The oldest factory for colored paper in Germany – 199 years at a glance
Company founder Ludwig Bähr appears for the first time as “Negociant” (wholesaler) for short and woollen goods in the Kurhessisches Staats- und Handadresssbuch. The company is based at Kasseler Marktgasse No. 17, a neighbouring building of the Brothers Grimm..
New construction and commissioning of the factory in Sandershäuser Straße. The produced papers are mainly exported to France and England. The haberdashery in Marktgasse is sold..
The company is sold to Heinrich Barthel, who was authorized signatory at the time.
With a workforce of about 90 employees, the company continues to produce for the main export countries England and France: Bähr products even reach China via Hamburg exporters.
For the first time the Buntpapierfabrik Ludwig Bähr launches coloured poster board on the market. At that time it was an absolute innovation and a long seller for the booming advertising market. In addition, glacé, glossy, chromo, gold and silver papers as well as woodchip papers are produced and sold in large quantities.
The existing URSUS® trademark is registered with the Reich Patent Office.
The factory is completely destroyed by bombing raids. The colleague help of the Schmirgelwerke C.F. Schröder in nearby Hann. Münden enables a new beginning of the coloured paper mill with own personnel in foreign premises. Thus a small customer base can be established, which is the basis for the reconstruction of the factory.
Frank Barthel joins the company as company owner and managing director.
The constantly growing article assortment enjoys great popularity. The URSUS® brand is also well established internationally.
The medium-sized family business is now managed with over 115 employees. In addition to regular investments in productivity, raw material warehouses and finished goods warehouses are also designed according to the latest logistical requirements. Order processing, order picking, packaging and dispatch now go hand in hand.
In addition to product innovations, the Buntpapierfabrik Bähr also focuses on more efficient ways of communicating with customers: data exchange via EDI, article disks and an image database are available to customers.
Successful introduction of the elegant and noble INSPIRATION product line to reach other target groups in addition to the conventional handicraft fan.
The range increasingly includes high-quality specialty papers and scrapbook papers. Current design trends can be perfectly implemented with URSUS® materials.
The Buntpapierfabrik Ludwig Bähr celebrates its 190th anniversary.
With the products “World of Colours” and “Paper Balls” new trends are set successfully.
The investments in a perforating machine and in a large and small laser machine enable the Buntpapierfabrik to finish the paper over a large area with individual engravings and filigree laser cuts. In order to continue giving space to the growing variety of products, the Buntpapierfabrik rents a new 6,000 m² warehouse in the Kassel-Waldau district.
In order to guarantee impeccable quality and make a contribution to the preservation and protection of the planet, the Buntpapierfabrik is increasingly using FSC-certified materials. The FSC certificate (Forest Stewardship Council) stands for sustainable forestry.
The Buntpapierfabrik is also a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). All members of the BSCI commit themselves to comply with the BSCI Code of Conduct in order to guarantee and improve the social standards during the manufacture of a product.
First participation at the Insights-X trade fair in Nuremberg.
First participation at the consumer fair CREATIVA in Dortmund.