Traditional yet contemporary since 1873

Strong ties with our customers, quick decision-making processes and a strict environmental code of conduct together with high-quality products create a solid foundation for the future successful development of Perlen Papier AG.

We are…

  • a family-run business with a history of innovation
  • a CPH Group company with over 360 employees
  • the No. 1 manufacturer of high-quality magazine and newsprint paper in Switzerland
  • a producer of more than 580,000 tonnes per year on state-of-the-art production machines
  • a company with a strict environmental code of conduct

Weighing around 1,000 kg, a paper roll is almost as heavy as a small car.

A newspaper can be recycled around seven times.

Paper machine PM7 produces enough paper in 14 days to circumnavigate the globe.

Over the last five years, we have halved greenhouse gas emissions for every tonne of paper produced.


With the modern and high-performance PM4 we produce magazine paper. In a single operation step the base paper is produced, coated and calendered.

Initial operation: September 2000
Production capacity: 200‘000 t/year


PM7 is one of the largest and most efficient paper machines worldwide. The resource-conserving overall concept makes it possible to produce the newspaper with significantly reduced energy consumption.

Initial operation: September 2010
Production capacity: 360‘000 t/year


From our establishment in 1873 until today

  • 1873


    Establishment of the paper and mechanical pulp mill in Perlen with two paper machines

  • 1971

    CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG

    Establishment of CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG

    100,000 tonnes of paper

    The marking of a milestone: for the first time in its history, Perlen produces more than 100,000 tonnes of paper!


    Commissioning of paper machine PM5 for newsprint paper

  • 1992

    New holding structure

    A holding structure is introduced into the Perlen Group with the subsidiaries Perlen Papier AG, Perlen Converting AG and Perlen Immobilien AG

    ALPA system

    Switchover to waste paper as a raw material with the corresponding waste-paper processing plant

  • 1994

    TMP system

    (thermo mechanical pulp)

    Commissioning of the thermo-mechanical pulp generation system

  • 1998

    125 years

    Celebration of our 125th anniversary

  • 2000


    Commissioning of paper machine PM4 for coated wood pulp magazine paper (LWC offset paper)

  • 2010


    Commissioning of paper machine PM7 for newsprint paper, one of the most advanced machines in the world. This replaces the PM5, in operation since 1971

  • 2015

    Ecological balance: Leader in electricity and heat efficiency

    We have almost halved the greenhouse gas emissions per produced tonne of paper, and in accordance with Ecobalance 2015 we are leaders in European comparison in electricity and heat efficiency.

    Thanks to the water vapour from the Renergia (waste incineration plant) we can waive 30 million m3 natural gas per year.

  • 2018

    Paper Division to acquire Papierfabrik Utzenstorf AG’s paper recycling business

    The Paper Division of the CPH Group is to take over the customer and recovered paper supplier contracts of Papierfabrik Utzenstorf AG with effect from 1 January 2018. The acquisition will ensure the continuation of waste paper recycling in the Swiss communities concerned. The Utzenstorf recovered paper sorting facility will also remain in operation.

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  • 2023

    150 years

    We are celebrating our 150th anniversary with over 8,000 visitors and guests.