Early days - traditional
was established by Amund Lunke in 1875 in the town of Elverum,
in southeastern Norway. A sole leather tannery situated in the
middle of the local town, working with bovine hides sourced from
regional farmers. The company adapted the most modern industrial
methods in the early 1900's, following the passing of management
to Birger Lunke who had studied the trade in the U.S. The company
stayed at the forefront of technology in the years to come, utilizing
the most modern machinery available.
WW2, the business climate and competition was getting tough. Alternative
materials were introduced by companies like DuPont, and quickly
took market share. The industry consolidated. Our company, now
under the management of Viggo Lunke, developed operations with
splits, which in the 1960's became our primary raw material. In
the 1970's we started laminating splits with synthetic foils,
producing upper materials for the shoe industry in northern Europe.
We were one of the pioneers in the field of lamination, and designed
our own production lines. We were one of the first companies to
work with microporous PU-foil, working closely with Porvair.
The move into LAMINATION
TECHNOLOGY and SYNTHETICS
With the emergence
of Asia as an efficient competitor for our traditional customers,
our customer base slowly eroded. We made a strategic decision
to discontinue our tannery operations, which was implemented in
1985. Our company focused on developing lamination technology
in the following years, and we have since supplied LUNKE
LAMINATORS to the leather industry on all continents. Through
this focus, we have developed strong relations with key producers
of high technology synthetic leather.
Today we develop
and manufacture machinery for lamination and transfer paper embossing
for the world leather industry.
reorganisation of activities, RP Int. represent high quality producers
of a wide range of synthetics, and supply a number of tanneries,
shoe- and apparel manufacturers with their required materials.
today are managed by Birger Lunke (laminators and machinery).
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