Dear Readers:

For many of us, what an investment costs throughout the entire course of its service life has long been a matter of importance. After all, the operating costs can easily exceed the actual cost of procurement many times over the years. It’s thus hardly surprising that calculating indirect costs with the help of what is known as a total cost of ownership model is something which is gaining in significance for many companies. All of the expenditure incurred above and beyond the investment costs of a machine during its operation are observed and added together – including the costs for recycling or disposal at the end of its life cycle.

Precisely because these valuation standards have not yet been clearly identified within our branch of industry, as a machine and systems manufacturer we find it important that when comparing offers our customers are also able to assess our service concepts and our technol­ogy’s efficient use of energy and resources. In order to make this possible, KHS has developed a number of tools which make transparent the period within which investments in our plant engineering pay off. Read more on this in the extensive interview with our experts Jaroslaw Niebisch and Timo Jakob.

However, as our many product and service innovations illustrate, we do not merely observe the subject of total cost of ownership from a controlling perspective. With these innovations we constantly strive to further optimize our use of materials, media and energy and reduce the maintenance effort required by our machinery. The climate and the environment also benefit here. You can find out what we have already achieved in this field and what we have planned for the future in our sustainability report.

However detailed the information on our technically impressive and economically effective systems regarding the total cost of ownership may be in this issue of KHS competence, if you wish you can find out more in person by visiting our booth at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany. We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s show!

Best regards,


Prof. E. h. Dr.-Ing. Johann Grabenweger

Unterschrift Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer