Projects around the globe.

We team up with many different people and members of staff to make the world a better place. Find out more about the projects here.

Windows for Moldova

During a stay abroad in Moldova, our colleague Viktor Lampel met a family and was shocked by their difficult living conditions: "The family lived in a confined space in a small clay house, which was much too small for the parents and the four children. Besides, it was drafty and cold. "

It was immediately clear to our colleague that he wanted to help these people. They needed a tight roof over their heads. Back in Germany, he initiated a fundraising campaign in his parish. "I was surprised how great the helpfulness was. There was enough money for construction materials," says Viktor. He also asked for support from our company.

We then contacted our customer, window manufacturer Vefasistem in Moldova. The Moldovan company immediately agreed to provide modern windows and the front door free of charge.

With the donations and the windows Viktor was able to provide tangible help: an annex for the small house. Therefore, he made his way back to Moldova with some friends only a few months later. After 2,200 kilometers and over 30 hours of driving they arrived at their destination. But there was no time to recover from the exhausting journey. Because the team provided on-site help and built the annex of the home with their own hands. Within a week, the building was completed despite the harsh and rainy autumn weather in Moldova.

On site, the technicians of Vefasistem also helped spontaneously and expertly installed the new windows and the door. "That was a fantastic achievement from all of us together," said a delighted Viktor Lampel.

This project shows that you can also help "on a small scale" with ideas, courage and initiative! And now the family in Moldova does not have to freeze anymore!


No child should freeze in winter

Actually, one should assume that in our rich country every child has warm winter clothes. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as our colleague Caroline Ohlinger knows first-hand. She is involved with the „Regenbogen-Kinderhilfe“ („Rainbow Children's Aid“) association for children's aid and gets to know emergency situations up close. "Every year we have a winter clothing campaign because especially at this time of year the financial distress of the childrenand families is drastic“, states Caroline Ohlinger.

In search of support, she approached our company and Head of Marketing Marc Habermeyer did not hesitate to donate 800 Euros. Thus, we make a contribution to the currently 26 children cared for by the association, in order to equip them in time for the cold season with warm, weatherproof clothing.

Caroline Ohlinger presented the check on behalf of our company and was pleased: "Every donation helps to give a child the opportunity to develop well in the social, educational, health, professional and human spheres of life.

"The „Regenbogen-Kinderhilfe“ is a private association that has set itself the task of helping disadvantaged children in need as volunteers in the Pirmasens region. As diverse as life itself are the charity activities of the association. They react individually to the respective emergency situations and needs of children, with very different measures and regular campaigns. Further information and opportunities to support the association can be found here: http://www.regenbogen-kinderhilfe.de/


Exemplary sustainability – our projects are EU-funded

“Our customers make a major contribution to reducing the carbon footprint and protecting the climate with modern, high-performance insulated windows. Rather than just focusing on the window’s period of use , we aim to achieve the optimum environmental profile throughout its entire life cycle. Even at the beginning of that life cycle, in the production phase, we attach high importance to sustainability and energy conservation. We’re immensely proud that our projects perform a model function and, because of that, they are eligible for EU and state funding”, says Dr. Peter Mrosik, owner and CEO.

The projects are subsidised by the European Regional Development Fund and the German state of Rhineland Palatinate . Our production facility in Pirmasens is currently receiving funding for two projects to make PVC-U profile manufacturing more energy efficient and climate friendly.

The first project involves two new co-extruders which we use to improve energy efficiency, conserve resources and considerably reduce carbon emissions. Co-extruders are the machines that turn the PVC-U pellets into window profiles. In the past we used two conventional co-extruders. The new machines allow us to substantially reduce the amount of energy we need to make new window profiles out of recycled material. Through this project we have achieved a 30% saving in electricity and the two new extruders have reduced our carbon emissions by a total of around 724 tonnes of CO₂ per year.

Our second project involves a new air compressor. Compressed air is necessary in many of our production processes. Unlike the old system, the new air compressor has a heat recovery unit. We use that heat to reduce our district heating requirements and, as a result, our electricity consumption has declined by 10% and our carbon emissions by 271 tonnes of CO₂ per annum.

These are just two examples of how we are making our production operations more sustainable. There are more sustainability projects in the application phase and we’ll be implementing them as soon as they have been approved.


