News - Koehler Holding GmbH & Co KG, Papierfabrik August Koehler SE

News - Koehler Holding GmbH & Co KG, Papierfabrik August Koehler SE

Koehler Holding GmbH & Co KG, Papierfabrik August Koehler SE


News - Koehler Holding GmbH & Co KG, Papierfabrik August Koehler SE

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Spotlight on Sustainability and Recyclability: Alfred Ritter Uses Koehler's Flexible Packaging...  (Company news)

... Paper for its “Mini Mix” Pouches

-Ritter is at the forefront of addressing changes in consumer behavior
-Koehler NexPlus® Seal flexible packaging paper used for secondary packaging
-Switch to paper pouches without need to make large investments in packaging machines
-Emotional and haptic experience with paper packaging to create new customer experience

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG aims to create packaging solutions from renewable raw materials that are in harmony with both humans and nature and recyclable. With a view to achieving this goal, the company —employing almost 1,700 staff and boasting a brand awareness of 99% in Germany— actively monitors changes in consumer behavior, changes which have grown exponentially in recent months. The concept of sustainability is becoming a key criterion in shoppers’ purchase decisions, with packaging an increasingly important factor as shoppers no longer take the individual product into sole consideration. By putting its faith in secondary packaging made from paper, Ritter is taking a leading role in addressing these changes in consumer behavior.

Ritter at the forefront of addressing changes in consumer behavior
Family company Ritter is committed to only using cocoa from certified sustainable sources across its entire product range. The use of plastic in product packaging is widespread in the FMCG sector. With a view to offering consumers a completely sustainable product, Ritter started scrutinizing packaging made from plastic back in 2018. The company considered the advantages of alternatives such as paper to be far-reaching.

Koehler’s sustainable packaging solution as replacement for plastic duplex
With Koehler NexPlus®, the Koehler Group is meeting the rapidly growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions — and this extends beyond just the food industry. Koehler NexPlus® is barrier-coated paper with various capabilities. In particular, these include barriers for odors, grease, mineral oil, water vapor, and also gases, which combine with the paper’s inherent capabilities, such as, for example, high strength properties and a natural feel, to create a strong overall concept. The paper really delivers in terms of the primary purposes of packaging: to protect the contents and their surroundings as well as provide excellent processing properties.The requirements placed on packaging paper are high, as the paper should also possess all the same capabilities as plastic duplex materials. This includes sufficient product protection and an attractive appearance at the point of sale, and it should also serve as a communication tool for contents etc. Additionally, in the best-case scenario, the existing packaging lines should continue to be used without the need to make major adjustments when switching to paper.

Switching packaging without changing the packaging lines
Ritter sells its products in over 100 countries worldwide. With just two production sites in Germany and Austria, the company caters for the global market. Syntegon packaging machines are used at both locations. Moritz Steinle, Packaging Development Engineer at Alfred Ritter explains: “We initially carried out several test runs with Koehler’s NexPlus® Seal paper, without putting anything inside at first, and then we got closer and closer to an optimal solution by making small adjustments.” The most important aspect was the heat-sealing process, which proved essential for neat product packaging. “Sealing temperature, sealing time, and sealing pressure all need to be optimally coordinated in order to seal the finished packaging product neatly. We placed great importance on all of these criteria during the qualification process of the packaging material,” continues Steinle. Koehler NexPlus® Seal Pure 65g is used to make the mini mixpouches. For now, both Koehler’s flexible packaging paper and the classic plastic duplex can be used, which continues to provide flexibility.

The main advantage of Koehler NexPlus® barrier paper is that it is manufactured from sustainable raw materials. They can be fully fed back into the recycling loop, possible for paper in many countries worldwide, and are also embraced by consumers. Eckhard Kallies, Head of Flexible Packaging Paper at Koehler stresses: “Barrier paper is part of our future vision. Paper has an increasing number of capabilities that in the past only plastic could offer. And the difference with paper is that it has a much more sustainable life cycle.” An analysis of the life cycle of Koehler’s flexible packaging paper shows a significant reduction of CO2 compared to conventional PE-coated paper and even plastic duplex products.

Flexible packaging paper creates emotional customer experience
The use of paper as a packaging solution in the FMCG sector offers additional advantages other than just the sustainable aspect. Tearing open a paper pouch gives the consumer an emotional and haptic experience that plastic solutions simply do not offer. The rustling of paper also provides a positive sensory expe-rience and is associated with positive moments, such as ripping open wrapping paper. When the consumer experiences the packaging in a positive way, it both reflects onto the product and creates an emotional connection.

Paper-based secondary packaging for Ritter Sport mini mix pouches
Sustainability and recyclability were the key requirements for the paper developed by Koehler in collaboration with Ritter. Requirements that have been successfully fulfilled, given that consumers can simply dispose of the mini pouches in paper recycling trash cans so that they can be turned back into paper or cardboard. “There is a clear trend when it comes to packaging material options,” says Eckhard Kallies. “Paper scores points right across the board, and is already making an active contribution towards the objectives of a circular economy. With our flexible paper packaging solutions, we’re reducing the proportion of plastic in product packaging and making the world a bit more sustainable in the process.”

