Palm paper mill

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Palm group
legal form GmbH & Co. KG
founding 1872
Seat Aalen , Germany
  • Wolfgang Palm, managing director
  • Roman Billiani, managing director
  • Stephan Gruber, managing director
  • Joachim Lange, managing director
  • Christian Thywissen, Managing Director
Number of employees 4000 (2018)
sales 1.6 billion euros (2018)
Branch Paper production, packaging

The paper factory Palm GmbH & Co. KG , headquartered in Aalen-Neukochen, is a manufacturer of paper based on recovered paper and a producer of corrugated base paper in Germany. Palm produces newsprint and corrugated base paper in five paper mills. Corrugated cardboard packaging for a wide variety of applications is produced in 28 plants. The recycling business unit procures waste paper for Palm's five paper production sites in Europe.

Wolfgang Palm is the fourth generation managing partner of the family company .


The company was founded in 1872 by Adolf Palm. He developed a tough, natural brown packaging paper made from leftover bast . In 1922, Hermann Palm invented jasper paper , a marbled paper variant.

Further product innovations were the first German corrugating medium with high technological requirements in 1966 and the first testliner in Germany on a newly built paper machine in 1968. Testliners are the smooth top layer of corrugated cardboard.

The Palm Group has also been active in the corrugated board business since 1979 . From the raw paper, around half of which comes from the Palm Group's paper mills , the corrugated board is processed into packaging at a total of 28 locations.

In 1983, the PM II paper machine was built in the Aalen-Neukochen plant to produce graphic paper from 100% recovered paper. It was the first German plant for the production of newsprint on one hundred percent secondary fibers and had a working width of 4.5 meters. In 1984, Palm became the first German paper mill to produce high-quality newsprint from 100% waste paper.

In 1994 another paper mill was built in Eltmann (Lower Franconia) for the production of newsprint. This was expanded in 1999 and a second paper machine was installed.

Paper factory in Wörth am Rhein

In the Wörth am Rhein plant (Rhineland-Palatinate) built in 2002, the PM VI has been producing since October 2002 . The 200-meter-long paper machine is the widest line ever built for corrugated base paper. With a capacity of 650,000 tons of paper per year, it is currently the most powerful paper machine in the world.

At the beginning of 2006, the world's widest corrugated board machine (3350 mm) went into operation at the Wörth site .

In 2007, a 50 acre property was purchased in King's Lynn , about 150 kilometers north of London. The fourth paper mill went into operation there in 2009. It produces 400,000 tons per year on the world's largest paper machine for newsprint.

In 2010 the Palm Group entered the waste paper trading business in Great Britain. Another recycling company came into being in Germany in 2013. Palm Recycling GmbH & Co. KG ensures the supply of the three German paper mills. In 2014, Palm bought the Seyfert Group with the Descartes paper mill in France, three corrugated cardboard plants in Germany and five corrugated cardboard plants in France.

In 2016, Palm bought the corrugated board plant in Zorbau near Leipzig and the corrugated board plant in Lecchese in Lurago d'Erba , Italy.

In 2019, the group was expanded to include REKA Wellpappenwerke GmbH.

Palm group

Palm has three businesses: recycling, paper and packaging. They are each managed independently and work closely together along the value chain (waste paper, paper, packaging). The main administration of all areas is based in Aalen.

Palm paper

Paper mill in Aalen
Paper mill in Eltmann

The Palm paper mill has five paper mills with nine paper machines. 2.2 million tons of corrugated base paper and graphic paper are produced annually in the five factories . All of the company's products are based on recycled materials . The five factories are located in Aalen , Eltmann , Wörth , King's Lynn and Descartes .

A new paper mill will be built at the main plant in Aalen-Neukochen in 2019-2022. The existing paper mill with three paper machines will be completely dismantled . In addition to the new paper machine V, a new power plant based on a gas turbine ( combined heat and power ) and a new sewage treatment plant are being built.

Palm recycling

The recycling business unit procures waste paper for Palm's five paper production sites in Europe. Palm Recycling obtains its waste paper from municipal and commercial waste management as well as from trade, commerce and industry.

In 2019, in addition to the Palm Paper paper mill in King's Lynn, UK, a sorting plant will be built to sort out waste paper for the production of newsprint.

Palm packaging

Palm Packaging has a total of 28 packaging plants in Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Practically all types of corrugated cardboard and packaging are produced, which can be divided into six core competencies : corrugated cardboard, packaging, printing, display, service and advice.

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Individual evidence

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  5. a b Palm packaging. Retrieved August 13, 2019 .
  6. a b Palm Recycling. Retrieved August 2, 2019 .
  7. a b c d e Palm story. Retrieved August 1, 2019 .
  8. Due to the reduced demand for newsprint, the machine ( as of 2019 ) only produces corrugated base paper.
  9. Palm Paper, King's Lynn , at , accessed on August 23, 2019
  10. REKA Wellpappenwerke GmbH strengthens the Palm Group. Retrieved August 13, 2019 .
  11. Palm Organization. Retrieved August 2, 2019 .
  12. Palm paper. Retrieved August 2, 2019 .
  13. Palm - Locations paper. Retrieved August 2, 2019 .
  14. Palm invests. Retrieved August 2, 2019 .
  15. Palm Paper builds waste paper sorting in King's Lynn. Retrieved September 30, 2019 .

Coordinates: 48 ° 49 ′ 26.6 ″  N , 10 ° 7 ′ 4.6 ″  E