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Heinz Leitner, CEO
Every year we deliver shredding technology to our customers, which makes it possible to treat 6.5 million tons of a variety of waste – and still counting.
More than 4,000 customers in more than 80 countries are supplied with our solutions – from Ghana to the Maldives. The trend is going upward.
For 30 years, we have been connecting innovation and sustainability to not only help our customers’ businesses grow stronger but also to protect the environment.
In 2021, Komptech achieved a neutral carbon footprint for the first time. As some of the emissions are being compensated, which can only be an interim solution, we are continuously working on improvements.
Every year, 450 machines for shredding, separation, and biological treatment of waste leave our factory.
The world is facing some major challenges. We are convinced that to continue mastering these challenges in the future, research is required, because “constant innovation is the only effective means to achieving long-term success as a company while still being able to act sustainably,” said Christian Oberwinkler, CTO. This is why we routinely cooperate with renowned research institutions. This enables us to combine our knowledge and jointly work on intelligent solutions for the future.
Komptech was founded in 1992. The same year in which the Austrian region of Styria became one of the first in Europe to introduce the separate collection of biodegradable waste. This correlation is no coincidence, because “Komptech is an idea. The idea of pioneering spirit and practical application for a better environment,” according to founders Josef Heissenberger and Rudolf Pretzler. Specifically, this means: The new material flows resulting from the separate collection had to be treated properly. A solution was needed, and Komptech developed it with the Topturn, a compost turning machine.
After that, the company rapidly went from strength to strength. Since taking over the majority share of Tehnostroj d.d., now Farmtech, and its screening technology, Komptech covers all key process steps in modern waste handling. In parallel, Komptech is building a global sales organization to provide solutions for a greener future beyond its borders. Simultaneously, Komptech built up a global sales organization to provide solutions for a greener future across borders.
The cooperation with Anlagenbau Günther strengthened the field of screening and separation technology. Numerous innovations resulted from the cooperation: for example the worldwide exclusive sales of star screening technology – an indispensable key component on many systems.
Time to expand: In addition to Factory II, the new production facility in Ljutomer, Slovenia, the Komptech Research Center for research and development was built. The Komptech Academy, a training program for customers, partners and employees, was started to strengthen knowledge within the company and about it.
The new competence center opened in Oelde, Germany, with a focus on assembly and quality assurance for screening and separation technology. This expansion made it possible to reduce the manufacturing time per machine and thus allow more flexible responses to the customer’s wishes.
The Hirtenberger Group, now Orasis Industries, became majority shareholder of Komptech. The stronger financial structure made it possible to accelerate the expansion plans and the work on future innovations even further.
To promote the circular economy, a new business model was introduced: In addition to the new and used machines, the Komptech Rental program now also became available. This range of options means that there is a fitting solution for each customer.
The market entry in Ghana, which was accompanied by the largest single order in the company’s history, opened the doors to new developing markets. In the same year, the Frohnleiten location was expanded to include a spacious customer service center and strengthened by moving the research and development center to Frohnleiten.
With the takeover of the Graz-based company JAWA Management Software GmbH, Komptech gained a significant IT partner for further expanding its competences in digitization and optimizing the daily work life.
Thanks to its more than 30 years of experience in waste treatment, Komptech has matured into more than a technology provider. The company’s expertise enables it to offer customers complete solutions in the form of services and products and to demonstrate how customers can generate value from waste. This helps them to not only strengthen their companies, but also to make a sustainable contribution to the environment.
With our dense network of 80 sales and 70 service locations, we are always close to the customers. With this approach, we offer our customers:
In this way, we can fulfill all requirements.
How can you generate value from waste? Which materials can be processed? What does a sickle tooth look like and how is a machine designed, built and maintained? On the economy adventure tour, visitors can expect exclusive insights into this event. The highlights are the visit to production and the area on the topic of digitization, which was redesigned in 2021 – a topic that is particularly important to us.