The mini mix pouches have been distributed in all international markets since January, and have also been available in Germany since early March. “Open and rapid communication was ultimately crucial for the successful implementation of this project, as was close coordination with Koehler,” concludes Moritz Steinle. For Ritter it is merely the first logical step towards more sustainable packaging. Initial field tests with primary packaging have also been carried out commercially, and have been warmly embraced by consumers.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Sustainability: Part of the tradition and driver of innovation  (Company news)

In the media, sustainability as a buzzword can be found everywhere. The forestry invented the term and the paper industry cultivated it. At Koehler, sustainability is part of the corporate strategy and the secret to success.

‘The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it’, said British polar explorer Robert Swan. Nowadays, taking responsibility and showing initiative are qualities that are more important than ever before. But they are also fundamental qualities for being successful in business, and the Koehler Group has now enjoyed success for 213 years. Challenges and courageous decisions have shaped Koehler’s history, but one thing has remained the same: at Koehler, the family-owned company located in the Rench valley, sustainability plays a decisive role.

At Koehler, sustainability cannot be separated from tradition and innovation. The tradition of the company, which is now in its eighth generation of family management, forms the basis on which innovations can be created, which in turn foster sustainable development. The new production line 8 is an outstanding example of this. Without the courage shown by the current company management around Kai Furler, but also by his father and his uncle Klaus and Wolfgang Furler, the project would not have been realized. Hardly any family business of Koehler Group’s size can manage an investment of 300 million euros. Even Koehler can only do so because it has been managed sustainably in the past.

But sustainability at Koehler is not limited to the way in which the company does business, but also influences every aspect of its thinking and actions. Particularly in the paper industry, which in the past has not always worked towards the responsible use of resources, Koehler is an example of how things can be improved.

Resources, such as water, are used responsibly. The pulp used to produce virgin fiber paper comes from certified sustainable and controlled forestry sources. Through continuous internal improvement processes, all employees at Koehler work together to save resources, streamline processes and optimize workflows. In many areas, the company has thus become the benchmark for the industry.

Koehler responded to the challenge of high energy demands as early as 2012 by founding Koehler Renewable Energy. This company plans and operates biomass combined heat and power plants, wind farms, hydroelectric power plants and photovoltaic systems. The Kehl mill, where production line 8 was built, is almost fully equipped with electricity and steam from the neighbouring biomass combined heat and power plant. Only peak loads are covered by the external grid.

At a time when the political decision is being made to phase out coal-fired power generation, Koehler is also working on actively promoting the decarbonization of its two coal-fired power plants in Oberkirch and Greiz. By doing so, Koehler is contributing to the energy turnaround in Germany.

Another important component is logistics. Koehler shifts much of this to rail and waterways, and the Rhine harbor near the Oberkirch and Kehl mills encourages the company to do so. By building an onsite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant at the Kehl mill, Koehler has not only greatly reduced truck traffic, but the plant also binds the CO₂ emitted by the neighbouring biomass combined heat and power plant with milk of lime to produce PCC, which is used as a filler in the production of paper and coating compounds.

In Greiz, in the state of Thuringia, Koehler produces paper based on 100 percent secondary fibers. Whereas the mention of recycled paper conjures the image of grey exercise books, Koehler produces high quality paper in bright colors, which have been awarded the ‘Blue Angel’ eco-label.

Sustainability is also a top priority for products in the virgin fiber sector. An expression of this is, for example, the Blue4est® thermal paper, a truly innovative product because it doesn‘t contain any thermosensitive chemicals and is suitable for direct food contact. The new paper produced on production line 8 will also be suitable for direct food contact. The aim is to produce paper for sustainable packaging solutions in all industries.

The products in the NexFlex® line represent the product portfolio of the new flexible packaging paper division. In addition to one-sided coated and uncoated machine-glazed paper, customers can also obtain paper with functional coatings. Koehler NexPlus® paper will replac e plastics in many applications in primary and secondary packaging. A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) commissioned by Koehler has shown that certain products made from this paper have a more than 60 percent lower CO₂ footprint than conventional plastic products over their entire life cycle, from raw material to recycling. Other influencing factors were also considered and rated significantly more positively for paper than for plastic. Further LCA studies are planned.

Koehler is consistently pursuing the path of assuming responsibility, making courageous decisions, developing innovative products and thus contributing to meeting global challenges.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Rails instead of roads – Koehler invests 1 million euros  (Company news)

As part of sustainable logistics concepts and in order to increase supply chain reliability for an important raw material, pulp, Koehler is making greater use of rail transportation.

“We have expanded the existing rail connection, which was too small, added manual underground switches to it, and also purchased a modern shunting robot. This will enable employees to handle shunting work at the plant independently and flexibly and to process four times as much incoming tonnage,” explained Andreas Riedlinger, logistics team leader at Koehler. Total investments amounted to EUR 1 million. Since the start of the year, three to four weekly block trains have re-placed deliveries by truck, which amounted to as many as 15 per day.