The 12/12/12 Challenge for children with cancer

KÖMMERLING in the United Kingdom supports the charity Children With Cancer UK. The organization is dedicated to raising money for research and providing care for children with cancer and their families. The aims of their research projects are to understand what causes children to get cancer and to develop improved treatments.

Currently, a very special fundraising campaign has been launched: the 12/12/12 Challenge.

The challenge was to complete 12 miles over 12 days during one month. This is to represent the 12 children diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.

Five of our colleagues took part and gave their best: Katie Wilson, Amy Moore and Leon Keilloh each ran one mile during their lunch break for 12 days. Jason Scrivens ran a half- marathon and Managing Director Gareth Jones completed two hikes around his hometown to meet the challenge.

This is real personal commitment for a good cause! Respect and many thanks to Katie, Amy, Leon, Jason and Gareth!


Our company fleet is 100% climate-neutral

From now on all our company cars in Germany will be climate-neutral! Why? Because as a customer of DKV Fleet Service we offset our CO₂ emissions 100 percent. With its DKV CARD CLIMATE, DKV Service offers a climate-neutral fuel card for this purpose - an offer that we were very happy to actively accept!

Dr. Peter Mrosik, our owner and CEO , says: "As a pioneer in the commitment to sustainability, it goes without saying that we want to be CO₂-neutral. A positive ecological balance and the complete compensation of CO₂ emissions are important to us. That's why we didn't hesitate a second with the changeover. Because that is active climate protection that promotes valuable international projects."

How does it work? We invest per liter of fuel via the DKV service an additional amount in certified climate protection projects from "myclimate", one of the world's leading provider of compensation measures that meet the highest standards. The compensation process is TÜV certified. For example, investments are made in projects in the areas of biogas, biomass, efficient cooking stoves, energy efficiency, hydropower, land use and forestry, solar energy, waste management and compost, water (cleaning and saving) and wind energy. Further information on "myclimate" and the type of projects can be found at www.myclimate.org

In total, our company in Germany is offsetting 795 tons of CO₂ per year with its fleet of company cars. This compensation means that the vehicle fleet is 100% CO₂-neutral.


What our volunteers do

Volunteer firefighters, blood donors, first-aiders, safety officers ... numerous colleagues at our plants volunteer for people. With huge personal commitment they provide for emergency rescue or prevent accidents by their attentive work.

Many of them have already been volunteering for decades in addition to their professional activities. For Dr. Peter Mrosik, owner and CEO , this is not self-evident . He honoured the long-standing members of the emergency services in Pirmasens who have been volunteering for 25, 30, 35 and even 40 years. "The voluntary commitment of our colleagues is important for the company and deserves the greatest respect," said Dr. Peter Mrosik.

Dr. Mrosik also congratulated on the anniversary of the municipal fire brigade: "The cooperation between our plant fire brigade and the municipal fire brigade of Pirmasens has a long tradition. It was therefore my personal concern to make a small donation to the city's volunteer fire brigade on the occasion of the 150th anniversary celebrations".

For KÖMMERLING, voluntary work has a future. If you would like to get involved you can find out more about the many possibilities here: https://ehrenamt.bund.de


Acting more responsibly – how does a manufacturer do this? Our partner academy provides the answers.

Continuing as before will no longer work for many companies in the future. The success of a company depends not only on its qualifications, reliability and quality, but also on its corporate social responsibility and sustainability. The customers inform themselves via new media and this is an important factor for their decision.

This applies not only to global companies, but also to small businesses. With our profine partner academy, the training institute for KÖMMERLING window manufacturers, we recognised this issue five years ago and included it in our training programme.

The high demand and large numbers of participants show that our business simulation game "Understanding sustainability in a playful way" precisely meets the requirements of our partner companies and offers the right solutions.

The business game raises awareness of operational interrelationships and clarifies the interplay of economy, ecology and social issues in a special way. Kerstin Lotter, responsible for the partner academy: "We give our partners the opportunity to feel the effects of their entrepreneurial decisions. They can reap the rewards of their work, but they also have to "pay the price" for the consequences of any wrong decisions. With these new experiences, they reflect on their own actions, recognize interactions and draw conclusions about their strategy. Only sustainably managed companies will be able to survive on the market in the long term."

