Karl Eugen Fischer, Burgkunstadt (Germany)

Mechanical engineering for the tyre industry

Key facts at a glance

  • Classic “hidden champion” – a global leader in mechanical engineering for the tyre industry
  • High level of vertical integration
  • Expansion of the service business holds further opportunities

Revenues in €mn












2021 (preliminary)
Investment by
DBAG's interest
Management Buyout

Majority investment of DBAG Fund VII
First invested
June 2018

As of 31 March 2022



Karl Eugen Fischer (KEF) is the world’s leading manufacturer and developer of cutting systems for the tyre industry. Tyre manufacturers use the machinery produced by KEF primarily to manufacture rubber-coated steel wire and fabric layers (known as calendered cord material) for tyre carcasses and tyre belts. These layers form the supporting structure for the tyre and give it shape and driving stability. KEF’s machinery cuts this cord with absolute precision. The company’s manufacturing operations are located at its headquarters in Burgkunstadt (Upper Franconia). There is one distribution and service company in the US and one in China. Cutting systems are crucial for smooth production operations of the tyre manufacturing process. KEF’s machinery is at the forefront of this technology. For example, the machines are characterised by a high degree of precision and low material losses, both of which are key success factors. With a high level of vertical integration, KEF ensures that the machines, which are tailored to meet each customer’s requirements, can be supplied in the desired quality and by the desired deadline. The company has been working with its customers to develop the machines for decades and is the preferred supplier of countless tyre manufacturers.

Through our many years of experience, we want to support KEF in getting the most out of the available potential resulting from the continued global growth in mobility demand.

Jannick Hunecke
Member of the Board of Management


per cent

long-term average annual growth expected in the tyre market

Potential for development

Based on its outstanding technological position, KEF is anticipated to benefit from the rising demand for tyres. As cutting machines are capital goods, the market is faced with some underlying cyclicity. Nevertheless, in the long-term 4-5 per cent average annual growth in demand is expected.


Jannick Hunecke
Jannick Hunecke
Jannick Hunecke
Investment Business and Investment Process, Human Resources

Jannick Hunecke

Member of the Board of Management

Born in 1974, Member of the Board of Management since March 2021; appointed until end of February 2026.

Jannick Hunecke joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2001 and became a Managing Director in 2008. He has 21 years of experience in the private equity business in Germany’s mid-market sector.

Jannick Hunecke holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Munster.