KMD Plastifizierungstechnik is a developer and manufacturer of high-quality machinery for the production of so-called extruders, formed components of thermo-plastic material. The firm also develops and makes laboratory systems for spinning artificial threads and non-woven fabrics.
The R&D team at KMD has extensive experience in machine construction, fluid mechanics, fine chemicals, artificial material technology, synthetic threads, non-woven-fabric technologies, textiles, automation and other areas. In addition to its internal activities, KMD is involved in a number of joint R&D projects with universities in Europe, the US and Asia.
KMD’s Chinese owner Kellen Duan founded a company in Düsseldorf in 2011. But because he wanted to live on the ocean, as he had done in China, he began considering moving his firm within Germany.
As part of a Schleswig-Holstein Economic Development and Technology Transfer Society (WTSH) workshop in Hangzhou, China, where the WTSH’s Schleswig-Holstein Business Center (SHBC) also has a location, he spoke with SHBC representatives about his plans. The WTSH quickly set about looking for a location in Schleswig-Holstein for Duan. He eventually chose Pelzerhaken near Neustadt, settling with his family in a new home with a view of Baltic Sea. A dream had come true.
An existing property meeting the investor’s wishes was found in Lübeck: a 1000-square-meter production unit with five-meter-plus-high ceilings. It allowed Duan to produce in Germany as well, whereas he had previously only done R&D in Düsseldorf. The company moved to Lübeck, where it plans to employ some 45 people in the next three to five years.
WTSH also assisted Duan in applying for a visa. His company found useful contacts to suppliers through WTSH innovation advisors in Lübeck, and the company will receive expert advice and support in future.