challenges. The evening at the restaurant brought an end to the short visit, which was very interesting for the visitors as well as for us.

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Also in the training: A passion for quality

Knittlingen, 08 September 2017: We had all our new apprentices in-house for the first time this week. 10 young people took their first steps into their professional lives at KIESELMANN. We are excited to receive a male and a female industrial clerk apprentice and a technical product designer, two budding industrial machinists and two plant machinists, and three trainees who are pursuing a career as a cutting machine operator.

The day started with a factory tour and a friendly “Hello and warm welcome” for our future colleagues. Their mentors were already on hand to help and advise their apprentices on the first day. The KIESELMANN “apprentice partnership” makes advance apprentices into contacts for new apprentices.

We are curious about how these “KIESELMANN godfathers and godmothers” will be received this year. The “new” and “old” apprentices already had great exchanges on the first day. We wish all trainees a good start.Welcome to the team!

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Fermentation cellar as a virtual reality experience at drinktec 2017

The KIESELMANN FLUID PROCESS GROUP (FPG) presents its “Virtual reality experience of the Doppelleu fermenting cellar” at Drinktec in Munich. The fermentation cellar, located in Winterthur, Switzerland, is one of the FPG’s most recent projects. KIESELMANN Anlagenbau GmbH planned the impressive new building and realised it with valves and pipes from KIESELMANN GmbH, tanks from Rieger Behälterbau and cleaning technology from AquaDuna. At the world's leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry  , the corporate group invites people to a virtual tour of the fully automated Swiss Brauwerkstatt plant.

For the three-dimensional experience, the KIESELMANN FLUID PROCESS GROUP has set up a special lounge area at its booth, 103 in hall A3. With the help of virtual reality glasses, visitors can enter the 3-D animation and move through the fermentation cellar with info points.

“We tried the 3-D glasses and are thrilled. No matter where I turned my head, I always had new details for the fermentation cellar in front of me. An exciting and fascinating way to convey information vividly and to visualise a project”, Klaus Richter, marketing manager of KIESELMANN GmbH, describes the personal experience. Further information and tickets for drinktec 2017 are available at messe@kieselmann.de

In addition to the virtual offer, Kieselmann also introduces new products. These include new overflow and aseptic small seat valves. Depending on the nominal diameter and the setting pressure range, six exchangeable drive sizes are available for the overflow valves. Subsequent upsizing or downsizing is possible at any time. The aseptic small seat valves are available in nominal sizes DN 8, DN 10 and DN 15.

Another trade fair highlight is the new Kieselmann control head for rotary and linear actuators, which can be configured via Bluetooth. The app will be available from the end of 2017 for both Microsoft, Android and IOS devices and can then be downloaded for free from the Kieselmann website after registering.

The Kieselmann LED crown is also new. It fits in all Kieselmann control heads and is offered in seven different colours. These can be assigned to different functions via remote control. The pronounced brightness and high colour intensity of the LED ring ensure fast and clear real-time playback of the valve circuit.


KIESELMANN Kickers: New jerseys, old strength

The KIESELMANN company team: Lucas Eisenmann, Anton Antemirow, Mona Müller, Julian Frick, Reto Appenzeller, Tilo Oehme, Alexander Neff, Jens Schabinger, Klaus Dohle (standing from left to right). Christian Hidalgo, Simon Röhm, Michael Becker, Slavisa Vasiljevic, Marko Milosev, Haji Kheder, Daniel Hidalgo (kneeling from left to right).

On Friday, 1 September, the Kieselmann company football team played against the Neumo company team at the Weisach Stadium in Knittlingen. The friendly game between the two companies has been an integral part of the Knittlinger Sportfest for years.

Due to an injury, Neumo was only able to play with nine men that afternoon. So the Kieselmann team turned its starting lineup of eleven into nine and the game was able to start at 6:00 pm. Just in time for kick-off, numerous spectators gathered on the sidelines to cheer on their own team. And the match started at a high speed. Christian Hidalgo, who had his first working day at Kieselmann that day, celebrated his debut with the first goal of the day. So after just 10 minutes it was 1:0 for Kieselmann. Ten minutes later, Marko Milosev fired a long-range shot that went into the upper right corner. An absolute dream goal.

Then the Neumo Nine started to catch up. A beautiful one-man effort in the 25th minute led to 2:1. The game had become tense again. Shortly before the end of the first half, the open spaces that resulted from the reduced number of players became even clearer. The open game mainly benefited the ball- facing players. The fourth goal of the game was preceded by nice dribbling by Lucas Eisenmann. The Kieselmann player left his opponent behind and placed the ball in the Neumo goal with a strong right-foot shot. The half-time whistle sounded shortly after that.

In the second half, the two teams played nice football again but couldn’t reward themselves and the audience with more goals. Shortly before the final whistle, there was a passionate, fair closing phase with some good scoring chances on both sides. But this could not shake the final result: Kieselmann 3:1.

It was also clear after the final whistle that the match was all about fun and fair-play. The two teams complimented each other; there were handshakes and friendly words – the only thing missing was a jersey exchange. “Our jerseys are brand new; it’s our first time wearing them”, said Kieselmann Captain Jens Schabinger, and added with a mischievous smile: “We think they look great. Otherwise, we might have considered a jersey exchange.” Not only were the new jerseys well-received, the team spirit and the atmosphere in the team were excellent. Everyone enjoyed a great mood and nice end to a day of football at the FV Knittlingen festival tent.

We’ve uploaded more photos of the game on Facebook: Please click here

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“It was a nice time” - Second KIESELMANN pensioner meeting

On Friday, 28 July 2017, KIESELMANN invited former employees to the second KIESELMANN meeting for alumni. Managing director Klaus Dohle welcomed the numerous guests of honour at 10:00 am. The KIESELMANN shareholders Renate Dohle and Rosemarie Zitsch also participated in the day of recognition and appreciation. “It’s nice to see so many decades of KIESELMANN employees assembled in one place”, says Klaus Dohle. Former members who left the company only a few weeks or months ago received an invitation as did those whose last working days date back to the 1990s.