The trains are loaded in the Lower Saxony harbor of Brake, where ships from overseas arrive with their pulp cargo. The trains then head south on an overnight journey. The train known as the “Pulp Sprinter” (staff at the German railway company Deutsche Bahn also refer to it as the “Koehler Sprinter”) now ensures optimal transit times, reduced idling times, and cargo bay stability.

“Because low-water periods on the Rhine have increased in recent years, it became necessary to modify transport logistics to protect the supply chain, even though water transportation and goods handling at the Kehl harbor of course continue to have priority in terms of volume,” said Klaus Krieg, Head of Supply Chain Management for the Koehler Paper Group. “By making increased use of the railways, we are enhancing supply chain reliability, reducing local truck traffic, and at the same time improving our environmental footprint. A perfect combination.”
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Koehler's Q-calendar recognized   (Company news)

At the award ceremony of the Gregor Calendar Awards 2020 in Stuttgart, the Q-Calendar from Koehler receives bronze. The calendar impresses with brilliant photos on fine and recycled paper from Koehler. All award-winning calendars can be viewed in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe.

"Twelve captivating photographic portraits of cows put a smile on the face of everyone who sees them." This was the jury's verdict on awarding bronze to the Koehler Group's Q-calendar at the prizegiving ceremony of the Gregor Photo Calendar Awards 2020 in Stuttgart.

On the 70th anniversary of the award, around 650 calendars were submitted from Germany and the rest of Europe, Japan and Israel. The jury was made up of representatives from the Stuttgart Graphics Club (Graphischer Klub Stuttgart), Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of Economy, Labour and Housing (Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg) and the Association of Printing and Media (Verband Druck und Medien) in Baden-Württemberg. This year, 48 calendars were nominated across four categories. Of these, 27 received the highly coveted awards in bronze, silver and gold. As the highest honor, the best calendar of the entire competition received the GREGOR 2020 Award. The number of total prizes awarded was lower this year, which increased the significance of the individual awards.

Contemporary, as we see and experience the Black Forest today
Koehler’s Q-calendar was produced in collaboration with Black Forest photographer Sebastian Wehrle and the Herbstritt printing company based in Sexau (Druckerei Herbstritt) and places cows in unconventional settings. "I draw my inspiration from my childhood experiences in Simonswäldertal. I saw cows everywhere in the Black Forest and the Almabtrieb (a ceremony in which cattle are driven down in fall from the mountain to graze in the valley) was a special day when I was young," explains Sebastian Wehrle.

In short, the Q-calendar is not just an optical treat, but also a haptic highlight that reflects the current trend towards uncoated and recycled papers. The selected high-quality recycled paper impresses with its crystal clear print quality. The differing surface structures are particularly fascinating. Every page of the calendar feels different – sometimes rough, sometimes soft, sometimes smooth. In the Q-calendar, for example, the ivory board from the fine paper range and the recycled paper creative print are presented in various colours and designs.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Koehler Paper Group: Huge increase in demand for barrier paper  (Company news)

Paper is increasingly perceived as a sustainable packaging material. Brand owners are increasing the pace of sustainable packaging. The flexible packaging paper Koehler NexPlus® is already successfully in use.

When the Koehler Paper Group presented the first packaging made of the innovative Koehler NexPlus® Seal barrier paper at the FachPack trade fair in September 2019, the new production line 8 was on the verge of being commissioned. Now the Black Forest-based family company has taken a giant leap forward.

Development of sustainable solutions gains pace
With the successful commissioning of the paper and coating machine in October 2019, a unique construction project at Koehler came full circle. In a record timeframe of just two and half years, the company planned and built a new production line. This puts Koehler in the right place at the right time. Developments on the part of brand owners aimed at sustainable packaging solutions are gaining pace.

The demand for innovative, sustainable packaging solutions increased significantly in 2019. What the experts predicted as having a longer timescale has now happened much faster. “We are seeing brands making efforts towards putting sustainable solutions on the market. This is very much in line with our own developments. We have adapted to this extremely dynamic market effect and have made implementing it on the new machine a priority,” says Eckhard Kallies, Division Manager Flexible Packaging Paper at Koehler. The company has been working on concepts for months already and is implementing them together with development partners. “Our vision is to offer sustainable paper-based packaging solutions wherever it makes sense to do so. This vision is already becoming a reality.”

Standard paper have reached market maturity
With a slight time-lag compared to the developments in barrier paper, Koehler has been working with various customers in qualifying standard paper. The qualities of both the Koehler NexCoat® product line, i.e. paper coated on one side, and the uncoated paper of the Koehler NexPure® product line will reach product maturity in Q1 2020.

In addition to flexible packaging paper, Koehler also produces the innovative Blue4est® thermal paper on its new paper and coating machine. Like the Koehler NexPlus® line of barrier paper, Blue4est® is also a truly disruptive product. It is the world’s first thermal paper that has been approved for direct food contact and works entirely without chemical color developers.