In the meantime, numerous decision-makers from our partner companies have participated. The winners of the last business simulation game were Vanessa Lauber from Fensterbau Lauber in Überlingen near Singen and Benjamin Hochrein from Schreinerei Hochrein & Hantschel in Bergrheinfeld near Schweinfurt. Both companies have been particularly committed to sustainability for years and are now making even stronger inroads.

Fensterbau Lauber, for example, has installed an ecological heating system that is fed with waste chips from the wood production. A photovoltaic system is planned for the roof of the new production halls for windows. And for the employees, the production processes will be set up ergonomically - with physical relief. Hochrein & Hantschel has introduced the JobRad®. This allows employees to switch to bicycles and e-bikes and thus relieve the burden on the environment. The two examples show: Sustainability and social commitment are not future projects for our partner companies, but are already actively implemented and lived.


185 of our runners started for a good cause.

With 185 runners we took part in the company run of the traditional Palatinate Forest Marathon in Pirmasens at the beginning of September 2019. In Mainz 05 shirts with our motto #KÖMMERLINGBETTERWORLD on the back, our colleagues ran for the shared experience, for fun and for the good cause. For each of our runners we donated 10 Euros to the Heinrich Kimmle charity foundation and rounded the amount up to 2,000 Euros. A great event!


How our Russian production site is committed to local people

We see ourselves not only as a high-tech company that produces state-of-the-art windows systems, but also as a socially responsible company. Our Russian subsidiary in Voskresensk, profine RUS, has founded an honorary team that develops, supports and implements numerous initiatives and aid projects for the people of the city.

These include, for example, the big Christmas party for children from socially disadvantaged families in the Voskresensk Palace of Culture. The cheerful and carefree event with Santa Claus, Snow White, performances and gifts is now considered a permanent institution.

Our vocational orientation program for school graduates is also very popular. Here, our engineers and experts support young people in choosing the right profession or course of study. In addition, we regularly invite visitors to our Open Day, where our production specialists and managers provide first-hand information to visitor families.


Our initiative for children in Russia: New windows for new Generations

The figures are alarming: more than 50 percent of the facilities for children in Russia urgently need to be renovated. These include kindergartens, schools and other educational institutions. In particular, the windows installed decades ago do not protect the rooms from cold, wind and moisture.

For this reason, our Russian subsidiary, profine RUS, founded the social initiative "New windows for new Generations" in 2009. Many companies, partners and customers from the Russian window industry have joined our initiative.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the program, the success record is impressive: More than 2,000 new windows were installed in over 100 children's facilities - free of charge.

Our modern PVC-U windows provide significantly improved conditions for the younger generation with high thermal insulation and sound insulation. In the eleventh year of its existence, the initiative continues to grow and wins supporting partners throughout Russia.


Sustainability begins with our employees: We are one of the best employers in Germany

In 2016 a survey carried out by the German business magazine Focus named us as top employer in Germany. Dr. Peter Mrosik, owner and CEO of the profine Group was delighted. “The result makes me proud. For me, sustainability in human resources development and team spirit take top priority. A company can only be as good as its staff. Therefore, I would like to thank all colleagues at profine!”

What is so special about the representative survey is that is was based on answers from 70,000 employees in German companies from all hierarchies and age groups. The survey asked how satisfied they were and whether they would recommend the company. This was the largest German survey of its kind and Focus, together with the online portals Xing and Kununu, identified the 1,000 best employers with over 500 staff from a total of 22 sectors.

The survey also showed that we see sustainability as a holistic task. Ecological, economical and human factors have to be right in order to master the challenges of the future effectively and unitedly. “Your window to a better world” is the sum of all our company services and our committed staff who identify with this goal.


Photovoltaic system: KÖMMERLING goes green

The 4,583 PV modules generating solar power are an important part of “a window to a better world” as far as the Head of Marketing and Brands Marc Habermeyer is concerned. Dr Peter Mrosik, owner and CEO of profine GmbH, couldn’t agree more: “We are an owner-managed company that is committed to sustainable development, which is why our carbon footprint is extremely important to us.” The gigantic photovoltaic system has been installed across a total of five factory roofs in Pirmasens, which is where the PVC-U profiles for KÖMMERLING Premium windows are manufactured. The photovoltaic system has a total peak output of 1,214.5 kilowatts and enables profine GmbH to reduce the CO₂ greenhouse gas emissions by 643 tons per year. The biggest challenge in a project of this scale was to get the PV system connected up to the grid without interrupting operations and causing downtime for profine GmbH.