Coffee and buttered pretzels were waiting in the training room for the invited guests: provisions for an entertaining journey through the company’s history. From the very beginning as a small contract manufacturing company to the current construction of the new production and office building, Klaus Dohle guided the participants through an eventful eight decades at KIESELMANN. Numerous major projects, new products and a sharper range of services promise further growth. The speed with which the company has changed over the past few years was clearly visible during the company tour. Some people could hardly recognise their old workstations.
At the beginning of the year, the last building from before 2000 was demolished, the former canteen and storage hall. Now the pensioners were able to have a look at the new building shell. The two-storey building offers space for the new company restaurant, several office rooms and a generous production area with expanded machinery. Plant manager Oliver Hecker and production manager Dietmar Kappus guided the alumni through the production and administration building in two groups.

They met at 1:00 pm for “Hungarian beef goulash with noodles” in the canteen chef Wolfgang Wittig’s domain. Anecdotes from some of the alumni also added some spice to the delicious lunch. The discussions at the table were marked by the joy ofreunited old acquaintances and small humorous bravura pieces from 80 years of KIESELMANN. Everyone brought their own personal KIESELMANN stories with them. There was a lot of laughter as well as reminiscing about those who could not be there that day.

The last programme point also provided for several humours moments with an entertaining tongue-in-cheek presentation of the past year. Marketing director Klaus Richter presented photos and events of the past 12 months to the attendees, underlining the feeling of togetherness: You are still part of the KIESELMANN family, and you will be kept informed about the current events. Afterwards, the participants sat down for coffee and cake for a while, talked about their impressions of the 2017 KIESELMANN alumni meeting and ended the day with a familial atmosphere.

We have posted more photos of the KIESELMANN alumni on Facebook: Just click here.


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Which training is the right one for me?

Two classes from the Dr. Johannes-Faust-Realschule Knittlingen came for a visit at KIESELMANN just before the summer holidays to find out. The goal was to hear more about the training options in the industrial-technical area.

Lena Lotspeich from human resources welcomed the 22 students, all of whom will finish school next year. The presentation of the company and the training at KIESELMANN started with an informative and entertaining film about the different training options.

Then they went straight to practical work. The KIESELMANN apprentices personally presented their respective vocational training positions such as cutting machine operator, industrial mechanic and plant mechanic. Following this, they led the students to their workplace in the production facility. Together with their instructors, they showed the students how a lathe works or a valve is mounted.

Great interest was also shown in the workpieces created by the apprentices, which could be viewed in a small exhibition. Finally, Lena Lotspeich informed the students about the application process. We hope this day helped answer the question posed above. If you want to see the film, you can find it at this link: Click here


Quality in focus: International Sales Days 2017

This year’s International Sales Days took place from 17 to 20 July. Our distribution partners from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Turkey, Canada, Mexico and the USA came to Knittlingen to learn about the new features and proven strengths of the KIESELMANN portfolio. Colleagues from Kieselmann France, Carein, Denwel, SKS, Aegir, Platek, Difusa, Aston Technology and Rodger Industries attended numerous presentations on the technical refinements and customer benefits of KIESELMANN products.

Development Manager Uwe Heisswolf designed the start of the training programme. He talked about discvalves, ball valves, the resistance of sealing materials, as well as new developments in the field of single seat and control valves. He then presented the competitive advantages of aseptic GEMBRA valves. After that much “brain food,” everyone’s stomach in the auditorium was growling. Thankfully the growling subsided during a leisurely dinner at the “Brettener Hundle” restaurant.

On Wednesday morning, KIESELMANN Sales Manager Dieter Biszwurm and Development Manager Uwe Heisswolf welcomed the international audience with a friendly “Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen”. Uwe Heisswolf devoted the morning to the strengths of the KIESELMANN double-seat and leakage disc valves, as well as the history and development of the seat valves. After the lunch break, the head of development presented some of KIESELMANN’s milestones in valve technology. He compared them with the corresponding customer benefits and provided sales pitches for the current product range. He then spoke about safety valves, cleaning technology, the new overflow valves and the correct handling of bung valves. In the evening, the Schweizer Hof restaurant in Bretten provided for the physical well-being of the participants and speakers.

The third and last day of the international product training was dedicated to learning by doing. The contents that had been provided over the past days were applied in practical exercises. Alexander Hauser, Pascal Legner and Michael Huber assisted the international guests with help and advice as production professionals. Together they assembled and disassembled valves, changed gaskets and operated control heads. It was an exciting and informative look into the heart of KIESELMANN technology.

At the end of the three-day training programme, the international company met on Thursday evening at the Bona restaurant in Diedelsheim. They exchanged views on the new products and features until late at night, ending the International Sales Days 2017 in a relaxed atmosphere.


KIESELMANN: Fit from A to Z

That means: Practice makes perfect. And starting a few weeks ago that also means the experts are doing the practising with us. For example, Edgar Kratzmeier, an industrial master craftsman. He shows how fit the KIESELMANN final assembly is together with his team.

A jolt has gone through the company every Tuesday from 9:45 am starting two weeks ago. That’s when the KIESELMANN team stretches and bends under the guidance of coaches from Rehactiv Bretten GmbH. The 15-minute fitness exercises break through the usual movement sequences, mobilise your joints and place demands on different body parts. “Our activities combine fitness with fun. With the support of Rehactiv, we make a great contribution to employee health and promote general well-being,,” says KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle. The motto of the exercises: ABC's of fitness. Every exercise unit is represented by one letter of the alphabet. For example, a “T” is formed when stretching the arms at a 90 degree angle to the torso.

