Archive – KSM Castings


Bernd Westphal at KSM
Company Visit: Bernd Westphal at KSM in Hildesheim

The chairman of the KSM work council, Manuel Duarte, invited Bernd Westphal, member of the SPD in the German Bundestag, to the site of the KSM Castings Group in Hildesheim.

Apart from Duarte, Westphal was accompanied by the two plant managers Dr. Klaus Greven and Joachim Heußmann.

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Shelby: First KSM Family Day
Shelby: First KSM Family Day

The 1st Family Day – and thus the debut of the employee and family appreciation day at KSM Shelby – was celebrated on Saturday, October 15th 2016.

More than 225 employees and family members attended the event which was held outdoors on the company property.

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KSM is among TOP 100
KSM Castings is among the TOP 100

The company from Hildesheim belongs to Germanys innovation elite/honor by TOP 100-mentor Ranga Yogeshwar 

The TOP 100 companies, the most innovative companies of the German SMEs, will be awarded for the 23rd time.

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Corporate Challenge
Corporate Challenge in Wernigerode

Wednesday, 1st of June, was the day of the 2nd Harzer Firmenlauf (corporate challenge) – Many KSM runners from the plants in Wernigerode and Hildesheim took part.

KSM participated with the whole management and 52 runners (female and male) in 14 company teams. With this number, KSM was the company with the highest participation of the whole event.

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KSM: Preferred Supplier
KSM Castings Group receives again Preferred Supplier Award

Also this year, the KSM Castings Group is one of the awarded suppliers of the Robert Bosch GmbH and received the award as „Preferred Supplier 2016“. 

The Robert Bosch GmbH counts on long term, competitive cooperations. 

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KSM runs for Hildesheim
KSM runs for Hildesheim

Last Sunday, almost 2.500 runners participated in the 30. Wedekindlauf in Hildesheim, despite hail, rain and storm. The KSM runners team was also present.

Temperatures similar to those at the turn of the year did not make it easy both for the runners and spectators. Thus, staying power was required. However, almost all participants of the 5 km and 10 km distances finished the competition. 

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KSM with own fire brigade
KSM with own fire brigade

Ready to start in 5 minutes – KSM’s own plant fire brigade is also allowed to operate at fires in the city

Since last week, the KSM fire brigade, managed by the fire officer Christian Anders, is officially approved as ”part-time plant fire brigade”.

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Hannover in marathon fever
Hannover in marathon fever – not without KSM

Last Sunday was the day of marathon in Hannover. In perfect weather, almost 21.000 athletes were on the move. The KSM Castings Group too.

The KSM runners team was present with the whole management and many runners from other KSM plants, even from CZ Republic.

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Shelby: Course for growth

Production only started in 2014 for KSM Castings Group, and yet the production site in Shelby is already a success story.

The fully automated production facility of the German automotive supplier KSM in Shelby, NC, USA, is filled with state of the art production technology, industrial robots and perfectly aligned production lines.

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KSM at the EUROGUSS 2016

The KSM Castings Group was present at the 11th EUROGUSS. Europe’s biggest trade fair for die casting took place from 12 - 14 January 2016 in Nuremberg.

For more than 10 years now KSM is exhibitor at the EUROGUSS where it informs trade experts and visitors about its latest products, developments and services.

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Substantial damage after fire
Substantial damage after fire

The damage caused by a fire in the KSM magnesium foundry last weekend is higher than expected.

According to current information it is estimated at ca. 1.5 Mio. Euro. Reparation work at the casting machine will probably take about 5 – 6 months.

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Fire in magnesium foundry
Fire in magnesium foundry

On Saturday at 8:00 p.m. a fire broke out in the KSM magnesium foundry in Hildesheim. Nobody was injured.

The source of the fire was located in the electricity of the casting machine for the production of magnesium transmission housings. According to current information the damage both affects the casting machine itself as well as the electronic for the machine and system control.

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24 new apprentices at KSM
Start of apprenticeship at KSM: Two apprentices talk about the start of their training

Two apprentices talk about the start of their training

They passed the recruitment procedure and have the employment contract in hands: Maurice Bonnes and Lennart Bothe are among the new 24 apprentices of the KSM Castings Group. The company is the second largest employer in Hildesheim and one of the biggest global suppliers of lightweight casting products to the automotive industry.

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Shelby: ISO 9001 certificate
KSM plant in Shelby certified according to ISO 9001

The new plant of the KSM Castings Group in Shelby, USA, is certified according to the quality management standard ISO 9001:2008.

The KSM production sites introduced a comprehensive quality management system a long time ago – now the new plant in the USA as well. In doing so, the company will constantly improve it’s processes and reduce error rates. With this certification, the plant in North Carolina now also complies with this central customer demand and proofs that customers can rely on the KSM quality worldwide

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Investment in production
The KSM Castings Group –  Investment in production and people

Today, the new manufacturing hall of the KSM Castings Group officially starts production after nine months of construction work.