Barrier paper runs on packaging machines
There are challenges to face in converting from plastic to paper, particularly in further processing, because paper behaves differently to film. However, numerous tests on packaging machines are showing that the changeover can work very well. This fact is confirmed by Klaus Richter, Managing Director of Kalfany Süße Werbung: “Our initial skepticism quickly proved to be unfounded. The paper ran very well on our machines, and the results are impressive.”

Two important trade fairs await Koehler in the first half of the year, both in Dusseldorf. At interpack 2020 in May, the company will present their range of packaging paper, which, alongside flexible packaging paper, will also include fine paper, high-quality recycled paper and boxes. At drupa 2020 in June, Koehler will present the entire product range it has to offer. In addition to packaging paper, this will in particular include medical plotting paper and decor paper.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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The future is being created in the Black Forest - Koehler develops alternatives to plastic  (Company news)

Sustainability is part of Koehler's corporate strategy. Koehler's vision: Development of innovative barrier paper through cooperation. The consequence: Paper packaging as an ecological alternative to plastic.

How can we deal with our mountains of garbage? This topic is currently of increasing concern to us humans. Countless tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans every year. Marine currents create garbage islands that can grow to the size of Central Europe. Only a small part of the plastic waste generated in Germany is recycled. Most of it incinerated to create energy or ends up in landfills. Due to the increasing visibility of these topics, the use and handling of plastics in particular are becoming increasingly under the spotlight.

Koehler contributes to a more sustainable future
Koehler is making a contribution to countering this global challenge. To help accelerate the global movement towards sustainable and responsible packaging solutions, the company is working on the development of barrier paper with functional surfaces. The aim is to produce barriers for packaging that can currently only be provided by plastics or composites. At the same time, this packaging paper should be recyclable in the paper cycle in order to make use of an already existing and functioning circular flow: more than 75 percent of the paper waste generated in Germany is recycled.

Of particular note in this regard is the Green Coating Collaboration, which Koehler runs together with the TU Darmstadt. This unique research community supports Koehler in developing functional surfaces for sustainable packaging solutions for all industries. Koehler is also investing over 300 million euros in a new production facility at the Kehl site. This underscores the company's innovativeness, which also extends to other areas.

Koehler founded its subsidiary Koehler Renewable Energy (KRE) back in 2012, which operates various biomass cogeneration plants and wind farms. The aim is to produce more electricity from renewable sources than is used for paper production by 2030.

Sustainability: Important across the entire product range
At Koehler, the concept of sustainability plays an important role across all product lines. This is not only due to the fact that consumers now attach great importance to acting sustainably – at Koehler the topic is also part of the corporate strategy, coupled with the pursuit of continuous improvement and innovation. With its Blue4est® thermal paper – which is not only an award-winning paper, but was also the first thermal paper in the world to be approved for direct contact with foodstuffs – the world market leader in thermal paper is demonstrating that this is not just hollow talk.

Koehler already has a long history in the field of solutions made from recycled board. Made from 100 percent secondary fibers, the paper offers a wide variety of colors and applications. Thanks to their unique natural feel, they not only lend the contents of the packaging a special value, they also underscore the claim of sustainability, which is becoming increasingly important in society and will determine the future.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Parliamentary State Secretary Visits Koehler Paper Group  (Company news)

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary for the Federal Ministry of Environment, visits Koehler in Oberkirch to discuss projects and visions. It is clear that SMEs and the paper industry can benefit from political support.

“Your opportunities are excellent across the board,” says Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, impressed by the presentation at Koehler Paper Group. The Parliamentary State Secretary for the Federal Ministry of Environment was in Oberkirch at the invitation of the company to get an idea of the family business’s activities.

Sustainability is Part of the Company Strategy
In a short presentation, Kai Furler, CEO of Koehler and representing the company's eighth generation, explained the company’s strategy, which has focused consistently on sustainability for several years. He not only focused on the paper side of the business, but also on innovation, renewable energy and the new business areas that Koehler is tapping into.

The area of paper for flexible packaging is of particularly great importance and is a driver for the company’s large-scale investment at the Kehl site. Koehler is embarking on the production of this type of paper and is developing barrier paper, which, thanks to the application of substances, can replace the function of plastics in packaging. “The advantage of this paper is that they can be recycled as waste paper,” says Furler.

Paper: The Classic Raw Material for Recycling
Furler and Schwarzelühr-Sutter agree that paper plays an important role in closing material cycles. Paper has always been a material that is superbly suited to recycling. There are effective and well-functioning paper recycling systems in this country. In Germany, around 75 percent of total paper consumption is recycled. Paper can be successfully recycled multiple times. Paper that is based on recycled waste paper fiber have an additional environmental benefit and is used to good purpose where 100 percent virgin fiber content is not required (i.e. applications not having direct contact with foodstuffs). Furthermore, paper production uses an unlimited source of renewable raw material that does not compete with the acreage used in food production.