In the past few weeks we have gone through the letters M T I O N A V. If you put them in the right order, they make a certain word. Do you have any idea what word it might be? Write your solution to social@kieselmann.de or as a comment under the Facebook post “KIESELMANN: Fit from A to Z”. We will raffle a KIESELMANN T-Shirt on uesday, 18 July 2017 among the participants who tell us the right answer by 17/07/17 at 17:07. A little hint: Some letters appear twice in the solution word. Have fun guessing!

Update 19 July 2017: The raffle is over; the winner has been drawn!
Won by Ms Bettina Neumann. We sincerely congratulate her and hope that Ms Neumann is happy about her brand new KIESELMANN T-Shirt. You can watch the drawing of the winner in our Facebook video.Just click here.


Visit from Russia: 3 days with a full programme

From 19 to 21 June, KIESELMANN GmbH and KIESELMANN RUS welcomed a delegation of Russian dairy specialists and offered them an informative programme on valve technology.

Factory tours, product presentations and exciting customer projects were on the agenda for three days. The colleagues at KIESELMANN RUS greeted the 30-member specialist group on Monday afternoon at Munich Airport. From there, they went to Nuremberg. A guided tour of the picturesque old town and a dinner together set the mood for the participants during the coming day.

The following morning, they departed at 8:00 am to Schwarzenfeld for a visit of theprivate dairy Bechtel. The company, founded in 1908, is one of the largest and most important dairies in Germany. With leak-proof double-seat valves and the aseptic GEMBRA valves from KIESELMANN, the private dairy Bechtel in Schwarzenfeld processes more than one million kilos of milk a day.
In the afternoon, they went to Knittlingen and finished their day near the KIESELMANN headquarters at the winery Häusermann in Diefenbach. They talked at a convivial barbecue about their impressions of the past few days and learned more about Knittlinger valve technology from KIESELMANN sales manager Dieter Biszwurm.

Then they were welcomed at KIESELMANN on Wednesday. The KIESELMANN sales team welcomed the Russian dairy specialists and led them through various departments, such as manufacturing, final assembly and system construction.

They set off again after the factory tour. Their destination was the private brewery Doppelleu in Winterthur, Switzerland. The fully automated storage cellar of the Swiss craft beer brewer is one of KIESELMANN’s latest prestige projects. Allparts of the imposing glass construction were executed by members of the KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group: Kieselmann GmbH produced the valves and pipes, Rieger Behälterbau supplied the tanks, AquaDuna equipped the tanks with cleaning nozzles and the Kieselmann Anlagenbau team designed and managed the entire project. A tour through the storage cellar successfully concluded the informative and entertaining short visit of the Russian dairy delegation.

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At KIESELMANN it’s up to you: Kraichgau CityCup 2017

Last Saturday, 15 July, 23 KIESELMANN runners went to the starting line at the Kraichgau CityCup 2017 in Bretten. 3 KIESELMANN kids aged 8 to 14 also raced.

The KIESELMANN racers met at the Brettener Simmelturm in perfect weather to receive their start numbers. The KIESELMANN kids ran at 4:45 pm on the 800-metre track. Marlon Reinmuth from the KIESELMANN Kids Team received 6th place in his age group.

At 5:15 pm, the KIESELMANN kids and youth up to U16 ran on the 1600-metre course. Jonas Stezelberger from the KIESELMANN Team had first place securely in his pocket for his age group - since he was the only runner in the 2002 group. Maurice Reinmuth also made it into the top ten wearing a red KIESELMANN Kids T-Shirt, securing 8th place in his age group.

Together with 350 other participants, 16 KIESELMANN runners competed in the 5-kilometre run. Michael Becker, an apprentice cutting machine operator, sprinted through the finish line as the best KIESELMANN runner. He was happy about receiving 2nd place in his age group with a time of 22.04 minutes. Valentin Rigo also mastered the 5k as the second-best runner in his age group. The KIESELMANN women dominated several age groups. Both Caroline Pötzl and Isolde Dohle passed the finish as the best runner in their age group.

The longest distance of the day, the 10-kilometre route, started at 7:00 pm. 7 KIESELMANN runners participated. The best result was achieved by Dirk Vogler from plant engineering. He just missed the top 5 with a time of 46.05 minutes.

We would like to congratulate all the KIESELMANN runners on their great results - and the great mood in the team.
More photos of the KIESELMANN team at the 14th Kraichgau CityCup can be found on our Facebook page: Click here.

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KIESELMANN: 1-A-training

The IHK Nordschwarzwald has honoured Kieselmann GmbH with the quality seal “1-A Training Company” for their extraordinary commitment in vocational training. “This honour is an additional incentive to continue to give our best”, commented Lena Lotspeich, trainer at KIESELMANN, about the recently received award.

In its congratulatory letter, the IHK Nordschwarzwald refers to the extensive range of services offered by KIESELMANN within the framework of dual training programmes. According to the IHK, their offer goes far beyond the legal requirements for professional development. These special services also include numerous additional qualifications such as “technology for business people” and “electrical specialist for defined activities”.

The statement by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry also goes further: Future-oriented and socially competent, Kieselmann GmbH contributes decisively to securing the region’s skilled labour market over the long term. At present, we train around 30 trainees in 6 different training occupations. “For us, a good education is an investment in the future. The future of our apprentices, the future of our region and, last but not least, the future of our company”, says Lena Lotspeich.

It’s an investment that pays off, if you look at the acquisition rate at Kieselmann GmbH. Almost 100% of our trainees sign an employment contract with KIESELMANN after their apprenticeship.

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Wolfgang Scherer honoured for 40 years of service

“Shipping is a demanding business. You can’t do this job so well for so long without having a big-picture view and the necessary organisational skills”, says Klaus Dohle, managing director of KIESELMANN GmbH, in his laudatory speech. The words were addressed to Wolfgang Scherer. The KIESELMANN shipping manager was honoured for his many years of service. The celebration took place on the evening of 3 April 2017, almost exactly 40 years after his first day at KIESELMANN. The management and the human resources department drew Wolfgang Scherer, his wife and companions from the daily routine of the shipping manager to the premises of the Weingärtnergenossenschaft Knittlingen.

