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Company founded in Ebersdorf b. Coburg
Kurt Schumacher and his wife Hildegard found a wholesale company for the local toy, upholstery and small furniture industry.
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Modernisation through motorisation
Visits to customers and deliveries of goods are made much easier by switching from a bicycle to a motorbike and later to a car.
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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.
Focus on corrugated board packaging
With tireless diligence and an offensive strategy, Wulf Schumacher expands the corrugated board packaging sector to become the company's central product.
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Family strength
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.
The first corrugator goes into operation
The "doer gene" comes through: Wulf Schumacher positions himself in the local competition and sets up his own corrugated board production.
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New era in IT and sales
Norbert Hager officially joins the company and for decades, as a member of the management and sales manager of the Schumacher Packaging Group, he repeatedly sets the decisive course for our sustainable corporate success.
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Schumacher proves assertiveness
No room for two plants in a small space: Schumacher secures its market position and takes over Coburger Wellpappe.
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Farewell to Kurt Schumacher
An era comes to an end: Kurt Schumacher passes away at the age of 78.
Expansion of warehouse and product range
What flatbed die-cutter and gluer can do: The product range is expanded to include flexible inner packaging and high-quality boxes.
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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.
Impending recession: investing in the future
Nothing ventured, nothing gained: Schumacher's path through the crisis is courageous, but entrepreneurially far-sighted.
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A new family member in the company
Björn Schumacher starts his career in the company.
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Many reasons to celebrate: 50th anniversary
In its anniversary year, the company is one of the most modern and efficient production plants in the industry worldwide.
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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.
Poland: important growth market in the East
With the construction of the first Schumacher plant abroad and the founding of the subsidiary "Tektura Wrocław", the era of rapid expansion begins.
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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.
Steady expansion of the existing plants
With the increase in production capacity, the company creates new jobs.
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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 plant in Schwarzenberg
With the acquisition of Kartonagenwerk Schwarzenberg, the family business becomes a full-service provider.
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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.
Acquisition of the Polpak Group: The largest acquisition in the company's history to date
With the acquisition of the Polish Polpak Group, a modern corrugated board plant and the first paper mill are taken over.
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Expansion in Schwarzenberg
Further investments are made in the site to ensure quality and sustainability.
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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.
The Greven success story begins
With the construction of a new corrugated board plant in Greven, Münsterland, the packaging specialist is moving closer to important sales markets.
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A pioneer on the move
With its first steps in digital printing, Schumacher Packaging sets an example in Europe..
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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.
On course for success in pandemic times
Reason to celebrate: Worldwide unique RSR® printer starts & e-commerce booms.
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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.
On the way to climate-neutral production
Environmental innovation programme: Schumacher Packaging is investing in environmentally friendly production.
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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.