25 years of Progroup

A look back into the future

The Progroup story began on 2 November 1992 in Offenbach an der Queich. Prowell, which today operates under the umbrella of Progroup, started producing corrugated board in the south of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Now following 25 years of the Power of Innovation, the company is one of the top five companies in the industry in Central Europe and one of the 20 largest manufacturing companies in Rhineland-Palatinate. In 2016, it generated sales of around €733 million with more than 1,000 employees across Europe. In Germany there are very few and in Rhineland-Palatinate there is not a single owner-managed company that has developed at such a rapid pace over the last 25 years.

Progroup’s anniversary event on 3 November 2017 focussed on one man and one revolutionary idea that has enthused and inspired so many people that it has spawned a success story that is truly unique in the industry. This success story is based on the Power of Innovation, the Power of Cooperation, the Power of Fascination, loyal companions and dedicated employees from five nations. The evening featured an exhibition, original show acts and culminated with entertainment to celebrate the personal achievements of Jürgen Heindl as a visionary entrepreneur, but also provided an opportunity for companions and employees to have their say. As well as looking back, looking to the future with the Two Twentyfive strategy also formed a central aspect of the evening.

Progroup exhibition

A multimedia exhibition in a relaxed, communicative atmosphere was an emotionally engaging way to start the evening and provided an ideal setting for people to share their experiences and reflect again on the way that Progroup has evolved and the key milestones in the company’s success.

Following a predefined path, the almost 700 guests from 17 European countries were able to experience the various staging posts in the success story for themselves in the unique ambience of the company’s birthplace. A number of milestones highlighted key factors behind the extraordinary level of success.

The Lounge of the Progroup exhibiion
Progroup anniversary celebration

After visiting the Progroup exhibition, guests at the anniversary celebration were able to enjoy moving and emotional images, classical-meets-club music and an exclusive and exquisite meal prepared by gourmet chef Stefan Neugebauer, Deidesheimer Hof.

The impressive presentation of the Power of Nations and the initial welcome were followed by the official speeches given by the premier of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mrs Malu Dreyer, and the former councillor for the Südliche Weinstraße district, Mrs Theresia Riedmaier, a travelling companion on our road to success.

Guests were able to enjoy another highlight in the “Dialogue between the generations”. The Chief Executive Officer and his two sons Maximilian and Vinzenz Heindl spoke about the power of innovations, the idea of cooperation and the fascination associated with Progroup.

Mrs Malu Dreyer, premier of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate
Theresia Riedmaier, the former councillor for the Südliche Weinstraße district
Dialogue between the generations
Mrs Malu Dreyer, premier of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate
Theresia Riedmaier, the former councillor for the Südliche Weinstraße district
Dialogue between the generations

“Les Mobilés” shadow theatre then impressively portrayed how the company has developed over time before the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Jürgen Heindl gave his speech to mark the anniversary celebrations and place the company’s evolution in its historical context.

With the Symphoniacs, the company recruited an electrical/classical music project with an international line-up that combines classical music and electronic club music and is currently filling concert venues. To mark the anniversary celebrations at Progroup in fitting style, the music project also raised the roof in what was once the company’s first production hall.

Shadow theatre
Jürgen Heindl, founder and CEO Progroup AG
Shadow theatre "Les Mobilés"
Jürgen Heindl, founder and CEO Progroup AG
Anniversary atmosphere at Progroup
Anniversary atmosphere at Progroup

Following the final presentation on the Power of Passion, the many guests then danced away in high spirits to live music from the last 25 years through to the early hours of the morning.

The wealth of information, great entertainment, spectacular show and culinary highlights are sure to live long in the memory of the guests who attended the event.


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More information: www.25.progroup.ag


Progroup AG
Stephan Göckler
Head of Marketing
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76829 Landau
Tel. +49 (0) 6341 5576-1190
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