Klaus Dohle opened the evening. He led the guests on an entertaining journey through “four decades of Wolfgang Scherer at KIESELMANN” in his speech. “A lot of things have changed. Today we ship our valves and equipment to about 60 countries with very different shipping regulations. But that also makes the work exciting and varied”, commented Wolfgang Scherer on the changes. Klaus Dohle praised the shipping manager for his logistical talent and handed him the honorary certificate of the IHK for 40 years of service. Even in hectic times, the shipping manager has always ensured that everything got to the customer on time, according to the KIESELMANN CEO. The Kieselmann works council also congratulated him for this achievement and his loyalty to the company. HR manager Günter Plag presented the trained retail merchant with a gift basket.

Kieselmann canteen chef Wolfgang Wittig was responsible for ensuring everyone’s physical well-being. He and his team served a multi-course holiday menu. The evening also offered many anecdotal treats in addition to the culinary delights. Numerous beautiful, funny and emotional moments from the professional life of Wolfgang Scherer were celebrated. The enthusiastic skier is also approaching the future in a sporting fashion: “I’m doing things like the great football players - I’m leaving now that I’ve achieved the goals I've set for myself professionally.” Wolfgang Scherer retires on 1 May 2017 after 40 years with Kieselmann.

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Great views: Leadership Event 2017

On Monday, 27 March, KIESELMANN management invited people to the annual “Leadership Event”. The special thing about this evening event is that the leadership group members do not know where the event is taking place This year brought the leadership and their male or female companions to Stuttgart.

A travel bus brought the KIESELMANN team directly to the landmark of Baden-Württemberg's state capital, the TV tower. The 217-metre high building was inaugurated in 1956 as the world’s first television tower. They went to the viewing platform, located at an altitude of 150 metres, after visiting the tower. There was a magnificent view from there - far beyond the borders of the Kesselstadt. The visitors then took their seats at “Leonhardts” restaurant at the foot of the tower.

In addition to an excellent four-course menu, there was also an entertaining, theatrical supporting programme. The actors mingled with the guests and restaurant service staff, breaking the evening into entertaining episodes with word and song duets.

Later in the evening there was another opportunity to drive to the viewing platform. “Such a great view. The sea ​​of ​​lights in Kesselstadt was the highlight of the evening for me,” says KIESELMANN marketing director Klaus Richter. It was a successful event that brought the team closer together with a lot of laughter.

The management thanked the leadership team for the successes of the past 12 months with this special surprise evening.

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KIESELMANN ski weekend in Damüls 2017

Friday 17 March 2017, Knittlingen, local time 5:45 am. A group of men and women gather at dawn in front of the KIESELMANN administration building with winter sports equipment. The annual KIESELMANN ski weekend is coming up.

Ready to go at 6:00 am: The bus is packed with skis, snowboards and a good-humoured KIESELMANN team on their way to Damüls. The event will take place again in the Austrian Vorarlberg region for the fifth time. Damüls is a community of 300 residents with about 2000 guest beds. The Faschina-Damüls-Mellau ski area covers 109 kilometres of slopes.

Some ride “blue” and others black
After a five-hour bus ride and a champagne breakfast, the good-humored KIESELMANN travel group arrives at the Damüls valley station. The lift takes you to the Berggasthof Elsenalpstube inn at 1850 m altitude. The group’s accommodation for the next two nights. They move into the rooms quickly and throw on their ski gear. Now let’s hit the slopes!

The beginners head to the runway marked inblue. The veterans tackle the challenging, black piste with a faster pace. If that's not enough adventure, skiers can make their way off the piste, past snow-covered conifers, down into the valley. In the late afternoon, the KIESELMANN team meets again for aprés-ski on the sun terrace of the inn. Time flies and a convivial evening turns into a long night full of hearty laughter with an exuberant mood.

Great mood - for everyone except Petrus
Petrus checks the bill for the skiers on Saturday morning. It started raining in the valley and snowing at the height of the Elsenalpstube during the night. Only a few brave souls venture cautiously on to the slopes, only to return shortly afterwards completely wet. They meet the damp, cold weather with unenthusiastically in the afternoon. But the bar and the view of the breathtaking mountain panorama quickly raise the mood barometer again. After their dinner together, the mood reaches another high - and stays there until the early morning hours. Sunday is not a sunny day, but at least it has stopped snowing. They can hit the slopes again under a clear sky. So they enjoy somefun skiing again before heading home. See you in 2018 Damüls!

You can see more photos of the KIESELMANN ski weekend on our Facebook page: Click here

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Successful start to the international trade fair year

 From 28 February to 3 March, decision makers and partners of the dairy and meat industry met at the “Dairy and Meat Industry 2017” in Moscow. In the middle of it all was KIESELMANN Rus. For the seventh time, the exhibition team presented the product range of the KIESELMANN FLUID PROCESS GROUP at the international industry event. And once again, our valve technology and the KIESELMANN engineering solutions ensured that the booth was always well- visited. The quality of the technical discussions was also at a consistently high level this year. The interested parties had clear ideas and goals, which the fair team translated into individual solutions.

Exhibition stand sends the right signals
The “Dairy and Meat Industry” is considered one of the most important trade fairs for the dairy and meat industry. Increasing visitor numbers annually underscore this relevance and the dynamic growth of the entire industry. The KIESELMANN FLUID PROCESS GROUP is right at the forefront. “We have the right solution for any requirement. KIESELMANN stands for reliability and puts projects on the road to success. This guiding principle is also reflected in our stand design. Like the signal light of a lighthouse, the blinking LEDs of a KIESELMANN double-seat valve control head, about five metres high, showed the visitors the way to our stand”, said Sergey Baranov from KIESELMANN Rus.

