KiM – Interest group of Plastics Manufacturers in Medical Business


To focus the interests of the plastic manufacturers involved with respect to

  • Polymer producers
  • Pharmaceutical and medical industry
  • Authorities and notified bodies
  • Any further institutions



  • KiM is a registered association acting under german laws
  • Chairmen, Speakers: Manfred Riehl, André Stutz (Wild & Küpfer AG), Siegfried Schäfer (sfm medical devices GmbH)
  • 19 participants, mainly plastics manufacturing companies

Regular meetings every six months

Legal form

Extracts from Article of Association:

  • Association under §21 German Civil Code
  • The chairman and the general assembly comprise the bodies of KiM
  • Members include medical, diagnostics and pharmaceutical companies, institutes, test laboratories, consultancy firms and unions
  • The association is a not-for-profit organisation with no economic goals of its own

Fields of activity

Round table to strengthen the position of the manufacturers in terms of the polymer industry concerning:

  • Clearly defined raw material production processes
  • Reliable, long-term raw material availability and recipe stability
  • Guarantee of the minimum notice period of 3 years, necessary in healthcare Industry
  • Standards for analytical practices of material testing
  • Definition and grading of medical grades
  • Selection of alternative materials during the sampling phase
  • Internal technical cooperation – exchange of information regarding polymers/raw materials
  • Internal platform for important and urgent information
  • Inter-company projects within the scope of sponsored industrial collaborative research

Current Topics

  • Definition of a ‘medical grade’ from manufacturer’s point of view

A milestone is set: the VDI Standard 2017 „Medical Grade Plastics“ was issued (July 2019), KiM participated intensively in the working group

(VDI is the association of german engineers, typically issuing technical standards for describing the state-of-the-art when none is available up to now)

  • Colouring agents and their influence on the status of a raw material as a medical grade

  Since 2019, KiM invites as members also Producers of colouring agents and medical compounds

  • 2020 Membership in VDI working group „Validation“



company location country
BMP – Labor für medizinische Materialprüfung GmbH Köln Germany
forteq Nidau AG Nidau Switzerland
FSKZ e. V. Würzburg Germany
Global Partner Consulting Landau in der Pfalz Germany
Granula AG Merenschwand Switzerland
Schmalkalden University Schmalkalden Germany
Hoefer & Sohn GmbH Fürth Germany
MELITEK A/S Alslev Denmark
Oechsler AG Ansbach Germany
Röchling Medical Waldachtal AG Waldachtal Germany
RAUMEDIC AG Helmbrechts Germany
RKT Rodinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH Roding Germany
Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH Frankfurt am Main Germany
sfm medical devices GmbH Wächtersbach Germany
Treffert GmbH & Co. KG Bingen Germany
TU München Garching Germany
Wild & Küpfer AG Schmerikon Switzerland
Wittenburg BV Zeewolde The Netherlands
Ypsomed AG Burgdorf Switzerland
Manfred Riehl Weißenburg Germany

Members strategy

  • Acquisition of new members from all over Europe

 Actual members from the following  countries:

The Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany


KiM Chariman:   Manfred Riehl

phone:  +49-172-86 80 785