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History

Wilhelm Hamburger - paper manufacturer and tourism specialist

During the transition period from traditional handicraft to industrial paper production 165 years ago, Wilhelm Hamburger started to produced paper in Pitten. He is considered the pioneer of the industrial development in the German-speaking area. At the age of 12 Wilhelm learned to manufacture artistic pieces through ornamental turning. After finishing his studies in physics, maths and mechanics, he worked in various professions, until he joined the Werdermüller paper mill in 1848.

In 1853, Wilhelm Hamburger started his own paper mill which was registered in the Commercial Register. In the course of setting up his own business, he helped to improve the infrastructure of the Pitten valley which was a prerequisite to attract tourism to this region. At the turn of the century, Pitten was already known as a popular summer resort in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. This is one of the reasons why the company W. Hamburger continues to be closely linked to the Pitten valley and the southern part of Lower Austria after more than 165 years.

His pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial skills made Wilhelm Hamburger strive to offer a large variety of paper types. Today it is the other way around: In times of specialisation, producers focus on manufacturing less types of paper using state-of-the-art machinery. Today, these machines are operated by employees whose families have been with the company for several generations.

Milestones

1853 Establishment of the company by Wilhelm Hamburger (production of rag paper)
1866 A sulphite pulp plant is built
1941 Processing of paper has started
1971 PM3 is launched in Pitten
1978 PM4 is launched in Pitten
2002 Reconstruction of PM3 (Pitten)
2004 Major reconstruction of PM4 (Pitten)
2010 Acquisition of the paper plant Frohnleiten (A)
2011 Merger of Hamburger Pitten & Frohnleiten
2012 Adaptation of PM4 for film press (Pitten)
2015 Construction of central chemical stations, extension purification plant