Did you know that …

... Loesch exports around 85 percent of the products it makes?

 

... a product packaged by us can be found on almost every confectionery shelf around the world?

 

... the packaging system solution that had the longest distance to reach its destination is located in Wellington, New Zealand?

 

... the daily output of just one of our GW machines is enough to supply chewing gum to almost everyone in Berlin for a day?

 

... placed end to end, the chewing gum sticks packaged on one of our GW machines would stretch once around the globe?

The History of Loesch

3 February 1919

3 February 1919

Spezialmaschinen Max Loesch was established by businessman Johann Franz Max Loesch and four technicians in Zschieren, Dresden. The company began by building automated wrapping and packaging machines for the chocolate industry. The firm’s focus was export trade with England.

The 1920s

The 1920s

Loesch collaborated with many different associated companies throughout the 1920s. The building of combination bar moulding and packaging lines enabled the firm to expand rapidly and Loesch became an institution in the packaging market.

1923

1923

Loesch delivered its 100th wrapping machine for blocks.

1926

1926

Loesch launched a fully automated spinning machine with filling and covering equipment for manufacturing filled chocolates and chocolate blocks.

1933

1933

marks the year that the LU3 packaging machine for chocolate blocks was launched. The packaging machine for universal application was capable of around 50 packaging variants for different industries and featured a vertical shaft. This principle has been basically retained and in modified form, is still used in many different modern machines.

1939

1939

By this time, the firm had grown to 400 employees. And the LU4 packaging machine for the airtight packaging of chocolate blocks was launched.

1939–1945

During the second world war between 1939 and 1945, the company mainly produced devices and gauges for planes and direction finders. In the wee hours of 14 February 1945, both of the company’s factories were destroyed and eight employees were killed. Immediately after Germany surrendered, 50 employees began to reconstruct the company.

1949

1949

In the wake of the war and the expropriation of the company, the former employees Erhardt Walther* and Erich Adler re-establish the firm in Forchheim/Upper Franconia. On the premises of the chocolate and praline manufacturer Piasten, which is still in operation in Forchheim today, ten employees successfully re-established the firm. Their only resources were their belief in themselves, experience from Dresden, and technical know-how.

* By the way, the design engineer Erhardt Walther held more than 300 patents and invented the pull strip.

1969

1969

Due to the growth in worldwide demand for packaging machines, a new factory building was erected in Forchheim. In 1970, the company occupied the new, larger factory with a total area of 32 000 m2 and 10 000 m2 hall area The company was almost 100% vertically integrated. With the new buildings in Willy Brandt Allee, Loesch not only had the most modern factory in the region but also the most innovative production process in the packaging machine engineering sector.

1969

1969

saw the launch of the LOGIMP/LOGAMAT chewing gum packaging machine. The machine type underwent continuous advanced development and is often the basis of modern chewing gum production today.

1970

1970

The company had almost 250 employees again and the machine export rate was 80 per cent. In 1974, the product range was expanded by automated assembly machines and systems for furniture industry. 

1982

1982

On 1 October 1982 Piepenbrock Verpackungstechnik took over Maschinenfabrik Loesch GmbH out of insolvency. For the first time, Loesch operated under the colours it is known for today. After a year of uncertainty, Dr h.c. Hartwig Piepenbrock (*1937 †2013) was able to take over Loesch by the consent of the protective administration. He integrated the company into Piepenbrock Verpackungstechnik, a consortium consisting of different packaging machine manufacturers. In order to re-structure Loesch for the future, Altendorf in Upper Franconia was selected as the site of a new factory building in accordance with modern industrial standards.

1983

1983

After a construction phase that lasted only six months, including the development of a new industrial park, production began in Altendorf with 48 employees who could be acquired from Forchheim. The company exclusively concentrated on its early core competencies: chocolate and chewing gum packaging machines.

1992

1992

The chewing gum market was booming in the 1990s. Heinz-Peter Hammacher, the former CEO who was still the head of design engineering, proudly gazed at this record-setting machine.

1997

1997

Olaf Piepenbrock took over as the CEO of Piepenbrock Verpackungstechnik and still remains at the helm of Loesch as managing partner today.

1999

1999

Launch of the high-performance individual machine for chewing gum: GW01. In this configuration with an output of 2 300 pieces per minute one of the world’s fastest foil wrapping machines.

2002

2002

Impressive exhibit at the interpack trade fair. LoeschPack returned with its former name, a new company logo, and motivated management. From left to right: Dr. h.c. Hartwig Piepenbrock (*1937 †2013), Olaf Piepenbrock, Heinz-Peter Hammacher.

Since the 1990s

Since the 1990s, Loesch has transformed from a manufacturer of individual machines into a system supplier of complete packaging systems. Customers around the world know that they are in good hands with LoeschPack when it comes to special packaging solutions and service.

2003

2003

High-performance LRM fold wrapping machine for chocolate products, 450 articles/min for 1 and 2 wrappers. Launch of LHW fold wrapping machines for coated chewing gum pellets. Wrapping of 400 sticks/min.

2005

2005

Successive expansion of the production, assembly, office, and training building. Over the past 35 years, the location in Altendorf has developed further to keep pace with the requirements for a modern production facility.

2007

2007

New building of an office tract, extension of the assembly hall and office facilities.

2009

2009

Introduction on to the market, the new LRK-Display Cartoning System (modular design).

2010

2010

Introduction on to market, the new LOKEM-S, High-Speed-Trayloading System. Capacity, 2000 articles/min., per machine. Introduction on to the market the new generation of the Paternoster-Buffer-System.

2015

2015

The Deutsche Verpackungsinstitut (DVI) gave the 2015 German Packaging Award to the LRM-DUO from LoeschPack. The LRM-DUO combines the properties of a cartoning machine and a cellophane wrapping machine on a compact, high-performance platform. The result is a space-saving solution that achieves top efficiency with low operating personnel requirements.

2016

2016

Formation of the subsidiary LoeschPack DDC Switzerland AG, a center of competency for design, developing and constructing based in Coblenz, Switzerland.

2017

2017

Every three years, the interpack trade fair invites the Who’s Who of the packaging industry to Düsseldorf. An exhibitor since the very beginning, Loesch presented the highlights of the premium packaging machine market in tandem with Hastamat, its sister company.

2019

2019

Innovation based in tradition – in its centenary year, Loesch celebrates its 100th anniversary. The company dares to look to the future – but not without being aware of its past and company tradition.