KIESELMANN managing director Klaus Dohle also gained an overview of the latest trends on site and gave the opening speech to the lecture “How to build a dairy plant”. In cooperation with the trade fair organisers, KIESELMANN also organised the well attended “Dairy plant: from simple to complex” forum for students and young professionals.

The KIESELMANN team would like to thank all customers and interested parties for the professional exchanges at the Dairy and Meat Industry 2017. We look forward to the upcoming, exciting projects.

We are also happy to send you further information about our valves, engineering solutions, tank and cleaning systems as well as membrane filtration solutions. A short e-mail is enough; we will contact you right away.

See more snapshots of the Dairy and Meat Industry 2017 on our Facebook page. Just click here

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18. Knittlinger trainee job fair

KIESELMANN was represented again for the 18th time on Saturday, 28 January 2017 with a booth at the Knittlinger trainee job fair. The fair took place in the foyer of the new building at the Dr. Ing. Johannes Faust School.
Numerous interested students and their parents took advantage of the opportunity to inform themselves about different job profiles and courses of study in the morning. Apprentices and trainers from KIESELMANN presented the following training occupations and study programmes:

  •     Industrial clerk
  •     Machinist
  •     Industrial machinist
  •     Technical product designer
  •     Specialist for warehouse logistics
  •     Plant machinist
  •     Dual full-time studies (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Engineering)

Individual companies also held lectures on specific training occupations in different classrooms. KIESELMANN offered the “plant machinist” apprenticeship this year. The new training film was shown at the beginning of the lecture, providing a good overview of the training possibilities at KIESELMANN.    

Further information on training at KIESELMANN can be obtained from Ms. Lotspeich (Human Resources, Tel: 07043 371 322 or by e-mail: Lotspeich@kieselmann.de). You can see more photos of the 18th Knittlinger trainee job fair on our Facebook page: Click here

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On beer and skis: Brewers push to the finish in lines here

Ski enthusiasts from the brewing guild met again this year to compete in the giant slalom in the Brewery Ski Cup from 27 to 29 January. Over 200 participants took part in the XIV Brewery Ski Cup in Rettenberg. This included a four-member KIESELMANN team and a “ski quartet” from Rieger Behälterbau.

The KIESELMANN team showed up in good spirits on the piste and barely left a spot unfilled on the podium. Dressed in chic blue KIESELMANN jackets and signal-red trousers, the team headed by managing director Klaus Dohle mastered the giant slalom skilfully and secured fourth place. The second team from the FLUID PROCESS GROUP (FPG), Rieger Behälterbau, also made it into the top five of in the sponsorship ranking.

After an entertaining Saturday evening with an award ceremony and atmospheric Brewers Olympiad, the eight FPG starters were unanimous in their opinion on Sunday morning: The Brewery Ski Cup 2017 was a great event. Everything was perfect again: From the excellent organisation, the fantastic weather and slope conditions to the entertaining supporting programme and the great atmosphere in the team. So the Brewery Skip Cup remains a welcome “must- attendevent.

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Vitamins in the workplace

Every child knows it and numerous studies constantly prove it: Eating fruits and vegetables is great for your general well-being. But according to the “German Society for Nutrition” people still eat too little fruit and vegetables. Their recommendation: At least three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily. You literally have a tool at hand to determine the proper portions: Your palm usually corresponds to a portion matching your age and height. What could be more appropriate than giving your employees fruit?
It can also be a joy to receive a basket
KIESELMANN launched a test balloon last year loaded with fruit. And was even surprised by the success at the time. “We thought the fruit baskets would be well-received. But we’re really pleased everyone is so happy to get the extra vitamins”, comments Lena Lotspeich, Human Resources. Shortly after the fruit baskets are   made available in the common areas, they are often already empty.
The “Fruit at Work” project is continuing at the start of the new year. The “Fruitful Office” company supplies us with bulging fruit baskets for all the KIESELMANN departments every Wednesday morning. The fruity treats often vary to keep up interest and curiosity every week. In addition to the classics like apple, banana, pear and grape, the baskets also include exotic vitamin sources such as lychee, physalis and kiwi. The exotic fruits often contain a little note in the fruit basket with their nutritional information.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
“I think it’s a great idea and look forward to the fruit every Wednesday. I think the apples and the grapes are the most delicious. The fruit just gives you extra energy for the day”, says industrial mechanic Daniel Hidalgo (photo), praising the weekly selection.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has recently also released a new article on the benefits of regular fruit and vegetable consumption for problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. “No matter how high you place the importance of fruit on the menu, we’re sure we’re doing something good for the KIESELMANN employees with this “vitamin potpourri” - that’s what this campaign is all about”, says Lena Lotspeich.

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Celebratory conclusion of a successful year

In the early evening of 16 December 2016, the staff at KIESELMANN gathered in the town hall in Knittlingen for the Christmas party. The exciting evening promoted by the company management and works council marked the celebratory conclusion of another successful and hard-working year. Managing Director Klaus Dohle talked about a year that had brought the Knittlinger fluid technology experts to the limits of their capacities. He also praised the commitment of the workforce in the same breath.  The integration of the youngest member of Fluid Process Group, Guth Ventiltechnik from Landau, in particular was associated with additional work for many employees. So it was all the more gratifying that the company was able to reach its announced sales target in November within the first year of the Fluid Process Group. Klaus Dohle also talked about the synergistic impact that the acquisition of Landauer had. They often helped their parent in Knittlingen as an extended workbench to stick to the delivery dates that were promised in such a busy year.

Continuing on a growth course
Kieselmann Pharmatec also reached sales targets at anearly stage and announced a doubling for the coming year. KIESELMANN recorded turnover of 63 million euro in Knittlingen alone. Together with its subsidiaries Rieger Behälterbau, Guth Ventiltechnik, Kieselmann China and MTA (Maschinen & Technologie Allgäu), the company achieved an annual turnover of 100 million euro and 150 million euro within the entire Fluid Process Group (FPG). The successful annual financial statements are due in particular to the pronounced service concept and the innovative strength of the corporate group. In the past 12 months, numerous new products have emerged, such as the control valve, new safety valves, hygienic overflow valves as well as optimisations and variants of existing components.

