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
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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.
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.
- 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