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Hans-Christoph becomes new president of DIE PAPIERINDUSTRIE

 Monday, December 11, 2023

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Felix Schoeller is happy to announce that their CEO Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, was recently elected as the new president of the DIE PAPIERINDUSTRIE association. In Berlin, the majority of members of the association, which represents 90 percent of the German paper and pulp industry, voted for the 54-year-old from Osnabrück as the successor to Winfried Schaur.

By taking over the presidency, Gallenkamp, ​​who is the fifth generation to lead the global specialty paper manufacturer Felix Schoeller, is continuing a tradition within the family company: his great-grandfather Gerhard Schoeller and his father Hans-Michael Gallenkamp had previously been involved at the head of the association.

In his inaugural speech, Gallenkamp emphasized the importance of the paper industry as an important pillar of the German economy and called for more self-confidence: “We have to make our role in society clear and show how important our products are for people’s everyday lives and how future-oriented employment is of the paper industry: Because paper will make a significant contribution to decarbonization. The challenges are great, but I am convinced that we will find solutions together. The future of the paper industry is in our hands and I look forward to actively working on it.”

Gallenkamp is taking over the leadership of the association at a time when many companies in the paper industry are struggling with the consequences of high energy costs. “Germany is taking major steps forward with the climate change and reducing the use of fossil fuels. The bridging solution with gas power plants has only worked to a limited extent since the Ukraine war – and at the same time we have taken base load capacities off the grid. In Germany we need a bridge electricity price and peak compensation until renewable energies deliver affordable and safe energy,” said Gallenkamp.

As president, Gallenkamp will help drive forward the transformation of the industry. The primary motto is to develop sustainable solutions for the market in order to further reduce the environmental impact. In the competition for the best skilled workers, the member companies would also work on attractive work and shift models.

The Executive Board of the PAPER INDUSTRY is completed by Vice President Dr. Christopher Grünewald, Ulrich Wienbeuker, Maximilian Heindl and Dr. Benno dog birth.

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