HANS KOLB Wellpappe
Headquarters & Production
HANS KOLB Wellpappe
HANS KOLB Wellpappe
Paper factory
Dettingen / Erms
KOLB DigitalSolutions

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.

KOLB Group
HANS KOLB Wellpappe GmbH & Co. KG

Founded on July 7, 1933
Employees approx. 1.200 / 60 apprentices

  • vdw – Verband der Wellpappen-Industrie e. V.
  • VBPV – Verband der Bayer. Papier, Pappe und Kunststoffverarbeitenden Industrie  e. V.
  • VBP – Verband Bayer. Papierfabriken e. V.
  • FFI – Fachverband Faltschachtel-Industrie


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”

Angela Kolb

is on of the shareholder in 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.

Andreas Eyd

has been Managing Director in the KOLB Group since April 2024 and is responsible for the companies

  • HANS KOLB Wellpappe GmbH & Co. KG
  • HANS KOLB Papierfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
  • Gebr. KNAUER GmbH + Co. KG

Andreas Eyd has extensive management experience in the printing supply, air conditioning and mechanical engineering industries and has already worked as a managing director for many years.


Meeting customer requirements

Modern packaging must meet a range of requirements. For this reason, KOLB packaging development is pursuing a customer-focused approach. Following the company slogan of “Better packaging”, the experienced KOLB design team makes use of advanced creative systems. This means that many different ideas can be pursued and implemented, which is of course of great advantage to customers. When developing the perfect packaging solution for you, we always aim at greatest flexibility. In many cases, packaging must satisfy a varied range of demands. On the one hand, it must ensure safe transport and storage. On the other, it must attract customer attention at the point of sale. HANS KOLB Wellpappe always takes into account all elementary components that make good packaging, and develops a tailor-made solution for your product. Every day, we handle several hundred orders, which is testimony to our performance.




Trade registration

Trade registration of cardboard factory in Memmingen by Hans Kolb. Initially, the plant produces solid fibreboard, which is gradually replaced with corrugated cardboard.

7. Juli 1933

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.


Office building

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 OffsetPrint

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.

KOLB DigitalSolutions

Start of production at the new location in Memmingen-Amendingen. Digital corrugated packaging printing and state-of-the-art die-cutting and further processing.

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