Koehler also has many exciting approaches in the area of renewable energy. Not only was the company recently able to lay the foundations for another biomass combined heat and power plant, but the two fossil-fueled power plants at the Oberkirch and Greiz sites are also taking promising steps towards turning their backs on coal power, thereby supporting the achievement of national climate targets.

SMEs Are the Backbone of the German Economy
The energy sector is particularly dear to the Parliamentary State Secretary’s heart, as she herself entered politics through the anti-nuclear power movement. The 56-year old Social Democrat’s constituency is in Waldshut-Hochschwarzwald and she has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2005. She is also the first woman to head the Board of Trustees of the German Environmental Foundation (DBU).

During the visit, it became clear that politics has a strong and highly innovative partner in Koehler for their efforts, but it also became clear that SMEs need political support in return. After all, SMEs form the backbone of the German economy.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Koehler and heinzelsales announce Partnership for Flexible Packaging  (Company news)

Koehler with new sales partner heinzelsales for France, Spain, and Portugal.

With its announcement less than a year ago that it was making a major investment in its Kehl mill, the Koehler Paper Group took the first step towards a new paper machine capable of producing papers for flexible packaging. While the workers at the construction site are making major strides and the work is well on schedule, the employees at the company’s headquarters in Oberkirch, Germany, are also busy laying the groundwork to ensure that the sales team can hit the ground running from day one.

A Partner with Experience and Expertise
As a result of their efforts, Koehler now starts to work together with Wilfried Heinzel AG, also known as heinzelsales, as an experienced and extremely qualified partner to market the papers for flexible packaging in France, Spain, and Portugal. Together with heinzelsales, Koehler wants to work on securing the future business success of single-sided coated papers with barrier functions and sealing ability.

The papers for flexible packaging are used in a wide variety of products. These include chocolate and muesli bars; pudding and granola; sugar sticks; bags for instant soups, rice, and pet food; ice cream cones; banderoles and lids for yogurt cups; and much more.

Paper Is Environmentally Friendly and Recyclable
Koehler’s goal is to replace plastic in these flexible packaging materials with paper wherever possible and practical in order to help replace nonrecyclable packaging with paper, a material whose recycling challenges have already been solved in many countries. For this reason, paper is actually the sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative.

Wilfried Heinzel AG is the global sales network of the HEINZEL GROUP, based in Vienna, Austria. In partnership with producers from across the globe, the company sells a wide range of paper and pulp grades through knowledgeable local sales specialists in Europe and other regions of the world.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Flexible packaging with a strong partner  (Company news)

Koehler Paper Group signs a cooperation agreement with Polo Handels AG to market their new flexible paper products in Central and Eastern Europe.

While work on the construction site for the new paper machine is in full swing, developments in other areas are also progressing to make Koehler's move towards flexible packaging papers successful from the outset. The aim is to substitute plastic with paper in packaging as a mono layer solution or to develop intelligent compounding options, where possible, in order to be able to offer more sustainable solutions.

Polo Handels AG was chosen as the competent partner to market those products in Central and Eastern Europe. Together with Polo, Koehler wants to work on the future business success of one side coated papers including barrier functions and sealability.

Focused end-use areas will be: chocolate/cereal bars, pudding and cereals, sugar sticks, ice cream cones, pouches for dry food e.g. rice, soups as well as pet food, yoghurt banderoles and lids and many others.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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'Hold the Line' Calendar Wins Award  (Company news)

Koehler art calendar “Hold the Line" was honored with a Bronze title

The “Gregor International Calendar Award” is one of the printing and media industry’s most distinguished competitions in the world and was presented for the 69th time in 2018.

This year, the 2018 Koehler art calendar “Hold the Line,” created in partnership with artist Christoph Eberle, was honored with a Bronze title. As the name “Hold the Line” suggests, the calendar guides you through the year with a consistent design concept made of high-quality, specialty paper.

The calendar was printed on a variety of different fine and recycled papers from Koehler. After also receiving an award last year, we are extremely happy to once again be among the winners of the International Calendar Show.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Papierfabrik August Koehler SE Holds Official Groundbreaking Ceremony to Start Construction of ...  (Company news)

... a New Paper Machine at the Kehl Site

Papierfabrik August Koehler SE, based in Oberkirch, recently celebrated the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new paper machine. Watched by some 145 invited guests, including the shareholders of Koehler Holding GmbH & Co. KG, the ground was broken by the Koehler Executive Board and representatives of the contracted construction firms Bold GmbH & Co. KG and Rendler Ba , Dr. Michael Trefz (Voith Paper Holding), the architects Alfons Burkart (archigroup GBR) and Thomas Schweiker (Schweiker Architekten), and the Kehl Building Commissioner Harald Krapp.

In his welcome address, CEO Kai Furler, who is the eighth generation of his family to lead Koehler, underlined the fact that the Kehl site, with its three paper machines, will be the largest and most modern production site for specialty papers in Europe. This investment is the most significant in the 211-year history of the company. During its global search for a perfect site for the new production facility, the company came to the conclusion that there is no need to search far and wide when the answer is so close to home.

