KOLB Group - OUR LOCATIONS
HANS KOLB Wellpappe
Headquarters & Production
HANS KOLB Wellpappe
HANS KOLB Wellpappe
HANS KOLB Papier
Dettingen / Erms
Facts & Figures
Our success goes back to the year 1933 when the first cardboard factory was established by Hans Kolb. Since that time, the KOLB Group developed into an internationally trading enterprise.
We develop and produce packaging, packaging materials and specialised products made in corrugated cardboard. In all our activities, we aim at responding quickly and flexibly to the changing demands of the market.
HANS KOLB Wellpappe GmbH & Co. KG
Founded on July 7, 1933
Employees approx. 1.200 / 60 apprentices
Alwin J. Kolb
Alwin J. Kolb is the second generation managing partner of the KOLB Group. The continuation of his father’s legacy made HANS KOLB Corrugated Cardboard into a leading company in the corrugated packaging industry. Alwin J. Kolb stated: “Together with our customers, we will meet the current and future needs of the market, and in a constructive dialogue we can provide all the right answers to all your packaging questions”
is on of the shareholder of the KOLB Group und responsible for marketing & public relation purposes at HANS KOLB Wellpappe. In her focus is both the further growth of the company and the responsibility responsibility towards the socially disadvantaged in our society. As a founder member of the charity association Kinderbrücke Allgäu e. V. she is still member of this organisations committee, who takes care of sick and disadvantaged children in the homeland region and far beyond.
Dr. of Engineering Bernhard RuffingWith a doctorate in mechanical engineering, he successfully worked in the automobile and construction supply industries. Since 2007, he has taken over the reins of HANS KOLB Corrugated Cardboard. Since the integration of Gebr. Knauer GmbH + Co. KG in the KOLB Group, he has been responsible as the chairman of the management board since the beginning of 2014. He is also vice chairman of the Association of Bavarian paper, cardboard and plastics processing industry (VBPV) and member of the Chamber of Commerce Regional Council Memmingen/Unterallgäu.
Innovation - Meeting customer requirements
Trade registration of cardboard factory in Memmingen by Hans Kolb. Initially, the plant produces solid fibreboard, which is gradually replaced with corrugated cardboard.
Market share 70 %
Corrugated cardboard accounts for 70 % of the total turnover. A number or large-scale investments are made.
Own corrugated cardboard production line
Installation of the first internally built corrugated cardboard production line with a web width of 160 cm and a production rate of 10 m/min.
Second world war
Destruction of the company premises by bombs and commencement of reconstruction work.
Own paper factory
Opening of own paper factory in Kaufbeuren. Daily production rate 4 to 5 tons of paper. Total number of employees reaches sixty.
Second corrugated cardboard production line
Transfer of the corrugated cardboard production to Memmingerberg and construction of a second corrugated board production unit. Total workforce at the plants in Memmingen. At the Memmingerberg and Kaufbeuren plants, the workforce reaches the figure of one hundred.
Third corrugated cardboard production unit
Construction of an additional plant at Buxheim near Memmingen. The company employs 260 people in the production of corrugated cardboard.
New paper machine
Commissioning of new paper machine at the Kaufbeuren plant.
Construction of a new plant in Memmingen
Construction of a new plant in Memmingen and closure of the Memmingerberg site.
Acquisition of a new company and second paper machine
Acquisition of the sheet processing company Helber Packaging GmbH in Haiterbach and commissioning of a second paper machine at the Kaufbeuren paper production plant.
Expansion of Memmingen plant
Expansion of Memmingen plant and concentration on the production of folding boxes.
Official opening of the new office building in Memmingen.
Printing centre in Buxheim
Opening of the printing centre in Buxheim. Upgrading and restructuring of the machinery at the Memmingen plant.
ISO 9001 certification. Establishment of company-wide quality assurance system.
Production of wave flute cardboard
Start of production of wave flute cardboard in Haiterbach. HKM develops a growing range of special products made in corrugated cardboard, thus entering various niche markets.
Corrugator with high output
Commissioning of the new high-output corrugator in Memmingen.
75th anniversary & paper production system PM4
HANS KOLB Wellpappe celebrates its 75th anniversary in the most successful year in the history of the company.
Commissioning of the new paper production system PM4 at HANS KOLB Papier in Kaufbeuren.
KOLB Print+ couples its printing expertise with a number of different printing technologies and thus successfully launches KOLB OffsetPrint.
New logistics centre
Launch of the new logistics centre at Buxheim plant.
Further expansion of the business unit KOLB Print+
Acquisition of Gebr. KNAUER GmbH + Co. KG and therefore further expansion of the business unit KOLB Print+ with KNAUER, the new competence centre in Offset printed packaging at KOLB.
Start of construction on the new fully automatic logistics center
KOLB starts building a new, central logistics center for all members of the KOLB Group at the headquarters in Memmingen.
Go Live Of The New Logistics Center
The central logistics center of the KOLB Group goes into operation with a fully automatic connection to the production of plant Memmingen and further linking options for other plants.
DFTA Award for outstanding printing
The team of Flexo-HD specialists at KOLB has received two DFTA awards for outstanding packaging printing in one competition
90 Years of KNAUER
As a member of the KOLB Group, KNAUER Offset is celebrating its 90th company anniversary.
Start of production at the new location in Memmingen-Amendingen. Digital corrugated packaging printing and state-of-the-art die-cutting and further processing.