MORE THAN 40 YEARS HISTORY
Europapier takes a participation in the packaging specialist Carl Bernh. Hoffmann GmbH in Jeging, Austria
Europapier acquires the VisCom business unit of PaperNet
reactivates its sales activities in Ukraine and sets up Europapier Eastern Europe, a joint-venture.
acquires 100 % of the local paper merchant businesses in Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia from PaperlinX.
OF HEINZEL GROUP
The group with headquarters in Vienna comprises the international pulp and paper trading company Wilfried Heinzel AG, pulp and paper producers Zellstoff Pöls AG, Laakirchen Papier AG and AS Estonian Cell as well as waste paper treatment and distribution company Bunzl & Biach.
strengthens its market position in Bosnia & Herzegovina by acquiring and merging with Hercegtisak, a local paper merchant with an office and school supply business.
acquires the Polish merchanting business of International Paper, and Europapier Impap is born.
Europapier completes its expansion into the Balkan countries with the establishment of Europapier Bulgaria.
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
In the year of its thirtieth anniversary, Europapier sets up operations in Bosnia & Herzegovina, another country of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Europapier establishes a sales office in Ukraine which is closed few years later due to business environment conditions.
Europapier starts a greenfield operation in Romania, a market of over 20 million people.
One year later Croatia with its more than 1.000 islands and 5.835 kilometer coastline becomes part of Europapier Group.
SERBIA & MONTENEGRO
The expansion into the Balkans continues: Europapier sets up operations in Serbia & Montenegro.
With the acquisition of Sonevix in Poland Europapier enters a country of nearly 40 million people, which means more than doubling its market. Europapier expands Sonevix’s core business, i.e. visual communication, by establishing printing and writing as well as office paper units.
SLOVENIA & CZECH REPUBLIC
The expansion continues southward, when Europapier enters its smallest market Slovenia with just over two million inhabitants.
The foundation of Europapier Bohemia in Czech Republic marks the next step in Europapier’s northeastward expansion.
The same year Europapier enters the Slovak market by setting up operations in the capital Bratislava, situated 60 kilometers from the Austrian boarder.
Just two years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Europapier is the first western paper merchant to enter the Eastern European market by establishing a company in its neighboring country Hungary.
OF EUROPAPIER IN AUSTRIA
Europapier Austria with headquarters in Vienna is established by the four paper mills Neusiedler (current Mondi), Nettingsdorfer, Salzer and Steyrermühl.