Kinkelder Group is pleased to announce Michiel Nijhout as our new CEO. He is the successor of Erwin Hissink, who is retiring from the Board after 21 working years.

Michiel Nijhout joined Kinkelder on the 4th of August 2022.

With a background in engineering, finance and sales, Michiel Nijhout has 33 years of experience at technical companies in the manufacturing and wholesale industries. The combination of his experience, culture and drive makes him an ideal fit for our company for the next stages of growth.

Quote Michiel (photo right)

“It is a pleasure to join the Kinkelder group and serve its customers which are part of Kinkelder’s long heritage”

Erwin Hissink will remain with the Kinkelder Group as member of the Supervisory Board.

“Thank you for the faith you had in me through all the years. It was a honour to work with all of you. I wish you a great future in good health.”

We like to thank Erwin Hissink for his longstanding contribution to the success of the Kinkelder Group.

How circular saws can out-perform band saws, save you time and money, and lower your carbon footprint.

As customers require shorter lead times, ‘just in time’ and ‘right first time’ processes, the metal cutting market needs to keep pace. Circular saw solutions are now in many cases better suited than slower band saw machines.

Carbide-tipped circular saws entered the market more than a decade ago, but recent developments mean that they are now far more capable. Initially, they were only used with the softer, lower carbon steels, but improvements in how they are manufactured and sharpened mean that circular saw blades are now capable of being used to saw through much harder materials, such as duplex stainless steels.

This has come hand-in-hand with the continued evolution of sophisticated circular sawing machinery, where improvements in cutting speed and power have enabled circular saws to surpass their band saw counterparts in many use cases.

When compared to a band saw blade, a circular saw blade such as from the carbide-tipped Kinkelder CX range, which can cut through the same material up to 13 times faster, provides multiple advantages, such as:

  • Reduced lead times.
  • Reduced floor space taken up by stock and machinery.
  • Reduced staffing requirements.
  • Reduced electrical costs.
  • Lower carbon footprint.

Circular saw blades also produce a consistently squarer cut with a superior finish, which brings advantages to the next manufacturing stage and could reduce the amount of time processing the material in other departments.

A good example would be a 150mm diameter 316 stainless steel billet. Cutting this may take up to 6 minutes on a band saw machine, but a modern circular saw machine could cut this material cleanly in under 30 seconds.

Kinkelder CX 7 cutting 150mm ST52 steel bar
This is a tremendous saving of time. If a company received an order for 100 pieces, the circular saw would save over 9 hours in cutting time versus the band saw alternative. This can allow staff to focus on other areas of the business and reduce the electrical costs that would accumulate using a band saw machine.

It also reduces a company’s carbon footprint and helps them move towards a greener, more sustainable future; something which has become a hot topic and focus over the past few years. If a circular saw machine could cut six times quicker than a band saw, then one circular saw machine could replace six band saw machines and achieve the same output.

One thing we often find is that operators will continue to give priority to tool life rather than production rates, because they believe that this will save the business money in the long run. The life of a circular saw blade is somewhat shorter than a band saw blade, meaning that the circular saw blade would need to be replaced more frequently. However, due to the time and cost savings that the circular saw machine gives, the cost of the blades is, in our experience, more than offset. We have found that using band saw blades, despite longer life-per-blade, increases lead times, staff costs and the amount of energy being used.

At KR Saws Ltd we aim to cut more quickly to turn metal in to money. When material is sat on your shop floor it isn’t contributing anything to the business financially. Our belief is that we are the market leader when it comes to cutting the harder metals, backed up with technical support and research from our parent company Kinkelder in The Netherlands. We are currently researching methods of cutting higher tensile materials and more challenging alloys such as titanium and induction-hardened chrome bar with circular blades.

One of our customers, a leading stainless steel supplier, invited us to look at their sawing warehouse with a view to completely overhauling and improving their processes. Within a year of our initial findings, they purchased one circular saw machine and removed three band saw machines. They were able to move two saw operators to another department, bolster their man power, and energy was reduced by 22%.

We have also recently expanded our blade sharpening and repair offering, with a collection and delivery service making it simple for companies to use our services to re-tooth, re-grind and recondition blades so that they can be used again.

As research continues and circular saw technology continues to improve, we expect that circular saw machines will find further opportunities to replace band saw applications and make further savings for your company.

We would urge you to take stock of your machinery and processes and consider whether circular saw machines can benefit your company, and if you need any assistance with making an assessment, we would be more than happy to help.

You can connect with Joe Johnson on LinkedIn, and find out more about KR Saws and their extensive range of saw blades and reconditioning services by visiting their website:

Read the Story and watch the videos in The Metal Magazine

Dutch circular saw blade manufacturer Kinkelder BV again has earned a spot in the MT/Sprout Maakindustrie100 2021 at number 80 (Knight Acquisition B.V.).

Every year, MT/Sprout, in collaboration with CFI Netherlands, selects the 100 best-performing manufacturing companies in the Netherlands with a turnover of 500 million euros. The overview consists of manufacturing companies with a Dutch parent company that manufacture and supply products to other companies (B2B) and directly to consumers (B2C). Food producing companies are not included in this list. Publicly available information is used in compiling the list.

For the realization, CFI Netherlands selected the 300 largest SME manufacturing industry companies. These are then ranked according to four criteria:

  1. Turnover 2020 (including change in work in progress)
  2. Turnover growth 2016– 2020 (in %)
  3. Average EBIT 2016–2020 (in %)
  4. Average ROIC 2016–2020 (in %)
    ROIC stands for Return On Invested Capital, whereby the EBIT is compared to the capital that is in the company.

Four rankings were made on the basis of the four criteria. The companies then received points for their place in the ranking. These points are added together to give one total score. If companies end up ex aequo, the 2020 turnover will be the deciding factor.

Please click here to view the full Maakindustrie Top 100 list of 2021 on the MT/Sprout website (in Dutch).

On Thursday 18. November 2021, the new production facility of Kinkelder Cutting Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. at Suzhou was officially openend during a festive ceremony.

The new location offers opportunities to expand further and to meet customers needs even more. In order to ensure a have no interruption in sales and services, the transfer was supported by the Kinkelder HQ in Zevenaar.

We wish our colleagues good luck in their new building!