Papierfabrik Schoeller and Hoesch (S&H)


Gernsbach, Germany

Located near the Black Forest in Gernsbach, Germany, the Schoeller and Hoesch mill (S & H) was acquired by the P. H Glatfelter Company in January 1998. The mill’s product lines include long fiber papers for the tea bag and coffee filter industries, casing and overlay papers, tobacco papers and light weight printing papers, and metallized papers for labels and film packaging. The acquisition of S & H provides Glatfelter with a strong business position in the world tea bag, and other long fiber markets such as stencil, filter, and casing paper, as well as European market shares in cigarette and metallized papers, and a number 1 position in Germany for thin printing papers.

The Gernsbach facility is the corporate office and major location for the manufacture of its papers. S & H has a smaller production facility in Odet, France, and other facilities in Wisches, France, the Philippines, and Summerville, South Carolina. Corporate-wide, S & H employs approximately 940 people.

In 1998, shortly after P. H. Glatfelter acquired the company, S & H was awarded the Environmental Stamp of Quality on the basis of European Union Ecologist Decrees.


Originally known as Fabrik G. Schultz & Cie, S & H was founded in 1881 for the production of pulp. By 1896 the first paper machine was put into operation. In the early part of the century it was decided to begin production of cigarette paper in addition to tissue papers. The necessary equipment was installed to use rag pulp and the company name was changed to Tissue and Cigarette Paper Company Schoeller & Hoesch GmbH.

By the company’s 50th anniversary, eight paper machines are running and 800 people are employed by the mill. Production that year was 6,300 tons of paper including cigarette, electrolytic capacitor, carbon and tissue papers. Fifty years later, in 1981, S & H was operating six paper machines, producing approximately 20,000 tons per year and employed 630 people.

The nineties have been an extremely busy and productive decade for S & H. Projects have included the rebuild of paper machine number 10, making it one of the most modern cigarette paper machines of its type; installation of the new world class Number 1 paper machine for long fiber products; and extensive rebuilding of the lacquering machine used for metallizing paper and film production.


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