Dankwardt insolvency: What’s next for Sebamed?

Dankwardt insolvency: What’s next for Sebamed?

The cosmetics manufacturer Rudolf Dankwardt GmbH has filed for bankruptcy. The traditional company from Norderstedt also produces for a well-known care brand.

by Aristotle Zervos

This article first appeared on RTL.de

Rudolf Dankwardt GmbH has to file for insolvency

Rudolf Dankwardt GmbH manufactures, among other things, shower baths, shampoos, deodorants, care emulsions, peelings, shaving foams, mouthwash, products for body and face care and sun protection. Due to payment difficulties, the cosmetics manufacturer had to file for bankruptcy at the end of April. The company from Norderstedt produces on behalf of various customers, including branded products. This also includes the well-known Sebamed brand from the Sebapharma company. But how will Sebamed continue after the bankruptcy?

Production by Sebamed in Norderstedt

Sebamed has been one of the best-known brands for medical body care for decades. The products are available in drugstores, pharmacies, perfumeries and supermarkets. At the beginning of the year, Sebapharma GmbH & Co. KG acquired part of the production site in Norderstedt from Rudolf Dankwardt GmbH.

“Rudolf Dankwardt GmbH meanwhile represents a very important part of the production of our nationally and internationally distributed medical skin cleansing and care products. This long-standing, trusting partnership will continue to exist even after taking over part of the production facility and will continue to guarantee outstanding product quality,” explained Sebapharma boss Thomas Maurer after the purchase of the production facility. This also means that this part of the production is not affected by the insolvency. Sebamed continues to produce there on its own.”The Rudolf Dankwardt insolvency has no effect on the production of the popular Sebamed products. We can still ensure the manufacture of the Sebamed products with a pH value of 5.5,” explains Dr Daniel Rothoeft, Deputy Chairman of Sebapharma GmbH & CO.KG on RTL request.

Rudolf Dankwardt GmbH continues to produce

In addition to the plant in Norderstedt in Schleswig-Holstein, Rudolf Dankwardt GmbH also operates a plant in Jessenitz in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. “Business operations will continue. This means that production will continue as usual. We have already had positive talks with the company’s customers and suppliers,” explains provisional insolvency administrator Christian Heim. The salaries of the around 450 employees are also secured for the next three months with the insolvency money. The case is a little reminiscent of the bankruptcy of Thurn Germany. The company from Neunkirchen-Seelscheid produced detergents and dishwashing detergents for Aldi Süd, among other things. The tough competition in the detergent market and exploding raw material prices had brought the company to its knees – despite the well-known major customer.

Discussions are already being held with an existing investor for the Dankwardt plant in Norderstedt. Interested parties are to be found for the production facility in Jessenitz. It remains unclear whether Rudolf Dankwardt GmbH will continue to exist after the insolvency proceedings have been completed.

Source: Stern

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