The Felix Schoeller Group, based in Osnabrück, Germany, and the Welbon Group of Hangzhou, China, enter into a joint venture

Osnabrück, January 2017

The Felix Schoeller Group, the specialty paper manufacturer headquartered in Osnabrück, Germany, and the Welbon Group of Hangzhou, China, who trade in pulp and manufacture specialty papers, signed a cooperation agreement on 18 January 2017. The agreement establishes a 50/50 joint venture: Winbon Schoeller New Materials Co. Ltd. The new company's headquarters are in Longyou in Zhejiang province in the People’s Republic of China.

“The joint venture is the result of two years of intensive talks and planning sessions with the Welbon Group,“ says Dr Bernhard Klofat, CEO of the Felix Schoeller Group. “It is a way for us to create a platform to manufacture specialty papers in China, which is set to hold a leading position in the Asia-Pacific region in the next years.“ By pooling the two companies’ technological competencies in research, development and production and our knowledge of the market and products the joint venture will be able to develop and produce decor papers, papers for food and pharmaceutical packaging, wallpaper base, sublimation papers, release and casting liners and other high-quality specialty papers and market them in the Asian region. The agreements also include an extensive investment programme. 

Background information on the Welbon Pulp & Paper Group 

The Welbon Pulp & Paper Group, Hangzhou, China was established in 1994 as a trading company. It went into paper production in 2002 after acquiring two specialty paper mills in Anhui province. In 2003, it built a new paper mill in Longyou -Zhejiang Winbon Specialty Paper Co. Ltd. The Welbon Group’s paper mills produce wallpaper base, papers for pharmaceutical packaging, sublimation papers, inkjet papers and other technical specialty papers

Background information on the Felix Schoeller Group

Founded in 1895, the Felix Schoeller Group is a family business with worldwide operations producing specialty papers. With around 2,390 employees, the renowned Osnabrück-based company produced and marketed almost 302,000 tonnes of specialty papers in 2015 and posted a total turnover of appr.725 million euros. The Felix Schoeller Group develops, produces and markets specialty papers for photographic applications, digital printing systems, the packaging market, self-adhesive applications and for the furniture, wood-based products and wallpaper industry.

In addition to its Osnabrück main site and headquarters, the Felix Schoeller Group has four other production facilities in Germany - in Weissenborn and Penig in Saxony, in Titisee-Neustadt (Baden-Württemberg) and in Günzach (Bavaria). It also has production facilities in the USA and Canada and is involved in a joint venture in the Russian Federation. It has sales & service centres in Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Prague.

The Felix Schoeller Group exemplifies uncompromising quality, unique flexibility and true partnership. The result: Best Performing Papers. Worldwide. Since July 2013 the Felix Schoeller Group has been the official premium paper partner of the German Olympic team.

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