History

The WEPA Group was founded in 1948 as “Westfälische Papierfabrik” in Arnsberg, first as a trading company, later as a processing plant. Since 1958 WEPA has been successful in the production of hygienic paper.

With this step of becoming  a paper producer came the start of WEPA’s development into one of the three leading European hygiene paper manufacturers. Through expansion and investment, all WEPA locations have up to date technology to produce modern hygiene paper for a variety of consumer needs. Read more about the WEPA philosophy and the WEPA locations and get an overview of all facts and figures.

1948

Founded as a wholesaler for desk, envelope and gift wrap paper

1953

Start of paper processing

1958

First paper machine, start of paper production and continuous organic growth

1980

Development of the first private labels

2001

Focus on private labels, acquisition of the Kriebstein/Saxony site

2005

Europeanisation of trade – development of European supply capacity, new locations in Ejea (JV in ES), Piechowice (PL) and Mainz (DE)

2009

Acquisition of the assets of an Italian company competitor in Lucca, Cassino (both IT), Lille (FR) and Leuna (DE)

2014

Acquisition of the site in Wales (JV in UK)

2015

Sale of shares in JV in Ejea (ES), acquisition of a site in Troyes (FR)

2017

Acquisition of a Dutch family business and AfH specialist located in Swalmen (NL)

2019

Acquisition of a site in Château-Thierry (FR) for the production of de-inked pulp

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