HISTORY

Founding

The early years 1948–1970

1948 Kurt H. Schumacher founds a wholesale business for the local toy, upholstery and small furniture industries in Ebersdorf, Bavaria.

1957 His son, Wulf Schumacher, takes over the company management and by the mid 1960s increases the turnover share of corrugated board packaging to almost 90%.

1960 Wulf Schumacher expands the corrugated board packaging department and turns it into a key product through tireless work and the aid of an offensive strategy.

MILESTONES

1990s–2000

1999 Wulf Schumacher takes over F. Luce Verpackungswerk in Bielefeld, thereby commencing his expansion strategy.

2000 January sees the newly founded subsidiary Tektura commencing production at their specially built plant in Wrocław, Poland. The company participates in a joint venture with Verpa Folie Wrocław, manufacturers of polyethylene film.

MILESTONES

2001–2002

2001 The new company Luce Verpackungswerk GmbH in Sonneberg becomes one of the most modern production facilities for offset packaging.

2002 The family-owned company takes over Kartonax GmbH & Co. KG in Nuremberg, a long-standing folding box manufacturer.

Extending the range of services

2008–2009

2008 Another area of expertise is added through the acquisition of Kartonagen Schwarzenberg GmbH, namely the production and processing of heavy-duty solid board.

2009 The family-run group of companies acquires a new, standardised corporate name with the Crimpack Group becoming Schumacher Packaging. In December, Wasgau Packaging, manufacturer of solid board packaging, based in Hauenstein in the Palatinate region of Germany, is taken over.

Extending the range of services

2010–2011

2010 Schumacher Packaging takes over the Polpak Group, the Polish market leader in fruit and vegetable packaging. Corrugated board packaging production takes place at the Bydgoszcz plant and with the Grudziądz plant, Schumacher Packaging acquires its own production facility for corrugated board raw paper.

2011 The Nuremberg plant (which in the interim had become cramped) is replaced by a newly built, ultra-modern plant in Forchheim in Upper Franconia.

Becoming a European player

Ultra-modern technology

2012-2014

2012 Schumacher Packaging generates an annual turnover of around €400 million at 11 plants in nine international locations.

2014 Production operations officially begin at the new Greven plant in May. This is followed by the acquisition of Vinke Display, a renowned Dutch display specialist from Breda in June. The Schumacher Packaging Group is thereby bringing itself even closer to significant sales regions such as Northwest Germany, the Ruhr area, Benelux and Scandinavia. Schumacher Packaging receives ISO 50001 energy management certification for all its German plants.

Becoming a European player

Ultra-modern technology

2015

2015 As of January, Schumacher Packaging & Display in Breda, Netherlands, now has the largest flat-bed die cutter in Europe. And at the main Ebersdorf plant, the prototype for a pioneering generation of mass-volume digital printing machines is commissioned. In September, Schumacher Packaging unveils the new CargoProfil, an innovative hollow section made from paper material, which is light yet sturdy.

Further expansion

2016 The Schumacher Packaging Group acquires a paper factory in Myszków, Poland

2016: This currently produces newspapers but will be converted to corrugated board production by 2019 thanks to an investment approximately equivalent to €100 million. The strategic aim is for the Group to be completely self-sufficient in terms of raw material supply. Schumacher Packaging ranks third on the packaging market in Poland with its five production sites there

Ready for the future

2017 Double the processing and storage capacity

2017: Schumacher Packaging doubles its processing and storage capacity at the Greven corrugated board plant, which only opened in 2014, with an investment of €30 million. At the corrugated board plant in Wrocław, Poland, a modern high-bay warehouse with capacity for 21,000 pallets is commissioned. The display plant in Breda, Netherlands, relocates to a neighbouring site, and in doing so, triples its production area to 15,000 square metres and secures a warehouse with space for 7500 pallets. Schumacher Packaging also expands its range of services in special and composite packaging as well as co-packing. The Group acquires three packaging service providers: Konverdi and Konverdi Copacking in Lehrte as well as Nypack in Nýrsko, Czech Republic. Senior Director Wulf Schumacher, who shaped the successful history of the family company for over 50 years, dies in July, aged 78.

Steady increase in turnover

Turnover reaches €627 million and 150th anniversary of the Schwarzenberg plant

In 2018, the Schumacher Packaging Group increased their sales in all countries in comparison to the previous year by more than 6 per cent to €627 million. The 15 production sites across Europe now employ around 3300 people. To continue its organic and sustainable growth, the Group plans to invest more than €130 million over the next three years. In September 2018, the Schwarzenberg cardboard packaging plant, which has been part of Schumacher Packaging for ten years, celebrates its 150th anniversary.