We are your strong partner

Got a complex challenge for us? Whether cores or edge protectors: As part of the Kunert Group and in close cooperation with you, we can develop the right solution and master any challenge.

Kunert at a Glance

Kunert at a Glance

17
sites in Europe and Asia
230,000 t/p.a.
Paper cores and edge protectors
2,000
employees
100%
recyclable products
300,000 t/p.a.
core board
100,000 t/p.a.
corrugated cardboard packaging

Success has tradition

Reliability and long-term customer loyalty – as part of the Kunert Group we already committed to that decades ago. Our goal: A trusting, long-term relationship with you, our customers. Because the success of our family-run company is based on this collaboration. Together with you we have gained experience over the years and have grown. Thus, 1,600 employees in 15 plants in Europe and Asia work on the solutions for your requirements. Our employees produce 230,000 tonnes of paper cores and edge protectors, as well as 300,000 tonnes of core board annually.

Our Credo as family-run company: Continuity instead of short-term strategy. That is why we, by now in the fourth generation, rely on independent development work and a solution-oriented basic attitude. We do not see ourselves as a mere production facility, but instead as a customer-oriented service provider. For us, you are paramount. You set standards which we turn into solutions together.

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We offer our customers more than just a high-quality product from a broad range. We offer: Strong service, individual solutions and continuous thinking ahead.

How it all began…

At the end of the 19th century, Germany is on the threshold of the industrial age, affluence is growing, ideas of progress dominate the world of ideas. Seized by the entrepreneurial spirit, Alois Paul, in 1893, launches his cardboard box manufacturing company in Eulau in the Sudetenland region, today in the Czech Republic. Together with his son-in-law Karl Kunert he quickly turns the family company into a high-performance industrial operation. Already shortly after the turn of the century, corrugated cardboard has become part of the product range and since the 1920s, the company also offered paper cores.

Unbroken entrepreneurial spirit

At the end of WWII, some 14 million Germans were forced to leave their homes, either as deportees or refugees. The end of the war also marked a decisive point in the Kunert Group’s history. The Kunert family were expropriated and expelled from Eulau. 250 employees were left behind. The entrepreneurial spirit of their ancestors was, however, also deeply engrained in Karl Kunert’s sons. In 1948, they rebuilt the company – initially as Wellpappen & Kartonagenfabrik Paul & Co in a closed down skittle alley in Bad Neustadt and later as Paul & Co, Inh. K. Kunert & Söhne in Wildflecken in the Rhön region, today’s headquarters for the production of paper cores.

1893

Alois Paul launches cardboard box production in Eulau, Sudetenland.

1945

Expropriation and expulsion of the Kunert family from Eulau. The factory with 250 staff is abandoned.

1948

The brothers Anton and Walter started again with paper processing and paper core production in a closed down bowling alley in Bad Neustadt.

1949

Reestablishment of the company as Paul & Co in Oberwildflecken.

1970

A further production site for paper cores is established in Peiting, Upper Bavaria.

1980

The plant Kunert Soest is built.

1990

Acquisition of the paper core production site Wedderstedt in Saxony-Anhalt.

1990

The paper core plant Rupperswil in Switzerland, today known under the name of Lenzhard, is acquired.

1993

Acquisition of the paper core plant Paul & Co in Breitenau, Austria.

1993

Majority stake in paper core plant Beillard in La Talaudière, France.

1993

Majority stake in paper core plants Beillard in St. Hilaire, France.

1997

The Paul & Co plant is built in Indonesia.

2001

Purchase of the paper core plant Halaspack in Kiskunhalas, Hungary.

2001

Purchase of the paper core plant Paul & Co Slovensko in Ružomberok.

2004

A further Paul & Co plant is opened in Bangkok.

2006

Acquisition of the Papeteries du Rhin in Illzach, France.

2006

Paul & Co Wildflecken following several extensions to the site.

2008

Acquisition of Carl Macher Hülsenpapiere in Brunnenthal near Hof.

2010

Inauguration of our new plant in Chonburi near Pattaya (in leased premises).

2012

Paul & Co Wildflecken - A new office building was built, equipped with the latest technology and ergonomic workplaces.

2013

Paul & Co Wildflecken - The existing office building was also equipped and modernised with a state-of-the-art shading system.

2014

Kunert Wedderstedt - The employees are pleased with the new building with social spaces. In addition, a new warehouse was built.

2014

The Kunert Group is supplemented by the factory "Hülsenfabrik Graupner" .

2017

Ground-breaking ceremony for the new logistics building for paper mill Carl Macher.

2018

Merger of Hülsenfabrik Lenzhard with Cartub AG.

2018

Inauguration of the new plant in Tambon Takiantia, near Chonburi, Thailand.

2018

Paul & Co Wildflecken - Extensive construction work and modernization for cores with large diameters. Highly efficient logistics structures were created for even faster truck clearance.

2019

Kunert Peiting - The production capacities have been expanded with the most modern production line for angular edge protectors.

2019

Carl Macher - Completion of the fully automated logistics hall of more than 14,000 sqm. The finished goods are transported to the warehouse with autonomous industrial vehicles via a 300 m long transport bridge.

2020

Hülsenfabrik Lenzhard - Following the successful merger with Cartub, the production area was expanded to 10,000 m². Now the Zofingen employees and machines moved into the premises.

Challenges sought

Our goal: Your satisfaction. We do not see ourselves as a straight out producer of paper cores, edge protectors and core board. On the contrary, we see ourselves as adviser and number 1 contact partner. Together with you we develop customised solutions, individually adjusted to your requirements and wishes. In addition, we are your energetic partner when mastering your production and logistics processes. Together with you we want to establish a strong, closely linked and long-term relationship. That is why we – as in the past – will also rely on a trusting collaboration, intensive advice, long-term experience and reliable products in the future. Together, we will master any challenge.

Going forward we will continue to do more than “just” deliver products. Instead we will actively support you in handling every challenge concerning your production and logistics processes. We will not disappoint the trust which you, as a customer of many years, have placed in us. You and your specific needs are our top priority – now and in the future.