“We believe in paper and are ready to invest” – this is the key message that was brought out from Papyrus during the grand opening of its new logistics and competence centre in Cologne. On March 22 and 23, around 650 international guests from the printing, paper and paper-related industries visited the official inauguration. The grand opening of the 22,000 square meter state-of-the-art warehouse, which includes a European Paper Competence Center, was very well attended by customers, suppliers, business partners, the press and employees from all over Europe.
Christoph Sander (CEO OptiGroup) and Frank Weithase (Managing Director of Papyrus Germany and Austria) cut a ribbon as a symbolic act, and officially opened the new logistical hub in a solemn ceremony. Frank Weithase and Christoph Sander, as well as Heinz Bauer from Bauer Media Group and Alexander Nottebrock from the Economic Development Office in Cologne, highlighted the advantages of the new location in a panel discussion:
“The new hub significantly improves our logistical infrastructure, extends the service offering for paper and other specialties to our customers across Europe, and provides a very effective platform for our European supplier partners” said Frank Weithase. Christoph Sander added: “This substantial investment demonstrates our commitment to being the market leader in our Papyrus businesses throughout continental Europe, and in addition provides a strong and efficient platform to introduce complementary product ranges such as cleaning & hygiene materials, industrial packaging and safety products for our pan European customers in the future”.
Innovation, inspiration and extremely high service levels
The new Papyrus premise is not only a brand new logistical hub, but is also the home of the “Paper Academy” – a state-of-the-art venue for customer trainings. During the grand opening, many well-known speakers brought the Paper Academy to life with interesting lectures about paper, print, logistical solutions and design. Via guided tours through the warehouse, the guests of the opening event were able to impressively experience how innovative logistics at Papyrus works and how customers can get access to an extremely high level of logistical services. With 20 participating partners on the supplier side, an in-house exhibition was another highlight of the opening ceremony. In a relaxed atmosphere, suppliers and customers exchanged the latest information about paper products and used the platform for networking. After two eventful days with many expert discussions, the PCC opening event in Cologne ended with a relaxed get-together on late Friday afternoon.