The Kabel mill can look back on a colourful past. The paper factory was founded in 1896. From 1959 it belonged to the Feldmühle Group, and from 1990 onwards to the Swedish Stora Group. In 1998, Stora and Enso merged to become StoraEnso, but the factory in Kabel remained as it had always been: a place where high-quality paper is produced.
In 2016, five international paper experts took over management of the factory – Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper was born and no cuts to the workforce were necessary. Back to its roots, bound by tradition, but more ambitious than ever. The new entrepreneurial spirit is giving the entire industry a shot in the arm. Kabel believes in the power of knowledge and innovation. We are convinced that exceptionally good paper will play an important part in people’s lives, even in the long term.
With every fibre we are dedicated to unsurpassed premium quality. Our new fibre mill is proof of this. It will supply up to 90% of fibres from its own production for new types of paper. Responsible for this is an internal project team which is managing the project from the concept phase through to the approval process and tender, right up to the beginning of construction. New, energy-saving units by Andritz will form the basis of the project. Initial infrastructural developments such as tunnel construction and extensions to the lumber yard and rail track are already underway. Beginning of operations is planned for 2021.
Our gravure print, cut-size and roll offset papers are well-established in the market and much sought-after. Demand for these existing branded products is high and we will continue to supply these papers. In addition we are expanding our portfolio with heavier printing papers. Our customers will benefit from the fact that they will be able to substitute wood-free products while making a saving.
With the first investments after the takeover we optimised the paper machines, which allowed us to increase production by 15%. For 2019 we have planned further works to both paper machines to improve their efficiency – firstly to the steam shower, and secondly to the drive system. The aim is to both save energy and to increase capacity.
We are part of a society that we really value. It is important to us that everybody gets on well and that everyone has the chance to develop themselves. That’s why we are supporting several social initiatives in Hagen. These include Soup Kitchen Hagen e.V., the counselling centre ZeitRaum Counselling, LWL Open Air Museum Hagen and the Network of Self-Help Groups In this way we are trying to represent as wide a spectrum as possible to give back as much as we can.