The Origins of KATZ

The Origins of KATZ

The company dates back to the year 1716, when Johann Georg Katz established a sawmill in Gernsbach, Germany, a facility that would later be used to produce telegraph poles and railway sleepers. When Casimir Otto Katz hit upon the invention of the "moulded pulp drip mat" as the perfect way of commercially exploiting the wood waste produced by the sawmill, the first modern-style beer mats were born – and by 1903 the new product line was firmly established.

1716

Johann Georg Katz founds the company
and purchases his first sawmill in Gernsbach.

Johann Georg Katz founds the company and purchases his first sawmill in Gernsbach.

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1882

The company purchases the Belzermühle in
Weisenbach, sets up a groundwood mill,
and starts producing railway sleepers.

The company purchases the Belzermühle in Weisenbach:

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approx. 1900

KATZ expands further, purchasing the Erlenmühle
in Weisenbach and investing in water power.

KATZ expands further, purchasing the Erlenmühle in
Weisenbach and investing in water power.

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1903

KATZ produces its first beer mat.

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1928

Development of the first automatic
beer mat printing machine.

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1945

Post-war restructuring: KATZ expands
wood pulp board & beer mat production.

Post-war restructuring: KATZ
expands wood pulp board & beer mat production.

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1969

Invention of the combined printing and punch
press, an innovation that increases the company's
production capacity to 1,000,000 beer mats a day.

Invention of the combined
printing and punch press,
an innovation that increases
the company's production
capacity to 1,000,000
beer mats a day.

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1972

Foundrier wood pulp board production.

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1974

KATZ switches from letterpress to offset printing.

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1994

KATZ launches its FOOD SAFETY BOARD.

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2001

Worldwide expansion:
KATZ makes acquisitions in the UK and Belgium.

Worldwide expansion: KATZ
makes acquisitions in
the UK and Belgium.

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2007

The KATZ Group acquires two
American coaster producers.

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2009

The Koehler Paper Group takes over
the KATZ Group.

The Koehler Paper Group
takes over
The KATZ Group.

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2010

New corporate strategy emphasises
creative services and sustainability.

New corporate strategy
emphasises creative services
and sustainability.

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2012

KATZ DISPLAY BOARD launched.

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2014

GREEN LIGNIN launched.

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2015

Modernization of
water power

Modernization of
water power

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2016

300 years The KATZ Group

300 years
The KATZ Group.

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2017

KATZ starts up new
packing line.

KATZ starts up new
packing line.

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