TKM Group

The Company

TKM in Numbers

TKM. The Knife Manufacturers.

There is more to us than being "the knife manufacturers".

For more than 100 years, the TKM Group as a family business, stands for quality and sustainability in products and services.

TKM is future-oriented - creative - responsible

As the world market leader, it is our ambition to develop highly efficient tools and solutions with innovative ideas and advanced technology, all while setting sustainable trends.

The satisfaction of our customers, from the craftsman's workshop to the global industrial company, has always been and still is the focus of our activities.

We guarantee optimal customer proximity and competent support through our worldwide network of our own sales, service and production companies as well as through the high qualification and continuous training of our employees.

We do everything to find the best solution for you.

TKM - The Knife Manufacturers.


Thomas Meyer, CEO of the TKM Group
Christof Didam, CFO of TKM Group
Thomas Klumpen, COO TKM Gruppe
Thomas Huhn, CSO TKM Gruppe
Axel Müller, CSO TKM Gruppe

Chairman of the Management / CEO


Thomas Meyer was born on October 10th, 1955, in the German city of Hanover. During his term of service in the German army, he studied engineering. Subsequent to this he was a technical officer at the German Federal Ministry of Defence. After he absolved his postgraduate business studies in Cologne, Thomas Meyer worked from 1983 on for the Barmag AG in Remscheid. In 1993 he became the CEO of the TKM Group.

Thomas Meyer is married and has one daughter.

Chief Financial Officer / CFO


Christof Didam was born on September 5th, 1964, in the city of Schmallenberg in Germany. After his term of service in the German army, he studied Business Administrations and graduated from the University as a “Diplom Kaufmann” (MBA). 1990 he started his career at the auditing agency and tax accountancy Ernst&Young AG. In 1995 he joined Thyssen Handelsunion AG where he became the project supervisor of the Investment/Mergers & Acqusitions department. In Feburary 1998, Christof Didam, joined the TKM Group where he became the Chief Financial Officer in 2001.

Christof Didam is married.

Chief Operating Officer / COO


Dr. Thomas Klumpen was born on November 29th, 1963, in the city of Mönchengladbach (Germany). After his studies of engineering and his PhD at the RWTH Aachen, he started his career in 1994 at the Kleinewefers Textilmaschinen GmbH. 1996 he was promoted to the Director of Operations and Logistics. In 2000 Thomas Klumpen joined the TKM Group as the COO of TKM Austria Gmbh. Since 2002, he is the COO of the TKM Group.

Thomas Klumpen is married and has a son.

Managing Director of the Paper Division / CSO


Thomas Huhn was born on 17 July 1964 in Gelsen­kirchen, Germany. He successfully finished his training as industrial business management assistant in 1986. His career began at Fassbender & Co in various fields and with increasing responsibility. In 1994 he joined the TKM GmbH (former IKS Klingelnberg GmbH). Since 22 May 2013 Thomas Huhn has been the Managing Director of the TKM GmbH (former IKS Klingelnberg GmbH) and of the Paper Division within the TKM Group.

Thomas Huhn is married and has two sons.

Managing Director of the Divisions Metal, Machine Parts, Wood and Plastic, Rubber & Recycling / CSO

Dipl.-Ing., Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing AXEL MÜLLER

Axel Müller was born on 3rd July, 1955 in Singen close to the Lake Constance in Germany. After his university studies in process engineering and industrial engineering at the Technical University of Munich, he began his professional career as an executive manager of the US consultancies UBM Unternehmensberatung and Mercer Management Consulting and became a Managing Director at AMCG/AMCO in 1996.

He has been focusing on strategic projects for companies in the field of engineering, plant construction, and tool making. In 2005, this expertise and his position as a consultant led him to the TKM Group, for which he has been working as an Interim Manager since 2011 and as a Managing Director / CSO since 2013.

Axel Müller has three sons.

TKM - Arised from a trading house

  • 1908

    Since 1908, Family Klingelnberg sells Industrial knives & Saws

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  • 1991

    The family Klingelnberg separates the industrial knives sector from mechanical engineering

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  • 1993

    Thomas Meyer joins the industrial knife company as managing director. Since then he leads the..

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  • 2012

    Family Meyer takes over the remaining company shares

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  • 2014

    Thomas Meyer contributes his entire capital, including the company group, in two foundations..

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