Prussian Porcelain

A Polished Legacy at KPM

Jörg Woltmann
Jörg Woltmann helped lead Berlin's traditional porcelain manufacturer KPM ouf of financial distress.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Last week KPM said it had good news that included a new dishwasher-safe technology and a cultural foundation to further knowledge of porcelain craftsmanship.

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    • Founded in Berlin by Frederick the Great in 1763, KPM stands for the Royal Porcelain Factory.
    • Ten years ago, Berlin businessman Jörg Woltmann took over as sole shareholder of KPM, saving it from insolvency.
    • Since then the company has grown, despite the 2008 financial crisis and recent sanctions that have interrupted profitable business with Russian customers.
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The new secret formula is designed to make life easier for connoisseurs of hand-painted, luxury porcelain.

Starting on May 1, a dinner service from the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin — known by its German acronym KPM — will come with a guarantee that it won’t be damaged in the dishwasher.

After years of experimenting with dishwasher-safe porcelain, the 250-year-old company has finally declared victory. It was just one of several pieces of good news that company chief Jörg Woltmann announced last week, including double-digit growth, high capacity use and a new cultural foundation.

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