The Köppern Management

As a family-run enterprise in the fourth generation, Köppern has forged a 
deep-rooted and sustainable relationship with its workforce as well as with its customers and partners.

The executive board is shared between Christopher Schäfer, who also represents the family ownership of the company, and Dr. Eggert de Weldige.

The subsidiary companies in our group are each locally managed by their own managing directors. This decentralized organisation structure allows the Köppern Group companies to adapt themselves to their local market situations and thus to provide our customers with services tailored to their specific requirements.

The collective effort of all the group's employees towards our customers is a central element of our motivation and leadership.


Christopher Schäfer

MBA / Managing Partner
"Family-run companies characteristically give their customers, suppliers and employees a high level of dependability. This holds true for Köppern every day and every year, just as it always has done in the past.”

Following an industrial business apprenticeship, Christopher Schäfer studied business administration at the Ruhr University, Bochum and the University of Bradford. He graduated with an MBA in 1995 and subsequently gained experience in project and company management with international firms in the area of plant construction and operation, as well as in business consulting. Christopher Schäfer has been Managing Partner of Köppern since 2005, also representing the family interests.

Mr. Schäfer is vice-president of the mid-Ruhr area chamber of industry and commerce.

Born in Dortmund in 1967, Christopher Schäfer is married and has three sons.

Dr. de Weldige
Eggert de Weldige

Dr.-Ing. / Managing Director
"The key to our future development is the continuous advancement of our technological solutions and services in line with the needs of our customers."

Eggert de Weldige graduated from the Technical University of Aachen, Germany in 1996 with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He then gained engineering, production and management experience with manufacturers of large custom-built capital equipment as well as industrial gear units. His career included two years as General Manager Engineering at a German company in the USA. 

With his extensive background in large-scale project management, production engineering and quality management, Eggert de Weldige was appointed Managing Director of the Köppern Group in 2009 with functional responsibility for the technical and manufacturing side of the business.

Eggert de Weldige was born in Essen, in the heart of Germany’s Ruhr area, in 1964. He is married and has three children.

Ruhrallee 6
45525 Hattingen

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Company Chronicle

From the 19th to the 21st Century

K.R. Komarek and Euragglo S.A.S join the Köppern Group


Koeppern Service Canada Inc., Saskatoon


Koeppern China Holding GmbH, Beijing


Köppern Entwicklungs-GmbH, Hattingen, Germany


Köppern 100 years:
167 employees,
96 mill. DM turnover, 95% export


Koppern Maco Services Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata, India


Koeppern Machinery Australia Pty. Ltd., Perth


Köppern Aufbereitungstechnik GmbH  & Co. KG, Germany

Maquinarias Koeppern Venezuela C.A., Puerto Ordaz


Koppern Equipment Inc., USA


Company taken over by Leopold Köppern and Otto Schäfer.
Renamed Maschinenfabrik Köppern & Co. KG


First export of a roller press to England


“Berninghaus-Hütte” in Hattingen acquired by Wilhelm Köppern