Chief Technology Officer Dr. Stefan Karrer explained that the €300 million investment in the construction of a new paper and coating machine for the production of flexible packaging not only represents an investment in the future, but also sends a clear signal in terms of environmental awareness. The paper machine, which will be completed in 2019, will manufacture specialty papers for use in the packaging industry, such as packaging that protects foods against moisture and external influences while being biodegradable, recyclable, and eco-friendly. Here, Koehler is demonstrating its sustainability commitment with cutting-edge technology and going on the offensive against plastic packaging. Dr. Stefan Karrer also emphasized that the project in Kehl constitutes a strong commitment to the region and appealed to specialists in Germany, who will find an attractive employer in Koehler.

Kehl’s Building Commissioner, Harald Krapp, highlighted the outstanding partnership between Koehler and the town of Kehl before wishing the company a seamless and accident-free construction phase. Mayor of Oberkirch, Christoph Lipps, remarked that Koehler is a national and international standard-bearer for the entire economic region of Ortenau. Accompanied by the Koehler works band, the ceremony closed in fine style with a rendition of the Baden regional anthem.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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COLORLINE IQ – The unique digital printing paper   (Company news)

Brilliant digital printing on Koehler's new recycled paper

The new, truly unique COLORline IQ digital printing paper is made entirely from secondary fibers and features the Blue Angel ecolabel. COLORline IQ boasts exceptional double-sided printing, good folding qualities, and homogeneous transparency, while maintaining the natural feel of recycled paper.

Developed specifically for HP Indigo printing machines, it allows you to achieve crystal clear, high-contrast printing results with
exceptional brilliance COLORline IQ comes in the colors Diamond and Champagne, with grammages ranging from 120 to 270 gsm and a matt or rough surface, and is ideal for digitally printing personalized documents in small batches such as calendars, mailings, leaflets, brochures, invitations, and much more.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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August Koehler SE paper mill trusts in Voith  (Company news)

-Investment in “Flexible Packaging”
-Efficient large-scale production of thermal papers and flexible packaging papers

The August Koehler SE paper mill has awarded Voith the order for a new production line for machine-glazed specialty papers. Line 8 is to be installed at the company's Kehl facility and consists of a BlueLine stock preparation unit, wet end process, XcelLine paper machine, offline coating machine and VariPlus winder. Designed for up to 120,000 metric tons per year, Line 8 will produce a flexible range of thermal papers and flexible packaging papers and will therefore be one of the most efficient specialty paper machines in the world when it goes into operation from the summer of 2019.

The priorities for the German specialty paper manufacturer were the flexible production of various qualities of thermal and packaging papers combined with high machine efficiency and quality over the entire basis weight range. In addition, the machine needed to be particularly energy efficient, i.e. use less power, water and steam. XcelLine meets both these criteria thanks to its perfectly matched components.

The chosen paper machine concept combines the latest Voith technology for headbox, former and press section to guarantee optimum CD profiles, excellent fiber orientation with ideal dewatering capacity, and high efficiency.

The centerpiece of the dryer section will be a welded Yankee cylinder with a diameter of more than 7,000 mm. This equipment does a great deal to achieve the premium qualities necessary to satisfy the stringent quality requirements of August Koehler.

The multi-layer coating for differentiating the premium paper qualities is realized with the offline coating machine CM 8, which is fitted with ultra-modern coating equipment and offers non-contacting, gentle drying with high thermal efficiency. The final smoothing of the specialty papers is done using an innovative calendaring concept with downstream Sirius reel.

In addition, Voith will supply the basic and detail engineering for Line 8.

With this project, Koehler and Voith are continuing their longstanding successful collaboration. Koehler and Voith have effectively pooled their extensive technological expertise to make this one of the most efficient specialty paper machines in the world.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Ensuring Growth with Record Investments  (Company news)

Total investments amounting to half a billion Euro, with more than half of that dedicated to flexible packaging

Following the recent decision of the Supervisory Board of Papierfabrik August Koehler SE, the globally active paper specialist will have invested approximately half a billion Euro in growth by 2020. “We’re able to do this thanks to our position of strength and exceptional business developments in the past,” explains Kai Furler (photo), CEO of the German family-owned company. More than €300 million is also being directed to the Kehl production facility, where Koehler will be creating more than 100 new jobs over the next two years.

The primary investment is going to a leading global technology in the form of a specialty paper machine with Yankee cylinder. The off-machine coater will be equipped with multiple cutting-edge coating application technologies in order to help shape attractive market segments in the sector of flexible packaging. The total capacity will be well over 100,000 tons a year. That represents a clear commitment to paper and board, says CEO Kai Furler, as well as the largest individual investment in the company’s 210-year history.

