Zanders is a German manufacturer of high-quality speciality papers and boards developed especially for labels, packaging and graphical applications. Founded by Johann Wilhelm Zanders in Bergisch Gladbach in 1829, the company still operates the Gohrsmühle paper mill there today with around 500 employees.
Zanders provides specialised solutions for a wide variety of segments while consistently maintaining the highest quality in terms of technical characteristics and finishing options, as well as product safety. The company is offering and promoting its products and expertise on the global market. Business clients are manufacturers of beverages including spirits, sparkling wine, wine, beer and water, grocery and luxury food products, tobacco products, as well as pharmaceutical and cosmetics products. Its potential end-uses range from high-end to standard products, including specialised segments such as individual craft beer breweries.
Zanders' range encompasses high-gloss finished label papers and premium board grades forming part of the traditional Chromolux brand, one of the world's leading brands of paper, as well as superb grades with a particularly smooth and natural surface, respectively. They comprise the Zanlabel types of label paper as well as the Zanpack grades of packaging board. Zanders offers premium brands Chromolux digital, Silver digital and Zanpack silk digital particularly developed for digital printing. The portfolio is completed by the flexible packaging papers Zankraft and Zanflex as well as the barrier paper Zanbarrier OGR. Zanders exclusively uses raw materials from sustainably cultivated forestry operations and therefore fulfills FSC requirements.
The Zanders logo expresses the essence of the company: a white "Z" for Zanders is emblazoned on a dark circular background that symbolises a roll of paper, illustrating its focus on papermaking. Below this letter, three horizontal white lines, representing sheets of paper, emphasise the basis for the success of the company.
"Zanders, the papermakers" is the new corporate slogan. It spells out that this paper factory, with its rich tradition, continues to be sustained by its employees - the "papermakers" - and their special form of expertise. The Zanders paper mill remained in the hands of the Zanders family for around 150 years. Constantly growing, Zanders expanded its production at the Gohrsmühle mill into art paper in 1895 and introduced Chromolux in 1958. Following its listing on the stock exchange in 1980, Zanders AG was acquired by the Finnish fresh forest fibre paper and board manufacturer Metsä Board (formerly M-real) in 2001, and renamed Metsä Board Zanders GmbH in 2012. In May 2015, Munich-based holding company mutares AG acquired the company, which once again produces its high quality grades of paper under the name of Zanders GmbH.