Success with tradition

Here at the Kunert Group we long ago committed ourselves to reliability and long-term relationships with customers. Together with our customers we have gained experience and we have grown. Today, 2000 employees at 17 sites in Europe and Asia are working to find solutions for your requirements. Each year our staff produce 330,000 tonnes of cores, edge protectors and corrugated cardboard packaging almost 300,000 tonnes of core board.

Our credo as a family-run company is ‘Continuity instead of short-term strategy’. That is why already the fifth generation has been focusing on independent development work and a solution-oriented corporate culture. We view ourselves not as a mere production plant but as a customer-oriented service provider. You are our focus and you set the standards which we commonly transform into solutions.

We offer our customers more than high-quality items from a wide range of products. We provide strong service, customised solutions and continuous forward thinking.

How it all began…

In the late 19th century, Germany was on the threshold of becoming an industrial society, with growing affluence and innovative thinking the prevailing attitude. Gripped by entrepreneurial spirit, in 1893 Alois Paul launched his cardboard box manufacturing company in Eulau in the Sudetenland region, today in the Czech Republic. Together with his son-in-law Karl Kunert he quickly turned the family business into a highly efficient industrial operation. Corrugated cardboard had already become part of the product range shortly after the turn of the century and from the 1920’s the company also offered paper cores.

Unbroken entrepreneurial spirit

At the end of WWII, some 14 million Germans were forced to leave their homes, either as deportees or refugees. The end of the war also marked a decisive point in the Kunert Group’s history. The Kunert family were expropriated and expelled from Eulau. 250 employees were left behind. The entrepreneurial spirit of their ancestors was, however, also deeply engrained in Karl Kunert’s sons. In 1948, they rebuilt the company – initially as Wellpappen & Kartonagenfabrik Paul & Co in a closed down skittle alley in Bad Neustadt and later as Paul & Co, Inh. K. Kunert & Söhne in Wildflecken in the Rhön region, today’s headquarters for the production of paper cores.

Kunert Gruppe


Alois Paul launches cardboard box production in Eulau, Sudetenland.


Expropriation and expulsion of the Kunert family from Eulau. The factory with 250 staff is abandoned.


The brothers Anton and Walter started again with paper processing and paper core production in a closed down bowling alley in Bad Neustadt.


Reestablishment of the company as Paul & Co in Oberwildflecken.


Kunert Wellpappe is founded by brothers Anton, Karl and Walter Kunert in Bad Neustadt.


A further production site for paper cores is established in Peiting, Upper Bavaria.


The plant Kunert Soest is built.


The Kunert Group acquires the corrugated board plant in Biebesheim.


Acquisition of the paper core production site Wedderstedt in Saxony-Anhalt.


The paper core plant Rupperswil in Switzerland, today known under the name of Lenzhard, is acquired.


Acquisition of the paper core plant Paul & Co in Breitenau, Austria.


Majority stake in paper core plant Beillard in La Talaudière, France.


Majority stake in paper core plants Beillard in St. Hilaire, France.


The Paul & Co plant is built in Indonesia.


Purchase of the paper core plant Halaspack in Kiskunhalas, Hungary.


Purchase of the paper core plant Paul & Co Slovensko in Ružomberok.


A further Paul & Co plant is opened in Bangkok.


Acquisition of the Papeteries du Rhin in Illzach, France.


Paul & Co Wildflecken following several extensions to the site.


Acquisition of Carl Macher Hülsenpapiere in Brunnenthal near Hof.


Inauguration of our new plant in Chonburi near Pattaya (in leased premises).


Paul & Co Wildflecken - A new office building was built, equipped with the latest technology and ergonomic workplaces.


Paul & Co Wildflecken - The existing office building was also equipped and modernised with a state-of-the-art shading system.


Kunert Wedderstedt - The employees are pleased with the new building with social spaces. In addition, a new warehouse was built.


The Kunert Group is supplemented by the factory "Hülsenfabrik Graupner" .


Ground-breaking ceremony for the new logistics building for paper mill Carl Macher.


Groundbreaking ceremony for the logistics centre in Bad Neustadt.


Merger of Hülsenfabrik Lenzhard with Cartub AG.


Inauguration of the new plant in Tambon Takiantia, near Chonburi, Thailand.


Paul & Co Wildflecken - Extensive construction work and modernization for cores with large diameters. Highly efficient logistics structures were created for even faster truck clearance.


Kunert Peiting - The production capacities have been expanded with the most modern production line for angular edge protectors.


Kunert Wellpappe Bad Neustadt - The fully automated logistics center with a total construction area of 15,000 square meters and a high-bay warehouse for 19,000 pallets has been completed.


Carl Macher - Completion of the fully automated logistics hall of more than 14,000 sqm. The finished goods are transported to the warehouse with autonomous industrial vehicles via a 300 m long transport bridge.


Hülsenfabrik Lenzhard - Following the successful merger with Cartub, the production area was expanded to 10,000 m². Now the Zofingen employees and machines moved into the premises.

Challenges sought

Our goal is your satisfaction. We view ourselves as more than just a mere producer of cores, corrugated cardboard packaging, edge protectors and core board. In fact, we see ourselves as your advisor and first port of call. Together with you we can develop customised solutions, tailor-made to meet your requirements and wishes. Furthermore, we are your active partner when it comes to successfully managing your production and logistics processes. Our objective is to develop a close, long-term cooperative relationship with you. Which is why we continue to focus on trusting partnerships, in-depth advice, many years of experience and reliable products. Together we can master any challenge.

Going forward we will continue to do more than “just” deliver products. Instead we will actively support you in handling every challenge concerning your production and logistics processes. We will not disappoint the trust which you, as a customer of many years, have placed in us. You and your specific needs are our top priority – now and in the future.