Lotto-Team play for Eileen Görtler and Kristina Vogel

Our KÖMMERLING employee Jannik Nagel thought the idea of a Lotto-Team charity football match to raise money for Eileen Görtler and Kristina Vogel was a fantastic idea and he made a key contribution to the event’s success. Jannik is a player/trainer at amateur club SG Bruchweiler and a true sportsman. He organised the match with the assistance of the club’s players and management. The charity event raised a total of EUR 26,000 to support Olympic champion Kristina Vogel (28), who was left paralysed by a cycling accident, and rheumatism sufferer Eileen Görtler (17) from Nothweiler. KÖMMERLING and its partner Mainz 05 donated additional prizes – including exclusive “window seats” for a Bundesliga home game in the Mainz arena.

Kristina Vogel was amazed that more than 1,300 people came along to watch the game. Famous faces playing for a good cause in the Lotto-Team team included Guido Buchwald, Hans-Peter Briegel, Dariusz Wosz, Wolfgang “Otto“ Kleff and several other international and Bundesliga stars. 87-year-old Horst Eckel (who was on the German team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup) opened the game, surrounded by a crowd of fans. The entire event was a complete success. It drew tumultuous applause from the spectators, who also made generous donations.


We have Russian ‘Vitality Leaf’ eco-label certification

“We wanted to credibly communicate our ecological commitment to the outside world. That’s why we’re proud to be able to use the Vitality Leaf eco-label on our products. The Vitality Leaf eco-label is the first and only system of voluntary environmental certification of goods in Russia that is recognised by the official Global Ecolabelling Network,” explained Alexander Mareew, Head of Marketing and Product Management at profine RUS, which manufactures the KÖMMERLING Premium window systems for Russia. The profine Group’s Russian subsidiary, profine RUS, was recertified for its eco-friendly products and production in 2019. Vitality leaf certification is an indicator that a company is committed to promoting a green economy to ensure a healthy environment for future generations. profine RUS has now been certified twice under the Vitality Leaf eco-label programme. Alexander Mareew: “profine RUS is the only manufacturer of PVC profiles in Russia with the Vitality Leaf eco-label.”


Our team in the Netherlands headed towards paperless working

"Our goal is to become a paperless office. We are already half-way to significantly reducing our carbon footprint. And even small steps make a big impact”, says Monisa Javari from our Dutch subsidiary company, not without pride and conviction.

The paperless office will save valuable resources. It’s just one of many eco-friendly concepts that our employees in the Netherlands have introduced to make the world a better place. Others include energy saving measures such as LED lightbulbs, switching off all lights that aren’t needed and the use of digital technologies that replace paper.

For example, by the end of 2019 the entire order process will be digital – i.e. paperless. Changes are also being introduced to internal work processes. Touchscreen monitors have been installed in the conference rooms for use in meetings. Agendas or lists don't have to be printed out any more. The employees record information directly with special software and work on documents together at the same time.

Summing up, the Dutch team is saving both paper and time, because digital working is far more efficient.


Winning matches with second-hand football boots

Why throw away old but completely intact football boots when there are children and youngsters from socially disadvantaged families or poor countries who need them? This idea prompted the Juvente Mainz Foundation, KÖMMERLING and “Mainz 05 hilft e.V.” to launch a project, and many sacksful of football boots were donated after a call-out from KÖMMERLING. The Juvente Mainz Foundation ensured that the boots were put to good use and they’ve already scored lots of new goals. Joachim Reufels, Marketing Manager Germany, said a few words about the project as he handed over the boots in the Mainz Arena. “The Juvente Mainz Foundation is one of the biggest youth help foundations in Mainz and region. It provides social environment-related support in specific life situations and individual support to children, young people and their families. The foundation also supports children in need by providing them with access to sports, and regularly collaborates in social projects with our partner “Mainz 05 hilft e.V.”."

Our photo shows Joachim Reufels, Marketing Manager Germany, and Klaus Spies, Deputy Director of the Juvente Foundation in Mainz.

For further information visit:

https://www.juvente-mainz.de/