Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Leyens
Our cutting solutions are ground-breaking for the industry, and we offer customized solutions. This enables our customers to always obtain the best solution for their respective production requirements.
Fecken-Kirfel offers its customers cutting solutions at the highest quality level. New ideas and the identification of new technological possibilities allow for a continuous improvement and further development of our cutting techniques. As a leader in the area of the processing of foam, cellular plastics and rubber, we focus on remaining close to our customers. The customers’ wishes and requirements are what motivates us to continually improve our products. In a close partnership with our customers, we jointly develop cutting solutions that form the basis of many new applications. Our highly qualified employees constitute the most important pillar of our leadership position in terms of new technologies and of the consistently high quality of our products. The high commitment of our employees mirrors the high sense of responsibility towards our customers that prevails on all company levels.
We develop and produce our machines exclusively at our headquarters in Aachen, Germany. We are closely committed to this production site, and many of our suppliers are located in the region around Aachen. Thanks to our high in-house production ratio of more than 90%, we
create safe and sustainable jobs for our employees. In order to maintain our competitive leadership position in the industry, we continually invest in our company. We produce the majority of the components for our machines in-house and ensure the application of efficient processes. This does not only allow us to ensure flexible, rational and above all high-quality production operations for our cutting machines, but also the long-term and reliable availability of the spare parts.
The quality level of solutions designed by Fecken-Kirfel is excellent, and we are pioneers in the field of cutting solutions. We take great pride in this. Numerous patents and awards bear testimony of our leadership role in the field of innovations. Many of our cutting technologies have become the industry standard. It is only with our machines that numerous applications and products that are now part of everyday life came into existence. We continually strive
to further raise the already high quality level of our products by improving the technical aspects, quality and our service to meet the requirements of our customers to their full satisfaction. We adapt our machines to the individual production conditions of our customers by continually designing new solutions.
Cutting solutions are our core business. This is where we focus all our energies. We strive to maintain our leading position in terms of technologies and high quality in order to ensure that we can continually offer the best solutions to our customers. We provide our customers with support and advice regarding the smooth integration of cutting processes in their production. To ensure this, we rely on our welldeveloped network of reliable partners.
The Schiffler family has shaped the history of Fecken-Kirfel for the last 100 years. The owner family provides vital impulses for the strategic focus of the company. The values embodied by the owner family have always had a great impact on the prevailing company spirit. This has
always remained a reliable constant for our customers as well as our employees. This spirit - together with a high sense of responsibility, leadership competence and decision-making capacities – permeates all company areas. This allows us at Fecken-Kirfel to take decisions quickly and to act with great flexibility. At the same time, we take strategic as well as long-term oriented considerations into account for all our decisions, which is an approach quite in the spirit of a company that is oriented towards the future.
Foundation of the company
The Schiffler family takes over the ownership of the company
Company moves to the current location in Aachen
Portfolio switch to the cutting of plastics, rubber and cork materials
Beginning of internationalization and global focus of the company
First profile cutting machine
First peeling machine
First carousel splitting machine
First horizontal Bandknife contour cutting machine
Foundation of Fecken-Kirfel America Inc. in New Jersey, USA
Horizontal bandknife contour cutting machine with CNC control system
PLC control systems based on IPC
Vertical bandknife contour cutting machine with CNC control system
Autonesting / Autorouting software
Combined automatic cutting and trimming machine
Introduction of multifunctional cutting lines
Material Flow Controller software (MFC)
Robert Schiffler inducted into the Flexible Polyurethane Foam Hall of Fame (PFA), for Fecken-Kirfel
Horizontal Bandknife contour cutting machine with oscillating knife
Horizontal splitting machine for hard materials
Horizontal contour cutting machine with wire
Industry 4.0 – introduction of production support software
Fecken-Kirfel celebrates its 150th anniversary