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What under the title "Summer Trip" sounds like a light-hearted event of the German Group of the Liberal International (DGLI) is in fact a program where politics and economy get together. This summer, one of the most important meeting points was Koehler Greiz GmbH & Co. KG.
Managing Director Udo Hollbach received the twelve-strong DGLI delegation for a tour round the company. Among others, the guests included Dirk Bergner, vice president of the Thuringian Landtag, William Schlosser, spokesman for infrastructure and energy of the FDP party in the Thuringian Landtag, chamber of commerce and industry CEO Peter Höhne and FDP parliamentary leader Stefan Beyer, other FDP Bundestag representatives and Dr. Carsten Klein, delegation head and vice president of the DGLI as well as head of the South-East Asian regional office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
"The DGLI is the German section of the Liberal International, which was set up in 1947. Consequently, it is older than the FDP and something like its predecessor organization. At the Greiz site, we were very pleased that some of the driving forces behind economic policy at the state and federal level chose precisely our company to get a realistic picture of industry," explained Udo Hollbach. The fact that the Koehler Paper Group has succeeded in positioning itself as hidden champion in several product area was presented in detail in the newspaper Ostthüringer Zeitung OTZ, among others, which confirmed, "...you do not need a big city to operate highly successfully in a sector and you can also find efficient forward-looking and modern companies in outlying areas." Hollbach regards the interest of politics as useful for Koehler Greiz: "Entering into a dialog with political bodies is important for us – that's why we've also been cooperating closely with the chambers of industry and commerce. And I'm sure that our efforts to be sustainable have been positively received by the public and politics."
The guests were surprised to hear that Koehler still plans to invest about seven million euros at its Greiz site despite the corona crisis. "We intend to further reinforce our ecological orientation by adjusting our emission values not just to the required limits, but even undershooting these through conversion of our power station," explained Hollbach. For the Managing Director, this is a project that definitely matches the positioning of the plant: the Koehler Group makes smart use of renewable raw materials. At the Greiz site, exclusively recycled paper and recycled board are made, which are delivered to customers worldwide.