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Experience since 1861

We are driven by a fascination for brands and sensitive products. Behind rlc are people who live and breathe packaging responsibility – and have for five generations.

 

We assume personal responsibility for our family-owned company.


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Hans-Christian Bestehorn

Managing Partner

 

Responsible for Strategic Procurement,
Technology Management,
Corporate Social Responsibility

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Stephan Bestehorn

Managing Partner

 

Responsible for Sales, Marketing,
R&D, brandpack

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Prof. Dr. Frank Ohle
Managing Director
 
Responsible for Finance, HR,
Production, Management-Systems

Milestones

Read more about our company history in the book "Der Weg der Marke" (The Path of the Brand) by Hans Georg Böcher. (In German).

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2016

rlc I packaging group appointed Prof. Dr Frank Ohle as Managing partner to the Holding Management Board.


2015

Our brandpack profit center officially became a limited liability company at the beginning of the year.
A move to Hamburg followed in March.


2014

From September 2014 the rlc|packaging group cooperates with the pharmadruck rotaflor GmbH.


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2014

On 01/04/2014 AUG. HEINRIGS site in Aachen changed over to SAP Business Solution.


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2013

PHARMACENTER in Poznan, Poland goes into operation, with investments in an innovative all-in-one inline finishing solution.


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2012

The expanded PHARMACENTER opens in Berlin. Hot-foil technology is deployed at the Aachen site.


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2011

Acquisition of LIMMATDRUCK | ZEILER AG in Switzerland and AUG. HEINRIGS in Aachen.


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2010

Extension of the Hanover plant, LEUNISMAN GmbH.


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2010

The driverless transport system (DTS) for handling goods at the Hanover site is a first in the folding box industry.


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2010

Installation of the first rlc laser gloss inline technology in a printing unit based on cast & cure technology.


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2010

Opening of the "Bestehornpark" at the former HCB plant site in Aschersleben, Germany – a modern education center with a progressive teaching approach aimed at stimulating personal creativity.


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2008

Introduction of the lean production system with support from Porsche Consulting.


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2007

Launch of brandpack – the packaging Design Center of Excellence.


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2007

Development of the rlc I packaging group umbrella brand as a future marketing framework for the company.


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2006

Hot foil technology first installed for inline packaging in a printing press.


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2004

BSC Drukarnia (Poznan, Poland) incorporated into the rlc packaging group.


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2003

Installation of the first 15-unit offset printing press with upstream flexo system.


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2003

Foundation of Pharmacenter GmbH for the production of medicine packaging and leaflets.


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2002

Membership in COPACO, Germany’s oldest association of medium-sized companies (2002-2009).


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1997

Foundation of the Global Packaging Alliance (GPA) for global customers such as Gillette.


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1990

Foundation of Colorpack in Berlin-Köpenick with the former GDR retail cooperative.


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1972

Foundation of Druckpack cigarette production facility in Berlin.


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1968

Acquisition of Stadler & Co. in Berlin to serve key customers in the metropolitan area.


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1962

Significant support for the development and introduction of quality assurance in Germany’s printing industry. "Demand for exceptionally high standards instead of outstanding achievements."


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1949

Appeals from various customers support reconstruction investments in Hanover. Paper and cardboard supplied by well-known major companies leads to rapid increases in production. Several former business relations are renewed.


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1948

Expropriation of HCB, Aschersleben by the Soviet military administration.


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1945

The Rob. Leunis & Chapman plant site in Hanover is mostly destroyed (90%) in air raids. Production operations are moved to Aschersleben.


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1936

A celebration marks the 75th anniversary of HCB in Aschersleben. Paper and cardboard consumption has reached nearly 10,000 tons. The company has 1,800 employees and 900 machines, including 35 offset presses and 40 book printing presses. Annual production of cigarette packs reaches 600 million units. More than one million baking powder and instant pudding sachets are produced at the plant daily.


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1926

HCB takes over Rob. Leunis & Chapman GmbH in Hanover.


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1922

Rob. Leunis & Chapman publishes the strategy document"Die moderne Reklame"(Modern Advertising) focusing on the emerging role of media advertising.


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1921

Rob. Leunis & Chapman publishes the strategy document "Verkaufskraft"(Selling Power) focusing on the dissemination and development of new, small-format packaging.


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1911

Installation of the first Frankenthaler offset press at HCB in Aschersleben.


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1908

Rob. Leunis & Chapman in Hanover receives the first order from Bahlsen for one million Leibniz cookie packages.


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1892

Introduction of lithographs and stone printing at HCB, Aschersleben.


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1872

Heinrich Christian Bestehorn invents the one-piece folded telegram designed to conceal the content without an envelope. He is commissioned by Postmaster General Stephan to develop an envelope with two seals, to replace the five-seal envelope used to send money.


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1867

Heinrich Christian Bestehorn purchases the first industrial envelope machine at the Paris World Exposition and has 12 copies made. This marks the beginning of industrial mass production at HCB.


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1865

The first high-speed book printing press is installed at HCB in Aschersleben.


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1864

Robert Leunis and Henry Chapman establish the company Rob. Leunis & Chapman in Hanover.


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1861

Heinrich Christian Bestehorn founds the company HC Bestehorn in Aschersleben on April 1, 1861. Initially, the company produces bags and sachets.