Number of employees
Krones AG is a German systems supplier. It develops and constructs individual machines and entire production plants in the beverage production, bottling and packaging equipment and PET recycling sectors. Its customers include food and beverage producers, bottlers, converters and PET recycling companies.
Facts and figures
The group has its head office in Neutraubling, Bavaria. In addition to its five German production sites, Krones has more than 40 international subsidiaries. The company employs around 13,000 people worldwide.
Products and services
In the plastics technology sector, Krones covers the complete cycle of recyclable materials. With Krones machines and complete systems, PET containers are
- produced in a stretch blow moulding process
- cleaned, filled and capped
- checked for different characteristics such as filling accuracy or cleanliness
- labelled or printed directly
- packed, palletised and stored
- recycled in food-grade quality
- produced and filled aseptically
In addition to its machine technology, Krones offers a range of services for PET processing companies, for example
- the design of new PET bottles
- the optimization of existing bottle designs as regards weight, processability or suitability for transportation
The Krones AG design team has already received a number of national and international awards for its design concepts, among others the World Beverage Innovation Award and the iF Packaging Design Award.
Krones was founded in 1951 by Hermann Kronseder. In its early years, the company specialized in the construction of labelers. From the 1960s, further machines were continually added to the range. First of all packers and fillers, later followed by other machine and technology sectors such as inspection and process technology.
Its entry into the plastics technology sector was a milestone in the company’s history. The first Contiform stretch blow moulder came onto the market in 1997. Ten years later and the five-hundredth model of this product series had already been sold.
PETplanet Insider Articles
Issue 04 / 2021: Enough plastic to re-use it
Issue 03 / 2021: A picture of health
Issue 12 / 2020: Multi-talented
Issue 11 / 2020: One of the last European's wild corners
Issue 09 / 2020: German packaging award 2020 - Krones wins the "sustainability" category
Issue 07 / 2020: Complete concept for wastewater recycling
Issue 05 / 2020: Direct digital printing
Issue 05 / 2020: Sustainable packaging solutions
Issue 04 / 2020: A modularised look at the future
Issue 10 / 2019: PET: the closed plastics cycle under one roof
Issue 09 / 2019: Closed-loop recycling
Issue 04 / 2019: Clean results
Issue 03 / 2019: Green bottle, red tower
Issue 01 / 2019: MHT USA strengthens customer support, engages new partners and commits new investments in 2019
Issue 12 / 2018: From hand bottling to 76 million fills
Issue 12 / 2018: Acquisition of MHT - Krones strengthens its PET capabilities
Issue 11 / 2018: Brau Beviale 2018: Full-range supplier to the beverage industry
Issue 11 / 2018: Filling and packing of PET kegs
Issue 11 / 2018: Machine details
Issue 10 / 2017: Every piece a unique
Issue 09 / 2017: High-speed oil
Issue 09 / 2017: Krones and Erema are joining forces to progress PET recycling
Issue 08 / 2017: Improved line performances
Issue 07 / 2017: Co-packer opts for dry aseptics
Issue 04 / 2017: Flexible packaging virtuosity in the „House of Krones“
Issue 03 / 2017: Maximizing packaging versatility
Issue 03 / 2017: Tea or coffee? Both!
Issue 01 / 2017: Fruitful alliance
Issue 01 / 2017: Filling while forming and forming while filling