Jürgen Lamberty's fascination for packaging has accompanied his entire professional life. When he moved from Cologne to Wilhelmshaven, he ventured into self-employment and founded erka Verpackungsmittel und Seilerwaren GmbH.
Cooperation with Signode, the world's largest manufacturer of strapping systems, begins. The product range is expanded to include strapping machines and tools as also strapping bands made of steel or plastic. One year later, the strapping tool workshop is inaugurated. In the coming years erka will establish itself as the strapping expert across all industries.
The order situation grows and the capacities at the facility in Güterstr. 12 in Wilhelmshaven are soon no longer sufficient. A comprehensive conversion and extension is carried out to double the capacity. The distribution of rope goods is discontinued. The focus will be layed even more intensively on the trade of packaging materials and strapping systems and workshop services. The company name is changed to erka Verpackungssysteme GmbH.
The importance of modern networks increases. The company becomes a member of the Qpartner® Group, a network of national and international companies in the packaging industry. The partners complement each other with expertise, service and experience. With the Qpartner® Group, erka can now offer own product lines like the Q-Tape or the Q-Box.
The company continues to grow. The existing capacities are no longer sufficient. A new building is being constructed on a 5000m² site with direct access to the JadeWeserPort, on Oranienburger Strasse in Wilhelmshaven. The new building includes a modern high-rack warehouse, an adjoining office building and a larger workshop.
The business area is expanded. In addition to the sale of strapping machines, erka now produces own automatic strapping machines. The company is building a new brand that can be adapted to different requirements much more individually than conventional machines.
A fresh breath comes. Jürgen Lamberty, who until now has managed the company alone, now receives support from his son Miles Lamberty. Since then, they have jointly managed and managed the company.
The company is still in family hands. The company currently employs around 20 people. erka regularly recruits new apprentices in three professions. The fascination for packaging continues unbroken to this day and is clearly noticeable among managing directors and employees.