The Koehler Paper Group is a prime example of a so-called “hidden champion.” The company is one of the global market leaders in thermal paper as well as a leader in special applications such as playing cards and beer coasters. “Our portfolio is profitable, diverse, and focused on further growth,” says CEO Kai Furler, explaining that the investments are intended to ensure it stays that way. He says that they also went in search of extremely sustainable and high-volume growth, which is precisely what they found in the future market of flexible packaging.

Whether it’s a chocolate bar, pudding mix, or muesli, the packaging it comes in tends to be made of plastic these days. Barrier characteristics are necessary to ensure food safety or, for instance, provide moisture protection. Koehler will place its focus on flexible paper-based packaging solutions, offering alternatives to brand manufacturers, converters, and printers with its future FlexPack range. This will also help to significantly reduce the use of unsustainable materials that are harmful to the environment.

“Pioneer in Flexible Packaging”
Flexible packaging in the form of paper-based packaging solutions is sustainable and eco-friendly, as demanded by more and more consumers, for example when it comes to food packaging at the supermarket.

“In this segment, it’s customer requirements that shape the market,” says Dr. Stefan Karrer, Chief Technology Officer, describing the current situation. “The trend is moving toward sustainable packaging made from renewable raw materials. Koehler has accepted this challenge and, with its technology, will assume a clear pioneering role that will be hard to beat internationally.”

Through the extensive preparations, a Koehler team of experts has already been established. Much of the machine construction planning and even the initial planning with brand manufacturers and converters has already been completed. “In the weeks and months to come, we’ll expand these meetings with brand manufacturers, trading companies, and converters, and together develop new, eco-friendlier packaging,” adds Dr. Karrer.

Koehler FlexPack will hit the market in less than two years. What makes the new system so unique is that it will allow Koehler to produce, with exceptional flexibility, a variety of functional surfaces based on customers’ requirements. The new machine technology is also suitable for thermal paper, making it possible to satisfy growing demand in this segment too and operate the machinery at high capacity from the first day.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Change in the Koehler Group Executive Board  (Company news)

Dr. Stefan Karrer (photo) Appointed New COO – Werner Ruckenbrod Retires

The new year kicked off with a change in senior management at Koehler. After eight years as COO at the Koehler company, Werner Ruckenbrod retired at the end of December. The highlights of his career at Koehler include acquisition of Katz in Weisenbach, establishment of Koehler Renewable Energy and the associated construction, and acquisition of shares in several biomass combined heat and power plants and in wind power plants. Construction of the logistics center with high-bay warehouse in Oberkirch was another milestone.

With well-founded technical expertise based on many years of experience in senior management positions in the paper industry, Dr. Stefan Karrer took over for Werner Ruckenbrod on January 1, 2016. As Chairman of the VDP Curatorium for Research and Technology and a member of the VDP Board of Directors, Dr. Stefan Karrer is well known in the industry. Following his studies in Munich and Darmstadt, he kicked off his career in the Lecta Group in Italy. He then switched to Sappi in Ehingen, where he was Head of Production and then Head of Technology for Paper and Pulp. He then went on to oversee large-scale investments and projects. Dr. Stefan Karrer was appointed CEO of Sappi Alfeld in 2010. At that time, he managed to expand the factory and transform it into the market leader in one-side-coated paper.

With his appointment to COO of the Koehler Group, he’s now taking on a new challenge. Koehler produces more than 500,000 metric tons of paper and cardboard a year, and is a market leader in thermal paper and pulp board. In addition to the paper sector, the specialized paper manufacturer, which can look back on more than 200 years of company history, is also involved in the renewable energies industry. The company also promotes innovative technologies.

Working with CFO Frank Lendowski and CEO Kai Furler, Dr. Stefan Karrer will continue to consolidate the Koehler Group, which is based in Oberkirch, and play a key role in shaping the future of the company.

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Successful opening for new logistics center in Oberkirch  (Company news)

Our logistics center incorporating an automatic high-bay warehouse, pallet conveying equipment, central packaging system, and associated IT systems, began trial operation successfully and punctually on December 3. Our most important task now is to optimize, test, and increase the availability of its systems. This will require full commitment from everyone involved. I would like to thank everyone who has been part of this project. I would also like to congratulate you on your performance, and especially on the fact that we have not had a single reportable accident.
We have already completed our environmental protection compensatory activities in compliance with our Green Space Plan, and trees have been planted around the high-bay warehouse.
Technical Director Werner Ruckenbrod (photo) sent us the following message a few days ago: “I was delighted and relieved to receive Mr. Uhl’s news that our cutting and logistics center in Oberkirch
– or Project Oberkirch for short – has successfully entered trial operation. The most important milestone was reached today on the dot. My warmest congratulations to you for this outstanding achievement. On behalf of the entire Board I would like to thank everyone who has been responsible for and participated in this project – especially the project managers – for its success. And of course I include in my thanks andcongratulations all the outside companies involved in the project. We can already be very proud of our new cutting and logistics center. But we know that there is still much to be done until we have achieved all our project aims. That is why I would like to wish you every strength and continued success.”
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Papierfabrik August Koehler SE: Voith is rebuilding press and dryer section   (Company news)

