About Zanders

Zan­ders brings ex­per­tise and in­no­va­tion to the man­u­fac­ture of high qual­ity spe­cial­ity pa­pers and boards, de­vel­oped es­pe­cially for ap­pli­ca­tions that in­clude la­bels, pack­ag­ing and graph­ics

years of paper experience


paper and board grades, surfaces and grammages

tons per year total capacity paper production

Our tra­di­tion – the high­est qual­ity

Founded in 1829 by Johann Wilhelm Zanders in Bergisch Gladbach near Cologne (Germany), the company still op­er­ates the Gohrsmühle pa­per mill there to­day with around 380 em­ploy­ees. The product range includes the premium brand Chromolux, introduced in 1958 – one of the world’s leading paper brands.

Our history

The Zanders pa­per mill re­mained in the hands of the Zanders fam­ily for around 150 years. Con­stantly grow­ing, Zanders ex­panded its pro­duc­tion at the Gohrsmühle mill into art pa­per in 1895 and in­tro­duced Chromolux in 1958. Fol­low­ing its list­ing on the stock ex­change in 1980, International Paper became majority shareholder in 1989. In 2002 the Finnish fresh for­est fi­bre board man­u­fac­turer M-real ac­quired the company. When the M-real group was rebranded Metsä Board in 2012, the company’s name was changed to Metsä Board Zanders GmbH.

In May 2015, Mu­nich-based hold­ing com­pany mu­tares AG ac­quired the com­pany, which once again pro­duced its high qual­ity grades of pa­per un­der the name of Zanders GmbH. On 1 De­cem­ber 2018, a Scan­di­na­vian in­vestor group led by Terje Haglund ac­quired the com­pany, which has since been re­named Zanders Pa­per GmbH.

Expertise and products for each segment

Zanders provides printers, converters and brand owners all over the world its wide expertise for high quality specialty papers and boards for labels, packaging and graphic applications. The company ex­clu­sively uses raw ma­te­ri­als from sus­tain­ably cul­ti­vated forestry op­er­a­tions and there­fore ful­fills the FSC re­quire­ments. Zanders pro­vides spe­cialised so­lu­tions for a wide va­ri­ety of seg­ments while con­sis­tently main­tain­ing the high­est qual­ity in terms of tech­ni­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics and fin­ish­ing op­tions, as well as prod­uct safety. It meets the re­quire­ments of man­u­fac­tur­ers of bev­er­ages, in­clud­ing spir­its, sparkling wine, wine, wa­ter and beer; gro­cery and lux­ury food prod­ucts; to­bacco prod­ucts, as well as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and cos­met­ics. Its po­ten­tial end-uses range from high-end to stan­dard prod­ucts, in­clud­ing spe­cialised seg­ments such as in­di­vid­ual craft beer brew­eries.

Site and Ma­chin­ery


Over many years sig­nif­i­cant knowl­edge, equip­ment, util­i­ties and lo­gis­tics in­fra­struc­ture have been built up at the site in Bergsich Glad­bach, which is lo­cated less than half an hour from Cologne city cen­ter. High en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards were met at all times, set­ting new stan­dards for the in­dus­try in this area as well.

The heart of the fa­cil­ity is the pa­per pro­duc­tion equip­ment and the mod­ern lo­gis­tics sys­tems – in­clud­ing a lo­gis­tics cen­ter just south of the main site – for mov­ing prod­uct to and from the area. With a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 325,000 t/​a this is one of the lead­ing pa­per-mak­ing plants in Ger­many and has ex­ten­sive test and de­vel­op­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Also noteworthy are the power plant, which provides the required energy directly onsite, as well as the au­tonomous wa­ter sup­ply and its own waste­water treat­ment plant.

Technical capabilities

  • Total capacity paper production 325,000 to/a
  • Paper machine PM2: width 3.20 m, grammage range 80-350 gsm
  • Paper machine PM3: width 6.60 m, grammage range 35-160 gsm
  • Coater C3: 225.000 to annual capacity
  • 7 Chromolux coaters (cast coaters)
  • 5 reel slitting machines
  • 8 sheeting machines
  • 1 small format sheeting line
  • 1 packing line for reels
  • 2 packing lines for sheets
  • Onsite power station
  • Onsite water supply and water treatment plant


  • Own logistics center: mother reel stock (800 towers, storing capacity approx. 14,000 tons, handling capacity max. 60 reels/hour); warehouse for finished goods; logistic centre and warehouse (34,368 pallets in high rack storage and 2,500 block storage places, handling capacity 400,000 pallets/year)
  • Two highways (A4, A3) close-by
  • Two international airports (Cologne, Dusseldorf) close-by
  • Cologne Ports (one of the largest operators for inland ports in Germany) close-by



Terje Haglund

Terje Haglund

Managing Director

Markus Kaptain

Markus Kaptain

Mill Manager

Hans-Guenter Wierichs

Hans-Guenter Wierichs

Finance Manager

John Tucker

John Tucker

Sales Director