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 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.

TKM is part of the Groz-Beckert Group, a global market leader in the development, manufacture and sale of process-critical textile precision tools, industrial cutting solutions and a solution provider for textile construction, as well as reinforcement solutions made from high-performance fibers for composite materials.


Thomas Klumpen, CEO TKM Gruppe
Johannes Fritz, CFO
Thomas Huhn, CSO TKM Gruppe
Axel Müller, CSO TKM Gruppe

Chairman of the Management Board / CEO


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.

Chief Financial Officer / CFO


Johannes Fritz was born in 1984 in Tübingen. After studying at the ESB Business School in Reutlingen for a B.Sc. in Production Management and M.A. in International Accounting and Taxation, he began his professional career as Strategic Controller / Investment Controller at ARKU Maschinenbau GmbH in Baden-Baden. Most recently, Mr. Fritz was Deputy General Director at Groz-Beckert in Vietnam. Since October 2023 he is the Commercial Managing Director / CFO of the TKM Group.

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


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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