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apt Extrusions in Monheim (D) opens its doors on September 19th, 2019

The Long Night of the Industry (orig. Lange Nacht der Industrie) has enjoyed an increased popularity since its start nine years ago. In 2019, apt Extrusions GmbH & Co. KG in Monheim (D) will repeatedly participate. On September 19th, the company is opening its doors for interested visitors for the fifth time. “During the previous times, we have had many interesting conversations with visitors. We are therefore delighted to participate this year again.” says Thomas Boddenberg, Managing Director of apt Extrusions GmbH & Co. KG.

After a short company presentation, visitors will be equipped with safety glasses and ear protectors. Followed by a factory tour, guests will get to know the whole production process, from raw material to processing and finishing of aluminium profiles. Visitors will experience firsthand how exciting and responsible working in a production plant is and how modern and innovative production processes are.

Are you interested in participating? Registrations are open via the following website: https://www.langenachtderindustrie.de/regionen/rhein-ruhr/


apt Group: European Top Position in Surface Treatment

The current issue of Aluminium Kurier (published 14 March 2019), a German industry magazine, contains a special insert about surface treatment. In it, the publisher also reports about apt Group and its competence in surface treatment (focusing on anodizing and powder coating). At the same time, topics such as sustainability, value creation chain, and diversity of apt Group are addressed.

Please find the complete article in German here (pdf).


Happy New Year!

apt Group wishes you and your family a happy new year and a good start into 2019. We are looking forward to a pleasant cooperation!


apt: Latest Technology for Highest Quality Requirements

Bernd Schäfer, CEO of apt Group, was interviewed in the current edition of the Aluminium-Praxis, published on 03 August 2018. The magazine reports about the strategic direction of the company.

Please find the complete German interview with the title "apt: Latest Technology for Highest Quality Requirements" here (pdf).


apt Group Invests in Most Modern Extrusion Technology


With a yearly production capacity of 80.000 tons apt Group belongs to the leading European aluminium profile manufacturers. The competence of apt‘s extrusion division with production facilities in Monheim am Rhein (D) and in Roermond (NL) are complemented by its products division with two state-of-the-art fabrication centres in Eckental (D) and Cheb (CZ) where further processing activities for customers from the automotive, commercial vehicle and industry sector are located.


Within apt’s extrusion plant in Monheim the former 2,000 tons (20 MN)-press was replaced with a new modern front-loading press of SMS, which has an extrusion force of 27 MN. Additionally, the billet furnace was renewed. Furthermore, new automatic sawing lines were installed at both extrusion facilities.


“Despite a challenging investment environment in Germany and the Netherlands, which is mainly caused by high energy- and personnel costs, apt has repeatedly proven to maintain its competitiveness by investing in most modern technologies. In this way, the future of these locations is sustainably secured.”, explains Bernd Schäfer, CEO of the group.


With 27 MN extrusion force, the new press is bigger than the previous one and meets market requirements. In order to use the efficiency of the press in the best possible way, billet diameters were adjusted accordingly. Thanks to the configuration of the new 27 MN press and its parameters, further synergy and backup potential has been generated between the two extrusion plants in Monheim and Roermond.


In the context of the investment into the P27, apt installed for the first time a billet heating in conjunction with an induction furnace. Another novelty is the hot-sawing process of the billets. In essence the advantages of the new press can be identified in the combination of inline-furnace, front-loading press, extreme cooling system and flying cutting:


The furnace stands out with an exact temperature control. This results in a consistent product quality. Since billets are cut, the system is significantly less sensitive to failures. The material data can be traced precisely. Further, the block magazine results in a more efficient logistic process. Up to 150 bars can be stored near the press and are automatically fed into the process.


The new press also provides substantial advantages: The linear guidance of punch and recipient results in further improved process reliability. Shortest auxiliary process times are achieved by the instalment of very fast hydraulics. The new press operates with an ecodraulic system, an intelligent start/stop automatic to shut down unused hydraulic pumps. The block diameter was increased to 215 mm, leading to higher efficiency in logistics and procurement.


The extruded profiles receive better mechanical properties thanks to an extreme cooling system. This system ensures an optimized cooling process for asymmetrical cross-sections and greater tolerances for demanding alloys. Flying cutting causes a reduction in auxiliary process times and in process scrap.


„Altogether, the investment into the new press leads to energy savings and a significant increase in productivity, process reliability, and quality. Furthermore, the additional investments in sawing competences at the Monheim and Roermond location are an additional step towards optimized workflows. Our employees benefit from ergonomic working conditions at highest possible safety levels.”, emphasizes Bernd Schäfer.


The 2017 installed automatic saw in Monheim has a feeder-magazine where raw lengths are placed in packages. The profile package is gripped by a clamping unit and then pushed through the saw. The feed drive is generated through a highly dynamic linear drive. In this way, profiles are placed precisely, resulting in a higher throughput rate. Due to short change times, the machinery is highly flexible and produces lengths between 10 mm and 3,500 mm.


