Supplier of the Year Award

Franck Hirschmann (key account manager), Albert Reiss (managing partner), Hans-Peter Pflüger (former senior employee), Harald Kohl (project manager) have received the "Supplier of the Year 2022" award from Kirchhoff Automotive. © Arku
Franck Hirschmann (Key Account Manager), Albert Reiss (managing partner), Hans-Peter Pflüger (former senior employees), Harald Kohl (project manager) have from Kirchhoff Automotive received the "Supplier of the Year 2022" award. © Arku

Arku Maschinenbau GmbH in Baden-Baden has been named “Supplier of the Year 2022” by its customer Kirchhoff Automotive. The two companies have enjoyed a good working relationship for many years.

In the category “Capital & Tooling” Arku could convince. Due to the current political situation, the award ceremony was held for the first time this year in an online ceremony. On the Arkus side, Albert Reiss (managing partner), Hans-Peter Pflüger (former senior employee), Franck Hirschmann (key account manager) and Harald Kohl (project manager), accepted the award. With this award, Kirchhoff Automotive especially recognizes Arku’s reliability and quality. This has also been reflected in a good cooperation for more than 20 years: The conveyor systems from Baden-Baden have been proving their worth in the production halls of Kirchhoff Automotive since 2002.

“We are united by the typical corporate culture of German medium-sized companies,” says Klaus Lawory, Vice President Procurement at Kirchhoff Automotive. “This includes clear concepts and communication, well-structured processes, appropriate employees and global activities.” Albert Reiss, managing partner of Arku Maschinenbau, adds: “This award is of particular importance to us. It shows that high quality, lasting innovation and strong customer orientation pay off greatly for both sides in a long-term cooperation. Such values are clearly part of Arku’s DNA.”

Today, Arku systems are in operation in Kirchhoff Automotive factories on three continents. The global presence of Arkus Sales and Service is also an important cornerstone of international cooperation. Through the international subsidiaries in the USA and China, the customer also benefits from the fact that a competent contact person is always available. From its three locations in Baden-Baden (Germany), Cincinnati (USA) and Kunshan (China), Arku also ensures a rapid and reliable supply of spare parts and maintenance of the systems.

Arku short profile

Founded in 1928, the family-owned company Arku Maschinenbau GmbH is the market leader in straightening technology with more than 50 years of experience. Arku claims to offer the world’s largest selection of high performance and precision levelers, as well as deburring and rounding machines. In addition, Arku has its own business unit for parts handling around the straightening and deburring machines.

With its headquarters in Baden-Baden, Germany, and ISO-certified subsidiaries in Kunshan (China) and Cincinnati (USA), the company covers markets in over 30 countries. The product range includes precision straightening and deburring machines for parts, automated parts handling with robots and complete coil lines. The Arku machines are used in industrial sheet metal processing. This is particularly the case in the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and shipbuilding. Arku Maschinenbau employs approximately 200 people worldwide.