KHS and Ferrum expand partnership to enhance competence in the can sector


The Dortmund systems supplier will be acquiring a stake in Ferrum Packaging, with an aim to bundle the competencies of both machine-engineering companies to form a common system portfolio in the interest of providing integrated customer systems.

KHS has announced its decision to purchase a stake in Ferrum Packaging, a subsidiary of Ferrum and incorporates Ferrum’s worldwide can seaming business. The aim of the merger is to develop and globally market joint solution. KHS has been offering Ferrum can seamers as accessory components for its canning lines, and the partnership will advance on developing even more efficient systems including a filler-seamer block.

Dr Siegmar Stang, executive vice-president, wet area, KHS, said: “Based on skilled future planning of technical components, block solutions are to be designed to be as integrative as possible, and do away with redundant functions.”

Combined filler-seamers designed for the maximum capacity class are planned with benefits for the overall process, as Oilver Bühler, CTO of Ferrum Packaging, elaborated: “We don’t want to merely present one solution; we want to develop a comprehensive system portfolio that meets the needs of every customer while offering clear customer benefits.”

Among other things, the two partners have set themselves as targets for their new developments a lower total cost of ownership through shorter changeover times and more rapid sanitising phases. In addition, the hygienic environment of the systems is to be further optimised.

The partnership will also bring about extensive customer advantages in the area of customer service. In the future, all service for combined systems from KHS and Ferrum will be offered from a single source.

The planned services include joint overhauls of the systems, and integration of the KHS remote maintenance system, Remote Diagnostic Service (ReDiS). Coordinating the supply of spare parts will also result in improvements in discontinuation management to ensure continued operation of the machines and thus the availability of systems.