With more than 3,400 employees worldwide at 20 sites in 12 countries, the renowned Osnabrück-based company produced and marketed almost 462,000 tonnes of speciality papers in 2017 and posted a total turnover of 897 million euros.
The Felix Schoeller Group develops, produces and markets speciality papers for photographic applications, digital printing systems, the packaging market, self-adhesive applications and the furniture, wood-based products and wallpaper industries.
In addition to its main Osnabrück site and headquarters, the Felix Schoeller Group has four other production facilities in Germany. It also has production facilities in the USA and Canada and is involved in joint ventures in China, India and the Russian Federation. It has representative offices in Praque, Moscow, Paris, São Paulo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Tokyo and Melbourne.
In 1895 the forty-year old Felix Hermann Maria Schoeller is in a difficult situation: He broke up with his relatives, left his hometown and now takes the chance to buy a paper mill in Osnabrück and make his dream come true: producing and selling high-quality photo paper.
Felix, grown-up in a long-established dynasty of paper makers, anticipates a great business opportunity when Eastman Kodak launches the first photo camera for amateurs in 1888.
Photography would become a mass market – and consequently there would be a growing demand for photo paper. As his family does not believe in his vision he decides to try his luck on his own.
The start in Osnabrück is rough, several obstacles are to overcome but in spring 1898 Felix’ vision becomes reality: The paper mill is selling the first batch of photo paper.
There is hardly any German paper manufacturer who invests a higher percentage of the turnover in R&D than Felix Schoeller: While the average percentage of the German paper industry is under 1%, the Felix Schoeller Group invests 2,5% of the annual turnover in R&D activities.
More than 74 highly educated R&D experts located in Europe, North America and Asia ensure global unique know-how along the entire value chain. Most of our R&D staff works at Felix Schoeller for more than 10 years and therefore has extensive know-how in the development of digital printing papers.
With our pilot plants, we can simulate every production step and test newly developed papers intensively. We also operate a well-equipped application lab with various printers, transfer presses and roll to roll calendar at hand. This way we can for instance provide technical support when it comes to optimized production processes.
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