Michaela Schmitz: The first female papermaker in NRW

Since 1992: not only a job for men – as up to that time night work for women was banned

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017 - and on behalf of all female colleagues, we would like to introduce Michaela Schmitz. She works on the cut-size line on which the paper we produce is cut into the formats required by our customers. Every day, she proves with full commitment that paper production is absolutely not restricted to men. Until 1992, there was a ban on night work for women due to work regulations dating back to 1891 (!). 

Therefore, there were only male papermakers, as in this profession, night work within the framework of shifts is inevitable. When Michaela Schmitz started her apprenticeship to become a qualified papermaker (today a “paper technologist”) at Zanders in 2000, she was one of the first women in this male-dominated field and finally became the first ever female papermaker in the whole of NRW. Our special thanks go to her and all the other female workers who do great job here in the company: Thank you!