Pulp-Tec is one of the leading producers of moulded pulp in Europe. We develop and produce moulded fibre products from 100% waste paper.
Together with our Customers, we develop paper pulp solutions from first idea and concept design, to prototype stage and final production of finished pulp parts.
Our extensive range of high-quality pulp paper products are strong and resilient, designed with a full cycle in mind – a totally endless lifespan! After use, the pulp products can be composted or returned to the paper recycling chain repeatedly. 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable alternatives to replace environmentally damaging single use plastics, foams and polystyrenes.
A passion for quality
Pulp-Tec produces outstanding and innovative products to the highest industry standards. As an ISO 9001 certified company, we place great importance to the quality of our products and the professional cooperation with our customers.
"A strong tree needs deep roots," – the origins of Pulp-Tec reach as far back as to the year 1547. Pulp-Tec would not be where it is today had it not been for the courageous entrepreneurial spirit and a long history of changing the business model to adapt to new market situations.
"Die Niedermühle" is build by Bernhardt von Hermsdorf in the Polenztal valley. The water mill uses the closeby river to grind grains for bread.
(Model of the original Corn Mill)
The mill gets equipped with a cutting unit. From now on it is used as a saw to cut wood
Clemens Feodor Theile acquires the mill and due to the rising demand of paper board converts it into a cardboard factory.
with its characteristic hexagon water tower
After the second world war, the company falls into the Soviet sector. The owner family gets expropriated and the company gets converted into the state owned VEB Hartpappenwerk. From now on it produces cardboard that is used for car parts of the Trabant as well as backwalls for TVs. The molded pulp production is entirely focused on loudspeaker cones.
(Speaker cone from molded pulp)
The village celebrates its 700 year anniversary with the factory as its symbol for economical success in the background
After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reunion of Germany, the company struggles and runs almost into bankruptcy.
(In 1991, the factory is run down to a ruin)
The former plant managers Wolfgang Laube and Peter Ziebeil acquire the company from the state and start up production again: Now they produce speaker cones and floral products from molded pulp. They Change the company name to Fasergusswerk für Akustikbauteile GmbH.
(Wolfgang Laube: Owner and MD of FGW)
Almost 2.000 km away, close to Glasgow in Scotland, a highly skilled team of passionate staff around Gary Shaw started the new company Pulp-Tec Limited to design and supply demanding customers with innovative high-quality pulp packaging solutions. At this time, there is not connection at all between the two companies – It is going to take another ten years before they shall get in contact with each other.
(Gary Shaw: Owner and MD of Pulp-Tec Limited)
The owners of FGW look for a long term succession to a next generation. By chance they get in contact with the Jaeger family. The company gets acquired and a transition plan to the next generation is put into motion, combining experience with fresh blood.
(Franz & Friederich Jaeger)
The activities of operation get streamlined and the company obtains a new CI.
The Irish peat producer Erin decides to stop its pulp operation and FGW acquires the equipment, know-how and customer base. Most important, a long-term friendship and partnership with the MD John Molloy and owner Richard Grimmer is formed. In the same year, Richard Grimmer creates together with Ronan Lynch and James Gallacher MFP Moulded Fibre Products in the UK, who will be soon become FGW’s most valuable alliance partner.
John Molloy, Bernard O‘Connell, Franz Jaeger and Richard Grimmer on a peat bog in Ireland
FGW invests into two state of the art fully automated molded pulp machines and quadruples its production capacity.
(Unloading the machine at the FGW factory)
Pulp-Tec wins a very large customer in Poland and chooses FGW as its manufacturing partner. However, the onboarding of the customer reveals that its requirements exceed the production capacities of FGW. At the same time, the American company Veritiv / UGS retreat from the Polish market. FGW takes over the existing production facility in Lodz and sets up a new company for the Polish market: PulPack.
Having intensified the collaboration between FGW and Pulp-Tec through additional joint projects, the owners of both firms decide to join forces. From now on, Pulp-Tec, PulPack and FGW are three companies of the same group.
(Top: Friederich Jaeger and Gary Shaw // Bottom: Gary Shaw and Franz Jaeger)
To bring the Polish factory to a new level of output and professional management, Sebastian Zywczak (formerly Manager of Operations at MFP in UK) is hired and becomes MD of PulPack.
To expand the UK Pulp-Tec site, a new building is acquired and the company moves to its new home, close to Glasgow. Gary Shaw and close friend James Gallacher inspect the new building.
To foster the independent strength of each company, Patric Lothmann becomes MD at FGW, cooperating closely with his colleague, Ute Jantschke
The corporate identity of all three Pulp-Companies is aligned under the Pulp-Tec brand
As a family business, we work with a long planning horizon and our company leaders are equipped with a very large extend of entrepreneurial freedom. These characteristics of our business model form the basis of our mutual success. The cornerstone for this interaction is created by our shared values.
We constantly challenge our ways of doing business and continuously improve them. We are open for new ideas and we are willing to change if they are better than what we do today. We create added value for our customers.
2. Self responsibility
Each one of us works actively towards the success of our business. We act to generate profits, we stick to our values and we take responsibility for the results for our actions.
We say what we do. And we do what we say. We act cherishable & self-critical, we are reliable trustworthy. We respect the rights, norms and culture of our partners. We expect the same of them. We act upon the rules we give ourselves and stick to them.
As a company, we are proud, humbled and honoured
to have received these awards and accolades.
Winner: Best New
Product and Service
Young People Award
Glasgow City of
PC Paper Compound
BRC Global Standard
for Packaging and Packaging Materials
Pulp-Tec strives to be an excellent place to work where management and staff are inspired to excel.
Each one of us works actively towards the success of our busi- ness. We act to generate profits, we stick to our values and we take responsibility for the results for our actions.
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