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Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ section provides you with solutions to often asked questions.

Questions about the used cardboard and our production

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Does your product contain secondary raw materials?

No, our cardboard is a pure natural product.

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Does the coaster end up warped after it gets wet and dries again?

No, our coasters lie absolutely flat. Our cardboard does not warp even after it has absorbed liquids.

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Just how absorbent is the KATZ coaster?

Our cardboard can absorb up to 300 % of its own weight in liquids. This ensures the fast absorption of spilled liquids. No liquid remains on top of the cardboard.

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Why do some coasters fail to properly absorb liquids?

This can be caused by the print coverage or the number of used printing inks.
Our cardboard is highly absorbent and can take up 300 % of its own weight in liquid.

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What kind of wood do you use? The keyword is ‘Reforesting‘

Since 1903, The KATZ Group uses fresh firwood to produce coasters. This wood is harvested in the domestic forests around Weisenbach in Germany. In the process, the company complies with all environmental regulations.  
To ensure the health of the domestic forests, we use an ecologically sustainable program when harvesting trees. In this program and in general, more trees are planted than harvested. We use wood-containing recycled paper or fibrous materials to refine our cardboard material.

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Are your products made of pure groundwood pulp?

Yes. All our cardboard is made of fresh firwood from the domestic forests around Weisenbach in Germany.
We want to maintain the health of these domestic forests and therefore harvest wood only within an ecologically sustainable forestry program. In general, more trees are therefore planted than harvested. For the refinement of our cardboard we use wood-containing recycled paper or fibrous materials.

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Do you also offer letterpress printing?

Yes. Letterpress printing is a unique selling point for The KATZ Group.   
Upon customer request, our company provides double-sided 4-colour printing on coasters. All work is done manually and in house.
Different from offset printing, letterpress printing creates some kind of a relief print on the coaster. 

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Can you use specialty printing inks?

Specialty printing inks are no problem for The KATZ Group.
However, the colours should be ordered in terms of the CMYK chart and the specialty ink colours must be clearly defined (according to the PMS or HKS colour charts).
Specialty colours can only be printed without coating.

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Everything under one roof: Production, Printing and Distribution?

The KATZ Group specializes in the production and processing of groundwood pulp. In the process, our traditional company covers the entire value-added chain of a ‘made in Germany‘ product, from the design and printing through to marketing and distribution. 
In the beginning, there is a growing tree and in the end, we deliver the finished product, i.e. the coaster or other wood pulp products.

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Made in Germany? Do you also produce and print in Germany?

The Headquarter of The KATZ Group is in Weisenbach (in Baden-Württemberg, Germany). 
Printing for the North and South American markets is done in the USA; all other countries are served from our premises in Weisenbach.

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Where does the cardboard originate?

The KATZ Group makes coasters from fresh firwood since 1903. The firwood grows in the domestic forests around Weisenbach in Germany. That means our cardboard is entirely and exclusively made in Weisenbach. It’s all “made in Germany”.

Information about The KATZ Group

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How many employees work at The KATZ Group?


Worldwide, The KATZ Group employs about 260 co-workers.
The KATZ Group also runs production and distribution centres in the USA. About 100 US employees serve the North and South American markets.
The distribution centre in Great Britain serve Great Britain.

Questions about the Coasters

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What type of packaging can you deliver?


“The customer is king!“ We try our best to satisfy every demand.
Our aim is to deliver quality in every way, in product as well as in service – and do it every day.

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Do you have a uniform price list?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide a uniform price list. This is due to the many factors, such as the print run, form and type of the product, the number of colours and the desired packaging. All these factors influence the price.
However, our representatives are always ready to provide you with a price for your order and your particular demands. Simply give us a call. We are looking forward to talking with you.

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Do you also support us with ideas?


Our new creative centre is ready to help you with ideas and layout suggestions.
Please feel free to call on our representative for your area.

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What are the standard formats used by The KATZ Group?


Our standard formats are
round: 107 mm in diameter
square: 93 x 93 mm
Of course, we will also be happy to provide you with many products in special formats. We are looking forward to talking with you about our stamping formats available. Please contact us or have a look at our coaster showcase for inspiration. You will find quite a selection.

Standard cardboard strength: 1.45 mm
Standard cardboard: HW cardboard (high white)
Standard colours: CMYK (+ specialty colours)

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Can you produce individual coasters?

Of course we can – please don’t put any restraints on your creativity. We can do it.

Please look at our showcase for inspiration.

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What is the minimum order volume?


Currently, the minimum order volume is 5,000 copies.