Cross-border successes
KIESELMANN’s internationality is also progressing. The French branch office in Lille opened mid-year. Starting in the summer months, the office has looked after the “Grande Nation” as well as other French-speaking countries such as Morocco, Tunisia and Belgium. “I’m proud of our people who are so reliable during such decisions and who have made the   expansion Kieselmann has experienced in recent years possible. Thank you so much”, said Klaus Dohle praising the extraordinary motivation of the employees. While looking past the company’s own borders, the Kieselmann managing director also talked about the prestige projects of the year.

One of the highlights was an XXL valve hub with 125 double-seat and 23 butterfly valves for one of the world’slargest breweries. Knittlinger’s international reputation is also reflected in the fact that Kieselmann is the valve supplier for almost every major whiskey distillery in Scotland. The smooth handling of the major projects “ Doppelleu” in Switzerland and the Bavarian “Tegernsee brewery” also did not go unmentioned. “I believe we are well positioned with our business model and prepared accordingly with the investments of recent years. However, we cannot let up in our quest for the best possible quality and customer-friendly delivery times”, said Klaus Dohle with regard to the uncertain effects of Brexit and the “Trump effect” on the global economy. “But the bottom line is that the course is still set for growth”, said the managing director concluding his global analysis.

Largest single investment in the history of the company
In order to make such growth possible in the first place, the company shareholders have approved 1.5 million euro for a new logistics building. The building is almost finished and can be occupied in February. The shareholders have also approved 7 million euro for a new production hall with canteen and office space. It is the largest single investment Kieselmann has ever made. The demolition of the tennis hall where the new premises will be located begins in February. The construction phase is to be completed and the building ready for occupancy by the end of 2017. It’s a nice gift for the company’s 80th anniversary next year.

Strong team
Many anniversaries were honoured at the Christmas party in 2016 again, as in previous years. Patrick Bittigkoffer, Christian Löffler, Sabrina Dragonetti, Ilona Dittess were honoured for 10 years of service. 11 employees received an award for 25 years of loyalty to the company. Dieter Hartmann, Dietmar Jopp, Leo Olfert,  Torsten Grulke and Michael Müller received their honours on the spot. Siegfried Epple, Ali Kizmaz, Martina Leismann, Markus Braun, Ahmet Kisbet and Kai Sauer were honoured in their absence. Egon Schneider received a certificate of honour from the IHK for 40 years at Kieselmann. “As a long-term oriented company, we are grateful for any kind of stability and continuity. We are proud of our traditionally low turnover in employees and above-average length of service”, said Klaus Dohle to the employees.

After honouring the retirement anniversaries, Klaus Dohle opened the buffet prepared by KIESELMANN canteen chef Wolfgang Wittig for the invited guests. And the excitement did not end after the food. The entertainment which included a presentation of the trainees was also excellent. The newest Kieslmann men and women amused the audience with their annual retrospective. And nobody’s eyes remained dry after the dance performance by the apprentices. Afterwards, the bar was opened with sophisticated alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to ensure nobody’s throat went dry either. And nobody could stay in their seats when the music system started to play. The KIESELMANN workforce danced well past midnight in great spirits. When the lights came on in the hall again, everyone agreed: It was a celebration befitting a successful year.

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BrauBeviale 2016 was a complete success

 For KIESELMANN, BrauBeviale 2016 was a complete success. A well-attended booth, interesting discussions and numerous suggestions sum up this year’s industry trade fair. We look back on three days in which the lively exchange with new and familiar contacts took centre stage.

Not quite in the centre, but definitely the eye-catcher at our booth: the KIESELMANN XXL valve manifold. The node comprises 25 m², equipped with 125 double-seat and 23 butterfly valves.

A KIESELMANN construction, which will be delivered in the coming days to one of the largest international breweries.

In addition to the components from our company, the Fluid Process Group presented itself with valves from Guth, cleaning systems from AquaDuna, tanks from Rieger Behälterbau and representatives from our international branches.

Did you visit us at BrauBveiale? Thank you for your visit - Let's stay in touch!

We are happy to follow up on the discussion and send you further information:

Did not you have time to visit us and talk to us personally? Then feel free to send us an e-mail. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

We are happy to send you our product information.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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KIESELMANN presents a new overflow valve programme at the BrauBeviale 2016

KIESELMANN presents a new overflow valve programme at the BRAU. Available as a corner, T and ring valve in the modular system of the KI-DS valve series, it meets all hygienic design requirements. They are mainly used to limit the delivery pressure or to maintain constant pressure in piping systems with widely varying flow rates. A flow-optimised plate geometry ensures precise opening/closing behaviour and high flow capacity. These valves can be opened to full stroke with pneumatic ventilation. The hexagon head for adjusting the opening pressure is secured against unintentional adjustment. All moving components are inside so the risk of injury is excluded. Four exchangeable drive sizes make later up or down-sizing easy. End position feedback or control heads can be mounted directly on the drive. Housing, shaft and seat seal are available in HNBR, EPDM and FKM.

The hygienic non-return valve in intermediate flange design is also new. Embedded between KIESELMANN small flanges with aseptic k-flex seals, it consists of only a few components and offers maximum functional reliability in horizontal and vertical positions. The dead-space-free
design impresses with a streamlined inner contour, which   minimises pressure loss even at high flow rates. The full opening cross-section is reached at a pressure increase of 0.05 bar. The return spring is protected against overstress by a stroke limiter. A metal stop ensures defined compression of the seat seal.

We look forward to seeing you:
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Intervitis 2016: tongue twisters and trade-fair novelties

Intervitis Interfructa Hortitechnica. What sounds like an artful tongue twister to outsiders is a must-attend event every two years for the wine and juice industry. And also for their plant and component partner: the FLUID PROCESS GROUP.

