Schumacher becomes a training company
Werner Hänßgen from Frohnlach becomes the company's first apprentice on 7 November.
First generation change in the family business
Wulf Schumacher, Kurt Schumacher's son, takes over the management. His first salary is 300 DM. Trade in cardboard boxes appears in the statistics for the first time with a share of 100,000 DM.
The first building
The family business expands and constructs its first own building: A barn in Neuensorg is bought on demolition and rebuilt as a warehouse in Ebersdorf. In addition, a small office and garage building is erected.
After marrying Wulf Schumacher, Roswitha Schumacher joins the company and actively supports her husband. She is responsible for controlling and finances, and later also for training.
Farewell to Kurt Schumacher
An era comes to an end: Kurt Schumacher passes away at the age of 78.
The willingness to invest remains high
Wulf Schumacher's capital expenditure adds up to a total of over DM 44 million - an astronomical amount by his standards.
German reunification as a growth driver
Only a few months after the German-German border was opened, the company changed from a two-shift to a three-shift operation. With 240 employees, the production volume can be increased to almost 50,000 tonnes per year and the turnover to almost 70 million DM.
Acquisition of the company F. Luce
The acquisition of the company F. Luce, a traditional offset packaging plant in Bielefeld, is the prelude to an extraordinary growth dynamic. No other company in the industry has grown so quickly and sustainably since then.
Starting signal for the Sonneberg plant
The new Luce Verpackungswerk GmbH in Sonneberg is one of the most modern production facilities for offset-printed packaging up to large format VIIb. In the following year, the Blechhammer folding box production facility is integrated into the plant.
Acquisition of Kartonax
With the 1952 founded company Kartonax GmbH & Co. KG, founded in 1952, a new site is acquired in Nuremberg. The plant employs around 90 people and produces high-quality, offset-printed folding cartons for a wide range of industries.
Hendrik Schumacher joins the company
After completing his business administration studies in Munich, Hendrik Schumacher is entrusted with the management of the Nuremberg site. This is the second Schumacher son to join the company.
Half a century in labour service
50 years of Wulf Schumacher - an occasion to be celebrated. A year later he is awarded the State Medal for his special services to the Bavarian economy.
New management and a new name
The brothers Björn and Hendrik Schumacher officially take the helm as managing directors. The family-owned company, previously known as the Crimpack Group, changed its name to Schumacher Packaging in the same year.
Welcoming the seventh location
In December, Wasgau Packaging, a manufacturer of solid board packaging in Hauenstein, Palatinate, becomes a new member of the group of companies and thus the seventh location of the family business.
Construction of a plant in Forchheim
The now cramped Nuremberg plant is replaced by a newly built, state-of-the-art plant in Forchheim, Upper Franconia, in which Schumacher Packaging invests 14 million euros.
Rise to European player
With 2,200 employees, the Schumacher Packaging Group operates as a major European medium-sized company with a complete range of corrugated and solid board packaging. With eleven plants at nine international locations, annual sales of around 400 million euros are generated.
First location in the Netherlands
In Breda, the Netherlands, the display specialist Vinke is integrated into the Schumacher Group. With the first sales and logistics location in the Netherlands, Schumacher can serve customers in the Benelux region even better.
Übernahme einer Papierfabrik in Myszków
Through investments of around 100 million euros, the existing paper machine is converted to the production of corrugated base paper. The strategic goal: self-sufficiency in raw material supply. In the 2016 business year, the turnover mark of half a billion euros was exceeded for the first time.
Full of grief
Senior boss Wulf Schumacher passes away in July at the age of 78. He played a key role in shaping the success story of the family business for more than 50 years.
To a new size in the Netherlands
The display plant in Breda, the Netherlands, moves to a neighbouring site and triples its production area in the process.
Greven continues to grow
The processing and storage capacities of the state-of-the-art corrugated board plant in Greven, which was only opened in 2014, are doubled with an investment of 30 million euros.
New mainstay: copacking
Schumacher Packaging is expanding its range of services in the areas of special and composite packaging as well as copacking. The group takes over three packaging service providers: Konverdi and Konverdi Copacking in Lehrte as well as Nypack in Nýrsko, Czech Republic.
Full speed ahead
The Schumacher Packaging Group increases its turnover by more than six percent to 627 million euros - with 15 production sites in Europe and 3,300 employees. In order to continue the organic and sustainable growth, investments of more than 130 million euros are planned.
150 years of Schwarzenberg
The Schwarzenberg cardboard packaging plant, which has been part of the corporate group for ten years, celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Honoured as a top performer
As a fast-growing medium-sized company, the group of companies is recognised with the "Bavaria's Best" 50 award.
First takeover in the United Kingdom
Schumacher Packaging takes over the British packaging manufacturer Jaffabox Limited, based in Birmingham, and gains a foothold on the island for the first time. Schumacher Packaging thus further expands its market presence in Europe. The number of employees increases to more than 3,500.
Digital maker spirit
The start-up Pack Solution is founded. With the implementation of a web shop concept, packaging for e-commerce, for fruit and vegetables as well as gift packaging can be sold online.
The largest investment programme in the company's history
Courage is the hallmark of the Schumachers: In times of global economic crisis, the company launches the largest investment programme in its history. By 2025, around 700 million euros will be invested in expanding capacities and in sustainable technologies of the future.
Takeover of the Kaierde board mill
Security of supply has top priority. Schumacher Packaging acquires a majority stake in the Kaierde cartonboard mill in Delligsen, Lower Saxony, thereby increasing its total capacities in the solid board sector by 50 percent.
Market entry in Italy
Schumacher Packaging acquires a majority stake in the Italian corrugated base paper producer Cartiere Modesto Cardella. The paper mill produces 200,000 tonnes of recycled paper per year and employs 100 people.
A new member of the group
To counteract the difficult supply situation in the solid board sector, Schumacher Packaging expands its capacities by acquiring Kartonagenwerk Leipzig Land GmbH.
75-year success story
With 29 locations in six countries, Schumacher Packaging starts its 75th company year. All signs point to innovation and growth.