45 years of RRK Wellpappenfabrik in Bottrop - Focused on growth and success

Once again, RRK Wellpappenfabrik GmbH & Co.KG in Bottrop draws a clear balance on the occasion of its company anniversary: In the past five years, the company, which belongs to the Panther Group, was founded in 1976 and has recorded unrestrained growth in every respect. Continuous investments in state-of-the-art systems and technology as well as logistics, which have amounted to over € 20 million since 2016, certainly have a share in this. In addition, the consistent strengthening of the current 240 employees contributes to this. Thanks to extensive possibilities of trainings and education, they were able to further expand their qualifications. The further increase in the number of trainees (a total of 25 with a share of 11% of the entire team today) contributes to being highly qualified and competent to meet the increasing customer requirements at all times in the future.


In total, volume growth of 30% has been achieved in the last five years. The further modernization and expansion of the location in Bottrop already became apparent on the 40th anniversary in 2016. In the meantime, more modern and new machines and systems contribute to the performance of the RRK Wellpappenfabrik and pioneering construction projects have been implemented.

A brief summary shows, that the modernizations were also carried out specifically with a view to future viability and in harmony with environmental protection and resource conservation, i.e. with the sustainability strategy of the Panther Group Panther pro nature:

A completely new recycling of waste material, a new service water treatment system and a dust  extraction system for better air conditions in production were directly environmentally improving investments.

A new colour mixing system, a residual colours warehouse lift, a web moistening system for the corrugator to improve quality and a property security concept with monitored access were also part of the investment program.

The expansion of processing capacities with a new mini-flexo-folder-gluer, robot palletizing for the already existing midsize-flexo-folder-gluer and two new rotary die-cutters represent further milestones in recent years.

The modernization of the corrugator, most recently with a new module facer in 2020, was also a highlight, which was supplemented by various peripheral investments, such as in starch glue processing.

As a well-established company, the RRK Wellpappenfabrik is one of the largest employers in Bottrop. The employees appreciate the company's commitment - also beyond the company's borders - not only through their high level of identification with the company, but also through their willingness to actively participate to the qualification measures. The continuous qualification of employees and trainees through internal training courses, seminars through to master craftsman training and studies are important pillars of success for the RRK Wellpappenfabrik. In this way, the Panther philosophy, which is valid for the entire Group, is implemented in an exemplary manner.

The extensive expansion measures are always planned and implemented with the aim of optimizing the effectiveness of the entire plant. Productivity and quality are kept at the highest possible level and at the same time the increasing demands on sustainable, environmentally friendly operation of the corrugated board plant are taken into account.

The service concept is the key model. The 45th year of the RRK's existence falls in an unknown time of the corona pandemic. Nevertheless, the company is pleased about this anniversary with the certainty of achieving further growth, of being a reliable employer and a strong partner for customers, suppliers and business partners.