Wiesentheid Eine Fläche, so groß wie 2800 Fußballfelder. 20 Millionen Quadratmeter - so viel Wellpappe kann eine der großen Maschinen der Firma Göpfert pro Jahr drucken, stanzen und falten. Die großen Maschinen sind wirkliche Ungetüme: bis zu 200 Tonnen schwer, 60 Meter lang und sechs Meter breit. Kostenpunkt: zwischen drei und sechs Millionen Euro.
(von Robert Wagner)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is located at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran. In 2013, the UAE's total population was 9.2 million, of which 1.4 million are Emirati citizens and 7.8 million are expatriates.
It is a Story that many will recognise ‒ a triving, fourth generation family owned business,, with family members at the helm, guiding the development and growth of the company. Based in Northern Ireland, Diamond Corrugated is a sizeable sheet plant today, employing over 70 people at a 125,000 sq ft manufacturing facility.
"If you want to achieve high quality post print on corrugated board, you cannot ignore the products of Göpfert Maschinen GmbH," says André Göpfert. "After more than six decades, this family business from Wiesentheid in Germany, continues to improve its technological position in the market as a namufacturer of flexo post printers. The basis of this success is, among other things, our philosophy to supply only the best quality, 'Made in Germnany' ‒ without compromises."
Hans KOLB Wellpappe GmbH & Co. KG (KOLB) was founded in Memmingen, Germany in 1933. The company has evolved considerably over the decades, including starting up a paper mill in the 1950s, setting up a second plant in Buxheim in the late 1960s, building a new factory at its headquarters in Memmingen in 1979 and then acquiring a competitor in Haiterbach in the early 1980s. The company celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008 and recorded its best annual performance in the same year.
Earlier this year, the company expanded its activities into high quality litho print when it acquired Gebr. KNAUER GmbH + Co. KG. The addition of this business into the KOLB Print+ division clearly illustrated the company’s philosophy of high quality decorative packaging.