"Ich bin ein Berliner"… or rather: We all are!

ARTEBENE exhibited at the PANORAMA show in Berlin for the first time.

Store checks at the KaDeWe and other retailers as well as trendscouting at ANDREAS MURKUDIS' hip concept store made the trip to Berlin absolutely worth doing yet again.
We gained a lot from our meeting with Guya Merkle during Fashion Week. We met Guya at how showroom at Potsdamer Strasse and exchanged our views on sustainable management with the founder of the company VIERI. It became clear quickly that we share the same values as medium-sized companies.
Ever since she took over the jewelry retail business from her parents, she has been monitoring the conditions under which precious metals and stones are mined and processed. 'Child labour in mines' and 'crisis diamonds' are just two of the keywords relating to the injustices that she makes aware of and helps improve on - also with the support of the Earthbeat Foundation which she has established.

Beautiful pieces are created for the Cloud or Candy collections, and people from countries such as Uganda are supported at the same time:
As a young mother, Guya understands her profession as a vocation, which becomes clear instantly when you talk to her: Female power that makes the world that little bit better. We will never purchase a piece of jewelry again without wondering where and under what conditions it was made.

ARTEBENE wins German Brand award 2017

During a festive gala event at the German Historical Museum in Berlin on 29 June 2017, the winners of the German Brand Award were honoured. With this award, the Design Council acknowledges successful brands, consequent brand management and sustainable brand communication.

One of the winners was ARTEBENE. The company was honoured with the German Brand Award in Gold in the category "Industry Excellence in Branding" especially for its integral brand management, which goes beyond the design of an individual product. Please follow this link for a detailed jury statement.

"We regard the brand ARTEBENE as a promise towards our customers, so we are glad that our integral brand management has been honoured. Because a good brand keeps its promise. This is a great total result which we have been able to achieve only together as a company", states Dr. Rüdiger Kress, owner of the ARTEBENE Group

Quality and sustainability – it all starts with the supply chain


What happens to the parcels for our trade partners after leaving the ARTEBENE central warehouse? In the context of our close co-operation with logistics partner DPD, our ARTEBENE logistics team visited the distribution hub in Marl. From here, all our parcels are shipped worldwide and our team got the chance to take a look behind the scenes.

At the meeting, topics like quality as well as CO2 neutral shipping were discussed. “Seasonal peaks and a constant quality require close co-operation and the willingness for continuous improvement” says Volker Möllers, Head of Logistics at ARTEBENE.

Dirk Röttger, our Operations Manager at ARTEBENE, states “The entire supply chain to our retailers has been screened, and a top delivery performance is an important part of our brand's performance bond.“ Our experienced team will continue to work hand in hand with our logistics partners.


Turning customers into fans

ARTEBENE strives to offer excellent performance in service to our retailers and we never tire of maintaining and expanding it. In order to achieve this, all of our involved departments (sales, marketing, design, and logistics) teamed up with the German Society for Quality (DCG) to develop methods and ideas for making our services even more customer-oriented. For this purpose, we analysed customer experiences and determined every contact point with our customers in detail.

You can find an overview of our Performance Bond here:

logistics 4.0

A great number of carefully packed shipments leave ARTEBENE’s warehouse every day. This process will be supported additionally by new scanners in the future. How does that work?

Instead of using a printed packing list, each staff member in our warehouse will use a scanner to flawlessly compile our customers’ orders item by item. Particularly futuristic: The scanner rests on the back of one hand so both hands are free for picking.

Dirk Röttger (Operations Manager ARTEBENE) stresses: “This is a very important project in 2016 to support our Performance Bond to our retailers on a daily basis: “Best” delivery quality – fast and accurate.

Royal Culture

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of North Rhine-Westphalia's constitution, ARTEBENE supported a cultural project. Patron of the project “Democracy and Freedom” was British consul general Susan Speller. Without the British parliament, it would not have been possible to rebuild Germany so fast and to preserve the freedom after World War II.

Today, there is a cultural path in Zons near Düsseldorf filled with quotes of British and German personalities, inviting visitors to wander, pause and reflect. At the path’s opening, the consul general was delighted when she found the“Nice to see you” slogan on our ARTEBENE Napkins.

BACK TO THE FUTURE! Looking back on 30 years of ARTEBENE

Often enough we have to adjust to our fast-paced world of today to stay fit for the future. A birthday can also be taken as an opportunity to remember the past.

After a brief look back, ARTEBENE has therefore decided to look ahead together with its retailers. During the Paperworld fair in Frankfurt, practical tips for product presentations were shown at a dedicated area. With our motto “Nice to see you”, those that we have been working together with in partnership for 30 years are put centre stage: Our retailers. During the sales meeting for the launch of our new Autumn/Christmas collection 2015, we celebrated the big birthday once again adequately in the style of the 80s - true to the motto “Back to the future”.

artebene is "national champion"


ARTEBENE was nominated as a National Champion of the European Business Award. "This award clearly belongs to our staff - their daily commitment for our trade partners enabling us to be alongside the best in Europe with enterprises such as Wiesenthal (AU), Katjes International (D) or Inapa (PT)", Beate and Dr. Rüdiger Kress stated. Harriet-Susanne Opitz (Creative director) and designer Karen Upmann accepted this award on behalf of ARTEBENE during a festive reception at the British Embassy in Berlin.

