Chronicle of B+K

The family-owned company Bischof + Klein can look back at a corporate history spanning 125 years. The company was initially involved in printing books and art. Due to rising demand for paper sacks by the domestic cement and lime industry, B+K also moved into this business field. The first hand-made paper sack left the company in 1922. The decision in favour of plastic at the beginning of the 60s contributed significantly towards B+K's developing to become a leading European full-service supplier of flexible plastic and paper packaging. 

Bischof + Klein

1892 On September 1st 1892, Alwin Klein founded "Papierfabrik und Prägeanstalt Bischof & Klein" together with Hermann Bischof. Production was initially carried out in the barn belonging to goldsmith Heinrich Hölscher in Bahnhofstraße 2 in Lengerich.

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1922 Packaging production began with hand-made paper sacks.
1924 Book and art publishing house products remained the core business.
1928 The "stepped bottom sack" revolutionises mechanical paper sack production.
1929 Small-sized paper packaging and newspaper printing round off the range.

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1950 Expansion of the production of small paper packaging.
1951 Book production is promoted.
1952 Flexographic and gravure printing processes promote consumer packaging.
1959 B+K-Konzell - a new plant is established.

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1963 Plastic processing in its infancy.
1969 Foundation of WERRA PLASTIC.
1974 Establishment of a European sales organisation.
1976 The first foreign production plant - stake in Belgium's Manusac paper sack factory.
1978 The plastic packaging division is expanded.

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1980 Surface protection films - a new product is created.
1981 B+K (UK) - production of "flexible packaging made in Great Britain" is launched.
1983 Consumer packaging set to grow.
1984 to 2007 Co-ownership interests are hold by other companies (max. 40 %)
1985 "We are environmentally active" - environmental protection becomes part of corporate philosophy.
1990 Certification of a quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9000 ff.

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1993 Acquisition of a stake in SOLEM, Luxembourg.
Acquisition of a stake in NAPIAG Kunststoffe, Austria.
1994 Foundation of LSL.
1995 Frantschach AG (today Mondi Packaging) becomes co-owner.
1999 Acquisition of a stake in Huecopack, Spain, foundation of B+K Belgium and foundation of B+K Polska. Withdrawal from the publishing business.
2000 Start-up of B+K Middle East Co.
2001 New subsidiary B+K France SPA - take-over of Sacherie de Pont Audemer (SPA).

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2004 New clean room production facility for the "CleanFlex®" product line. The Konzell plant is certified according to BRC/IoP for the first time. B+K Polska and B+K MEC are certified according to DIN EN ISO 9000 ff for the first time.
2007 Buy-back of external Co-ownership interests - Bischof + Klein becomes a 100% family-owned company again.
2009 50 years Bischof + Klein Konzell, Bavaria
2010 "Living Sustainability" - Symposium and Open Day at B+K Lengerich
2012 120 years Bischof + Klein

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2014 Winner of the German Federal Government's CSR prize in the "500 – 4,999 employees" category.

Contact

B+K Info
D-49525 Lengerich
Germany

phone +49 5481 920-0
fax +49 5481 920-541

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