Today, Neschen Coating GmbH is renowned worldwide as an experienced manufacturer of self-adhesive films and printable media. However, 130 years ago, the company started with the manufacturing of India rubber plasters and wound dressings. In 1889, it was the apothecary Georg König who founded a factory for pharmaceutical preparations and thus established the beginning of the internationally renowned company from Bückeburg. On the first floor of the Court Pharmacy in the heart of the city and later on in a multistory factory, extension medical plasters, ointments and elastic capsules were produced that would later become famous. After the Second World War, in the face of an increasingly competitive plaster market, the first self-adhesive films for book protection were produced. A new era started when industrialist Hans Neschen joined the company that would later bear his name. He joined a paralyzed company suffering from the aftermath of the Second World War and, following successful experiments with synthetic resin films, converted the companys product portfolio. Thus followed the change from “Bückeburger Hühneraugenpflaster” (Bückeburg corn plaster) to “Bückeburger Buchhaut” (Bückeburg book cover).
Quickly, the films made a name for themselves and were sold by the millions at home and abroad. Foreign subsidiaries and participation at trade shows supported the expansion of the company. Soon, Neschen grew out of its location in downtown Bückeburg. Between 1965 and 1988, the company purchased land and established two factories, on the east side and west side of the city, from where Neschen operated until 2018. Due to restructuring of the company, the two plants were later merged, making the newer plant in eastern Bückeburg Neschens main location from 2019 on. In addition to self-adhesive films for book protection, the company engaged in the development of transfer adhesives and films for the finishing of photographs, processing machines for in-house production methods and transportable presentation systems. The next years would see many more innovative Neschen products, manufactured at the company headquarters in the former residential city of Bückeburg – where it all began 130 years ago.