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The paper industry has been heavily impacted by rising energy prices across the market and the strained logistics chain situation. Martin Gassner-Herz, who has represented the FDP in the Bundestag since 2021, visited Koehler Paper’s Kehl site this week to assess the situation for himself.
At Koehler Paper’s Kehl site, he spoke with Koehler Group COO Dr. Stefan Karrer, the Kehl site’s Mill Director Joachim Uhl, and Head of Communication and Public Relations at DIE PAPIERINDUSTRIE e.V. (the German Pulp and Paper Association) Gregor Andreas Geiger.
The Koehler Group currently employs approximately 555 personnel at its Kehl site. The mill, which produces thermal paper and decor paper on three ultra-modern machines, was commissioned in 1988. Production line 8 was commissioned in 2019, following an investment of 300 million euros from the company. The world’s most modern and efficient paper and coating machine is used to produce flexible packaging papers as well as highly innovative barrier papers, which are used by companies including Ritter Sport.
Martin Gassner-Herz appeared excited as he took a tour of the premises: “I am impressed by Koehler’s innovative strength and entrepreneurial vision. Above all, we will need courage going forward, and I see that here at Koehler.”
With its work at Koehler Renewable Energy, Koehler is rapidly accelerating the expansion of its own renewable energy facilities. It is clear what is expected of politicians in this area, states Dr. Stefan Karrer: “We believe the only way to promote the generation of renewable wind power in Germany is to deliver wind turbines without red tape as promised. Currently, approval procedures still take more than five years on average per wind farm.”