History

The origin story of  Kępice and our tannery is closely related to the Bismarck family. In the 19th century, at the time of industrial revolution a paper mill was established on the waterfront of the Wieprza River. Almost 100 years later the paper mill got converted into a tannery.

Let us guide you through the historical events and show how did it influence the urban and economic development of our town. More interested users will have the opportunity to discover some other tanning industry facts to a greater or lesser extent important to those historical influences.

 

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2000
Contracts are concluded
2001
The beamhouse rolls up
Weinheimer Leder starts
2002
Freudenberg Leder ceases production
New partnerships begin
Kegar comes back
2003
Once again Box Calf is produced
2008
Agreements, agreements, agreements
2009
Green tannery
2010
An embossing press floats in
2011
Demolition works in full progress
2012
The drying tunnel arrives
2013
A finishing spray line
2017
Kegar is certified
Energy efficiency in the office
SATRA Membership
2018
Conversion to LNG
2019
Greenhouse gases are calculated
COVID-19 pandemic
2020
Europe’s coronavirus lockdown
Sustainability – way to go!
Second wave of COVID-19
‘Green‘ administration

Contracts are concluded

… on October 19, 2000 Freudenberg Leder KG and AALCP entered into a 10-year partnership cooperation agreement. It was decided to cooperate in the field of the production of wet-blue and crust leather.

The beamhouse rolls up

… on September 28, 2001 the first low-loading vehicles with soaking and tanning drums stand in the yard. The assembling of the beamhouse begins.

Freudenberg Leder ceases production

… another big tannery ceases its production. From the September 30, 2002 there is no more tanning in Weinheim by Freudenberg Leder…

Weinheimer Leder starts

… on December 4, 2002 Weinheimer Leder was founded. The aim is to continue the tradition of Freudenberg Leder.

New partnerships begin

… on December 8, 2002 a parentship cooperation agreement was concluded between Weinheimer Leder GmbH and AALCP Sp. z o. o.

Kegar comes back

… on December 13, 2002 the company AALCP becomes Kegar Sp. z o. o. again

Once again Box Calf is produced

… from January 1, 2003 Kegar starts to ship its first Box Calf leather, manufactured according to the Freudenberg standard.

Agreements, agreements, agreements

… on July 1, 2008 another partnership cooperation agreement is signed, this time with Emme Leder GmbH from Switzerland.

Green tannery

… on September 1, 2009 Kegar Sp. z o.o. joins the PCCP (The Polish Cleaner Production Movement Society).

An embossing press floats in

… on March 8, 2011 by means of a crane an embossing press ‘Gozzini’ is installed in the finishing department.

Demolition works in full progress

… 2011 the most of the old buildings is demolished, pits filled up and the floors are poured.

The drying tunnel arrives

… on May 9, 2012 the inauguration of the new drying tunnel.

A finishing spray line

… on April 3, 2013 a finishing spray line for basecoats is put into service

Kegar is certified

… on October 10, 2017 Kegar becomes the ISO 9001:2015-10 certificate.

Energy efficiency in the office

… Kegar goes towards ecological sustainability. The new office uses already the modern energy efficient heat pump technology.

SATRA Membership

… Kegar Sp. z o.o. becomes a member of the SATRA community.

Conversion to LNG

… the conversion to LNG in August with the aim of the improvement of the energy efficiency. The natural gas is one of the cleanest fossil fuels and characterises itself with a very low CO2 emissions.

Greenhouse gases are calculated

…on September 22, 2019 we became our calculation of the carbon footprint for 2018.

The calculation has been made with Ms. Jolanta Baran, Ph. D., Assistant Professor at the Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Organisation and Management.

COVID-19 pandemic

… on December 31, 2019 a new severe acute respiratory syndrome COVID-19 (‘coronavirus’) was first identified in Wuhan in China. The disease is caused by a previously unknown coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.[11]

Europe’s coronavirus lockdown

… on March 15, 2020 due to COVID-19 Poland introduced a state of epidemic threat and announced border lockdown.

The whole world is fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more European countries are announcing lockdown measures.

Sustainability – way to go!

… on August 31, 2020 the new carbon footprint report shows a reduction of greenhouse gases …

Second wave of COVID-19

… Autumn 2020, the pandemic doesn’t stop. Even stricter measures against the virus are imposed.

‘Green‘ administration

… as a part of further measures for the sustainable development photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof of the office building (50kW).

2000

Contracts are concluded

… on October 19, 2000 Freudenberg Leder KG and AALCP entered into a 10-year partnership cooperation agreement. It was decided to cooperate in the field of the production of wet-blue and crust leather.

2001

The beamhouse rolls up

… on September 28, 2001 the first low-loading vehicles with soaking and tanning drums stand in the yard. The assembling of the beamhouse begins.

Weinheimer Leder starts

… on December 4, 2002 Weinheimer Leder was founded. The aim is to continue the tradition of Freudenberg Leder.

2002

Freudenberg Leder ceases production

… another big tannery ceases its production. From the September 30, 2002 there is no more tanning in Weinheim by Freudenberg Leder…

New partnerships begin

… on December 8, 2002 a parentship cooperation agreement was concluded between Weinheimer Leder GmbH and AALCP Sp. z o. o.

Kegar comes back

… on December 13, 2002 the company AALCP becomes Kegar Sp. z o. o. again

2003

Once again Box Calf is produced

… from January 1, 2003 Kegar starts to ship its first Box Calf leather, manufactured according to the Freudenberg standard.

2008

Agreements, agreements, agreements

… on July 1, 2008 another partnership cooperation agreement is signed, this time with Emme Leder GmbH from Switzerland.

2009

Green tannery

… on September 1, 2009 Kegar Sp. z o.o. joins the PCCP (The Polish Cleaner Production Movement Society).

2010

An embossing press floats in

… on March 8, 2011 by means of a crane an embossing press ‘Gozzini’ is installed in the finishing department.

2011

Demolition works in full progress

… 2011 the most of the old buildings is demolished, pits filled up and the floors are poured.

2012

The drying tunnel arrives

… on May 9, 2012 the inauguration of the new drying tunnel.

2013

A finishing spray line

… on April 3, 2013 a finishing spray line for basecoats is put into service

2017

Kegar is certified

… on October 10, 2017 Kegar becomes the ISO 9001:2015-10 certificate.

Energy efficiency in the office

… Kegar goes towards ecological sustainability. The new office uses already the modern energy efficient heat pump technology.

SATRA Membership

… Kegar Sp. z o.o. becomes a member of the SATRA community.

2018

Conversion to LNG

… the conversion to LNG in August with the aim of the improvement of the energy efficiency. The natural gas is one of the cleanest fossil fuels and characterises itself with a very low CO2 emissions.

2019

Greenhouse gases are calculated

…on September 22, 2019 we became our calculation of the carbon footprint for 2018.

The calculation has been made with Ms. Jolanta Baran, Ph. D., Assistant Professor at the Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Organisation and Management.

COVID-19 pandemic

… on December 31, 2019 a new severe acute respiratory syndrome COVID-19 (‘coronavirus’) was first identified in Wuhan in China. The disease is caused by a previously unknown coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.[11]

2020

Europe’s coronavirus lockdown

… on March 15, 2020 due to COVID-19 Poland introduced a state of epidemic threat and announced border lockdown.

The whole world is fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more European countries are announcing lockdown measures.

Sustainability – way to go!

… on August 31, 2020 the new carbon footprint report shows a reduction of greenhouse gases …

Second wave of COVID-19

… Autumn 2020, the pandemic doesn’t stop. Even stricter measures against the virus are imposed.

‘Green‘ administration

… as a part of further measures for the sustainable development photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof of the office building (50kW).

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