With stainless steel valves from KIESELMANN, a pressure fermenter from Rieger Behälterbau and valve technology from Guth, we presented ourselves with a product range that equips large beverage producers with high-end stainless steel components. But also equally addresses medium-sized businesses and smaller wine cooperatives. The modular design of our valves also met the special interest of many trade fair visitors. It allows users to expand their plant configuration with the company - without costly new purchases or complete conversions. For example, the change from manual to automatic drive is always possible with our valves and ball valves.

One booth, three exhibitors, one message: The best fluid technology.

The eye-catcher of the joint booth was the pressure-resistant fermentation tank from Rieger Behälterbau. The Vino Top pressure fermenter has a capacity of 25,000 litres and is only available in this design from Rieger Behälterbau. The stainless steel container presented for the first time at the trade fair is equipped as standard with a pillow plate temperature control system for fermentation control, a special agitator for gentle mash mixing and a large-scale mash drain with gate valve.

We would like to take this opportunity again to thank all visitors to the fair for the interesting and inspiring discussions. We look forward to hearing from you again.

We are also happy to send you further information on the modular design of our valves and the Vino Top pressure fermenter. A short e-mail is enough; we will contact you right away.

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Apprentices play the lead roles at KIESELMANN

Enthusiasm and pride were evident to everyone present. “And rightly so”, says Lena Lotspeich, instructor at KIESELMANN GmbH. We invited our trainees to a very special premier for this year’s “Training Day”. The training film “Start your future with us” was shown in the in-house training room.

The short, ten-minute film presents the training and dual study programme at KIESELMANN company. One special thing about it was that the critical premier audience consisted almost exclusively of the people who appeared in the film. “It was clear from the outset that we would integrate our apprentices and dual study students into the entire project”, comments Klaus Richter, Head of Marketing KIESELMANN, on the development of the film.

The prospective industrial clerk Lisa Gulyas also confirms that the approach was a complete success: “I think it’s great that our ideas have been taken into account”, adding with a smile: “And that we even managed to get the lead roles for trainees”. Any doubts about whether everyone liked the film were eliminated with loud applause shortly after the credits.

Take a look at the KIESELMANN training film on YouTube. Just click here

The training film marked the successful start of the 8th “Training Day” at KIESELMANN. Things continued for the “young actors” after the film premier. A photo session for their class year was followed by a factory tour of the Rieger Behälterbau subsidiary in Bietigheim-Bissingen.


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Thank you very much for your visit to the BrauBeviale 2015

We were pleased about the many visitors and great technical discussions. One of the highlights at the KIESELMANN booth was the new control valves with the pronounced replacement seat concept, which allow easy adaptation to changing process conditions in the system.

These products have aroused a lot of interest. If you have not had the opportunity to visit us at the brewery, we will gladly send you information about our new products.

We would like to thank all visitors and our trade fair team for a successful trade fair.

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New control valves at BrauBeviale 2015

Safety plays an important role in food production. That means that in process engineering plants the respective process conditions of the individual production steps are taken into account and the other conditions are adapted to them. The system repeatedly throttles volume flows and reduces pressures for this purpose.

KIESELMANN GmbH developed a new programme of linear or equal percentage control valves for this purpose. These control valves are based on the proven, simple and hygienic valve concept of the KIESELMANN KI-DS valves and have been optimised in simulation and testing for high control accuracy and cavitation resistance. The special feature of KIESELMANN control valves is the pronounced replacement seat concept, which allows easy adaptation to changing process conditions in the system. With a wide range of nominal widths from DN 25 to DN 125, Kv values ​​from 0.4 m3/h to 160 m3/h and various connection variants, the KIESELMANN control valve range offers a large selection.

The right component is offered for every application. With nominal pressures of   PN 10 and the various metallic and elastomeric sealing concepts, these control valves allow the user safe, precise process control and sealing. The durable valves can be used in many ways and hardly leave any customer needs unmet.

You can find us here:
Hall 5, Booth 303/307

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KIESELMANN at the ACHEMA 15-19 June 2015, Frankfurt

Important new ideas were presented by KIESELMANN at ACHEMA 2015:

KIESELMANN Pharmatec, our new company especially for the pharmaceutical sector was presented.
New Products:
Our new aseptic sampling valve programme offers the highest level of safety and, thanks to the modular concept, almost infinite variations. Under the motto of safe automation, we presented our new control heads SPS-ATEX for the ATEX gas and dust areas (zones 1, 2 and 21, 22).

And more there was more:
the aseptic valve series GEMBRA, aseptic pigging technology,
safety valves, cleaning technology and much more.

Thank you for your visit and the technical discussions at our booth.

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The Fluid Process Group would like to thank you for visiting our booth in Cologne at Anuga Food Tec.

We were pleased about the many visitors and great technical discussions. One of the highlights at the KIESELMANN booth was the new aseptic sampling valve series and the double-sealing single-seat valve from the KI-DS valve series.

If you have not had the opportunity to visit us at Anuga, we will gladly send you information about our new products.

We would like to thank all visitors and our trade fair team for a successful trade fair.

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KIESELMANN from 24-27 March at the Anuga Food Tec in Cologne

Perfect process reliability – the promise of the new aseptic sampling valve series from the KIESELMANN Fluid Process Group. With consistent aseptic design, these valves are characterised by an extremely compact and user-friendly modular design. Thanks to the ergonomically shaped handle, sample movements require little effort while the new   clamp-clip allows seal changes in a few steps. The housing connections and drives can be individually adapted to the respective process and plant situation. A
changeover/retrofitting of individual drive components is also easily possible at any time. In addition to the manual drive variant, pneumatic and pneumatic-manual drives are available, which can be supplemented by end position feedbacks or control heads. Equipped with flushing connections, the dead-space-free product space can be cleaned perfectly. The revised steam valves in manual and pneumatic version are available for this purpose, which can also be monitored and operated in pneumatic design via end position feedback and control head. With the newly optimised PTFE bellows, product pressures up to 10 bar (g) can be reliably maintained.

