In the heart of Altena, Germany, a rich legacy of wire manufacturing continues to thrive through Max W. Claas GmbH & Co. and Hermann Klincke J. H. Sohn GmbH & Co. The journey began in 1989 when the Falz family acquired Max W. Claas GmbH & Co. KG. Six years later, they expanded their vision by acquiring Hermann Klincke J. H. Sohn GmbH & Co. KG. Today, these two independent entities, known collectively as Claas/Klincke Drahtwerke, seamlessly blend centuries-old wire-making traditions with cutting-edge technology and ecological practices.

Between 2008 and 2013, Max W. Claas GmbH & Co. KG underwent significant reconstruction at the Grünewiese site. In 2018, an additional 3,000 square meters were added to the facility. The growth continued in 2023 when Hermann Klincke J. H. Sohn GmbH & Co. KG expanded with another 3,000 square meters of space dedicated to the annealing shop, drawing shop, and administration. These expansions underscore the companies’ commitment to future-oriented development and market responsiveness.

The Falz family’s dedication has enabled Claas/Klincke to offer an impressive production range, with wire diameters spanning from 0.50 to 50 millimeters.
Claas/Klincke’s production spectrum is defined by short throughput times, optimized process sequences, state-of-the-art machinery, maximum reliability, extensive storage areas, product-oriented solutions, and fully covered logistics centers. These elements exemplify their efficiency and capability, forming the backbone of their high-quality wire production.

The Claas/Klincke product range includes:

  • Cold heading wire
  • Through-hardening rolling bearing wire
  • C-Wire
  • Tool steel wire
  • Heat-treatable spring steel wire

Claas and MFL group: a partnership spanning four decades
Since 1988, Max W. Claas GmbH & Co. KG has been a loyal customer of Koch, turning to them for various drawing lines with coilers or vertical spoolers, bull-block plant and retrofits for existing lines.

With extensive experience in cold rolling and stretching equipment, Koch has set design benchmarks in mechanical engineering for the structural steel industry.
Since 2020, Koch has been an invaluable brand under the MFL Group, significantly enhancing their product portfolio. Koch’s contributions include fully automatic production lines for the construction industry, dry drawing machines and bull block plants for the cold heading industry.

Expanding production capacity: the dry drawing line for cold heading wire
To further boost its production capacity, Claas turned once again to Koch. The production line provided to Claas includes the KGT series sensor arm wire dry drawing line and the KEWS series static and drawing coiler.

KGT series sensor arm wire dry drawing line:

  • Wire Material: Steel wire, C-content from 0.15 to 0.85%, according to DIN 17140, ASTM, or similar standards, including Stelmor quality and 100Cr6
  • Inlet Wire Tensile Strength: Max. 1,000 N/mm²
  • Inlet Wire Diameter Range: Ø 5.0 – 7.0 mm
  • Finished Wire Range: Ø 1.2 – 4.2 mm
  • Drawing Speeds: Up to 16.0 m/s

KEWS Series Coilers:

  • Designed for low or high carbon wires
  • Static coiler with horizontal capstan diameters from 300 to 900 mm
  • Equipped with straightener rollers (one for cast and one for helix)
  • Accumulation system available for nonstop production
  • Integration of a pattern laying system possible

Why Claas chose MFL group machinery

  • Machine flexibility extends to the range of finished diameters and the wire take-up method, which can utilize either a finished block or draw coiler
  • High reliability machinery
  • Modernization of the machinery park
  • Increased production volume
  • Rapid service and support from the MFL Group and Koch service teams, which Claas highly appreciates

The partnership between Claas and MFL Group will continue to thrive in the wire manufacturing industry. Together, we are committed to achieving state-of-the-art technology and maintaining a strong focus on quality. Future projects are already under discussion, and we look forward to further collaboration.

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