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Label manufacturer expands capacity


With a multi-million investment programme, Töpfer Kulmbach GmbH has laid the way for further growth. Around ten months after the approval of public funding, the work for the planned plant expansion has begun. With this move, the company, which is already one of the leading label manufacturers in Europe, will further expand its market position.

Töpfer is investing a two-figure million sum in its Kulmbach location. On land next to the existing plant (previously in front of the factory) a new 6,500-m² production and storage warehouse is being constructed. Here, Töpfer will produce mainly foil labels, flexible packaging, banderoles, sleeves and wet adhesive labels. Construction – including machinery start-up – is planned to be completed in Autumn 2009.

At the same time, a push on quality is planned. The areas “pre-set”, “offset” and “gravure” are being upgraded with new, more powerful machinery. Further new acquisitions are planned for the “finishing department”, in which the final sizing of labels and other packaging products is processed. Rainer Töpfer, management spokesperson, says, “The expansion is essential in order to continue to offer our customers innovation, flexibility and reliability.”

The public funding can constitute up to 15 percent of the investment sum. The prerequisite for the funding was the inclusion of Töpfer Kulmbach GmbH in the so-called GA programme (Community Task Improvement of the Regional Economic Structure). The relevant notice was passed to the management in November 2007. It was one of the prerequisites for the implementation of the ambitious investment plans.