New record level
This growth rate, which is higher than the industry average, contains no growth through acquisition. In 2014, the B+K-GROUP employed a total of around 2,500 staff, with approx. 1,300 at its headquarters in Lengerich and around. 700 at B+K Konzell in Bavaria.
"Bischof + Klein has invested sustainably and successfully in recent years", explained managing director Dr. Volker Pfennig. Together with managing director Gerd Sundermann, he recently reported on the successful course of the 2014 financial year to journalists. The family-owned company will maintain its rate of investment, and is again scheduled to spend around 30 million euros on expanding and modernising its European plants in 2015. In addition to infrastructure measures and implementation of the 2020 energy concept, focus will be placed on modernising and expanding production facilities at both of the German plants. In Lengerich, this includes extending the production area in the clean room facility as well as investing in extrusion, printing and conversion capacities. Amongst other projects, a fully-automated high-bay warehouse with space for storing 1,700 pallets is under construction in Konzell. With the extension of the extrusion and printing departments and with the installation of the fourth flexographic printing press respectively, the subsidiary companies in Poland and the United Kingdom are also growing.
With its three divisions, Industrial and Consumer Packaging plus Technical Films, Bischof + Klein succeeded in extending its position as one of the leading full-service suppliers in Europe against the backdrop of a European market with relatively low growth rates, high price pressure and increasing competition from Eastern and Southern Europe. For example, Bischof + Klein succeeded in increasing unit sales of U-Pack® side gusseted bags for pet food in Europe and the USA and establishing itself with SmartFlex® stretch hood films in Australia.
"One of the highlights of the 2014 financial year was certainly the award of the German Federal Government's CSR prize", said managing director Gerd Sundermann. This confirmation of sustainable management at an economic, ecological and social level provides new impetus for further commitment.
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