25 years BICMA: Two new machine developments in our anniversary year 2020

25 years BICMA: Two new machine developments in our anniversary year 2020

Three out of 85 committed BICMA employees

Demand for face masks leads to new product line

Mayen, 21 July 2020 – BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH, which has been part of the W+D Group since 2018, is in this exceptional year 2020 celebrating its 25th anniversary. The engineering company, based in Mayen-Koblenz, specialising in baby and adult nappies, feminine hygiene and pads, etc., has earned itself an excellent reputation in these sectors worldwide over the past decades but is not resting on its laurels. In this jubilee year in particular, the highly innovative workforce – with the support of W+D as a strong partner – has expanded the product portfolio twice over.

Frank Eichhorn, Managing Director of W+D and BICMA, says: “We are delighted to support a consistent and, at the same time, innovative company like BICMA in the development of the new Volcano Kid pants machine for baby pull-up pants. Moreover, the corona crisis and the acute lack of face masks prompted us to rise to this new challenge together: Within just a few weeks, we designed a completely new high-speed machine, the Auxilium FM, capable of producing high volumes of up to a million face masks a day – ‘made in Germany’.”

In these challenging times, BICMA has created a completely new business segment, helping to satisfy the demand for protective masks at home and in Europe. “In this way, we are also making our contribution to help society by ensuring that the situation that prevailed at the beginning of the Corona pandemic will never happen again. In that, we in the western world, develop and produce machines for the manufacture of surgical masks and no longer have to depend on individual production countries and complete shortages, as was the case in March and April,” explains Frank Eichhorn.

The demand for these production systems is currently very high, which benefits the Mayen site. BICMA is already working on further innovative solutions and is therefore well positioned for the future.

Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D) offers a wide range of highly efficient integrated production systems for the envelope and mail industry as well as the tissue and hygiene industry. The company can look back on more than 100 years of market-influencing innovations in engineering. The core competences of W+D lie in the processing and handling of thin and inhomogeneous materials such as paper, tissue and non-wovens, at high speeds and low tolerances. As a member of the Barry-Wehmiller Group, W+D has manufacturing and production sites in Germany, the USA and Malaysia as well as a global sales and service network. Further information available at

Since its foundation in 1995, BICMA has established itself as an internationally recognised engineering company for the hygiene industry. The company develops and constructs machines for the manufacture of feminine hygiene products, baby and adult nappies, incontinence pads, pet and bed training pads as well as absorbent pads for food and face masks. In 2018, BICMA was taken over by Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D). Both companies belong to the American Barry-Wehmiller Group, a leading global supplier of production technologies and solutions. Further information available at

Barry-Wehmiller is a broad-based global provider of engineering, consulting and manufacturing technology solutions for the packaging, corrugated board and paper converting industries. Combining an employee-oriented leadership style with operational strategies and sustainable growth has made Barry-Wehmiller a USD 3 billion company whose more than 11,000 employees share a common vision: Building a Better World through Business. Further information is available at

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