MKM is a leading European
producer of formats and semis from copper and copper alloys.
MKM supplies demanding customers
from a wide range of industries with customised products from an
As an enterprise with 100 years of tradition, today MKM stands for
innovative technology and customer oriented service concepts. We
proudly present our company and our products on the following pages.
quality of the products occupies a position of great importance at MKM.
The company can guarantee and constantly improve our reliability by
using the latest manufacturing technology, highly developed testing
mechanisms and a quality management system that matches DIN EN
The quality of copper semi-finished products directly
affects the productivity in further processing the products and their
environmental suitability. Therefore quality plays a pivotal role in
MKM's company philosophy.
MKM has created the foundation
for consistently high product quality by using our new continuous
high-performance plant. This technology is subject to fewer breakdowns
and works with highly-developed control and in-line testing equipment.
Various on-site testing bays are
also situated right next to the manufacturing area. The highly modern
central laboratory with its metallography, mechanical and chemical
departments ensures that all our customers' needs are met. This means
that it is possible to analyse metal surfaces using scanning electron
microscopy or track down trace elements in the ppm range using emission
The quality management system f
MKM deals with reliability in the widest sense of the word and includes
business processes, manufacturing and products to an equal degree.
Continual improvements and providing regular training for employees are
vital elements in the system.
MKM has been continually
certified by well-known companies since 1993. The company was awarded
the DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 certification in 2002. In addition, a series
of special licences for specific products were obtained, e.g. from
Germanischer Lloyd, KIWA, AENOR, AFNOR, or TάV.
For 800 years copper has been
mined and processed in the Mansfelder County. While the 20th century
brought many dramatic changes for MKM, copper products from Hettstedt
have now regained their former market position. With the most modern
plant in the world, MKM is one of the leading companies in Europe in
1199 Discovery of copper slate deposits in Hettstedt.
1536 The count of mansfeld runs 15 copper and silver huts and 95 smelters and exports all over Europe.
1909 Inauguration of the copper semi products factory.
1927 MKM is a founding member of the DKI (German Copper Development Association)
1948 Nationalisation and transformation into VEB Walzwerk Hettstedt (8 000 employees)
1990 Copper mines are closed.
1995 Privatisation and sales to the belgian Lamitref Industries.
1996 2001 Complete modernisation and investment of 300 Mio Euro in breakthrough technology.
2000 2004 - MKM optimizes its plants and regains its former market position
2004 Takeover by Kazakhmys - a copper mining group.