Carl Ingolf Lange - Selling second-hand Machines

To know people. To be well versed. To recognize chances ... Carl Ingolf Lange's business conzept sounds simple. His small company, the Carl Ingolf Lange GmbH in the Swabian town of Ludwigsburg is at home in the world of paper. Lange has an old-established business partners in Asia and he knows people from this particular trade in the USA.

Since 1980, the "Carl Ingolf Lange GmbH" has been transporting machines from A (e.g. Arkansas) to B (e.g. Bankok or Barcelona). "Everything that is needed in paper and cardboard processing after printing. Everything is used - but fully usable for producing boxes", Lange roughly outline the variety of his goods. Automatic punching machines, folder-gluers, board liners, circular shears, slitting machines, high-speed cutters etc. On the nameplates, you can find all brand names that are well known in the trade: Bobst and Jagenberg, International and Peters, Klett, Stock, Polar, Wohlenberg and many more.
Lange is not one for "quick bargains". As he points out, he does not sell old junk but fully usable facilities that are worth their price. He considers himself as someone who also promotes economic development, who stimulates growing markets, opens them the door to the global market - "for instance just now in Eastern Europe where young entrepreneurs can find chances, but where, on the other hand, the need for investments often puts insuperable obstacles in one's way." Lange may help to aside some barriers. "Someone who gets an second-hand machine for his plant saves investments.

"First of all I am a broker", Lange explains, "but sometimes by a good machine - all risks involved - and look for someone who will buy it from me." Of course, he not only picks up trade-international information, he also passes it on. The "blue letters" from Ludwigsburg with offers and inquiries have been well known in the world of box-makers for a long time. Lange has recently dismounted a 54-meter-maschine and shipped it to the USA; carefully packed in fourteen 40-foot-containers. For already two years, the Genco-Ward-Container 18000/Super, constructed in 1976, has been on the sales list. In its old plant in the former GDR, boxes, cardboard container and pallets for the railway were produced on it from sheets to finished product.
Lange has risen from the ranks in his trade. "I grew up in cardboard mill", he recounts. In the former GDR, his father had a business that later moved to a the West to Ludwigsburg. Later, Carl Ingolf Lange took over his father's firm and expanded it, and ... "In 1980, I sold it. I wanted to do something really new."

Today he is more than one and a half decades in business and said: "I have strengthened my position."

Carl Ingolf Lange GmbH – Philipp-Reis-Straße 6 – D-71642 Ludwigsburg - Germany
Tel. 07144 / 8577 - 0 – Fax 07144 / 8577 - 29 – info(at)