Nip in the bud

Several tons of paper - the risk of fire is always present. During a fire drill at the company's headquater ARTEBENE staff now showed a burning commitment to prevent things from going up in smoke.

Did you know that a fire extinguisher of 9 kg is emptied within 18 seconds? (rule of thumb: weight x 2 = use in seconds)

Six month's work in 180 seconds!

This video is a documentation of the building of the new ARTEBENE warehouse in super quick time (Kudos to "Struppi"). From June to November we tracked the progress on production work.

Since December 2012 we have been sending orders to our clients all over Europe - and beyond - from this new facility.

For viewing the video please click here!

Third time lucky!


For the third time ARTEBENE invited to run for the Pirates Camp of the German Children Cancer Foundation. Within the scope of the Lüdinghausen City Run, 18 runners completed runs of 5km and 10km, which despite the bad weather proved to be good fun for everyone, and all for a charitable purpose:

For every km completed, ARTEBENE donated 5 Euros to Priates Camp charity. A total of 600 Euros was raised through direct donations, which in the end was rounded up to a total of 1,000 Euros.

ARTEBENE is awarded as a think tank

ARTEBENE is one of the Top 100 innovators amongst the German medium-sized companies in 2012!

The are endued with an excellent inventive talent, commendable innovations processes and build bridges from ideas to market success: the most innovative medium-sized enterprises in Germany. The seal of approval was ceremonially handed over by German TV host Ranga Yogeshwar the 22nd June.

For the employees of ARTEBENE innovation means to newly design 70% of all products twice a year and to improve all company processes. Beate and Dr. Rüdiger Kress are pleased about this distinction and emphasize the team effort: "The seal of approval is felt as an honour for our employees. Their enthusiasm and endeavour build the innovation factor number one."

ARTEBENE stays on the move

For some years, ARTEBENE has supported the "Pirates Camp" of the German Children´s Cancer Foundation by participating in a charity run in Lüdinghausen. For every kilomenter completed, 5 Euros are donated. The ARTEBENE-running team started with more than 40 joggers this year. "You cannot run away from cancer, but you can run for it", Dr. Rüdiger Kress (owner of ARTEBENE) praised the engagement of employees and friends of the company. All runners "collected" 250 km and achieved, together with direct donations and donations in kind, 1.500 Euros in total for the good cause. A great result for which we again thank every participant!

A brand on the upswing


In the context of a workshop the enterprises Papierunion and ARTEBENE exchanged information on innovative solutions and market requirements. Symbol of the joint day: a flight in the Paperunion balloon over the head office of ARTEBENE.

By the way: the inventors of hot air ballons - the brothers Montgolfier - together managed a paper mill and founded the first professional school for papermakers. While burning the paper, they noticed physical principals and in 1783, they raised the first balloons.







Space optimization with trading partners

Promotional areas - basic assortments - brand presentation: Ms Leins-Bender (lecturer for trade marketing at the LDT Nagold) chaired a joint workshop. The field managers of ARTEBENE acquired the freshest knowledge on optimal product presentation and space optimizations. Good examples for an optimal area layout were given using pictures of selected partners in retail.

artebene Design furnishes new studio


The design team have now moved to new offices in the "Red Office": "The architecture of this building is great - the lighting conditions in the studio are outstanding.".

"We are thrilled - although it is creative chaos at the moment", says Creative Director Harriet-Susanne Opitz.


Ongoing beneficial action


With the participation in the city run in Lüdinghausen ARTEBENE appealed for social engagement: for every kilometer completed, 5 Euros were donated to the German Children Cancer Foundation. ARTEBENE has been supporting the "Pirates Camp" for some years which is borne and financed by a group of parents of children suffering from cancer. The ARTEBENE team started with 25 participants completing distances of 5 and 10 kilometers. Fun was the main focus - with a lap time of 46 minutes at a 10 km distance ARTEBENE also finished in the front ladies rank. Even greater happiness arose when the result of the overall engagement was announced:

725 Euros were collected for the good cause:

Special-Show at PAPERWORLD

Material studies, using techniques in an experimental manner, unconventional ideas from handmade papers to webdesign - in the framework of a special show during the Paperworld the best projects of the University of Münster - faculty of design - were presented.

School project with ARTEBENE

Within a joint project of ARTEBENE with the 4th grade of the Ostwallschule/Lüdinghausen, a gift wrap paper especially for school starters was designed. After a short introduction to the development process of a gift wrap paper, 4th graders drew around 250 motifs. Afterwards, the little rising designers watched in amazement how the following stages of production were taken on screen and printing machine.

Pickings for the pirates


During the Christmas season, ARTEBENE reported that the German Children Cancer Foundation should be supported specifically. While visiting the "Pirates Camp" Dr. Rüdiger Kress was able to convince himself of the use of the resources. Camping holidays are offered to children suffering from cancer and their siblings. Through the engagement which ARTEBENE - also on behalf of its clients - is following this year, around 20 additional places can be offered.


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