The investment of 13 Mio. Euro and the creation of 30 new jobs on site clearly illustrates the importance of the KSM headquarter in Hildesheim.

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Bosch Global Supplier Award
The KSM Castings Group GmbH receives Bosch Global Supplier Award

The KSM Castings Group has been honored with the “Bosch Global Supplier Award 2015” from Robert Bosch GmbH in the mechanics and resale goods category.

This is the 14th time that the supplier of technology and services has given out the global supplier award. By presenting this award, the company recognizes outstanding performance in the manufacture and supply of products or services – notably in the areas of quality, costs, logistics, and innovations.

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KSM: "Get in Form"
At the IdeenExpo, KSM inspires with „Get in Form“

At the IdeenExpo which took place from 4th July until 12th July at the exhibition center in Hannover, the KSM apprentices could demonstrate how thrilling foundry technology can be.

The IdeenExpo is considered as the biggest event in Germany with regard to science and technology. Its target is to get children and younger people inspired for the so called MINT-jobs (mathematics, informatics, natural science and technology) and to promote qualified employees. 

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KSM at „Tag der Niedersachsen“
KSM at „Tag der Niedersachsen“

Last weekend, more than 300.000 visitors celebrated the „Tag der Niedersachsen“ in Hildesheim.

Companies, organizations, associations and churches were presented on 10 festivity miles and 7 stages. On the Hi-Move, the festivity mile for energy and mobility, the KSM Castings Group was present with its truck.

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NEWCAST great success for KSM
NEWCAST 2015 great success for KSM

The NEWCAST, the 4th international trade fair for precision castings in Düsseldorf, ended this weekend.

The KSM Castings Group reported a positve outcome.

About 78.000 visitors from more than 120 countries visited the trade fair to be informed by more than 2.200 exhibiting companies about the latest developments in the European metallurgy and foundry technology. 

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Taking a look into the future career
Taking a look into the future career

For the second time, the KSM Castings Group was present at the job fair Career Dates of the Leibniz University Hannover.

Lots of students and graduates sought dialogue with Laura Wachalski, Philip Ristenpart and Steffen Gieseler and kept up to date about the company and the possibilities to start their professional career.

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Vít Pavlišta is marathon champion
Vít Pavlišta is marathon champion

Vít Pavlišta, employee of the KSM CZ a.s. in Czech Republic, has completed this year’s Prague Marathon with a personal record.

Pavlišta, who has been passionate about running for many years and regularly takes part in marathons, crossed the finished line after only 2:17:51 hours.

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Ni hao Mr. Wang - KSM welcomes Chinese owner
Ni hao Mr. Wang - KSM welcomes Chinese owner

Franz Friedrich Butz and Christoph Salentin, managing directors of KSM, welcomed Mr. Wang Jiong, who visited the Hildesheim plant on 9th of May 2015.

Since 2011, the KSM Castings Group is part of the CITIC Dicastal Group, which is a 100% daughter of the Chinese CITIC Group. The reason for the visit of Mr. Wang Jiong, Vice Chairman and President of the CITIC Group and former Chairman of the Board is to review the cooperation until now and the development of the KSM Group in recent years.

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KSM staff at Hannover Marathon
Common goal – KSM staff at Hannover Marathon and Hildesheim Wedekindlauf

KSM running enthusiasts at this year’s Hannover Marathon and Hildesheim Wedekindlauf

In Hannover, 12 employees of KSM took part. Oliver Schulz was the only participant who run the complete marathon distance of 42.19 km. He finished in 3 hours and 29 minutes. The other participants run the half-marathon. Monika Lamping was the only woman from KSM and finished in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

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Mayor Dr. Ingo Meyer at KSM
Mayor Dr. Ingo Meyer at KSM

The competitiveness of a company primarily depends on its employees.

It is essential to give them training, further qualification and to tie them to the company in the long-run. During his visit at the KSM Castings Group GmbH, the Hildesheim Mayor Dr. Ingo Meyer could see for himself how this is successfully done.

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Future career day
Future careerday at KSM Castings

33 young people get a first impression about the company

For the participants, the future career day targets to peek the interest for different jobs and to serve as a guide in order to plan their future careers.

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KSM implements new „Award for civil courage“
KSM provides the new „Award For Civil Courage“

Award for attention, courage and determination

In the apprentice workshop of the KSM Castings Group, the new award for civil courage was officially introduced today to the press. The award was designed by the artist Enrico Garbelmann.

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KSM-soccer players win German company soccer championship
KSM-soccer players win German company soccer championship

For the third time in succession, the BSV Fritz Völkel 03, company soccer team of the KSM Castings Group, won the indoor German company soccer championship.

During the 16th indoor-DBM 2015 in Göttingen and Duderstadt (Lower Saxony) the BSV Fritz Völkel 03 finished first in their group.

