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View as HTML version PSI Journal 8-9/2016 FROM THE BASEMENT TO THE BARN RIGHT UP TO A MAJOR MANUFACTORY 1989 In summer before the opening of the wall, Heike Hampel-Rudolph and Tobias Köckert flee through Hungary to the West and find refuge in Rosenheim. 1990 Heike Hampel-Rudolph, a qualified Meissen porcelain painter, begins painting cups in Meissen style, only a little more freely, and sells them in markets in Upper Bavaria. She also teaches Meissen painting. Tobias Köckert assists his partner in the planning, organisation and administration. 1991 The two of them found a joint company and rename it after the old name of the tool used by Meissen porcelain painters to paint porcelain: Mahlwerck. 1990s Heike Hampel-Rudolph participates in international exhibitions; her painting style continues to evolve. Tobias Köckert can soon focus exclusively on sales and the administration of their own company. Decors are developed for other porcelain manufacturers. The promotional business with printed cups also continues to evolve. Thanks to a new furnace, the number of cups per charge more than doubles to 80 pieces! The company relocates to an office together with production facility in Stephanskirchen. 1997 A ‘real’, large furnace is now put into operation: 300 pieces of porcelain can now be fired in a single burning process. The number of em- ployees at Mahlwerck Porzellan has grown to 10. 1999 The Stephanskirchen site was repeatedly extended and modified, and the company’s own access roads for trucks are built. The market for printed cups and mugs that are used for marketing purposes is gathering momentum. Mahlwerck continues to grow. 2006 Due to a lack of capacity, production is relocated to Teplice, a traditional porcelain area in the Czech Republic. In early 2006, 12 employees are already working at Mahlwerck SRO. The management and administration continue to control the entire operations from Stephanskirchen. 2007 A new relocation: Mahlwerck Porzellan GmbH finds a nice spot on the newly established premises of the spinning mill in Kolbermoor. Tradition and modernity form a wonderful symbiosis in the newly renovated rooms of the over 100-year-old buildings. 2008 A turnover of 3 million euros is generated by a total of 40 employees. A new logo is created internally and intensified in the brand development. 2009 Development of the multi-award winning, reusable Coffee2Go. This cup develops into a sales hit as a reusable porcelain alternative to paper cups and is the basis for an entirely new genre in porcelain cups and mugs. 2010 The new trade show stand becomes a crowd-puller at the PSI, the largest promotional products trade show in Europe. Mahlwerck presents the PSI Café for the first time. 2014 The manufactory in the Czech Republic moves into newly built rooms. They are completely geared to the working process of the now 80 colleagues. Mahlwerck now has (by its own account) the largest engraving capacity in the industry. 2015 A robot supports the glazing process in the promotional products industry for the first time. According to Mahlwerck, the “largest volume in the industry” is achieved in terms of hydroglaze-coated cups. 2016 As an owner-managed company, Mahlwerck generates a turnover of about 8 million euros with a total of 120 employees. The business outlook continues to be geared for growth. From an individual order from 100 pieces (doming cup) to the classic sector of printing and engraving (from 250 to several thousand units) to more than 100,000 cups, all orders can be processed quickly. 10 3

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