How it all began
Innovation through experience!
Knüppel Verpackung looks back on a 96-year corporate history today – thanks to loyal customers and our ability to impress them time and again with innovative products and services. Knüppel: 96 years of experience, expertise and a passion for packaging.
Hermann Chr. Knüppel founds a paper wholesale operation in the heart of Hann. Münden in Lower Saxony on April 1, 1919. He brings along expertise, courage, diligence and the determination to establish an independent livelihood. He first rents a storage room at the municipal packing station. Years later, he acquires a warehouse right across from the town hall.
Hermann Chr. Knüppel has a taste for good, solid packing paper made of pure cellulose. He applies for the corresponding goods quality label and uses it to advertise for his products. He can provide his customers with a quality paper guarantee and thus stand out from many of his competitors.
The company is showing quick growth. Hermann Chr. Knüppel wants to continue growing and decides to move into newly created offices and warehouses on “Breiten Gasse” street near the periphery of the former old town.
Beginning of the 2nd World War: Hermann Chr. Knüppel is called to duty and can no longer continue his work. His son Helmar Knüppel takes over the key company affairs until he too is drafted for military service in January 1942. The remaining employees carry on and make do as best they can.
End of the war: The company buildings newly constructed in 1937 are either destroyed or badly damaged. In the following years, the rubble and debris in Breiten Gasse street is transformed into new warehousing and office space.
Knüppel becomes a limited partnership: The junior partner becomes a shareholder alongside the senior partner. The “German economic miracle” facilitates the company’s continued growth. The company’s product portfolio and technical expertise are becoming increasingly differentiated.
Knüppel celebrates its 50th year anniversary. The founder’s grandson, Gerhard Hahn, joins the company as a shareholder. Senior partner Hermann Chr. Knüppel passes a lot of his experience and principles on to him and then gradually withdraws from active business life.
Knüppel expands and takes on the challenge of relocating from Breiten Gasse street to the Volkmarshausen industrial park – just outside the gates of Hann. Münden in Lower Saxony. In order to meet the demands of a growing customer base and the increasingly sophisticated division of business, Knüppel moves into significantly enlarged office and warehouse premises while continuously expanding its product portfolio.
In the course of expansion, the first Knüppel branch offices are established in Lauterbach and Mainz in 1976.
Knüppel opens another new branch by taking over the company Norba in Bindlacher Strasse 7 in Bayreuth.
Knüppel joins the company Nordic Woodfibre located in the Danish town of Haarlev near Copenhagen and thus enters the production of heavy industrial packaging made of wood fibers. Customers from the metal industry, in particular, value products such as Nolco-Flex and Nolco-Pack, thanks to their excellent mechanical protection properties. Knüppel becomes the majority shareholder in 2010.
German reunification brings new challenges – and opportunities! Knüppel establishes a branch in Gotha in 1990.
Knüppel opens another branch in Dresden. Together with the US joint venture partner NTIC, the company founds EXCOR® GmbH in Hann. Münden, Lower Saxony, in the same year and revolutionizes temporary corrosion protection with VCI integrated into films.
Relocation of the Gotha branch to Emleben into a self-built warehouse and office building in Pfauseeallee 4. The Knüppel company EXCOR® shows dynamic growth. In order to scientifically and analytically advance corrosion protection with packaging materials and be able to meet customer needs with additional innovative products based on in-house patents, management establishes the EXCOR® Korrosionsforschung GmbH in Dresden. The laboratory soon takes a leading role in Europe in the global “Joint-Venture-Verbund” network.
Inspired by specific customer needs, Knüppel successfully creates in-house product brands. 1999 sees the market launch of the FleeceGuard® brand, whose products leverage a multi-layer composite of film and nonwoven fleece to provide excellent protection for scratch and stain sensitive surfaces.
Office and storage capacities are expanded at the company headquarters in Hann. Munden, Lower Saxony.
Knüppel joins Corline Kft, a company established in Hungary in 2003, with a 50% stake. The local areas of activity: consulting, development, manufacture and sales of industrial packaging and paper. Knüppel takes over 100% of the shares in 2011 to become the sole shareholder. One year later, the name Corline is changed to Knüppel Csomagolástechnika Kft.
Knüppel becomes increasingly international: The company founds “Knüppel Verpackung Sp.zo.o.” in the Polish town of Ozorkow. Production and packaging of FleeceGuard® is carried out there, according to specifications from the design office at the headquarters. Knüppel also opens a standalone, CAD-supported development department for customized constructive packaging in Dresden in 2006.
Knüppel founds euromasch Maschinen-Handels-Gesellschaft m.b.H, just outside of Vienna in Strasse 3, to market the EXCOR® products in Austria.
Knüppel founds the subsidiary Ckdpack in Hann. Munden, Lower Saxony. It develops foldable and reusable racks and containers for the safe and economical transport of components in the automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering and engine construction sectors, e.g. for direct delivery to production lines overseas.
Construction of a modern office and warehouse building on its own land and at Kümmerling 15 in Bodenheim (relocation of the previous location from Mainz). The demand for professional packaging solutions and advice is growing in Austria too. Knüppel founds another subsidiary in Vienna to market its products.
Knüppel founds its own company in the Ukraine. The products of the Knüppel brand FleeceGuard® are manufactured here from this time on.
Ernst Hahn had joined the company back in 2006. He becomes a member of the Knüppel Verpackung GmbH & Co KG executive board in 2012.
The Knüppel company Ckdpack founds Ckdpack Co. Ltd. in Shanghai, China.
The Knüppel company EXCOR® Tehnologi Si Produse Anticorozive S.R.L. starts to market EXCOR® products in Romania.
Ckdpack GmbH in Hann. Munden, Lower Saxony, takes over revtec GmbH.
In addition to developing its own group of companies, Knüppel Verpackung cooperates with numerous other suppliers. With over 40,000 different items from all segments of industrial packaging, Knüppel already successfully deals with challenges of every size in the domestic and international movement of goods.