The newly installed automatic saw at apt Extrusions B.V. in Roermond is characterized by extremely tight tolerances. This machine has been designed to fit the specific needs of apt in Roermond. It fulfills current market requirements and complements the existing line up. Many customer orders from the commercial vehicle sector are already produced with this saw. The very tight tolerances that can be achieved are also interesting for other industries and new customers.


apt Group is divided into its business units aluminium extrusion and fabrication. About 1,000 employees generate yearly revenues of approximately 250 million Euros. apt belongs to the market leaders in the west-European aluminium industry with six extrusion lines, state of the art fabrication, and three anodizing plants. Renowned customers from the building, transportation, and industry sector are supplied. The product portfolio includes complex aluminium profiles, which are partly postprocessed and refined, as well as aluminium products and systems.

Bernd Schäfer, CEO apt Group, Monheim am Rhein


Bernd Schäfer reelected as chairman of the GDA Division for semi-finished aluminium products


Düsseldorf, 16 March 2018 - At the general meeting of the division for semi-finished aluminium products in the Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e.V. (GDA), Düsseldorf, Bernd Schäfer, CEO of apt Sedant Holding GmbH in Monheim, was reelected as its chairman. Also the vice chairman, Frank Busenbecker, Managing Director of Erbslöh Aluminium GmbH in Velbert, was confirmed in office.


The GDA Division for semi-finished aluminium products represents the largest group of producers in the German aluminium industry. The branch produced some 2.5 million tonnes of semi-finished aluminium products in 2017. Germany is by far the largest producer of semi-finished aluminium products in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Aluminium semi-finished products include sheets, strips, plates, profiles, rods, tubes, wire and forgings. The main sales markets for the products are the construction sector, the traffic and transportation sector, as well as packaging.


- Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e.V.

from left: Frans Kurvers, Bernd Schäfer


Managing Partner Frans Kurvers retires

After 20 years of successful service for apt, Managing Partner and CEO Frans Kurvers retires with effect from 31 December, 2017.

Frans Kurvers devoted more than 40 years to the aluminium industry with passion and entrepreneurial engagement. During that time, he made significant contribution to the development of the former family business apt Hiller to a medium-sized, international group. By the creation of a new ownership structure with SEDANT group in 2015, the foundation for a successful future for apt was laid. Frans Kurvers continues to have a close relationship with apt as a shareholder.

After a successful transition period from Kurvers, Bernd Schäfer overtakes the responsibility as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the apt Group with effect as of January 01, 2018.

Bernd Schäfer, future CEO apt Group, Monheim am Rhein


Bernd Schäfer becomes new CEO of apt Group

Following 20 years of successful service for apt as Managing Partner/CEO of apt Group, Frans Kurvers decided to withdraw from the operative business and to pass the overall responsibility to his successor Bernd Schäfer. Bernd Schäfer will be appointed Managing Director from 1st September 2017 and will take over the full responsibility as CEO from Frans Kurvers after a short transition period.

Bernd Schäfer started working in the aluminium sector in 1999. In 2008 he joined Alcoa, his most recent employment there being Vice President Commercial/Global Commercial Transportation & Industrial with Arconic. In this position, he was responsible for the global strategy and marketing of rolled products for the segments 'Industrial & Commercial Transportation'. After his studies of business administration, Bernd Schäfer built up extensive experience in the stainless steel and nickel business. Before joining Alcoa, Bernd Schäfer, had held senior positions for the rolled product segments of Hydro Aluminium and Alcan. He is Chairman of the Fachverband Aluminiumhalbzeug within the German aluminium association (GDA-Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e.V., Düsseldorf).


New organizational structure for the apt Group

with the entry of Sedant Foundation Holding Co. Ltd as majority shareholder in the middle of 2015 and the associated retirement of our founder Werner Hiller, we laid the foundation for corporate succession. Now we are taking the next step and reorganize our company structure from 1st July 2017 for future growth opportunities.

apt Hiller GmbH is renamed to apt Sedant Holding GmbH, into which all equity holdings are moved. The function of the Holding is to lead, organize and coordinate management activities of the apt Group.

At the same time, we decided to change the names of our extrusion plants. The operational extrusion activities of apt Hiller GmbH are transferred to apt Extrusions GmbH & Co. KG with immediate effect. apt Kurvers B.V. in Roermond/NL is operating as apt Extrusions B.V. as of today. Some time ago, we executed this organizational structure for our subsidiaries apt Products GmbH in Eckental/D and apt Products s.r.o. in Cheb/CZ. The reason for the name change is to illustrate the belonging to apt and to emphasize on the core competency “extrusion” within our group.


Marcel Loman appointed Managing Director of apt Kurvers B.V.

After Frans Kurvers had been responsible for more than 10 years for apt Kurvers B.V., he has now given the further development in the hands of Marcel Loman. He was appointed Managing Director of apt Kurvers B.V. per 1st February 2017. Loman joined the apt - Group in 2005 and most recently he acted as Deputy Managing-Director of the Dutch apt factory in Roermond. Frans Kurvers will focus exclusively on guiding the group activities  and will work for the further growth of apt Group.


