The pelzGROUP  is a successful union of four strong companies under one roof.

Here in Wahlstedt, we work together as a group, a family-owned company and a team with deep-rooted expertise.
We bring together our capabilities and pursue the same values and goals with enthusiasm. Hand in hand, we have worked together sustainably for three generations in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

W. Pelz GmbH & Co. KG

Soon it will be 75 years since the start of our company’s history with the production of cotton wool for bandages.
Later on, cosmetic absorbent cotton, Q-tips and cotton pads for daily beauty care followed.

Today our product range has become especially broad: from tampons and feminine hygiene products to single-use towels, through items for incontinence – our range includes many items for daily personal care.

As simple as our products might appear, behind there is an enormous amount of knowledge, technology, research and product development.
With modern and highly automated production lines, today we are among the largest manufacturers in Europe.

pely-plastic GmbH & Co. KG

In terms of technology, pely-plastic is one of the leading manufacturers of films and foils in Europe.
We produce particularly thin, resilient garbage bags and high-performance household films and foils that are gentle on the environment. For the past 50 years, our motto has been “not one gram too much”!
With pely-plastic, we have long taken on an important role on the cutting edge of film and foil production.
We produce film and foil that generates less CO2 than typical products – fulfilling the needs of tomorrow and future generations.

pely-tex GmbH & Co. KG

Here, we are specialists in thermally, hot air, hydroentangled and binding agent stabilized nonwoven material.
In the fields of medicine, hygiene and filtration, our products find diverse and effective applications.
Our nonwoven materials are able, for example, to offer a valuable contribution as disinfectant wipes to protection against infection, or as pantyliners to an especially skin-friendly feeling.

Curatex GmbH

With Curatex, we are the largest provider of retail brands for individual feminine hygiene and incontinence products, cotton wool and household films and foils in Europe.
Our fast-paced world needs smart products, which is why we offer our diverse FMCG articles for daily use.
We think in terms of holistic solutions – from the raw materials to finished, private label packaging; from tailor-made product concept to product launch.
We place particular emphasis on long-term, reliable partnerships.
We comprehensive expertise, flexibility and dedication, we develop products that inspire.


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Made in Germany

For almost 75 years, we have been manufacturing at our Wahlstedt site in Germany.
Despite our international reach, we are proud of our local roots.
That also means we are never tempted to move to other countries in order to profit from cheaper working conditions or subsidies.

We focus on “Made in Germany” out of conviction – after all, we know about the responsibility we bear for our more than 800 employees and their families.

Willy Pelz lays the cornerstone initially for the production of cotton wool for bandages, upholstery and cosmetics.

Founding of pely-plastic – born from the idea to create innovative transparent polyethylene bags for cotton wool products instead of the standard cardboard boxes.

Production of thermally stabilized nonwoven materials for Pampers diapers in Europe marks the birth of pely-tex. die Geburtsstunde der pely-tex.

Take-over of the brand name COSMEA® from Unilever for the independent development of pantyliners and menstrual pads.

Take-over of feminine hygiene from Paul Hartmann AG.

Exclusive strategic alliance with Tosama, Europe's second largest tampon manufacturer.

Entrance into the era of light incontinence products – from zero to one of Europe’s largest manufacturers.

Commissioning celebration for a new, fully automated high-bay warehouse with a height of 42 m and 14,000 storage spaces.

Expansion of production with a 100 m long production hall for additional incontinence facilities.

Take-over of the nonwoven materials division of K.L. Kaschier- und Laminier GmbH.

Participation in the e-commerce start-up Norton Hurley in the USA.

Europe’s most modern adult diaper facility comes online.

Expansion in the area of thermally bonded nonwoven materials and clean-room packaging for hygiene applications.gen.

Our awards

PELY® wins “Umweltpreis der Wirtschaft”

Uli Wachholtz (President of the business association Mittelholstein e.V.), Dr. Nikolas P. Bastian (Managing Director of the pelzGROUP)
Photo: Jan Köhler-Kaeß, Flintbek

In 2016, we were awarded the “Environmental Prize for Business” by the Studien- und Fördergesellschaft der Schleswig-Holsteinischen Wirtschaft e.V. [Study and Development Society of Business in Schleswig-Holstein].
Many people will probably be asking themselves now how a manufacturer of films and foils, of all companies, should have won an environmental prize – but environmentally friendly film and foil manufacturing made it possible:
Thanks to innovative technologies and high-quality raw materials, we produce thinner films and foils which provably generate less CO2 and yet still offer better tear-resistance than the typical bags on the market.

pelzGROUP becomes Family Entrepreneur of the year

Reinhold von Eben-Worlée (President of DIE FAMILIENUNTERNEHMER e.V. [Association of Family Entrepreneurs]), Volker Ernst (Member of the State Board), Dr. Nikolas P. Bastian (Managing Director of the pelzGROUP)), Daniel Günther (Minister President of the State of Schleswig-Holstein)
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“With Dr. Nikolas Bastian, we have decided this year to honor an award winner – and with it, a family company – which sets a new standard with regard to both: its dedication to Germany as its origin of business and to sustainability.”

With that explanation, the jury of DIE FAMILIENUNTERNEHMER [Association of Family Entrepreneurs] und DIE JUNGEN UNTERNEHMER [Association of Young Entrepreneurs] recognized the Managing Director of the pelzGROUP in Wahlstedt, Schleswig-Holstein as Family Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 in the great Hamburg region.

The Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther (CDU) added his praise:
“Entrepreneurs such as Dr. Bastian stand for lived tradition, for social responsibility, in short: for sustainability.”
I am therefore glad to have family-owned companies such as the pelzGROUP as the backbone of the economy of Schleswig-Holstein.
And I am glad when these companies are recognized appropriately,
as with the annual gala for the “Family Entrepreneur of the Year”.
Günther, undertaking his first public appearance as Minister President in Hamburg, wished the winner the best of luck before 300 guests from the Northern German and Hamburg area business community, state politics and institutions.

Whether it be in research and development, logistics, production or sales – we look forward to a fresh breeze and new impulses!