Paper manufacturer Papierfabrik August Koehler SE in Oberkirch, Germany, has chosen Voith to rebuild the press and dryer section of its PM 5. With the rebuild to ropeless threading in the pre- and after-dryer section, safety for the operators is decisively improved and shorter threading times are also achieved. The efficiency of the paper machine is thus increased.
Another aim of the rebuild is to increase runability through stabilizing the paper web in the dryer section. A stable, wrinkle-free web run without bothersome web fluttering is ensured due to a concept proven many times. TransferFoil, VentiStabilizers and S-Stabilizers are used for supported web run and ProRelease+ boxes are used for stable web release from the drying cylinder. The web stabilization achieved by this leads to a demonstrable reduction in edge cracks in the paper web and thus to fewer breaks. This smooths the way for higher operating speeds with a good degree of machine efficiency.
The ProRelease+ boxes are characterized by the contactless and at the same time energy-saving MultiSeal sealing system in the high vacuum zone. Another decisive advantage is that, due to their design, no cleaning devices are needed either on the ProRelease+ box or on the stabilization roll. Shutdowns for cleaning are therefore not required.
During the rebuild, partially corroded machine frame parts in the press section were replaced with new stainless steel parts. The basis for assessing the press frame was a corrosion audit carried out by Voith which evaluated and established either continued use or replacement of components. The rebuild of the PM 5 is thus a further step toward a modern, efficient and safe paper machine and is the basis for future production increases.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Hood refurbishing provides for energy-efficient operation  (Company news)

Voith replaced the hood roof and the hood side walls of the PM 4 at the August Koehler SE paper mill in Oberkirch, Germany, and thus facilitated an energy-efficient operation of dryer section and heat recovery.
Previously, the hood elements had still been designed as a riveted structure. Over the years, these rivets loosened due to the heating and cooling of the hood. Moisture thus penetrated into the insulation. The insulation effect of the elements weakened, causing condensation during operation of the dryer section with a high exhaust air dew point. However, a high exhaust air dew point is a precondition for energy-efficient operation of the dryer section and for a high level of performance for heat recovery from the dryer section exhaust air.
Voith therefore replaced the hood elements of the wall and ceiling. The proven modular rivet-free hood elements from the EcoHood dryer section hood were used. They were mounted on the existing steel substructure together with new seals. The hood can thus be operated condensation-free with a high exhaust air dew point. The August Koehler paper mill confirms: the dryer section and heat recovery are again working in an energy-efficient manner.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Conversion of Papierfabrik August Koehler AG into a European Company (SE)  (Company news)

Papierfabrik August Koehler SE, which has its head office in Oberkirch (Black Forest), was converted into a European Company (SE – Societas Europaea) at the beginning of November.
The SE is a supranational modern legal form for stock corporations which can be found in all of the Member States of the EU. Well-known examples of European Companies in Germany include BASF, PUMA and Porsche.
This is a conversion which changes the legal form, which means that the legal entity, the level of liability and the members of the management board and the supervisory board are not changing as a result of this. The regulations of the German stock corporation law will also continue to apply to Papierfabrik August Koehler SE. The company`s head office will also remain at its main site in Oberkirch.
The conversion is intended to highlight the European focus of the Koehler Group to an even greater extent externally and further support the expansion of the company`s presence in the European market.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Papierfabrik August Koehler AG increases prices for fine paper  (Company news)

As a consequence of the recent rises in raw material, Papierfabrik August Koehler AG increase the prices up to 100 € / ton for the complete range of fine paper, valid for all shipments up from middle of July 2012.
The increase range will vary depending on the products and markets and will be discussed with each customer individually.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler AG)

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Koehler increases thermal paper prices in Europe  (Company news)

Due to the ongoing cost pressure on energy, chemicals and other ram materials, Koehler Paper Group announces a price increase for its thermal papers in Europe, effective with April 1 shipments by 5%. (Papierfabrik August Koehler AG)

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Price Increase for reacto® carbonless paper   (Company news)

Papierfabrik August Koehler AG has announced that it must increase the price for reacto® carbonless paper by 8 to 10%, for deliveries from July 1st onwards. Despite the already realised increases during the course of this year the current sales prices are not sufficient to cover the exorbitant increase of pulp and other costs.
With the 11th increase of pulp prices within 12 months pulp prices have reached a historical high. Only within this year costs for pulp went up by 60%. This dramatic development could not be foreseen to such an extent and therefore another prompt adjustment of sales prices is necessary. (Papierfabrik August Koehler AG)

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Koehler announces price increases for Thermal and Carbonless paper  (Company news)

Due to the ongoing strong rise of pulp, chemicals and other costs, Papierfabrik August Koehler AG announces price increases for its thermal and carbonless papers. Effective with shipments from May 1st , 2010 prices in Europe and certain overseas markets will increase by up to 10% for reels and by 6% for carbonless sheets.
With pulp prices reaching almost a nine year high, adjustments of our selling prices are inevitable. (Papierfabrik August Koehler AG)

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