Family-run packaging group still on road to international success
In 2018, the Schumacher Packaging Group, one of the biggest independent and family-run manufacturers of packaging solutions made from corrugated and solid cardboard, increased its sales once again. Compared to the previous year, there was a growth in sales of over 6 percent – to the current figure of 627 million euros. The number of employees also climbed to more than 3300.
“Price before volume” growth principle
Björn Schumacher, Managing Director of the Schumacher Packaging Group, explains, however, that the increase in sales had not been the central objective for the past year at all: “In 2018, the packaging sector once again had to cope with a very difficult environment – increasing raw material prices for paper caused a drop in revenue and a major shortfall. Our motto was therefore “price before volume”. We are not unhappy, of course, that in spite of all this, we were able to achieve a considerable profit,” continues Björn Schumacher. “However, the revenues in the sector have not been at the level they should be for some time now. The increased costs in all areas still require strict price discipline.”
The new Greven plant – a success story
One of the driving forces behind the positive sales trend in the past year was the very pleasing development in the corrugated cardboard plant in Greven. Schumacher Packaging had built the brand-new production facilities in the Airportpark at Münster-Osnabrück Airport in 2014. Since the plant opened, the packaging specialist has made further investments costing tens of millions of euros and doubled the production capacity there. “In 2018, Graven was the only place where our sales increased by more than 20 percent,” reports Schumacher. “But we also made a profit in all other markets – whether in Germany, in our Polish plants or in the Netherlands.”
Source: Schumacher Packaging