Kreuzau mill

Spanning an area of nearly 93,000 m² and with a staff of more than 400 people, the Kreuzau mill is the largest site of the German Metsä Tissue mills. The headquarters of the German management is also located here. The mill was founded in 1868 by the Strepp family for the production of packaging paper. The first tissue machine was built in 1965. In 1980, the company owners decided to discontinue the production of packaging paper and focus on tissue. The Kreuzau mill has been a part of Metsä Tissue since 1999.

Key figures

  • 1868

    year

    Founded

  • 400+

     

    Personnel

  • 150 000

    tonnes

    Annual production

  • 2

     

    brands produced

Toilet tissue, household towels and industrial rolls are produced at Kreuzau mill. In addition to production, there are several important functions at the site: the maintenance, logistics and material management, product and process development, sales and marketing, as well as controlling and administration departments.

We work with four tissue paper machines, nine processing lines and two deinking systems, in which recycled paper is processed.

We operate sustainably

We are an active member of the community and respect the different local municipalities in which we operate. We employ a significant number of people and actively promote wellbeing in the workplace. Our commitment to local life includes cooperation with the local authorities, schools, media and a variety of partners and organisations. We are continuously working on protecting and improving the environment that surrounds our mill.

Since September 2023 the Kreuzau mill has been replacing the use of fossil-based lignite by wood pellets in the mills heat production.

Joint ownership

Metsä Tissue is a member of the Wasserverband Eifel-Rur (Eifel-Rur Water Association) which operates the sewage treatment mill in Düren. Wastewater from the Kreuzau mill is treated there along with municipal wastewater from the region as well as the wastewater of other industrial dischargers in several process stages. Metsä Tissue delegates representatives to various committees of the Wasserverbandes Eifel-Rur to make an active contribution to the work of the association.

Our brands produced at Kreuzau mill

At the Kreuzau mill, we produce top-quality tissue products for our hygiene competence brand Katrin for professional use and our consumer brand Mola. Individual concepts for numerous customer private brands are likewise developed and implemented. Every day, we reach millions of consumers throughout Europe with our products and support them with hygiene solutions at home and on the road.

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Kreuzau mill's certificates

Metsä Tissue has certified management systems to guarantee the continuous improvement of operations and compliance with system requirements. To this end, we use certified quality, environmental, work safety and hygiene management systems. 

  • Work safety ISO 45001
  • Energy ISO 50001
  • Product safety BRC & IFS
  • Quality ISO 9001
  • Environment ISO 14001

In addition, our mills have Chain of custody certificates to ensure the traceability of the wood-based raw material.

  • * PEFC/04-31-0596
  • * FSC® C005927

All our tissue products bear the EU Eco-label, also known as the EU Flower. Our products have been awarded the Nordic eco-label (Nordic Swan) and the Blue Angel eco-label, among others.

Did you know that ...

  • daily production for paper production volumes amounts to more than 400 tonnes
  • more than 3,000 pallets of finished goods are produced at our facility daily
  • due to the geographical location of the Kreuzau mill, a large part of its production is shipped to customers in Benelux and France, while the domestic business is dominated by brand name products.
  • every day, we reach millions of consumers throughout Europe with our products and support them with hygiene solutions at home and on the road.

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Contact information

Metsä Tissue GmbH
Mailing address: P.O. Box 11 22, D-52368 Kreuzau
Visiting address: Theo-Strepp-Straße 2-6, D-52372 Kreuzau
Tel. +49 (0) 2422 56 0
Email: firstname.lastname@metsagroup.com
General e-mail: metsatissue.de@metsagroup.com

Kreuzau mill on a map.

If you have a product inquiry or wish to contact us, you can reach us best through our contact form.

History timeline

  1. 1868

    Founded

    The mill was founded in 1868 by the Strepp family for the production of packaging paper.

  2. 1965

    First tissue paper machine

    The first tissue machine was built in 1965.

  3. 1980

    Focus on tissue paper

    The company owners decided to discontinue the production of packaging paper and focus on tissue paper production.

  4. 1999

    Ownership change

    Since 1999, the mill has been a part of Metsä Tissue.

  5. 2023

    Wood pellets in the mill's heat production

    Since September 2023 the Kreuzau mill has been replacing the use of fossil-based lignite by wood pellets in the mills heat production.

Visitor Information

The Kreuzau mill is located on the northern edge of the Eifel mountain range in the Rur river valley, and specifically in the district of Düren in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The Netherlands and Belgium are not far away. Thanks to the proximity of the A4 motorway in Düren and the B56 road (Euskirchen-Geilenkirchen), the facility is easy to reach from the direction of Bonn.
The Rurtalbahn railway line will take you to Kreuzau from Düren and Heimbach, and the mill is within walking distance of the station.The Rurtalbahn train line will take you to Kreuzau from the direction of Düren and Heimbach, and the mill is within walking distance from the station.

How to reach us

For visitors to office, some parking spaces are available right next to the offices. Visitors to the mill are asked to use the large car park at Pförtner (access for lorries is also located there).
If you are using a navigation system to reach us, please enter Theo-Strepp-Str. 2-6, 52372 Kreuzau (in older devices, use “Maubacher Str.”).

Visitor registration

Visitors need to register at the mill gate. Before your visit, your contact person at Metsä Tissue will provide you information regarding mill security. You will then receive an email with a link to a safety training session which you can complete conveniently on your own PC or on-site during registration. The test is valid for one year. For the registration, please have an official valid identification card ready.

During the registration at the mill gate, you will receive a paper printout. Please save the paper printout. Presenting the printout during your next visit within the following 12 months will significantly shorten the registration process.