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Never been anything like this before!
KSM Castings was awarded by the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce with the „2014 – Industry of the year“ AWARD

And the winner is: KSM. The KSM Castings NC Inc. was awarded by the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce with the „2014 – Industry of the year“ AWARD.

Within only one year, the company managed to construct and launch a new plant “on a muddy field”. This has never occurred before in Shelby and is the reason why KSM is the winner of the award “2014 – Industry of the year”.

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High ranking visitors at KSM
High ranking visitors at KSM in Shelby

Elisabeth Umberson and Wilhelm Rehm (ZF) visited the plant of the KSM Castings Group in Shelby.

Elisabeth Umberson is the Vice President of the materials management department at the ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Wilhelm Rehm is member of the executive board at ZF and responsible for the materials management department and industrial engineering.

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Growth is the future of the KSM Castings Group
Growth is the future of the KSM Castings Group

The company group is one of the most important global automotive suppliers for lightweight cast parts.

With the development of new lightweight components as well as innovative materials, KSM sets the standard. Just to mention some examples, KSM produces the front axle component of the Porsche Macan and the steering knuckle of the new Audi TT.

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New leadership at KSM
Christoph Salentin and Franz F. Butz, the new leadership at KSM

KSM starts new year with dual management

With Franz Friedrich Butz and Christoph Salentin, two well-respected experts in international business executives, the KSM Castings Group continues its course for success with two new, and yet familiar faces.
Both Butz and Salentin are succeeding Dr. Frank Boshoff and Carsten Gante, who are leaving the company for family reasons. “I follow in big footsteps, but I am excited and ready for the challenge”, states Butz regarding his decision to rejoin KSM as CEO after a successful stint with VW.

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KSM: Trainees commitment to energy efficiency
KSM: Trainees commitment to energy efficiency

In summer 2014, 60 trainees from 16 companies have started as energy scouts to save energy in their companies and to protect environment and climate at the same time.

On 10th December 2014, the three best works were awarded with a certificate from the IHK Hannover - among them works of the KSM trainees as well.

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Deep sadness about the death of Dr. Thomas Zeuner
Deep sadness about the death of Dr. Thomas Zeuner

The Chief Sales Officer of the KSM Castings Group GmbH, Dr. Thomas Zeuner, passed away unexpectedly on the 25th of November.

Dr. Zeuner was well known and highly appreciated for his restless dedication and commitment to the KSM Castings Group.
“We have been deeply touched by the sudden death of Dr. Thomas Zeuner. In this time of parting, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife and his family”, said Dr. Frank Boshoff, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the KSM Castings Group GmbH.

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KSM presents chassis components
KSM at the IZB 2014

Hall 5, stand 5209: At the IZB, KSM presents chassis components of the Audi TT and the Porsche Macan

From 14th – 16th October 2014, the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) takes place in Wolfsburg for the 8th time.
Take a look at the chassis of the brand new TT or the Macan, see that highest demand on design and function are not restricted to the car body itself. At the IZB, this is demonstrated by the steering knuckle of the brand new Audi TT and the front axle components of the Porsche Macan.

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3rd health day at KSM
fire fighter training at KSM

With the slogan „Stay fit and healthy“, the KSM Castings Group GmbH in Hildesheim invited its 1000 employees to the company’s third health day.

From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the employees were entertained by a colorful program, including fire fighter training and simulated stress test – with information desks, presentations and a tombola. 

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Let's Rock!
Individual design for AARON High End audio amplifier

Individual design made in the apprentice workshop: The KSM Castings Group GmbH in Hildesheim is casting housing components of the AARON High End audio amplifier.

At the KSM Castings Group GmbH in Hildesheim, the front and top panels of the AARON are formed by fire and flames: Built for eternity and hand casted in one piece. The motifs are a composition of the insignia of rock music: Skulls, stars and fleur-de-lis. Wild, impressive, gorgeous – like rock music itself.

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KSM family party 2014

If you are seduced by the smell of fresh coffee, sweet fruits, tasty hot dogs, if spiced steaks sizzle on the grill, the bartender whips up with fruity cocktails, not to mention numerous other attractions like live acts on stage, then it is time again for the KSM family party.

More than 1000 people visited the area of the KSM Castings Group in Hildesheim on Saturday, 19th july.

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Certified energy management system

KSM Castings: Energy management is certified according to ISO 50001

On June 2, 2014, the energy management system of the KSM Castings Group GmbH was certified for all German plants of the company group according to DIN EN ISO 50001. The integrated quality and environmental management system of the company has already been certified for many years and is now audited once per year in combination with the energy management system from the certification company DQS GmbH.

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KSM on the Euroguss
KSM on the Euroguss 2014

Technology Process Product-KSM

The international die casting industry met at its largest trade fair in Europe, Euroguss 2014. For the 10th time at this trade fair for diecast tradition and innovation, KSM showed innovative die casting process and product solutions. Parallel to the exhibition, a varied program was offered. A high quality, professional audience discussed current issues in science and practice.

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