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Klingele’s company history is a success story with three main features: our people, their ideas and their commitment.
The story began when the company was founded in 1920 and is still unfolding with every apprentice or new employee who joins us. For 100 years now, our name has stood for comprehensive expertise in the fields of corrugated board, paper and corrugated packaging.
The company was founded 100 years ago. Klingele is now present for its customers in Europe, Africa and Central America with two paper mills, twelve corrugated board plants, eight converting plants and one sheet feeder plant.
Klingele has launched a new uniform brand identity on 12 December 2019. In the future, Klingele will operate under the umbrella brand “Klingele Paper & Packaging Group”, replacing the former name “Klingele Papierwerke”. The reasons for this is the dynamic growth of the group in Germany and abroad over the past decades, as well as numerous acquisitions and investments.
Klingele acquires 50 percent of the British company Onboard Ltd. Klingele is thus investing in the Group's first sheet feeder plant and further expanding its strategic partnerships abroad.
Klingele has acquired all of the shares of the the Spanish Ondunova Group after having been a part of the company since the early 1970s.
The Klingele Group invests in the promising Cuban corrugated cardboard industry through its Spanish subsidiary Klingele Embalajes will therefore operate two corrugated cardboard plants and a folding box plant in Havanna.
Klingele now participates with a 26% shareholding in the Scandinavian Peterson Group, which is the market leader in Norway and has a strong presence in Denmark and Sweden.
Foundation of Blue Paper SAS, as a joint venture of Klingele and VPK Packaging. Conversion of the paper mill for magazine paper into a mill for corrugated board papers.
Klingele opened a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant known as "Weener Energie" at the Weener paper mill.
Klingele embarked upon the biggest programme of expansion the company had ever seen. In subsequent years, around 400 million euros were invested in new machinery, technology and processes.
Following the death of Dr. Werner Klingele, overall responsibility passes to his son, Dr. Jan Klingele.
The Weener paper mill started production on a new paper machine, giving Klingele’s technology a decisive competitive edge in the corrugated board base paper market.
Dr. Brigitte Klingele became a director and the company’s presence spanned the whole of Germany.
In 1961, Klingele acquired a paper mill in Weener marking the beginning of the family-owned company’s interest in paper manufacturing. In the same year, Klingele triggered its expansion in Spain with the acquisition of a major share in a local company.
In 1952, the two founding families, Klingele und Holfelder, decided to end their partnership. Grunbach became the headquarters of the Klingele Group and the Holfelder family retained ownership of the Wiesloch plant.
Following the death of the founder, Alfred Klingele, his son, Dr. Werner Klingele, took over the management of the company.
A second production plant, later to become the Klingele Group’s headquarters, was built in Grunbach near Stuttgart in 1936.
Alfred Klingele and his brother-in-law Emil Holfelder began production of corrugated board at their plant, Badische Wellpapierfabrik Klingele & Holfelder, in Wiesloch near Heidelberg on 21 April 1920.