Compact and universal – KIESELMANN double-seal single-seat valves from the KI-DS range score points with their modular design in a functional modular system that can be extended to suit specific applications. The drives can be used universally because the function is either air-opening-spring-closing or spring-opening-air-closing by simply turning the drives.

Two radial seals integrated in the valve disc ensure safe separation of different process media. If a seal failure should occur, the leakage discharge via a small annular chamber between the two plate seals depressurises into the open without contaminating the second product stream. In addition, this annular chamber can be flushed via another inlet valve or even used as a sterile barrier. Like all products in this series of valves, the double-sealing single-seat valve meets the high KIESELMANN hygiene standards.
These new products will be presented at the KIESELMANN stand at Anuga Food Tec in hall 9.1, corridor C 060 / D 061. A visit that is certainly worth it.

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KIESELMANN Rus at the Dairy and Meat Industry 2015 in Moscow

The Dairy and Meat Industry is Russia’s leading international trade fair for the dairy and meat industry. Companies from all over the world present the latest trends, products and technologies for food production and marketing here. Our Russian representative KIESELMANN Rus was also there and presented the wide range of our components, valves and system technology.

The visitors were invited to the KIESELMANN stand by a “living” leak disc valve. As a result, new contacts were successfully established and interesting discussions were held.

We thank you for your visit.

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Thank you very much for your visit to the BrauBeviale 2014

The Fluid Process Group would like to thank you for visiting our booth in Nuremberg at the BrauBeviale.

We were pleased about the many visitors and great technical discussions. One of the highlights at the KIESELMANN booth was the new aseptic sampling valve series and the double-sealing single-seat valve from the KI-DS valve series. These products have aroused a lot of interest.

If you have not had the opportunity to visit us at the brewery, we will gladly send you information about our new products.

We would like to thank all visitors and our trade fair team for a successful trade fair.

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KIESELMANN at the Brau Beviale 2014 in Nuremberg

A new aseptic sampling valve series will be presented at KIESELMANN. The consistently aseptic valves are characterised by their extremely compact design. Depending on the application, they can be equipped differently or retrofitted. From the manual version with ergonomic handle and user-friendly torque via pneumatic drives with end position feedback or even control head, this series leaves nothing to be desired. These sampling valves, equipped with flushing connections, are extremely easy to clean and are easy to maintain. The working range is up to 10 bar (g).

Also new is a double-sealing single-seat valve from the KI-DS valve series.  This valve series is characterised by a very compact design, which can be extended to suit specific applications in a functional modular system. Two radial seals integrated in the valve plate ensure safe separation of different process media. In the event of a leak, the leakage discharge takes place without pressure through a small annular chamber between the two plate seals, without contaminating the second product stream. In addition, this ring chamber can be flushed via another inlet valve or even used as a sterile barrier. Like all products in this valve series, the double-sealing single-seat valve meets the high KIESELMANN hygiene standards.

These and other new products will be shown at our booth at the
Brau Beviale2014 in Nuremberg - Visit us!

You will find us at hall 5 stand 307. We look forward to seeing you.

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KIESELMANN at the China Brew 2014

We successfully participated in the trade fair together with our subsidiary Kieselmann Liquid Processing Equipment (Beijing) Ltd. At our booth at the China Brew 2014 in Beijing.

The selection from our extensive range of valves met with lively interest among the experts. The most important valves for reliable productions could be seen, from disc valves to double-seat valves to the advantageous new tank-domed fitting. Different cleaning heads for tanks and containers were also shown. The automated use of the double-seat valves and the functions of the KIESELMANN control heads in the application could be observed in the tanker storage process system.

The trade fair team would like to thank you for your visit and is happy to provide you with advice and information after the fair. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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KIESELMANN at TechnoPharm 2014 in Nuremberg

Large opening stroke for optimum product throughput and small lateral inflow surfaces are some of the advantages of the KIESELMANN double-seat valves GEMBRA. This is possible thanks to the membrane sealing of these valves, which also ensures a contamination-free, aseptic function. A sterile barrier ensures that foreign media are reliably separated. The safety concept is rounded off by a connection for leak detection and temperature monitoring. The generous, smooth interior ensures excellent cleanability. Another advantage is the low cost of servicing these valves. GEMBRA valves are available as single seat, T-valves, double seat, tank spout and tank spout double seat valves. KIESELMANN builds and installs aseptic valve manifolds according to customer requirements.

Resource conservation is as modern as ever from an economic point of view. For process plants, the aseptic pigging technology from KIESELMANN is an essential element in achieving this goal quickly. By emptying the product lines by means of so-called “pigs” valuable product and cleaning medium can be saved. Furthermore, the pigging technology ensures shorter processes. For the necessary safety, GEMBRA valve technology is used with pig stations newly developed especially for aseptic use. Our pig systems pay for themselves in the shortest possible time and are an excellent way to reduce your production costs. At TechnoPharm you can see the aseptic pigging technology in action and get detailed information about the advantages for your own production.

The cleaning of process equipment and tanks is gaining ever higher priority for most companies for reasons of product safety. For tanks and vessels, KIESELMANN manufactures a comprehensive range of powerful spray heads, rotary cleaners and jet cleaners. Among others, the DUNOSRN rotary cleaner will be on display live and in action at TechnoPharm. Just like the jet cleaner DUNOSO, these rotary cleaners are hydraulically driven by turbines. This cleaner specifically targets crusts and deposits with the help of a powerful mechanical cleaning action. It also achieves a high cleaning effect in large-volume containers with controlled mass use. The spray pattern, which can be optimised for individual processes, ensures the desired results with the use of just one cleaner. Achieving a lot with a small amount is the unique strength of this rotary cleaner, which helps to save valuable resources and time.