In October 1997, CVC Funds purchased Kalle from Hoechst AG. Kalle is one of the world’s leading producers of viscose, plastic and textile-based artificial sausage casings, making it one of the most important partners for the meat processing industry and the butcher trade.

The company’s history dates back to 1863. Today, Kalle also manufactures sponge cloths which are retailed under various brand names and used extensively by professional cleaners, airlines and car manufacturers. Kalle employs approximately 1,300 members of staff worldwide and, in 2008, generated a turnover of around €200 million.

The company’s main production plant is located in Wiesbaden, Germany. Additional converting facilities in Germany are based at the Bersenbrück and Sohren plants. Outside of Germany, Kalle has its own sales offices, including production and converting facilities, in Chile, Denmark, Great Britain, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and the US. These sales offices are supplemented by a global network of highly qualified sales representatives.

In August 2004, Kalle was sold to Montagu Private Equity.

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Sausage and meat casings