Papierfabrik August Koehler SE, based in Oberkirch, recently celebrated the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new paper machine. Watched by some 145 invited guests, including the shareholders of Koehler Holding GmbH & Co. KG, the ground was broken by the Koehler Executive Board and representatives of the contracted construction firms Bold GmbH & Co. KG and Rendler Bau , Dr. Michael Trefz (Voith Paper Holding), the architects Alfons Burkart (archigroup GBR) and Thomas Schweiker (Schweiker Architekten), and the Kehl Building Commissioner Harald Krapp. In his welcome address, CEO Kai Furler, who is the eighth generation of his family to lead Koehler, underlined the fact that the Kehl site, with its three paper machines, will be the largest and most modern production site for specialty papers in Europe. This investment is the most significant in the 211-year history of the company. During its global search for a perfect site for the new production facility, the company came to the conclusion that there is no need to search far and wide when the answer is so close to home. Click Read More below for additional information.
In our ephemeral times, a printed magazine allows readers to slowly savour a world otherwise dedicated to speed. And despite reports about the demise of print, indie magazines focusing on niche topics are blooming.
Passion. That’s what a great many niche magazines have in common.
They’re independently led and have smaller print runs than huge fashion glossies like Vogue or business titles such as Forbes that are published by large international media conglomerates and boast print-runs and readerships in the millions. Yet while many big name titles are struggling owing to declining ad revenues and the rise of digital publishing, indies are thriving.
A good example is London-based Rouleur.
“We publish Rouleur because we love cycling and love powerful storytelling,” says Andy McGrath, Rouleur’s editor. “We feel that the magazine can serve as a pleasing analogue object in an ephemeral world. There is a tangibility and power with print publications you don’t quite get with digital,” he adds.
Like just about every independent niche magazine, Rouleur was started because of a strong vision.
“Cycling magazines were following the same tired, old formula,” says McGrath. “We didn’t want to do product reviews or the obvious photographs of the winning moment like everyone else; we wanted to tell the human stories of sport’s best cyclists and its biggest brands – to beautifully portray the sport we love, with natural reportage photography, and incisive, original writing.”
And it’s a winning formula. Rouleur, which means a cyclist who performs well in all types of conditions, has picked up many awards, including CMA Magazine of the Year in 2015 and 2016, as well as Photographer of the Year in 2015 and 2016. The high-quality publication also boasts an impressive list of contributors, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, the pioneer of street photography.