Research and development

Research and development work in the KraussMaffei Group is an essential factor of its future business success. Our research and development activities mainly concentrate on the new and further development of machinery series, the customer-specific adaptation of components or assemblies and new and innovative process and engineering technologies.

Furthermore, we develop new solutions for current and future trends in plastics and rubber processing, among other things, lightweight components using innovative composite working materials, high-performance insulating materials for the construction industry or premium quality surfaces. Material and resource conservation and also energy, process and product efficiency have top priority during our research activities.

The KraussMaffei Group has its own central research and development departments in or in the vicinity of its main production plants in Munich and Hanover (Germany), Zilina (Slovakia) and Näfels (Switzerland). At other locations we have established further centers of excellence for the development of holistic system solutions. For example, at the plants in Harderberg and Viersen (Germany) we develop and produce presses, die cutters and flexible cutting technologies for components made of polyurethane (PU) or foaming tools for the automotive industry. In 2011, we opened a center of excellence for lightweight applications in Munich.

Around 1,400 individual patents demonstrate the innovative strength of the KraussMaffei Group. To further strengthen and expand our market position, we will also continue to actively invest in our research and development work. We will also continue to promote cooperation with universities and recognized institutes associated with plastics and rubber development.

Innovations and Competitive Advantage


The KraussMaffei Group is known throughout the world for its high innovative strength with regard to new products, processes and process engineering. > Here you can find examples of innovations marketed by the KraussMaffei Group by means of its three product brands KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal.