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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2022
STeP by OEKO-TEX®
Verification of the CO2 Footprint
2021
ISO 45001 certification
2020
‘Green‘ administration
Sustainability – way to go!
Europe’s coronavirus lockdown
2019
COVID-19 pandemic
Greenhouse gases are calculated
2017
SATRA Membership
ISO 9001 certification
Energy efficiency in the office
2013
A finishing spray line
2012
The drying tunnel arrives
2011
Demolition works in full progress
2010
An embossing press floats in
2009
Green tannery
2008
Agreements, agreements, agreements
2003
Once again Box Calf is produced
2002
Kegar comes back6
New partnerships begin
Freudenberg Leder ceases production
2001
Weinheimer Leder starts
The beamhouse rolls up
2000
Contracts are concluded

STeP by OEKO-TEX®

… on April 27, the  STeP by OEKO-TEX® audit was carried out and Kegar has successfully completed the certification process. This modular certification system for production facilities in the textile and leather industry analyses all important areas of a company using 6 modules: chemical management, environmental performance, environmental management, social responsibility, quality management, as well as health protection and safety at work. [13]

Verification of the CO2 Footprint

… in January 2022 Kegar CO2 report was positively verified by Bureau Veritas – a leading company in testing, inspection and certification.

ISO 45001 certification

… on February 26, Kegar receives the ISO 45001:2018-06 certificate and maintains the ISO 9001:2015-10 certificate.

‘Green‘ administration

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

Sustainability – way to go!

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

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.

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]

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.

SATRA Membership

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

ISO 9001 certification

… on October 10, 2017 Kegar is awarded 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.

A finishing spray line

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

The drying tunnel arrives

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

Demolition works in full progress

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

An embossing press floats in

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

Green tannery

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

Agreements, agreements, agreements

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

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.

Kegar comes back6

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

New partnerships begin

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

Weinheimer Leder starts

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

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…

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.

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.

2022

STeP by OEKO-TEX®

… on April 27, the  STeP by OEKO-TEX® audit was carried out and Kegar has successfully completed the certification process. This modular certification system for production facilities in the textile and leather industry analyses all important areas of a company using 6 modules: chemical management, environmental performance, environmental management, social responsibility, quality management, as well as health protection and safety at work. [13]

Verification of the CO2 Footprint

… in January 2022 Kegar CO2 report was positively verified by Bureau Veritas – a leading company in testing, inspection and certification.

2021

ISO 45001 certification

… on February 26, Kegar receives the ISO 45001:2018-06 certificate and maintains the ISO 9001:2015-10 certificate.

2020

‘Green‘ administration

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

Sustainability – way to go!

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

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.

2019

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]

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.

2017

SATRA Membership

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

ISO 9001 certification

… on October 10, 2017 Kegar is awarded 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.

2013

A finishing spray line

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

2012

The drying tunnel arrives

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

2011

Demolition works in full progress

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

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.

2009

Green tannery

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

2008

Agreements, agreements, agreements

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

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.

2002

Kegar comes back6

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

New partnerships begin

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

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…

2001

Weinheimer Leder starts

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

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.

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.

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