EUROPEAN ALUMINIUM AWARD for apt customer van Campen Industries

In the framework of the International Trade Fair ALUMINIUM 2016 in Dusseldorf, several companies of the aluminium sector who created extraordinary and innovative designs were awarded this special prize. The Awards were handed out on 29 November in Dusseldorf. Van Campen Industries received the Special Prize for the category “Architecture & Construction”. The creative and outstanding facade design of the P+R garage at the trainstation in Elst/The Netherlands convinced the international jury. The aluminium extrusion profiles were delivered by apt Kurvers B.V., Roermond/The Netherlands.

The Atrium: central meeting point at „The Edge“


Sustainability with apt

„The Edge“, located in Amsterdam’s Zuidas area, is regarded as the world’s most sustainable office building. The sophisticated design cleverly paid attention to each and every detail: The Edge is orientated and shaped in such a way that the power of the sun is optimally utilised. The glass facade ensures that daylight can be benefited from as long as possible, without the heat of the sun influencing the temperature inside. The south side of the building is equipped with super efficient solar panels, keeping the heat out and the radiation absorbed when it’s at its strongest. Thus more than enough energy is created for the heating/cooling installation, all laptops and smartphones in the building and all the electric powered vehicles, used by employees.


Intelligent solution for mobile inner walls

Coare Realisatie and De Vest Projecten, two young businesses with considerable experience in the interior design of office buildings, have now developed an inner wall system that offers even more flexibility due to a brand new zipper system. Thus room layouts can be easily adapted to changing requirements. The mobile walls are provided in individual designs and quickly connected by zips. For the first time, this innovative system was installed for a French customer. Further projects are to follow. The anodized frame profiles were delivered by apt Kurvers, B.V., Roermond, The Netherlands.

Interior design EPO, Rijswijk


apt innovative at EPO

In Rijswijk/NL, near The Hague and situated directly at the motorway A4, the new building for the European Patent Office is now under construction after EPO signed a contract with the winning consortium of four companies belonging to the TBI Group, one of the largest construction, mechanical and electrical services companies in the Netherlands, to design and construct the new building, in co-operation with two leading architectural firms, Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris) and Dam & Partners Architecten (Amsterdam).

The selected design that ultimately won out provides a 100 m tall and 150 m long building with a double glazing façade that is reflected by a landscaped pond. The access facilities for visitors are below the water surface and lead into a vast lobby, six metres high and flooded with light. With its gross floor area of over 80 000 m2 the new EPO will house some 1 750 workplaces, with open surfaces that stimulate interaction, communication and cooperation. This state-of-the art piece of architecture symbolizes the mission of the EPO to promote innovation in Europe.

apt Kurvers B.V. has now been selected as “Preferred Supplier” by Verwol Complete Interieur Realisatie. The predominantly transparent interior walls are made from aluminium extrusion profiles by apt. Following the current schedule, the new building will be opened in August 2017.

Heiko Abendroth, CFO apt Group


Heiko Abendroth to become CFO apt Group

With effect from 01.01.2016 Heiko Abendroth (39) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of apt Group. In that capacity, he directly reports to Managing Partner Frans Kurvers.

After completing a banking apprenticeship and obtaining a degree in business studies as Dipl. Kfm. (FH)/Bachelor of Commercial Economics as well as first work experience as Senior Analyst/Team Leader Corporate Finance with a consulting company, Heiko Abendroth started his career with Bilfinger Piping Technologies GmbH in Oberhausen. Until recently he was responsible as Commercial Manager/CFO for corporate controlling, finance and accounting, business project management, HR, contract management, IT, legal, compliance and corporate data protection.

Heiko Abendroth follows Barbara Gregor who left apt Group to take on a new challenge as  Head of Controlling with ThyssenKrupp Materials International in Essen. 

“Best R&D and Innovation” award for apt


apt best supplier for R&D and Innovation

apt Products was awarded top supplier of Siemens MC for „Best in R&D and Innovation“. After benchmarking 360 suppliers of all material segments, Siemens Motion Control Systems invited 25 of the top nominees to Nuremberg and awarded five categories. apt Group had designed and developed a new generation of heat sinks together with Siemens. Several apt units were involved: The extrusion profile was developed by apt Hiller in Monheim; apt Products in Cheb/Czech Republic provided product technology and machinery concept while apt Products in Eckental took care of the sales service.


Hubertus Schomacher,

Head of Quality and Environment Managementmapt Hiller GmbH


Energy management certificate for apt Hiller


The standard ISO 50001 published in June 2011 was the first international standard for an energy management system. apt Hiller as an energy-intensive company met the challenge and introduced an energy management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001. Its effectiveness was verified by an external audit beginning of September 2013. This management system helps to find and measure the energy flows within the company, to pinpoint huge energy consumers and to introduce measures for reducing energy consumption, with the main goal to increase energy efficiency, to reduce costs and the impacts on the environment.


apt with CE label

By an external certification according to EN 15088 apt Hiller GmbH has been authorised to mark aluminium profiles for structural products for construction works with the CE-Label. The label will be placed on the shipping documents on request in order to confirm that all relevant EC directives have been fulfilled and the products are in accordance with the mechanical properties of the individual alloys like tensile strength, yield strength and elongation.